Recreational opportunities include:
- a vibrant café and restaurant scene with many popular student hang-outs and international cuisines;
- clubs and discos catering to every musical taste;
- the largest concentration of beer gardens in the world (see the English-language Beer Drinker's Guide to Munich);
- the English Gardens, one of the largest urban parks in the world and bigger than New York City's Central Park;
- a variety of cultural and other activities, as indicated below - discounts on admission fees are usually available for students.
About 45 museums, including:
- Deutsches Museum, possibly the best technology museum in the world;
- the Old, New, and Modern Pinakotheken;
- Sammlung Brandhorst;
- Villa Stuck;
- exhibition halls such as Hypo Kunsthalle or Haus der Kunst;
- "Long Night of Museums" annually; and
- a unique Potato Museum.
(Classical) music, opera, ballet:
- the Bavarian State Opera, Bavarian State Ballet, and Bavarian State Orchestra at the National Theater under Kent Nagano with free open-air screenings of performances every summer (the Opera House is a three-minute walk from the MIPLC);
- the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra at the Gasteig;
- the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons; and
- the Gärtnerplatztheater with its opera and ballet company;
- concerts by national and international pop and rock stars;
- "Long Night of Music" annually.
- some of Germany's top theater ensembles and actors such as the Residenztheater or Münchner Kammerspiele, both of which are just a short walk from the MIPLC;
- visiting English-language theater companies;
- a special highlight every summer: open-air theater productions.
- more than 80 cinemas, including art-house theaters and such specializing in original-version movies;
- open-air screening of movies in various locations every summer;
- the Bavaria Film Studios, where such films as Cabaret, The Never-Ending Story or Das Boot were shot (Munich is the film and media capital of Germany).
- more than 800 years of city history;
- the former royal Residence, just around the corner from the MIPLC;
- Nymphenburg Palace and other former royal sites in and around Munich;
- various places of Nazi history;
- Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site just a short S-Bahn ride away.
- anything from aerobics to yoga...;
- biking in the English Gardens, the foothills of the Alps, or the mountains;
- walking, hiking, or mountain-climbing;
- bathing in or sailing on one of the many lakes in and around Munich;
- swimming at public swimming pools or the thermal pools in Erding;
- surfing in the English Gardens (on a well-frequented standing wave in a branch of the River Isar);
- skiing and snowboarding in the Alps (organized day trips available, e.g. through "Students in the Snow");
- ice-skating in the Olympic Park;
- a large number variety of gym and health clubs;
- participation in the sports activities offered through the Munich Student Union.
- soccer matches at the Allianz Arena;
- annual Four Hills Tournament at Oberstdorf, Innsbruck, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Bischofshofen;
- various other sporting events throughout the year.
Farther afield, the following are among a number of places easily accessible by train from Munich, usually on day trips:
- Castle Neuschwanstein (the model for the Disney Castle) in Füssen and other castles built by King Louis II of Bavaria;
- Oberammergau, site of the world-famous Passion Play;
- Berchtesgaden and the Eagle's Nest;
- Ingolstadt Village (outlet mall).