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:



(Classical) music, opera, ballet:


  • 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).







  • 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.

Spectator Sports:

  • 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;
  • Nuremberg;
  • Salzburg;
  • Berchtesgaden and the Eagle's Nest;
  • Ingolstadt Village (outlet mall).



In the English Gardens
Deutsches Museum
The Royal Residence and Opera House
Two of the bronze lions guarding the Royal Residence
Bürgerhäuser in Residence Street with the spires of Theatiner Church in the background
Skiing in the Alps
Allianz Arena
Relaxing by a lake