Diverse leisure opportunities in Munich, the village of a million people
We want to know what our students like best about the places where they study. Today, Milena tells us about her winter semester in Munich:
Back when I was at school, I already knew I wanted to go to university in Munich. When I was accepted to IUBH, that wish came true. As a place to study, the city has loads to offer. As well as abundant nightlife and shopping, one of Munich’s key attractions as a city is its location: excursions to the heart of the countryside or a day on the slopes are less than an hour’s journey away. Here, I don’t have to choose between city and country life – Munich offers me both.
My favourite place in Munich…
… to study: Bavarian State Library
The Bavarian State Library at the university is the ideal place when you need to concentrate on your work. As well as an extensive collection of literature, it offers a quiet atmosphere that’s great for finishing homework assignments, for example. I also sometimes study directly on the IUBH campus: in the small library, an empty lecture theatre, the bistro, or the common room.
… to shop: Schwabing
Schwabing is without doubt the best place to shop. Here, unlike in the very overcrowded Kaufingerstraße near Munich’s Marienplatz, you can discover little boutiques and stop for a break in one of the area’s cosy, stylish cafés.
… to go out: CADU
Munich has a wide range of nightclubs – offering something for every music taste. And if you and your friends can’t decide where to go, I can recommend Café an der Uni (CADU) next to the State Library. It serves good, cheap cocktails, and the music suits everyone’s taste.
… to eat good food: SUSHI SANO, Osteria Bianchi or Dürnbräu
Munich offers a wide variety of culinary delights. For sushi lovers, I recommend SUSHI SANO in Brunnstraße – it’s cheap and, in my opinion, serves the best sushi in the city. Those that prefer Italian food would be well advised to check out Osteria Bianchi, close to Schwanthalerhöhe station: it’ll win you over with its stylish decor and fresh, wood-fired pizzas. Fans of Bavarian cooking can hardly go wrong in Munich, but I’ve now found a favourite spot for them too – the rustic surroundings of Dürnbräu in Dürnbräugasse.
… to let off steam: Englischer Garten
After a tough day of lectures, going for a run is an ideal way to clear your head. As I live in the centre of Schwabing, I choose the Englischer Garten. One of the highlights of my route are the surfers on the Eisbach River, who you can see riding the Eisbach wave at any time of year.
… to reflect on life: Cotidiano
For me, the best way to clear my head is to meet up with a good friend. I love to have long chats over breakfast or a drink at the restaurant Cotidiano on Gärtnerplatz, followed by a wander through the Glockenbachviertel – for me, this is one of the most beautiful parts of Munich.
… to get into the Christmas spirit: the Christmas market in the Residenz, or the medieval Christmas market
Munich’s vast array of Christmas markets are a MUST for getting into the Christmas spirit. I prefer to visit small, cosy Christmas markets like the one in the Residenz palace or the medieval Christmas market on Wittelsbacher Platz.
… to relax: Prinzregentenbad
Munich’s public utilities (Stadtwerke München) operate a total of 10 swimming pools with sauna areas. Spread across various districts of the city, these offer steam baths, bio saunas, whirlpool baths, and massage facilities for a healthy dose of relaxation on cold winter days. For me, the most beautiful of the pools is the Prinzregentenbad, which is located just three stops from campus. Here, you can even go ice-skating on the surface of the open-air pool in winter.
My favourite place: Englischer Garten
The Englischer Garten has been my favourite place in Munich for some time. Whether you want to do sports, go for a walk, or enjoy a hot chocolate at the Seehaus on colder days, the Englischer Garten is the perfect place to recover from hectic urban life without leaving the city.