The city of Munich is politically and administratively divided into 25 districts. The names of the districts are largely familiar to Munich’s residents, as they usually correspond to the traditional names of the city districts. The first district is the Altstadt (Old Town), the districts around the city centre have low numbers. The high double-digit districts are the suburbs, which are located on the outskirts of the city. The numbers of the districts are rather unknown in Munich. On this page I would like to describe the 25 districts of Munich in 1-2 sentences.
Overview of the city districts of Munich, description of the individual district numbers see below
Old town and Lehel
|Comprises mostly the parts of Munich that are called the city centre and the quarter Lehel that is located a little north of it. In the city centre there are many sightseeings and the central shopping streets. The Lehel is an expensive and rather quiet inner city residential area. It is the most expensive district in Munich, especially the purchase and rent of real estate is very expensive here. For the tourist a hotel in this district is ideal.|
Ludwigvorstadt and Isarvorstadt
|The area immediately south of the centre. In the Isarvorstadt you will find the Deutsches Museum and the famous Glockenbachviertel (scene quarter with pubs, restaurants, gays and lesbians). Good district, although not quite as noble as the districts 3 and 4 north of the centre.|
|North of downtown. Many historical buildings north of Odeonsplatz and Königsplatz and the great art museums of Munich. Maxvorstadt is located between the city centre and Schwabing. Probably the best district in Munich after district 1.|
|Expensive and modern quarter with a lot of nightlife and an extremely high quality of life. This is also where the LMU, one of the largest universities in Germany, is located. Schwabing is very international and perhaps the most cosmopolitan area in Bavaria. 40% of all Munich residents would allegedly prefer to live in Schwabing.|
|Above average residential area, many young people. Haidhausen is known for its pubs. A few years ago Haidhausen was an alternative area, of which less and less is left today. No other area has a higher percentage of green voters in elections in Bavaria than Haidhausen. This district is now also very expensive to live in.|
|6||Sendling||A few kilometres south of the city centre. Typical urban residential area. The famous Grossmarkthalle is here, the recreational area Flaucher an der Isar and many beautiful churches. Also very popular because of the good connections with the underground to the city centre.|
|7||Sendling – Westpark||
The western part of Sendling. The large Westpark is a real alternative to the English Garden. In the west the district borders on the Westend pub district.
This small city district is also called Westend. The Schwanthalerhöhe is a colourful, densely developed district with a lot of life. It is perhaps the most multicultural district of Munich.
|Residential area in the west of Munich. The district is dominated by Nymphenburg Palace with its huge parks. Also the great botanical garden of Munich is here. It is a very expensive district.|
|10||Moosach||Moosach is a large district that seems a little village-like. Certainly the district number 10 is not the most expensive and best area of Munich. Only in 2010 Moosach, as one of the last densely populated districts, will get a subway connection.|
|11||Milbertshofen und Am Hart||Residential area in the north of Munich. The Olympiapark belongs to this district. Milbertshofen was known in the 90s for its handball Bundesliga team. For Munich, an area with a medium price level.|
|12||Schwabing-Freimann||The northern part of Schwabing is not quite as lively and scenic as the southern part. The student city (largest student settlement in the world) is here. North of the middle ring is Freimann, an average residential area that has little in common with Schwabing. North of Freimann is the new Allianz Arena. Many Munich residents with a slightly above-average income live here.|
|13||Bogenhausen||Bogenhausen, quite centrally located, is known for its villas and detached houses. For example Boris Becker lived here for a long time. The houses along the English Garden are among the best addresses in Munich.|
|14||Berg am Laim||Eastern city district, residential area and many green spaces, especially the Ostpark with Michalibad. Not a bad area, but not the best address in Munich.|
|15||Trudering – Riem||Trudering is well known for its family homes. In Riem was once the airport. Today, the site is home to the new trade fair grounds and a very large new development district (apartments). Large parts of Trudering seem almost like a village, many families live here.|
|16||Ramersdorf und Perlach||The large urban district in the southeast. Especially Neuperlach developed into a problem district. Very high percentage of foreigners and unemployed – typical satellite town of the 60s with large apartment blocks. Ramersdorf on the other hand has a largely intact social structure.|
|17||Obergiesing||The former working-class district is typical for the „normal“ middle-class Munich. The TSV 1860 and the old Grünwalder Stadium are in the area of District 17, and FC Bayern and Franz Beckenbauer are also Giesinger. Meanwhile the district is much better and more expensive than its reputation.|
|18||Untergiesing und Harlaching||For the people of Munich, Giesing is a city district that belongs together. Harlaching, a better residential area, borders in the south on the Perlacher Forst, a very large forest area with many local recreation possibilities.|
|Combined urban district in the south. Partly sparsely populated, the zoo is in Thalkirchen, in Obersendling the large Siemens factory. Fürstenried seems very village-like. Solln is an old villa area – many rich Munich citizens still live here today. All in all, district number 19 is a very varied urban district.|
|20||Hadern||Residential area in the south of Munich. Since the 2nd world war, a lot of building has been going on in this district. The Klinikum Großhadern is one of the well-known hospitals in Bavaria.|
|21||Pasing – Obermenzing||Very large district in the west of Munich without subway connection. Worth seeing in district 21 is the castle Blutenburg in Obermenzing.|
|District in the far west of Munich, which is sparsely populated. The Langwieder See is one of the most popular bathing lakes in and around Munich. It is perhaps the district with the worst access to Munich’s public transport system and the cheapest (properties and rents).|
|23||Allach Untermenzing||This area in the north-west seems so rural that one hardly has the feeling of being in a big city. Only S-Bahn every 20 minutes.|
|In the very north of Munich. The Hasenbergl is a simple residential area with one of the highest unemployment rates in Munich. Feldmoching is a typical community on the outskirts of the city with a lot of green spaces, which almost has a rural character. Since the construction of the subway, property prices and rents have exploded in this district as well.|
|25||Laim||Residential area of the middle class in the west between city centre and Pasing. Also some single-family house areas and large railway facilities. Recently there is a lot of construction going on here, especially along the railway.|
Like Munich, Berlin is also divided into districts. Here is an overview of the districts of Berlin. Although Berlin is about three times as big as Munich, there are only 12 districts in Berlin.
Munich is located in Upper Bavaria, one of the 7 administrative districts of Bavaria. and is the capital of the administrative district of Upper Bavaria. Munich is also the capital of the Federal State and Free State of Bavaria. The city is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg. Since 2015, the population of Munich has exceeded 1.5 million for the first time. At the beginning of 2017, the Bavarian metropolis has 1.54 million inhabitants. So the population is growing rapidly, which leads to a housing shortage. The city has the highest rents and property prices in Germany.
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Munich city tour on the subject of the Third Reich
From our point of view a well done and interesting city tour: Munich was the beginning of the Nazis, Adolf Hitler lived in the city for many years. Munich is known for the resistance of the White Rose group. At the end of the war the city lay in ruins. Start of the tour at Marienplatz, guided tour on foot, duration about 2.5 hours.