Boroughs & infrastructure
Munich is divided into 25 districts. The city's oldest, most picturesque and consequently most expensive parts tend to be located near the centre, whereas the outskirts are generally more affordable.
The centre is very popular- both with tourists and locals. It is home to most shopping areas, and also to theatres, museums and parks. Like any European city, however, the very heart of the city tends to have hardly any housing, being the main business and cultural area. If you wish to live in the centre, the usual thing to do in Germany is to rent a flat; however, the further you move away from the centre, the more houses there are, especially in areas that used to be separate villages and were only incorportated in the last few decades.
Below you will find a description of a few selected districts:
Altstadt: the core of Munich, hardly any housing but main shopping area
Lehel: art-nouveau facades, authentic borough, now fashionable
Isarvorstadt, Ludwigsvorstadt: idyllic, village-like, gay scene, "in"
Maxvorstadt: University of Munich, museums, famous artists' area
Schwabing, Freimann: artists, theatres, quaint market, old buildings
Haidhausen: by the river Isar, green, authentic, now trendy
Sendling: Oktoberfest, Westpark and Bavaria's largest market hall
Schwanthaler Höhe: Munich's west end, international and affordable
Nymphenburg-Neuhausen: formerly working class, now trendy
Moosach: no nightlife but security, houses, young families
Milbertshofen-Am Hart: lots of small parks and the big Olympic park
Bogenhausen: posh, least densely populated, old and modern buildings
If you would like more detailed information and a description of all of Munich's 25 boroughs, then why not just click on our link to Mr Lodge below.