The third largest city in Germany and the capital of the German state of Bavaria, a.k.a “The Dream City,” Munich boasts 10 universities, vast urban green tracts, dozens of must-see sights, and a year-round festive spirit. Like all German cities, Munich shares a great range of parks, monuments, and interesting neighborhoods. Munich is located about an hour and a half from the Alps, and is close to Austria, Switzerland, and even Italy. Also only a short drive outside Munich, are the glacial lakes. These lakes are deep and cold well into the summer, though there are also small ones which warm up more quickly.
Home to some particularly large and beautiful parks, Munich has many memorable centrally located running routes to offer. The Isar River is lined along both banks by seemingly endless trails. There is also fantastic running in Englischer Garten, and in the area where the 1972 Summer Olympics were held. The terrain is fairly flat.
One great aspect of Munich is the ‘inner city,’ which occupies such a small area that everything is close and easy to visit, and also making the city very walkable. There is also excellent public transport, with subways and trains (U-Bahn and S-Bahn), as well as trams and buses. Areas outside the city are well served by trains. With its orchestras, ensembles, opera houses, and theatre, Munich is also a very culturally active city. Flip through Munich’s cultural events magazine to get a sense of how much is going on!