Moving to Munich
With its exuberant mix of stylish shops, trendy restaurants, bellowing beer halls and picturesque parks, it's easy to see why this city ranks among top destinations for expatriates looking to settle in Western Europe. Rich in history, culture and arts, with an event calendar packed full of festivals throughout the year (all hail Oktoberfest!), expatriates moving to Munich will soon find that there is plenty to see and do outside of their busy work schedules.
Being one of Germany's most prosperous cities, Munich is a magnet for professionals who seek the superb quality of life and first-class living standards for which it is so well renowned. With a favourable business climate and highly qualified, innovative workforce, it boasts the lowest unemployment rate in Germany and is home to some of its highest income earners – one only need glance at the vast array of exquisite vehicles frequenting its Autobahn to see that it's as much a place of style as it is wealth.
Munich is genuinely unique in the sense that it embraces modernity while preserving heritage – a small-town-village meets a high-tech type of atmosphere. Not only does it play host to many multinational business headquarters like BMW, Siemans AG, Allianz and Osram; it also features a multitude of historical sites such as central Munich's bustling Marienplatz; the pretentious boulevard of Maximilianstrasse; Odeonsplatz with the Feldherrnhalle and the Theatine Church; and Maxvorstadt, the cultural epicentre of Munich. Not to mention, the city is a centre for biotechnology and software development.
No matter what it is that an expat may look for in a city, rest assured, you'll find it here. And forget about compromise - while some cities have to rely on certain distinguishing features to make up for those that may be lacking, Munich has it all.