Munich is the third-largest city in Germany and an important cultural and economic centre. It has been ranked by Germans as the most liveable city in Germany, and with over 80,000 university students, there is a vibrant student life.
Munich is known as Europe's "Intellectual Property Capital" because it is home to the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Patent Court, numerous IP law firms, and a large number of corporations in industries heavily dependent upon intellectual property, including Siemens, BMW, and many media and biotech companies.
Munich's cultural and recreational attractions include:
- 45 museums, including the Deutsches Museum - possibly the best technology museum in the world - and a cluster of world-famous art museums
- two opera houses, 58 theatres, and 84 cinemas
- the Bavaria Film Studios, where such films as "The Never-Ending Story", "Cabaret", and "Das Boot" were shot (Munich is the film and media capital of Germany)
- the English Garden, one of the largest urban parks in the world
- the largest concentration of beer gardens in the world
- within an hour by car or train, the German Alps and a number of beautiful Alpine lakes