1. What makes you happy in this city?

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I’m happy whenever I look outside the window and can literally see the mountains. There is this hill very close to my house called Olympiaberg; you just need to climb up the hill, and on sunny days the mountains seem very close.You never feel too overwhelmed in this city, because it is just so close to nature.

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Visitor

Munich’s special atmosphere makes it so adorable – especially in summer; sitting in the green, fresh grass; laughing with your friends; having a cold beer with a view of the melancholic Monopteros, and the dark red sky at sunset have been some of my favorite moments since moving here.

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2. WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN THIS CITY?

Local

The great variety of art museums. I like to go to one whenever I don’t know what to do on the weekend. My favorite is the Museum of Modern Arts, as you can see here in the picture. Sunday’s entry fee is only one euro.

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Visitor

The most inspiring thing in this city is the architecture. The mix of Baroque, Renaissance, Neo-gothic and modern buildings makes this city so likeable, and makes Munich so charming. It is always surprising and inspiring what you’ll find when walking through the streets and small alleys of Munich. This city is pretty huge, but all the districts are all so close to each other that you don’t get the feeling that you’re in one of the biggest cities in Germany. That’s why Munich makes me feel at home without being lost.

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3. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU VERY WELL IN THE CITY?

Local

In the middle of the city, we have the “Eisbach Wave”. Even if there is snow—or even more snow—, nothing can stop the surfers from coming here to surf on the Isar river. It is certainly not for beginners, because there are ALWAYS people watching from the bridge. You’ll definitely want to look professional on the wave. Every time I happen to be in the area, it is always nice to go and watch.

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Visitor

My biggest problem with big cities is the inability to get an easy overview of the entire space. But in Munich it is really easy and clear. If you are in its center, e.g. at Marienplatz, you can reach the whole city on foot or bike. It is pretty easy to get to the Glockenbachviertel, a casual and cool district—15 minutes walking and only 5 minutes by bike. I always call Munich a big village, and that is why I love this Bavarian city so much.

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4. WHAT WOULD YOU DO BETTER?

Local

People are just like robots. In general, I feel like the people in Munich never show any positive emotions, especially the staff in fashion stores. In comparison with other countries and cities, I feel like there is not much that can cheer them up. They complain a lot, too.

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Visitor

The difference between a big city, e.g. Berlin, and Munich is its “small village” feeling. It is common in other bigger cities to have 24/7 convenience stores and for the bars to stay open till 6 AM. Munich, however, has a lot of strict laws and closing times for bars and restaurants. Imagine working until 10 PM then getting to your favorite spot with your best friend, but only having time for one drink before having to be quiet or to leave. Let’s change it!

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5. HOW WOULD YOU DO IT BETTER?

Local

Munich definitely needs to do something about their opening hours. When I want to go out at night—not specifially clubbing, but just have a nice coffee—most of the places have already closed at 11 PM. Everything closes very early in Munich. I would like to have coffee shops that are open 24 hours a day.

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Visitor

Nowadays it seems that everybody is pretty busy with their work or with running their lives. After a tough day, I love spending the rest of the evening with my good friends, a Hacker-Pschorr radler, and a good burger. Unfortunately, most of the waitresses and waiters are pretty rough and unfriendly. Putting smiley stickers in front of bars, restaurants and shops would be a great idea!

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