The county of Munich enjoys bright future prospects in every respect. Its two towns and 27 communities are steering a successful course that balances high-tech and tradition.
Except for a small gap to the northwest, the 667-km2 county of Munich surrounds the Bavarian capital on all sides. Like a mosaic, its different individual pieces – everything from modern urban communities to more rural spaces – fit together to form a clear and cogent picture. Indeed, it is precisely the resultant cultural and economic diversity that makes the county of Munich so unique as a source of both output and vitality, as attested by numerous studies. A tightly woven fabric of culture and tradition, science, research and business expertise gives it a tangible, visible attraction that draws more and more people every year to what is already Bavaria's most populous county, with around 330,000 inhabitants.
Cultural highlights such as Schäftlarn Abbey, the famous collections of paintings and porcelain in the Schleissheim palaces, Oberschleissheim Airfield (operated by the world-renowned Deutsches Museum) and an array of modern cultural centers are always worth a visit. The county's varied scenery, not just along the banks of the Isar, lends itself to all kinds of leisure pursuits, from water skiing to high-rope courses to a stroll around the grounds of the Bavaria Film Studios.
Local tourism also benefits from the county's ideal location between the Bavarian capital and the edge of the Alps. Extensive cycle tours and hikes are the obvious choice. By no means least, a stable social network, family-friendly offerings, high-quality living space and a richly textured social community life enable young and old to enjoy a fulfilling life experience side by side.
Eight freeways, an efficient public transport system and immediate proximity to Munich Airport provide excellent transport connections and make the location even more attractive. For international high-tech players, innovative medical service providers and ground-breaking scientific research centers alike, the county of Munich guarantees outstanding logistical conditions for a broad spectrum of economic and public service facilities.
Leading companies in a wide range of industries – media, information and communication technology, biotechnology, aerospace, healthcare, medicine and financial services – have made the county the home base from which they consolidate their standing as global players. Key centers of gravity in the county include the biotechnology cluster in Planegg-Martinsried, the aerospace cluster in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen, the media cluster in Ismaning/Unterföhring and the technology cluster in Garching. The structure of these clusters provides fertile soil for new businesses and innovative projects. Subsidized and backed by the county of Munich, a selection of technology and start-up centers assist new and youthful businesses with ideal conditions, professional advice and business development support. University sites in Garching, Neubiberg, Oberschleissheim and Planegg-Martinsried also set the county apart as an attractive partner to Munich's elite universities. The growth of local networks is ensuring that optimal use is made of the region's scientific, research and business potential.