Sport is a powerful source of health, wellbeing, vitality and zest for life. For both mass sports and elite sports activities, the sheer diversity of offerings in the Munich Metropolitan Region is second to none. Top sporting events in every conceivable discipline are hosted here all year round.
Elite sport in the region
The Munich Metropolitan Region boasts an excellent standing at both the top end of the sporting world and in "sport for all" offerings. Celebrated football club Bayern Munich is the region's standard-bearer worldwide, while near neighbor Augsburg now also plays in Germany's top flight.
The region is home to world-class players in other sports besides football, however. In 2014, ERC Ingolstadt won the German ice hockey league title, despite fierce competition within the region from the Augsburg Panthers and EHC Red Bull München. Since 2014, the metropolitan region has also been able to celebrate its first ever national basketball champion in the shape of the Bayern Munich Basketball team.
In virtually every form of winter sport, the region is famous well beyond its borders. Successful German sports personalities of the caliber of Felix Neureuther, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Nathalie Geisenberger and Felix Loch all hail from the Munich Metropolitan Region. They and their peers on ice (figure skating, speed skating), in ice tracks (luge, bobsleigh), on jumps (ski jumping, ski flying) and in the snow (downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon) all regularly train in the region. Since 2014, the region has also been able to boast its very own five-times gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games: monoskier Anna Schaffelhuber.
Sport for all in the Munich Metropolitan Region
The region also has a lot to offer in the field of popular mass sports. Blessed with an attractive diversity of natural landscapes, it is a veritable paradise for all fans of the great outdoors. Mountain bikers, cyclists, hikers, climbers and water sports enthusiasts are all routinely treated to unrivaled natural panoramas in this beautiful part of the world. In summer and winter alike, the region exercises a magnetic pull that extends far beyond its boundaries. Well-prepared pistes and trails draw countless skiing fans to the Bavarian Alps throughout the winter.