The Munich Metropolitan Region is one of the most successful economic areas in Europe. It extends from Eichstätt in the north to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the south, from Dillingen on the Danube and Ostallgäu in the west to Altötting in the east. That adds up to a lot more than just Munich and the surrounding countryside!
The Metropolregion Munich in the center of Munich
The region boasts an excellent and extensive infrastructure, both for travel within the region and for links to Europe and the world. Due to its close proximity to the Alps, "Gateway to Italy" is a common epithet for the region. For good reason: Two hours or so is all it takes by road or rail to cross the border to the first towns and villages in South Tyrol.
On the streets
A tightly meshed freeway network also criss-crosses the Munich Metropolitan Region, extending out in every direction in a kind of star topology and providing excellent links to the rest of Germany and its neighboring countries.
In the air
By air, Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC) links the region to nearly 270 destinations in 70 countries around the globe. This, the second-largest airport in Germany, is a prominent hub and ranks among the top ten in Europe. Close to 42 million passengers a year make use of its offerings. Three quarters of all the people who live in the Munich Metropolitan Region can get to the airport within 60 minutes.