Munich

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München
Munich
Rathaus and Marienplatz from Peterskirche - August 2006.jpg
Flag of Munich
Coat of arms of Munich
Munich is located in Germany
Munich
Coordinates 48°8′0″N 11°34′0″E / 48.133333°N 11.566667°E / 48.133333; 11.566667
Administration
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Upper Bavaria
District Urban district
City subdivisions 25 boroughs
Lord Mayor Christian Ude (SPD)
Governing parties SPDGreens / Rosa Liste
Basic statistics
Area 310.43 km2
Elevation 519 m  (1703 ft)
Population 1,330,440 (31 December 2009)[1]
 - Density 4,286 /km2 (11,100 /sq mi)
 - Urban 2,606,021
Founded 1158
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate M
Postal codes 80331–81929
Area code 089
Website www.muenchen.de

Munich is Germany's third largest city. The city has a population of about 1.3 million (as of 2006) and the Munich Metropolitan Area is home to around 2.6 million people. The Greater Munich Area (including Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Rosenheim, Landshut and Landsberg) is home to over 5 million people. Munich is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps.

The city's motto was "Die Weltstadt mit Herz" (The global city with a heart) for a long time but has recently been replaced by "München mag dich" (Munich loves you). Its native name, München, stems from an Old German word predating the word "Mönche" of today's High German, meaning "Monks". Therefore, the figure on Munich's coat-of-arms is a monk, and is referred to as the Münchner Kindl, the child of Munich. Black and gold - the colors of the Holy Roman Empire - have been the city's official colors since the time of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor.

References

  1. Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes (German). Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (31 December 2009).
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