Trying to navigate your life in Munich? There’s an app for that!
I am honestly so glad to be one of the later generations becoming an expat. In my first year, these modern conveniences saved my life. From finding my way in German to finding my way in the metro. Most answers were easy and downloadable. Therefore, I hope my list will also bring you some ease in your München transition as well.
Two very helpful Munich life apps are, naturally, the Munich city app and Abfallwirtschaftsbetrieb.
This is the official Munich website just turned into a mobile app that offers information on events, shopping, hospitals, pharmacies, recommendations, i.e. practically everything.
I’m sure you know how important recycling is to the people here. For those coming from places where the separating of recyclables isn’t so distinct, this app offers information on when the trash will picked up and where to bring (and separate) your recyclables.
The Corona Warn-App helps to alert you if you have come into contact with an infected person and whether there is a risk of infection. Not my favorite recommendation, but I feel it helpful to share in these current circumstances.
Another local Munich startup, this is currently one of my favorite apps. It’s got a great user friendly design and the response time is amazing. I’ve used it for contacting doctors, getting perscrptions and sick notes. Previously health related services were limited to Private insurance patients, but teleclinic accents Public insured persons as well. The only limiting factor is that it is for the moment only available in German.
Learning German / translations
Learning German honestly takes ages. However, I have found this app to be the new love of my German life. This bad boy is great for finding all your vocabulary needs with much more accuracy than other apps like google translate. It also has a feature that allows you to choose if the format should be formal or informal, which I find to be super helpful.
Travel and Transport
The next essential list is transport. Since most of us in Munich dont have cars, our transport lives revolve around the metro system. Luckily there are some handy dandy apps for checking schedules, purchasing tickets, and even renting a bike or car when in need!
You can easily find connections, time tables and purchase tickets directly through the app. One nice feature is that it will show you routes which have delays ( such as a line being down) and offer you alternative routes, or routes that would save time.
I am a very big fan of e-scooters, and even a bigger fan of this local scooter company. I find they have really reasonable pricing in comparisons to other scooter brands. I find it a great alternative for getting around the city as opposed to a crowded U-bahn.
One of the best banking apps in Germany I’ve experienced. It is incredibly helpful, can be fully in English (full English support) and super simple to set up.
Of the essential apps, food is probably my most essential. Over the past year there is of course been a huge boom in liefern services. There are so many options for food delivery, you can have anything from nearly every restaurant delivered with a push of a button. So, my dear friends, here are the most popular apps for your eating needs:
Not your standard delivery app, but a great app for food. This local startup has found a way to combine great savings with an eco friendly twist. Their goal is to help limit food waste by offering business with a surplus of food a way to avoid throwing away excess by offering it at highly discounted prices.
Lieferando is essentially the main delivery app in Germany. The past years it succeeded in buying out all the competition (RIP deliveroo, you will be missed), and setting it’s positioning as the head honcho. If you are looking for the standard pizza, pasta, burger takeout, Lieferando’s got you covered.
Have any other apps you cannot live without here in Munich? Let me know!