Munich is the capital of Bavaria. With 1,488,202 inhabitants it is the most populous city in Bavaria, the third-largest municipality in Germany and with 4790 inhabitants per square kilometre the most densely populated municipality in Germany. The city forms the centre of the metropolitan region of Munich (around 6.12 million inhabitants).
Munich calls itself a cosmopolitan city with a heart and is considered as a centre of culture, politics, science and media. It is the headquarters of numerous corporations, including Allianz, BMW, Munich Re, Siemens and MTU. In the 2018 global ranking, Munich took third place out of 231 major cities worldwide in terms of quality of life.
Munich was first mentioned in documents in 1158 and became the sole capital of Bavaria in 1506. Munich is the seat of numerous national and international authorities as well as important universities and colleges, high-level museums and theatres.