Living in Freising

Rathaus / Bürgerbüro Stadt Freising

Freising is located approx. 35 kilometers north of Munich on the river Isar with a population of approx. 45,800. Freising is renowned for its ancient history, the bishop’s cathedral on Cathedral Hill (Domberg) and the oldest working brewery of the world on Weihenstephan Hill. This is where the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan is situated.

The Mayor of the City of Freising attaches great importance to a good relationship with the university.  He makes a point of welcoming freshmen students in a separate event in Freising every year and awards a unique prize in the amount of 20.000 € every two years for an outstanding scientific project carried out in international or national cooperation.


In the year 724, Korbinian first came to Freising on his way to Rome. He was going on foot with a mule carrying his belongings when a wild and hungry bear attacked his pack animal. As punishment, Korbinian made the bear carry his baggage to the Eternal City. At the invitation of the Duke of Bavaria, this resolute and holy man later came to Freising where he miraculously brought a spring to life on the side of the Weihenstephan hill. Korbinian is considered the first bishop of Freising and founder of the archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

The bear carrying Korbinian’s luggage is today incorporated in Freising’s coat-of-arms, and Weihenstephan is a campus that unites traditional and modern elements in a unique way.

Weihenstephan Campus

The location is a closed campus on the outskirts of the town of Freising, which means that all lectures and seminars can normally be reached within a few minutes on foot. Three bus stops provide connections to the public transport system, which takes you to the town center in about five minutes.

The designation “Green Center” is related not only to the numerous course-offers, but also to the campus itself.

Located in a charming landscape of a tertiary hill region, there is a mix of historic buildings combined with modern architectural features surrounded by well-kept park areas, which are connected through a network of tree-lined footpaths. Together with large lawns where summer festivals and special outdoor events are held, there are also four historic gardens for students to visit.   

A refectory and two cafeterias offer a variety of meals, including vegetarian dishes, at low prices: starting at around one Euro for a hot main meal. The Unibar is a popular meeting place, which has a selection of beverages and offers a different hot meal daily. There’s also an Asian food takeaway, and a Segafredo Coffee Bar rounds off the choice.

The Weihenstephan campus isn’t only home to the TUM (Technische Universität München) but also to other research institutes: the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture, the Bavarian State Research Center for Forestry, Germany's National Meteorological Service - Agri-Weather, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging and the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan.

Weihenstephan - the oldest still operating Brewery of the World
Almost a thousand years ago the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan was the monastery brewery of the Benedictine monks. It is nowadays operating as a state directed enterprise under the control of the Bavarian Government. As the oldest still existing brewery in the world it stands upon the Weihenstephan hill, surrounded by the comparatively very young School of Life Sciences of the Technical University of Munich.

The former monastery building is nowadays home to the Administration Division of the School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW).  It has a beautiful baroque hall on the first floor, called Asam-Hall which used to be the guest dining hall of the monastery and is named after the famous painter-family that also ornamented the Freising Cathedral.

How to get around

The most convenient way of getting around Freising is by bicycle! Some bike shops in Freising have good offers on second-hand bikes.

Traffic Connections

By car: on highway A92
By railway:  Train (Regionalbahn) approx. 30 minutes to Munich; S-Bahn apporox. 45 minutes – railway-timetable
Bus-service to the airport (5 km, approx. 15 minutes)

Public Transport

Base rate of Semester Ticket – included in tuition fee- valid every night from 6 p.m. till 6 a.m.  plus weekends and public holidays.

Additional rate “Isarcard Semester”, 193 € per semester, i.e. up to

31 March 2018 (valid 24 hours– only in combination with Semester Ticket and passport).

The semester ticket is valid for second class travel within the entire MVV network, on all forms of MVV transport (S trains, U trains, trams, busses and certain regional trains).

Bus connections in Freising:

Bus # 635 – Freising Railway Station – Flughafen München /Terminal 1 /Terminal 2

Bus # 621 – Freising Railway Station– Neustift (Landratsamt) – Obere Hauptstraße – Freising Bahnhof/Railway Station

Bus # 638 – Freising Bahnhof/Railway Station - Weihenstephan – Hittostraße / Fraunhofer Institute

Bus # 639 – Obere Hauptstraße  - Weihenstephan – Lange Point – Freising Bahnhof

Regional and Suburban Trains to and from Munich:
There are about 3 train connections per hour; travel time on regional trains is approx. 25 minutes, 45 minutes on the S-Bahn/Suburban Train.  The semester ticket is valid on both DB-regional trains and MVV Suburban Train and needs to be carried with you at all times.
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The best connection to go to Technische Universität Main Campus in Arcisstrasse 21 is to take Bus # 100 from the Central Railway Station Munich to Arnulfstrasse (3rd stop is Technische Universität) .

The “Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft” (MVG for short) offers monthly, weekly, daily or single-ride tickets to suit your individual needs.

To find more information for the fastest and easiest way to your destination go to: