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.