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Rosenheim: Studying in an alpine panorama

Every year at the end of August, the moment finally arrives – the beginning of Rosenheim's "fifth season of the year". By this, we mean the "Rosenheim Herbstfest", one of the largest public festivals in Bavaria. No matter where you are in town, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Alps – a factor that influences the economic life and recreational activities of Rosenheim’s residents.

by Bettina Ruhland

View of the mountains © Bettina Ruhland
View of the mountains . © Bettina Ruhland

Facts & Figures

Inhabitants:
59,329
Students:
5,919
Universities:
1
Monthly rent:
315 €
Tip:
Take a trip to the mountains where you can go skiing even as a beginner.
Website:
www.rosenheim.de

Welcome to Rosenheim

Every Tuesday at half past seven in the evening, Rosenheim has its moment in the media spotlight. That’s when the “Rosenheim Cops” patrol the streets and fight crime in the TV series of the same name. Rosenheim and its surrounding region is much more, however, than the perfect backdrop of a German crime series. The city located in the Chiemgauer Alpen foothills is a place with many different facets.

Rosenheim is situated near three larger cities: Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck. The Bavarian capital of Munich, for instance, is only 65 km away which is why so many residents of Rosenheim commute back and forth to Munich every day. According to the European Commission, Rosenheim belongs to the “Alpine Arc“ super region. This region comprises the entire German, Austrian and Italian alpine region, which makes it one of the strongest economic regions of the European Union. A picture-book city that will impress you with its honoured traditions and whose atmosphere has a certain Italian flair.

Heart of the city: Max-Josefs-Platz  © Bettina Ruhland
Heart of the city: Max-Josefs-Platz . © Bettina Ruhland

You can sense the Italian influence at the plazas and squares in town, such as the Max-Josefs-Platz in the historic city centre. There you will notice the beautiful buildings with their pastel-coloured facades and arcades. These lend Rosenheim a great deal of charm. The Max-Josefs-Platz mirrors the vitality and atmosphere of the entire city. Whether it’s a beer at an old-fashioned pub or an aperitif at a modern bar, tradition and progress complement each other perfectly in Rosenheim. You will also find the Mittertor, the oldest building in Rosenheim and only existing city gate dating back to the Middle Ages.

If you want to take a short break between seminars or just relax after a whirlwind of shopping, you can find a number of places to sit down in the shade in “Mangfall Park”. The park owes its name to Mangfall River, along which it extends for one and a half kilometres. And even here the glorious view of the Alps is yours for the taking.

The medieval city gate “Mittertor” © Bettina Ruhland
The medieval city gate “Mittertor” . © Bettina Ruhland

Living in Rosenheim

A former German politician once described Bavaria as something between a “laptop and lederhosen”. What he meant to say was that Bavaria, despite its many technological innovations and economic success, still cultivates its customs and cherishes authenticity. In Rosenheim you will most likely encounter men wearing lederhosen in August during the sixteen-day long Rosenheim Herbstfest. You could say that this festival on the Loreto fair grounds is like the little sister of the world-famous Oktoberfest. Compared to the “Wiesn” in Munich, the Rosenheim Herbstfest is much smaller but is just as much fun, if not more!

My tip

If you've never gone skiing before, definitely try it out! At the Kampenwand gondola in Aschau, you'll find a small ski area with blue-marked slopes which are ideal for beginners.

Autumn sunshine on Ludwigsplatz © Bettina Ruhland
Autumn sunshine on Ludwigsplatz . © Bettina Ruhland

The best cultural venue in town is the Lokschuppen Exhibition Centre. In the arc-shaped building, which used to house locomotives, you can attend various temporary exhibitions. The Lokschuppen is renowned for its exhibitions far outside Rosenheim and attracts visitors from all over Germany and Austria.

Because of the city’s location, the residents of Rosenheim have many choices when it comes to recreational activities. You can spend hot summer days at one of the many swimming lakes in the south, for example, the Chiemsee or Simssee. One of the most beautiful and popular lakes is the Happingerausee (no entrance fee). A little further south, you will reach the Alps where you can hike, mountain bike or even go paragliding when the weather’s nice. In just a half an hour, you can be in the middle of the Alps. In the wintertime, you can take a trip there with your friends to go skiing or snowboarding.

Interview with Junie Epiphanie from Cameroon

Junie Epiphanie Tchaleu Nkeng is 26 years old and comes from Cameroon. She studies Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim.

Junie from Cameroon © Private
Junie from Cameroon . © Private

Why did you decide to study in Rosenheim?

It was mostly because of the reports I read on the Internet which described the high academic quality and pleasant atmosphere at the University of Applied Sciences. Rosenheim offers a very good mixture of city life and Bavarian traditions. I especially liked this combination and so I decided to study in Rosenheim.

How did you prepare for studying abroad? Was it hard for you to leave home?

To prepare for my studies in Germany, I took a German language course at the Goethe-Institute in my home country of Cameroon. The course wasn’t only about learning the language, but also getting better acquainted with aspects of German culture. It was quite difficult saying goodbye. On the other hand, I was very much looking forward to the experience that awaited me.

Did you find it difficult to get settled in Germany? What was the hardest thing for you?

Because I had taken a German course at the B1 level, understanding the language wasn’t my biggest problem. Nonetheless, it took me a while to get used to speaking German almost all the time. Finding accommodation, however, was somewhat more complicated. With help from some friends I made here, I was able to contact a number of places which offered student flats. That’s how I eventually got my apartment. I think the hardest thing for me was the winter, which I really didn't like at first. But after a while, I got used to it.

Do you have a part-time job to finance your studies?

Yes, I always take part-time or summer jobs so I can cover the costs of studying.

Do you find the cost of living in Germany expensive? And are there any other big differences between living here and in your home country?

I would say that living in Germany is expensive. And there are considerable differences compared to life in my home country. For one thing, the living standards are quite different, and for another, this is the first time in my life that I’ve lived on my own. It requires you to manage lots of things by yourself. As long as I organise my tasks well and manage all of my resources responsibly, I can get along just fine.

What do you like best about Rosenheim? Is there a place you especially like? Can you recommend something that new students should definitely do when they come here?

I really like the fact that Rosenheim is so close to the Alps. I also like Max-Josefs-Platz very much. It’s a great place not only for taking a nice stroll, but also enjoying real Bavarian cuisine. If you study and live in Rosenheim, you should definitely take a trip to the mountains.

Complete the following sentence: “For me, studying in Germany is ...”

... a valuable connection between what is useful and what is pleasant.

Describe Germany in three words

Beautiful, friendly and practical

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