Munich stays Germany’s priciest place to rent

Rents in Germany are on the rise, but there continues to be wide geographic disparity in the cost of a flat, according to a new survey. Unsurprisingly, Munich remains the country's priciest place to live.

Munich stays Germany's priciest place to rent
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But the 2009 rental index by Hamburg real estate consultancy F+B showed rents are rising more slowly than in recent years. The average rent increase from the previous survey amounted to 0.6 percent per year for a 65-square metre property in a standard location. In 2008 the rise was of 0.8 percent, whereas in 1996 it was nearly four percent.

There were nevertheless important differences between regions. In eastern Germany and in North Rhine-Westphalia there was an average rise of 0.4 percent, while rents in northern Germany stagnated. But in the southern states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, rents jumped 1.5 percent.

As to be expected, rents in southern Germany are by far higher than the rest of the country. Munich and its suburbs retains its top spot as the most expensive place to rent in Germany. Renters pay 71 percent more for their property in the Bavarian capital than the national average. Where as the national average rent costs €5.84 per square metre, Munich property costs on average €9.99 before heating and other expenses are factored in.

Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Cologne and Düsseldorf follow, at around 20 to 30 percent above that average. In Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main and Mainz rents are about 15 percent higher.

In Berlin, on the other hand, rents are much cheaper: they are seven percent below the national average in the western part of the city and 12 percent lower in the formerly communist eastern half.

There is also a clear east-west split when it comes to different types of property renters prefer. While in the western regions the rents are higher for younger properties, in eastern Germany the older buildings are pricier than those built starting in the 1980s. Only those properties built after reunification in 1990 have clearly higher rents among modern structures.

The findings include 500 German municipalities from surveys of over 10,000 renters that have been collected since 1995.

The twenty most expensive places to rent in Germany:

1. Munich

2. Germering

3. Dachau

4. Wiesbaden

5. Stuttgart

6. Leinfelden-Echterdingen

7. Cologne

8. Hilden

9. Constance

10. Norderstedt

11. Leonberg

12. Ditzingen

13. Fellbach

14. Düsseldorf

15. Heidelberg

16. Taunusstein

17. Waiblingen

18. Neuss

19. Hamburg

20. Weinstadt

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.