Munich has been a major European centre of arts, architecture, culture and science since the early 19th century. Since the 1980s, Munich and the entire surrounding region were characterized by a strong economic growth, the location of high-tech industries and scientific institutions. The city is home to major corporations as well as many small and medium-sized companies and many national and international authorities, major universities, major museums and theatres. Its numerous architectural attractions, international sports events, exhibitions, conferences and Oktoberfest attract considerable tourism making Munich one of the most prosperous and fastest growing cities in Germany.
The Imaging and Applied Optics Congress will take place at the Munich Trade Fair Center.