Wait a second… That motorbike doesn’t look like food! What’s going on?
Whilst this is primarily a food orientated blog, it’s also an opportunity to explore and highlight some of the touristy aspects of living in a foreign country. Mixed in with the snack and food reviews there’ll be some I’m a tourist! Look at this! entries along the way. I’m hoping you’ll join me in exploring Germany and beyond! So today I’m sharing a review of the BMW Museum in Munich. Let me know what you think!
The BMW complex is at Olympia Park, just north of Munich centre. Visitors can get there quickly and easily by U-Bahn – the transit system around Munich is pretty simple and efficient to use. I think it’s awesome actually, just always remember to have validated your ticket before catching a ride! A €60 fine per person is not on my wish list. At the moment some works are being carried out on one of the U-Bahn lines, meaning the U8 to the Olympiazentrum stop was our best option. There’s a Journey Planner at the MVV website that might help if you’re stuck on how to get from A to B.
The BMW Museum (not to be confused with the free entry BMW Welt, complete with large gift shop and three eating spots, situated only a 2 minute walk away) is rated at #4 on Tripadvisor’s list of things to do in Munich. Strangely, for someone who really doesn’t see the appeal of cars at all, I can understand why. At €10 per person entry we got an enjoyable couple of hours out of the visit. Exhibition spaces feel modern, with a design lead aesthetic – there’s a particularly impressive wall of motorbikes encased in glass, suspended from floor to ceiling!
Whilst there are plenty of serious BMW lovers visiting here, there’s more on offer than just cars. The museum gives an overview of the history of the company, starting with aircraft production, touching on design and covering the impact of war. There are a few rooms containing both car and aircraft engines; one set up lets you stand in front of different car engines to hear the noises they make. It’s probably a good job someone was already trying it out – it seems like fun and I was a little tempted to try and make them play a tune. Not that I think that’s actually possible but it’s the thought that counts, right?
I loved loved the room with touch screens lining the walls, each telling a little bit of the BMW history in line with the dates on the floor. In both German and English, you can find a bit of their history and dig in. It’s a fantasticly modern way of giving a visitor all that information but without the clutter. World War II obviously had massive impact on the business and I’d never really considered it before in this context. The final exhibition took us up a spiral ramp, designed as a timeline, the walls contained text and images contextualising each period. That’s where I found this food related bit of artwork. Recognise the brand?
I’m not sure what I expected from a car museum, but it wasn’t this. I thoroughly enjoyed it – enough that it encouraged us to visit another car brand’s museum! I still can’t quite believe it actually…
- Location: BMW Museum, Olympiapark 2, Munich | LINK
- Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday & Public Holidays from 10am – 6pm | LINK
- Admission: Standard Adult €10 per person, discounted Group & Family tickets available | LINK
- Website: http://www.bmw-welt.com/en
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