About the trip:
Duration: 4 hours
Recommended time: 10:00-14:00
Nearest U-Bahn station: Olympiazentrum
What to see: Olympic Park, TV Tower, Exhibition Hall, BMW Museum
The Olympic Park (Olympiapark) with the main stadium and other sports arenas was built in Munich for the 1972 Olympic Games. The BMW Corporation, which headquarters are located nearby, used the opportunity to attract tourists and built its own museum. We decided that it would be logical to visit both at the same trip. We arrived there on the subway (U-Bahn), station Olympiazentrum. By the way, the opening of the Munich’s subway was timed to coincide with the Olympics.
The view from the deck was absolutely stunning. The weather was good and we could even see the Alps in the distance. We could also see almost the entire city of Munich, the old and new districts. Frauenkirche, O2 high-rise office tower, Allianz Arena, and of course the BMW Museum were clearly visible. We admired the scenery for a little and took the elevator down. The Olympia Tower visit took about half an hour. One could also sit there in the “181 Business” rotating restaurant with a 360-degree view. However, we were not hungry and headed straight to the BMW building.
In the history section, we were mostly impressed by the bulky engines that were produced a century ago for airplanes. After the aero engines, BMW switched to the production of motorcycles and only after that – to automobiles. By the way, even today BMW is the only motorcycle manufacturer in Germany. The corporation produces not only the motorbikes, but also accessories: helmets, hats, jackets, bags, etc. All these accessories are also sold here, in the museum shop. They are pricy, but at least you can be sure that you are buying a real thing and not some counterfeit product.
Of course, the main attraction in the museum is the famous BMW cars. In principle, all the models are interesting; you can touch them, sit in the driver’s seat and take pictures. We especially liked a cool little three-wheeler, the BMW Isetta, which was once even used as a police vehicle. And, of course, we spent a long time at the Z8 sports roadster, which once was a James Bond’s car. We also saw electric cars and conceptual futuristic models.
However, IMO the coolest in the museum is the collection of Rolls Royce cars. BMW bought this famous English brand about 15 years ago. The most impressive are the limousines’ sizes and opulent interiors. I wish I could drive or just ride in one of them, but even just standing next to such an auto masterpiece was nice. Well, unfortunately such vehicles are not for mere mortals.
We spent about 2 hours in the museum, and when we came outside we were treated to a special event. One could ride about a 100-meter circle on a new BMW motorcycle with the help of an instructor. Some may say “So what?” but it was evident that most visitors were very pleased just to touch something special.