BMW World Munich Is A Must See For Fans Of German Cars
BMW World Munich is located just across the street of the BMW headquarters and plant. The headquarter building and the attached museum (which is currently being renovated) were built in 1972 just in time for the Olympic Games and have been land marked several years ago.
Munich residents nicknamed the building four-cylinder due to its shape that resembles the four cylinders of an engine.
After Volkswagen has built the Autostadt (city of cars) in Wolfsburg, the other big German automobile producers had to measure up with them and build their own exhibition worlds.
The experience park has been inaugurated in October 2007 and consists of three parts:
- BMW Welt
- BMW Munich Plant
- BMW Museum
BMW WeltWe visited the futuristic double cone on a rainy day in November and were disappointed to learn that the museum is not to be opened until March 2008. (Meanwhile we have visited the BMW Museum and you can read about our really splendid visit.)
The main reason for the double cone is to welcome buyers who want to pick up their new car personally and make the "take-over" as exciting as possible.
But even for non-buyers there is a lot to see. The futuristic building itself is worth looking at and it hosts several highlights such as a turning platform with the newest automobile models. Museum-like educational exhibits with buttons to push and even a driving simulator round off the experience.
We strolled through the Technology and Design Atelier where we had a glimpse into the future of mobility.
At the plaza we admired the newest models in the world's largest permanent BMW automobile exhibition. One of the highlights was obviously the Formula 1 racing car shown to the right. Unfortunately we were not allowed to sit inside and enjoy the feeling to be a Formula One pilot. :-(
But on the next level we were compensated and could mount on several of the presented BMW motorbikes. On the pictures below you can see Tobi and me enjoying ourselves.
BMW PlantUnfortunately we didn't have a chance to visit the plant on that day, because Plant tours are only operated on weekdays (well, you would have thought that anyways, right?).