I do not know how did you grow up, but in our family cars always had a special place – even more if they were made in Germany. They were respected because of their TOP technique, quality and design in our eyes. No wonder that I have ended up working in a car industry. Maybe the title of this blog post is a bit unfair to men, even more if you look at me, but lets be honest – cars in general have always had bigger importance and admiration in men’s eyes.
The city of Munich, which Simon and I visited on invitation of German National Tourist Board, goes hand by hand with BMW Company. In fact, it has all begun right here, as in 2016 BMW company will be celebrating a special anniversary – 100 years! Everyone, who has their own companies know, that this kind of success does not come over night and to reach it, you need to have best of everything. Theoretically all sounds pretty simple, but in practice that is extremely hard work, especially in the period of 100 years! Joining different people, coming from different generations and having diverse interests, whishes and features can bring success only when everyone have the same goal and focus. And it looks that BMW company has exactly that!
BMW is a well known world-wide prestige automobile and motorbike brand and everyone who owns their product is a proud owner for sure. I could not help myself, but I was able to see this pride very clearly in the BMW World, where fans from all around the world come and admire the newest BMW models.
It is amazing to see all the latest BMW models in one place. The building and its unique design is just icing on the cake and represents the main and the most recognizable car saloon for the company. You can wander between cars for free, look at them, sit in them and get to know them up close and personal. Everyone there are thrilled to be taking photos with the beauties and not a single visitor was in a bad mood. Even Simon was glowing out of joy and had a big smile on his face. One thing is certain – here all the grown men become little kids again and are thrilled when watching »their toys«.
BMW was once only about BMW, but now the BMW group includes also two English brands – Mini and Rolls Royce, so we can find both of them in the BMW World as well.
We can visit BMW World on our own, but if we want to get to know more information about cars, building and other BMW details, also a guided tour is offered.
Guided tour for BMW World: 7 EUR/pp, the tour is about 80 minutes long
Opening hours of the BMW World: Monday – Saturday 7:30-24:00, Saturday 9:00-24:00
Just across the BMW World is also an amazing BMW Museum, which all admirers of technique, cars, history and even architecture have to visit. BMW Museum is build on 5000 square meters, has several storeys and shows some of the best cars and motorbikes models throughout the BMW history – about 125 to be exact. Traveling through time is guaranteed!
Entrance fee for the BMW Museum: 10 EUR/pp or 24 EUR for Family ticket (2 adults + 3 kids under 18 years old)
Opening hours of the BMW Museum: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00-18:00 (Monday closed)
Simon and I really wanted to see the BMW plant from inside, but it was closed over the weekend. Luckily Munich is pretty close to Slovenia (only 4-5 hours driving), so we will be visiting it again and then it is BMW Plant time for sure! So far all we know is that you really can see assembling lines and how BMW cars are being made. It sure sounds very, very interesting, especially as many of the production processes are robotized. The BMW plant can produce up to 900 BMW cars and 1400 engines per day. Impressive fact is also that BMW plant has already 9000 employees, coming from 50 countries around the world.
Guided tour of BMW plant: 8 EUR/pp
Guided tours can be done during the week from 9:00 – 16:30 (booking ahead is recommended)
How to reach BMW World, BMW Museum and BMW Plant?
To reach BMW area from the Munich city center you can easily take the local transport – underground train, marked as U3 (orange line), direction Moosach. Get off at the stop Olympia-zentrum.
Men, women or kids – it does not really matter, as BMW can take care of everyone. Kids have lots of activities in which they can take part, when their parents are admirering the BMWs – a Bavarian designs, which have made people turning heads for almost 100 years. Well what can I say, BMW is BMW – it is simple as that!