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Lay Over At Munich International Airport  
User currently offlineCelestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 398 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4122 times:

I have about 8 hours of layover at Munich International airport. Is there any good spot for plane spotting (Phone taking ) or anything to do for this duration of 8 hours?
Appreciate some help as this is my first time to Munich.

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User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4109 times:

I'd park my rear-end on the bar stool for the duration an enjoy german bier.

User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

There is a viewing terrace (behind glass though) on the top of Terminal 2, overlooking the LH / Star Alliance gates. You'll have the sun in your back in the afternoon.

It's a nice place to relax even if you don't take photos. There are some benches and a small shop to get food and drinks if I remember correctly.
Entrance fee is two Euros I think.

If you want to take photos without glass in front of you take the train from the airport railway station and get off at the very next stop. I think it is called Besucherpark or something (German for visitors area).

It is an artificial viewing hill with some old restored aircraft at the bottom (a JU-52 and some others, can't remember anymore). From that hill you can overlook the Terminal 1 gates and the apron. Light is also best in the afternoon if you want to take pictures. Not sure if they have a fee to go up or not.



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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4093 times:



Quoting INNflight (Reply 2):
It is an artificial viewing hill with some old restored aircraft at the bottom (a JU-52 and some others, can't remember anymore). From that hill you can overlook the Terminal 1 gates and the apron. Light is also best in the afternoon if you want to take pictures. Not sure if they have a fee to go up or not.

There's a Super Constellation, a DC-3 and a Ju-52, and it's free - no entry fee.

Definitely the place to kill some time at MUC airport, if weather allows it.


User currently offlineP2philip From Austria, joined Jan 2005, 99 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4084 times:



Quoting INNflight (Reply 2):
From that hill you can overlook the Terminal 1 gates and the apron. Light is also best in the afternoon if you want to take pictures. Not sure if they have a fee to go up or not.

Also climb-out/ landing shots on the northern Runway are possible there although the runway is quite far away. Most LH heavies will use this runway. 200-400mm should be fine. Light is ok all day.
For the other spots you'll need a car so if you want pictures of planes in action the 'Besucherpark' might be the best choice.

This one is from the hill I think:



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Photo © Ian Older



-Philip


User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

if you have eight hours with manageable hand-baggage and you can enter the country, my inclination would be to take a trip downtown. Buy a DAY ticket for the entire S-bahn/U-Bahn network (it is called Gesamtnetz,). This costs about €10 and is valid for unlimited travel on the day of purchase and through 6AM the following morning. So it covers your trip to the city and back. You can use it to stop at Besucherpark (one stop away) for spotting if you like, but can also make a trip to Marienplatz or other downtown spots to get a flavor of the city. Just my two cents.


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6084 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3916 times:
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Quoting AdamWright (Reply 1):
I'd park my rear-end on the bar stool for the duration an enjoy german bier.

That is what I did!
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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25049 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

Forget the airport -- head into the city.

Leave your bags inside the baggage lockers airside, clear immigration and head down to the train stations. Ride to the central station (Hauptbahnhof) then walk around for a few hours. Stop in and enjoy a good meal and off course a good drink someplace.

I'd recommend the Hofbräuhaus, one of Munich's most famous historic eateries/beer house which is within walking distance of the central train station.



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User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

My advice--
Clear customs and immigration, head to Besucherpark for a bit, and then get back on one of the S-Bahn trains(S1 or S8) and head to Marienplatz, the center of Munich's old City. Both S-bahn trains that serve MUC take you to Marienplatz without having to change. At Marienplatz, you're in the center of altstadt, the big tourist area, right in front of the famous cuckoo clock. You are within easy walking distance of Odeonsplatz(and the Englisch Garten if its a pretty day out), Hofbräu Haus, Viktualienmarkt, great shopping etc.

OR
At Marienplatz, take the U3 to Olympia-zentrum and go to BMW-Welt and Museum if that's your thing.

Note that the trip from MUC to Marienplatz takes about an hour, so you may want to factor that time cushion in. Also, I believe the Besucherpark has a nominal entrance fee, but a phenomenal gift shop.

Have fun in München!



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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

You'll have time for a visit to the Besucherpark and a brief visit to the city centre. Get an all day pass for the train - about EUR10 (a bargain when a single ticket is EUR9.60? to the city). Or visit a random office near Daglpfing station for my company's HQ (I work in the UK office though!)

signol



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25106 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3801 times:

Quoting Signol (Reply 9):
Get an all day pass for the train - about EUR10 (a bargain when a single ticket is EUR9.60? to the city).

Single ticket EUR 9.20. Day pass EUR 10. Unfortunately the airport is just across a zone boundary or the single fare would be EUR 6.90.

Another suggestion if you made the trip into the city would be a visit to the Deutsches Museum, one of the world's largest science museums. It's just a short tram ride from the city center (covered by your day pass). It has an excellent aviation collection, including examples of many famous piston and jet engines, quite a few notable smaller aircraft, and such things as the cockpit section of a 707 (painted in LH livery although it's actually from an AA 707), and many other aviation-related items. You could easily kill a couple of hours just visiting the aviation part of the museum.

As someone else mentioned, if you're interested in cars, the BMW Museum, and BMW Welt (World) adjacent to it which is a very impressive display of their current models and related displays on their latest technology etc., are well worth a visit. There's an entry fee to the museum. The BMW Welt facility is free. The architecture of both is very impressive. Both are adjacent to their world headquarters office tower and their MUC assembly plant which is also open for tours but those have to be arranged in advance and you may not have time for that. The BMW facilities in MUC are just a 10 minute subway (U-Bahn) ride from the city center, next to the site of the 1972 Summer Olympics.

[Edited 2009-11-25 18:45:44]

[Edited 2009-11-25 18:48:24]

User currently offlineMarquis From Germany, joined Sep 2005, 274 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

I hope you will do a trip report on this journey!  

You could also do a 75 minute visitors tour through the Allianz Arena (soccer stadium in the very north of Munich) for about 10€. There is a tour in English language every day at 1 pm. The stadium is pretty new (errected for the world championship 2006) and a true beauty when it comes to extraordinary architecture.

The christmas market between terminal 2 and terminal 1 will also take place from 21st of November to 3rd of January with loads of German and international gastronomic specialities. It is really well worth a visit for a cup (or two) of hot spiced wine together with stollen and german gingerbread.

[Edited 2009-11-26 01:33:37]


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User currently offlineHoppe777 From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3764 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 6):
but can also make a trip to Marienplatz or other downtown spots to get a flavor of the city

oh, dont, your making me home sick...... damn I wish I was getting on a plane right now ;(

but yes the Besucherpark is the place to go.....ive once spent the entire afternoon there and half of that was in the JU-52  Smile



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