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Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:31 am

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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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:41 pm

I'd park my rear-end on the bar stool for the duration an enjoy german bier.
 
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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:00 pm

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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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:57 pm



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.
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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:59 pm



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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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:15 am

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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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:49 pm



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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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:55 pm

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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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:02 pm

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.

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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:15 pm

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!)

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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:40 am

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.

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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:14 am

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.

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RE: Lay Over At Munich International Airport

Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:38 pm



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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