Joaquin’s Holiday Wish
Day 2. I stared at my email in utter disbelief. It was the last email from BMW and they were apologizing because they had to close their manufacturing plant a week before the scheduled year-end plant holiday. Oh no! I panicked. The tour to the BMW Plant was THE reason that we decided on traveling to Munich in the first place. It was Joaquin’s holiday wish.
I had been corresponding with BMW two months before our trip and I was as certain as I could be that our family will, for the first time, be able to witness one of the most advanced car factories in Europe. Our entire itinerary was predicated on the expectation that we would be joining the plant tour on our 2nd day in Munich. All our hotel and train bookings were planned around this day.
It wasn’t meant to be, but it turned out alright. In fact, Joaquin and his brother still had a marvellous time at the BMW complex. We visited the BMW Museum and BMW Welt instead. The complex is less than 7 km away from central Munich and we reached it conveniently via the U-Bahn train.
The museum not only showcases the brand’s remarkable history and most famous cars but also gives insight to its design inspirations. Joaquin and his brother were most excited to see the electric and futuristic concept cars while my husband was delighted by the racing champions. As for me, I found the art cars most interesting. In fact, I immediately recognised the flamboyant BMW 3.0 CSL with racing number 93, which we first saw at the Petersen Automobile Museum in 2015 in California.
Here’s a short video clip I prepared to document my boys’ priceless experience at BMW.
— Disclaimer: If you’re a car enthusiast, do read on and enjoy the rest of the pictures. I’m not an automobile history expert, not close, but my kids think they could be 🙂 so they agreed to help me choose the pictures that I’d share in this blog and video. —
Tips for BMW fans:
- The BMW Plant could close earlier than what was announced, so make alternative plans. The other car factories near Munich ( about 3 hrs away) are Mercedes and Porsche.
- The BMW Museum is worth a visit, so do go even without the plant tour.
- If you’re not able to join the group museum tour, install their app on your mobile phone and follow the app guide
- Book the group museum tour well in advance. Email BMW ahead. I didn’t do this because I thought we would be joining the plant tour, and so we planned on doing the museum tour on our own. There are other tours in the complex actually. Check them out on this website: https://www.bmw-welt.com/en/experience/guided_tours.html
- If you are pressed for time, choose the BMW Museum over BMW Welt. We have the whole day for both because my boys are fascinated with BMW and car histories.
- The complex is just a few metres away from the train station, so take the train.
- There are a number of kid-friendly restaurants especially in BMW Welt, so don’t stress if you forgot your kid’s lunch box. 🙂
Here are the other blog posts on our Bavarian and Austrian holiday:
- Bavarian Cars and Beers, Tyrolean Alps, and Viennese Waltz
- Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
- Munich: Theatine Church
- Munich: Traditional Christmas Markets