Munich: BMW Museum and BMW Welt

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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.

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The boy who triggered our holiday in Munich

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.

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The flat-roofed, bowl-shaped building is the BMW Museum. Beside it is BMW’s main admin building called Vierzylinder or Four Cylinder Building.

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.  

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The astonishing BMW 3.0 CSL painted by Americal sculptor, Alexander Calder, in 1975.  The first time we saw this car was in 2015 when was it was on loan to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
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This room shows the evolution of the 3 Series – the brand’s icon and heart of BMW.
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Several motorcycles were displayed on the walls.  Here, the boys were on the 2nd floor and looking down at the bikes on the lower floor. 
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The legendary BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe, from the 1930s.  It remains to this day an important icon as it encapsulates BMW’s design, technical and sporting genius.
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Here is what Joaquin refers to as the electrifying BMW M3 GT2 painted by US artist John Koon in 2010. This car participated in the 24-hour Le Mans race and bears the racing number 79.

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The staggering beauty of the i8, which was then a concept car, can now be seen on the roads of Singapore as well
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The BMW 2002 TI during the 60s and 70s was the most famous representative of the BMW series. But I only have a photo of the back hood.  The front bit is the same recognisable and consistent BMW styling – the kidney-shaped two-part radiator grille.
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The clay model of the 3 Series on display fascinated the boys as well
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And here are the precursors of BMW’s luxury 5 and 7 Series
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This is the BMW Welt, the building just opposite the museum.  It provides events and exhibition space and houses all the new and future models of all BMW Group brands (including Mini and Rolls Royce).   New cars purchased can also be collected here.  I remember when we first collected our BM in Singapore, it wasn’t in a state-of-the-art building like the BMW Welt, but the experience was still quite special.
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Inside the BMW Welt.  I was still on the second level when I saw Joaquin running about on the ground floor, going crazy about the concept cars and latest releases. 

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Now check this saloon concept car out!
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Our last stop at the BMW Welt before we headed back to the Altstadt.  Benjamin recalled that especially liked the M6, M8, Z4M and the i8 Roadster.
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Here is our car-genius once again, this time asking me to take a photo of him with this car whose paintwork matches the color of his shoes.  Ah, boys – their cars and their shoes…

Tips for BMW fans:

  1. 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.
  2. The BMW Museum is worth a visit, so do go even without the plant tour.
  3. If you’re not able to join the group museum tour, install their app on your mobile phone and follow the app guide
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. The complex is just a few metres away from the train station, so take the train.
  7. There are a number of kid-friendly restaurants especially in BMW Welt, so don’t stress if you forgot your kid’s lunch box. 🙂

— xoxo–

Here are the other blog posts on our Bavarian and Austrian holiday:

  1. Bavarian Cars and Beers, Tyrolean Alps, and Viennese Waltz
  2. Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
  3. Munich: Theatine Church
  4. Munich: Traditional Christmas Markets

 

39 comments

    1. Oh definitely your boys will enjoy! The factory is just in the vicinity. That was our intention but it wasn’t meant to be. Lorelle, if you’re doing the plant tour as well, do take lots of pictures and share with us! My boys would drool over them. 🙂

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  1. Hello.

    My little BMW, is a family car. It has only 231 hp, Speeding only 6.3/100km. It has 4*4 drive and it is 8 gear automatic. The length is only about 4,4 meters. The capacity of trunk is 538 liters. Color flash blue.

    I live in Finland where we have real winter with snow and icy roads. That is why I need four-wheel drive. Here is a video, where we drove in a snow storm. I shot the video and I shot the video.

    Driving in winter

    My previous BMW, was BMW 535 having 313 hp.

    Before BMW, I had Opel Vectra OPC with 280 hp. I bought it in 2007. On German highway you can drive as fast as you can. How fast I drove; you can see in a photo among my:

    About me

    Video:

    Calibra wins OPC

    Have a great day!

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    1. Oh wow that’s one snowy winter. We had a similar experience in the US. Yup 4×4 is must! Yeah I heard about the autobahn, must be thrilling for some or scary. Here in Singapore, the limit is 90kph. Thanks for sharing your videos, I watched them both. My kids were thrilled watching your Vectra race!

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      1. Hello.

        Because you loved my videos, here are two videos.

        This shows my blue car before the race:

        Before the race

        This shows, when we were on two weeks road trip in Germany. When watching this video, you have to remember, that our trunk was full of things which we needed during our car vacations.

        Vectra OPC/Vauxhall VRX speeding up in Germany

        I read that you have been travelling in winter. Have you been considered to visit Finland in winter? My country offers then few experiences. Most popular is visiting the Arctic Circle, which is near to the town called Rovaniemi. Here an example of my post:

        Reindeer rides and Santa

        In the town of Kemi, there is world’s biggest snow castle. It must be build every winter. Here are some photos:

        Best Snow Castle photos

        There are more for kids and adults also in the town of Oulu, but during one week. If interested, I can give links.

        Finnair offers daily direct flights between Singapore and Helsinki. From Helsinki many flights between Helsinki and Rovaniemi.

        Happy upcoming weekend!

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        1. Oh my 240kph!!!
          About Finland, I planned about it twice in 2016 and 2018 but I just couldn’t date the dates we wanted with the domestic flights. I was trying Ivalo, but I’ve also read about Rovaniemi. Hopefully we can really push through with our plan and I’ll definitely contact you then to get more tips :)- Amor

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