GRAND DESIGN: BMW Welt with its double cone and the company's "four-cylinder" headquarters in the background.
HOT WHEELS: These rides need
no pimping. Above is the M1
CRANKIN' IT: BMW Welt has some nice interactive
displays, including this one where you can see how
the brake energy system works.
One of the weird bonnet sculptures is in the background.
PURE GROOVINESS: A 1955 Isetta "bubble" car. Pic: CC by Biso
SLICK: The salad bowl-shaped BMW Museum.
This is one very funky office block. A Munich landmark since the 1972 Olympics,
BMW’s global headquarters consists of four "floating" columns suspended above the ground to a central support tower.It tops out at just over 100m and was declared a historic building in 1999.
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Location: Am Olympiapark 1, Munich. It's about 5kms north-west of the city centre.
Phone:BMW Welt info line - 018 02 11 88 22
Website: BMW Campus Munich
Open: BMW Welt is open daily from 9am to 6pm. The BMW Museum is open 9am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 8pm on weekends, closed Mondays.
Cost: BMW Welt is itself free to visit. BMW Museum costs: Adults: €10, children up to 18: €7, group of five or more, per person: €9, family ticket for up to two adults and three children: €24.
Digital audio guides in English, Italian, Chinese and other languages are available from the counter for an extra
Details of organsied tours run by BMW:
BMW Welt "Compact" tours run daily on the hour from 9am to 4pm (from 10am on weekends).
BMW Welt "Architecture" tours run once a day, at 3pm on weekdays and 12pm on weekends. Both these tours take about 80min and cost €7. They're in both English and German. You need to book in advance through the info line above.
BMW Museum tours run regularly throughout the day, cost €12 and take 2.5 hours. No need to book for this one, but you might want to call ahead to get the times for tours in English.
BMW Plant tours take 2.5 hours and cost €6. Done in English and German and you have to book ahead through the info line.
Directions: Take the U3 to Olympiazentrum and you're there.
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