Cars from dawn to dusk, that’s what BMW World offers. Doors open at 7.30 on the morning and don’t close until midnight. During that time you can sit on motorbikes, gawp a formula one cars, gaze at Rolls Royce or if you’ve splashed out on a new BMW you can arrange to collect it here. Worried that you might get hungry? Don’t worry there are lots of different eating options on offer.
Space, there’s lots of space, the BMW World is enormous. so although it is popular the only thing that you needed to queue for is the video games. Virtually driving a racing car is not my thing, but the Junior CW’s patiently waited their turn. Whilst the games are free and it is possible to spend as much time on them as you want, from a grown-up point of view the queue does have the advantage of limiting the screen time. Still who wants to play video games when you can sit on a motorbike?
BMW World is right next door to the BMW Museum (and to the factory, tours are available but you need to book well in advance). What’s the difference? I hear you cry. Well BMW World is free and all about things that you can buy, the museum is all about the history of the company. It also has shorter opening hours and is closed on a Monday. The company started as an aircraft engine manufacturer. After the First World War Germany was not allowed to make planes and so the company started to make motorbikes and then cars.
You get an audio guide with your ticket but you can also download an app that goes into greater detail before you visit to whet your appetite for all things car. At one point you can stand in front engines and listen to the different sounds that they all make (I think that my ears might need fine tuning to appreciate this). To me a car is necessary to get from one place to another, even so I enjoyed our day immersed in all things car, even if we did arrive by train.
Olympia Park, Munich
Entrance is right opposite the OlympiaPark train station, trains run frequently from central
Open: Monday – Saturday 7.30am – midnight
Admission: €10 Adult, €24 family
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
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