BMW Welt & Museum, Munich


 

DSC_5543
BMW four cylinder tower: Munich

DSC_5558

Munich is one of my favourite city in Europe, and it has a lot to offer to the travellers. Due to its unique position, there are numerous day trips possible from here. It is also can serve as a base  if you want to go to Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France and Hungary. Moreover, it has a lot to offer within itself, including many free treats. BMW welt is one of them.

DSC00283

DSC00224

DSC00225

DSC00226

Not only the entry to BMW welt is free, but also it opens from 7.30 till midnight. However, the museum opens at 10, and closed on Mondays, and charges a fee of 10EUR. I would love to go back to see the midnight lighting someday, but this time I visited during a sunny afternoon. Take the S1 or S8 (urban train) from airport or central station. At Marienplatz you have to change and take the U3 (underground) to Olympiazentrum, like I did. Use ISAR card while in Munich, far cheaper than the usual travel card. Saturdays you can also take the U8 directly to Olympiazentrum. From there it is two-min-walk .

DSC00235DSC00234

DSC00240

DSC00311

DSC00278

DSC00281

DSC00280

DSC00286DSC00284

DSC00249

DSC00257

DSC00260

DSC00263

In 2001 an international architectural design competition was sponsored by BMW AG. Twenty-seven offices participated in the competition. The jury awarded two offices Sauerbruch Hutton and COOP HIMMELB(L)AU first prize. Both of them had gone for a third phase design competition and ultimately, the contract was awarded to the Vienna-based architects COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.

DSC00253

 

DSC00298

DSC00262

It was constructed from August 2003 through summer 2007 at a cost of US$200 million. It eventually opened on October 17, 2007, and deliveries commenced from October 23, 2007. There were 2,200,000 visitors during the first 12 months of operation. The number of visitors increased to 2,930,000 in 2013, of which 60% came from Germany.

DSC00301

DSC00294

DSC00302

The multi-storey car park opens from Monday to Saturday 7.30 am to midnight, and on Sundays and public holidays 9 am to midnight, for a charge of 2EUR/hour upto a maximum  15EUR. The  cafe, “Bavarie”   has nice ambience, and  an expensive menu 😉

DSC00300

DSC00296

DSC_5577

DSC_5562

Designed with an 800 kW solar plant on its roof, “the building does not have the boredom of a hall, it is not only a temple, but also a market place and a communication center and meeting place for knowledge transfer”, said architect Prix at the opening ceremony.

DSC00318

DSC00322

DSC_5556

The museum ,on the other side of the street, deals with the history of the BMW.It was established in 1973, shortly after the Summer Olympics opened. But after renovation from time to time, it finally reopened in 2008. The silver futuristic building was designed by Viennese professor Karl Schnauzer and known as the salad bowl or white cauldron,. The roughly circular base is only 20 meters in diameter, the flat roof about 40 metres.

 

DSC_5546

DSC00334

©thegreyeye.wordpress.com, 2016-18. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

Advertisements

16 thoughts on “BMW Welt & Museum, Munich

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: