Munich International Flight Hub
Munich flight hub took third place in the 2014 World’s Best Airports by SkyTrax. This is a people’s choice award—pretty impressive! I guess many of the 40 Million people that passed through Munich Airport in 2014 really liked their experience, and perhaps chose to come back through Munich Airport again given that the airport made about 100 Million in profit in 2014.
Fun fact: Munich Airport only has two terminals, and shuffled 20-25 million people through each terminal in 2014.
Let’s see what good things the Munich transit hub has to offer—the first in this list is the author’s personal favorite thing about Munich Airport:
Munich Airport takes the environment and their responsibility in sustainability very seriously. As part of their environmental stewardship, two thirds of the airport’s land is green space. The green space is made up of ecological compensatory mitigation, nature preserves and bird reserves. These features protect threatened species and natural diversity. They also follow ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standards and participate in several environmental programs such as Airport Carbon Accredidation which aims to reduce CO2 emissions from airport opperations, and the Bavarian Climate Program which reduces CO2 emissions through alternative fuels with goals to meet by 2020.
Munich Airport keeps the kids and the adults in mind when choosing entertainment for layovers. If you are a gamer, and I know a lot of people are these days, you will love Munich’s Merkurs Spielothek which is an arcade and “gaming“center. There is also a casino at the airport, if you are feeling lucky.
For those that would like to freshen up after a long flight, there are two areas with shower facilites at Munich airport. Each private shower area has a toilet, sink and a shower and cost about 15 Euros ($16 US Dollars) shampoo and shower gel are provided in the cost.
If your idea of freshening up includes a massage and a workout, then Munich airport has got you covered. Choose from a mobile accupressure massage, a chair massage or a regular massage depending upon how much time you have. There are also many hairdressers at the airport if you would like your hair cut while waiting for your connecting flight. Perhaps a manicure or a facial is more desireable? Visit the Cosmetics Institute on Level 2. Hilton Fit and Spa is located at the Munich Airport and has a special two hour spa pass. Visit their pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam bath.
The Munich hub has a workout facility through Body Street. Body Street is a streamlined way to work out for 20 minutes and still sweat, burn calories and feel great! This is compared to a workout or exercise an hour or more in length. Body Street is based upon astranaut training techniques. It uses body weight only and does not use regular gym equipment. The idea is to be able to do all of the exercieses anywhere, without equipment at all, this does not mean the exercises are easy…far from it! You can view this type of workout online for a sample.
If you find you are in need of a doctor, even a specialty doctor, you are likely to find them at the Munich Airport. From Opthomologists to Dentists, you really can’t find a wider range of medical services under one roof!
Munich Airport does offer one very unique feature that the author has not found anywhere else (yet!)—Airport Tours. Special airport tours are available at certain times a day and are about 50 minutes long. Tours are conducted in German, so be sure to make special reservations if you speak another language. Most languages can be accomodated.
Have a long layover and children to entertain? Visit The Visitor’s Park, which is a short 40 minutes away from the airport. There you will find a movie theatre among other indoor areas for kids to play. Outside there is a historic aircraft and a helicopter to explore, not to mention a big playground for the kiddos and an 18 hole mini-golf course. There is also a new attraction for smaller children at the Visitor’s Park…a new Tower Slide has been completed. The Tower Slide, standing almost 20 feet high, is the first in a new plan to develop more for kids to do at the Munich airport hub. The Viewing Hill in Visitor’s Park is a 172 step climb that gets you above the action. View the airport from a view of 72 Meters (236 ft) and see all of the airport action. Get some fresh air, relax, and learn a little about the airport in a fun way!
Are you flying to Munich to ski the Alps? Then take the airport shuttle to your hotel and you can be on the slopes enjoying the fresh powder within two hours! Zugspitze is Germany’s highest ski area and a great place to rub elbows with elite skiiers. Take the cog railway to the top to get the most out of your experience—and the highest point on the slopes. If you are not sure what to do or how to get there, you can visit one of several travel agencies in Terminal 2 on the third floor.
There are so many shops and restaurants at Munich’s transit hub, that it’s best to look at their A-Z list on the website to get a feel for what they offer. What we found most interesting is the airport has a BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz service centers for your car at the airport. Need an oil change before you travel, no problem, just bring it by. This is a strange but somewhat helpful feature to have at an airport.
For those looking for a little bit more out of their airport experience, try to the VipWing. This is the ultimate in luxury and ambiance and leaves the world of airport hustle and bustle behind. Relax in the outdoor Bavarian beer garden, or your own individual private suite. Enjoy Large and luxurious bathrooms, resting areas and fashionable lounges. The friendly and service-oriented staff await your arrival and are ready to make your stay at the VipWing one to remember. Prices start at 290 Euro per person ($315 US Dollars), private rooms are extra.
Flight Hub Review Trivia – Did you know?
- That Bavaria is an actual place in South Germany and is one of Europe’s oldest States?
- Bavarian culture is not the same as German culture?
- Bavarian culture dates back to the 6th Century and lasted until the first world war? They again became a free state in 1948.