Our friend Jonathan Spira over at ExecutiveRoadWarrior started a series of articles about Munich that covers museums and music, and of course, the Munich-based, Bayerische Motoren Werke.
Along with the great article, Jonathan also shares with us some amazing photos from the Old Continent.
MUSEUMS FROM A TO Z
Museums run the gamut here from art to automobiles to science and technology to zoology.
The BMW Museum is one of the most popular attractions in Munich, alongside the Alte Pinakothek, the Deutsches Museum, and the BMW Welt. The museum opened shortly before the 1972 Summer Olympics and was designed by Prof. Karl Schwanzer, an Austrian architect who also designed BMW’s neighboring four-cylinder headquarters building. It was renovated as part of the development of the BMW Welt and reopened in 2008 with significantly increased exhibit space.
The museum presents almost a century of BMW’s history and heritage in seven thematic blocks covering design, company history, technology, motor sport, motorcycles, the BMW brand, and BMW’s cars.
In the original section of the museum, visitors ascend a spiral walkway to see the individual exhibits. An escalator at the top brings them back to the ground floor.
The BMW Welt is BMW’s “experience and delivery center” which opened in October 2007. In addition to its primary mission, the handover of new BMWs to customers at the factory, it presents a variety of exhibits on BMW technology and BMW automobiles.
Over five million people have visited the BMW Welt since its opening, making it the most frequently visited attraction in Munich (admission is free). Designed by Prof. Wolf Prix, a principal at the Viennese design firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and a student of Prof. Karl Schwanzer, the building’s architecture, including the striking Doppelkegel (double cone) and the flying cloud roof, represents a new order in design yet the BMW Welt is harmoniously integrated into the context of the surrounding BMW buildings and Olympic Park architecture.
The BMW Welt is connected to the BMW Museum by a bridge and the BMW plant tours start in the Welt as well.
Full article and photos at ExecutiveRoadWarrior