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Munich Layover

Jan 07, 2014 | Comments 1

Stuck on a Munich layover at the Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC)? If so, you’re in good shape as far as layovers go. The airport was recently rated #5 in the Top Ten Airports In The World and you’ll find that there’s plenty to do inside the airport, and nearby in Munich depending on the length of your layover.Munich skyline 1024x682 Munich Layover
This German airport makes this list by offering impressive facilities including miniature golf in the Visitor’s Park, a 60-seat cinema, Internet access, shopping, visitor’s terrace, and Napcabs are located in Terminal 2, Level 5. There is also a sauna and spa and massage services (Terminal 2, Level 5 & Terminal 1, Level 4). The airport also offers tours that show the behind-the-scenes of aviation technology and “kinderterminals,” a touchscreen that allows children to learn more about how an airport works.

PHOTO: Maria Menounos checks out Napcab at the Munich Airport

The airport offers its own “Stopover Guide” which can be downloaded here. The guide offers maps and suggestions of things to do in Munich based on how long your layover is.

If you’re looking to drop off your luggage while you explore, the airport offers Left Luggage facilities. Click here and here for more details.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest before catching connecting flight, the airport hosts a couple of hotels including the Kempinski Hotel Airport München and the Novotel München Airport. In addition, there are a number of hotels nearby in Munich. For a full list of Munich hotels, click here.

If you have a long layover and want to see the sites, the airport is located 17.7 miles northeast of Munich, which makes it accessible if you have the time. Always remember to budget extra time for both ways, in case of traffic or other delays. In addition to grabbing a taxi outside of arrivals, the airport is connected to the city by railway lines S1 and S8 and trains arrive every 10 minutes. There are also a number of bus routes as well as hotel and other shuttles.

LayoverGuide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Munich:

Munich Tours
There’s lots of ways to see Munich. You can tour the city by bike with Mike’s Bike Tours, go on an adventure tour with Like Us Tours, take a free walking tour, or even tour by segway.

Nymphenburg Palace
This beautiful, sprawling estate dates back to 1664 and contains a massive Great Hall, “Gallery of Beauties” and tons more places of interest. There’s also a park that is linked to the palace and a great place to take a nice walk.

Viktualienmarkt
The Viktualienmarkt is the city’s largest and most famous outdoor marketplace. You can find everything from spices and cheeses to handmade straw puppets.

St. Peter’s Church
The St. Peter’s Church is a great place to stop for some good views of Munich. On a clear day, you can see to the Alps. The surrounding neighborhood also has great places to stop for a bite of food, drink, and do some shopping.

Old Pinakothek
The Old Pinakothek is the place for art. The museum is home to the city’s most famous artwork, includes renowned international works from the 14th through the 18th centuries. You can check out the exhibits here.

None of these up your alley? There’s also tons more options for your layover, including the BMW Museum, the Hofbrauhaus Munchen bar to grab a drink, and take a stroll in the Marienplatz gardens.

Have a suggestion for a Munich layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Jesse Horowitz says:

    I will have a 3 1/2 hour lay over at the air port, is there enough time to go into the city for a few hours considering it takes about 40 minutes by train to city center, and the trains run ever 20 mins. Any suggestions
    if it can be done and what to see in that short period of time.

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