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Munich Layover

Jan 07, 2015 | Comments 3

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 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. The airport is located 17.7 miles northeast of Munich, which makes it accessible if you have the time. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Munich layover, click here for useful tips.

Layover in Munich stopover things to doThe Munich airport offers 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 near the airport, and for a full list of Munich hotels, click here.

There are many transportation options if you’re looking to leave the airport during your Munich layover. 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. Private transfers can also be booked. Always remember to budget extra time for both ways, in case of traffic or other delays.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Munich Layover:

Munich Tours
There’s lots of ways to see Munich. You can tour the city by bike, walking tours, as well as day trips, cultural and historic sightseeing trips, food, wine and nightlife, shows, concerts, and much more!

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.

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.

  2. mike says:

    Takes time to get off plane go through customs if international figure that’s an hour 45 min into city 45 back you are at 2.5 hours probably want 90 min for security and you are at 4 hours. So no.

  3. neh says:

    My Parents have 10 hours layover time at Munich airport. What do you suggest? Can they have bus tour? Do airport provide any such visitor bus tour.

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