Bayerische Motoren Werke, or BMW, was first founded in 1917 in Munich as a company producing airplane engines. During the first World War, production shifted to motorcycles, and the company rode the motorcycle boom until towards the end of World War II. During the dark times of the war, the company used prisoners from concentration camps during production of their motors. After the war, production shifted to automobiles that are now that company’s staple. The 3-series (shown above) was, and still is, the company’s most popular line.
There were two things on the to-do list today, as they were in the same part of the city. The BMW Welt and Museum and Olympicaparck, home of the 1972 Olympics.
A tram and metro ride later, we were standing in the middle of the BMW complex. They have their museum, a factory, an office tower, and the BMW Welt all in a relatively small area. We stopped into the museum first. For a rather small entry fee of €6, we were able to learn about the company that started in Europe designing aircraft motors, then latching onto the motorcycle ‘wave’, and eventually it’s work in cars.
A line of BMW Performance motors.
The first BMW 3 series automobile.
A cool display of all the tags of every 3 series model ever produced
Something interesting for me – the design process of a new vehicle.
The interior of a prototype
BMW Vision Electric Concept Car
It was a great way to learn about a company that survived during the war and is now on the leading edge of the car industry. The Welt allowed you to sit in cars and play around with a few simulators that are showing how much BMW is doing about emissions, etc.
The crazy architecture of the BMW Welt (Welt is world in German).
There was plenty to do inside.
From the Welt, we walked over to Olympiapark. The area was home to the 1972 Olympics, which was one of the most famous Olympics in history – for good and bad reason. It was the first Olympics back in Germany since the WWII, so they were trying to ensure that the country would be portrayed in a positive light. Unfortunately it was the site of the “Munich Massacre” where members of the Israeli team and their coaches were taken hostage and killed by Palestinian rebels.
The original Olympic Stadium used for ceremonies.
In light of the bad things that occurred, the Olympics were rather successful, with US swimmer Mark Spitz setting the record for the most gold medals in an Olympics, at seven.
A (poor) shot of the pool Mark Spitz set records in. I had to take this from the outside.
There were some kids playing in some Zorb balls in the small lake.
We walked around the Park and made our way up a small hill that allows visitors to see the entire park with a bird’s eye view.
From left to right: Olympic Hall (Olympia-Halle), Olympic Pool (Schwimmhalle), and (Olympiaturm) the tower.
The Olympic Stadium
THe nice park we walked through to get to the top.
We had to move hostels (as our travel plans switched our original plans) to another hostel called Wombat Hostel. This was actually a good thing, because the hostel was very nice and inviting. They even had a common area/sunroom with hammocks and couches to sit and use the wifi. The rooms also seemed relatively new.
For dinner, as per recommendation of our new German friend from the night before, we went to another beer hall called Augustiner Bräustuben. Our server was somewhat excited to see a group of American students and joked around with us. I had the recommendation of Haxenteller, which is half a pork knuckle in a beer gravy, with sauerkraut and a potato dumpling. There was SO much food, but it was very good to say the least. The interesting part about German food is how simply it seems like it’s seasoned. It’s hard to give it a single distinction, but I’d probably just say salt… with lots of meat.
After we had our free drinks that the hostel offered us with the night, we decided to walk around the carnival area again to see the different booths and food, as Andrew didn’t get a chance the night before . While it wasn’t nearly as packed as the night before, there were still a good amount of people enjoying Frühlingsfest!Tags: BMW, fruhlingsfest, Germany, munich, spring fest