Day 9: A notable sight in Munich were designated bicycle tracks running on the same roads that their gorgeous German cars drove on. I used to feel terribly indifferent towards cars, engines and anything that went “vroom”, until I was
forced influenced to watch Top Gear. No, not an entire engine nut yet, but my interest is certainly slightly piqued.
So of course we went to the BMW Museum. If that’s on your list, remember to do what we didn’t – Book the factory tour 6 months in advance, because that’s how early it takes to get a slot.
Note: Photographs in this post are a mix of Clifford’s & mine. You’ll be able to tell them apart. You just will.
It’s like being in a ginormous car showroom, only with history, order, catergorization, more information charts and each of these four-wheelers seem to bear some sort of individualistic character when exhibited like that. They posed proudly as photographers of every level took their every angle. I even spotted a young budding artist sprawled on the floor with his sketchbook and crayons, drawing the most colourful BMW ever known to man kind. Let no one tell him he’s drawing it wrong. No one.
My favourite section had to be Be Mini one. It felt like home, especially when they had a Mini SMEG fridge in the merchandise area. Luggage bags, shirts, side mirrors and totes embellished with its logo. I couldn’t leave without getting something, so I got myself a mini-cooper figurine! (Scour Instagram with #wenzineurope, you’ll see it.)
To get to the museum, take the underground U3 to Olympiazentrum station and you’ll find yourself in the Olympiapark area. Incidentally, the X games were going on nearby so we popped by for a look-see.
We hung around the bazaar area, had some amazing curry wurst and found ourselves snagging free sodas and ice cream before it started to pour. That was cue for us to run towards Olympia-einkaufszentrum (OEZ), the largest mall in Munich. And for dinner, it was back to Augustiner Bräustuben — once wasn’t going to be enough.
Earlier that day…
In case you missed them:
Day 1/ 19 June – When In Rome (I)
Day 2/ 20 June – When In Rome (II)
Day 3/ 21 June – A slice of Pisa
Day 4/ 22 June – Florence and the Tangerines
Day 5/ 23 June – A penchant for Venice
Day 6/ 24 June – Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Day 7/ 25 June – Top of Europe: Jungfraujoch
Day 8/ 26 June – Travel: Greetings, Munich
Day 9/ 27 June – Munich: BWW Museum + The X Games (Now reading)
Day 10/ 28 June – Munich: Nymphenburg Palace, Viktualienmarkt & Deutsches Museum
Day 11/ 29 June – Paris: My First Impressions
Day 12/ 30 June – Postcards From Paris
Day 13/ 1 July – Thanks for Disneyland, Mr Walt Disney