München – BMW Museum

August 2, 2014

Dan and I took a motorcycle trip to Munich (München) for our long holiday weekend and spent a good portion of Saturday with some of the sexiest vehicles ever made – BMW. The museum building itself was a work of art, with clean white walls, creative displays and subtle lighting. But best of all, there were BMW cars and motorcycles that spanned the life of the company. The following pictures trace our route through the museum.


The BMW Museum


South Africa to München


Five levels of history


My Grandfather rode something like this


Too bad about the reflective glass – but they still look good


Thankfully, not everything was behind glass


The opposite end of the design scale


Cockpit view


Pre-car days, from when BMW made airplane engines


Line-up of my favorite BMW cars


From the other end of the row


Back to the bikes


Real bikes from real adventures


From the design room


Back to the wall of glassed bikes


Classic beyond words


I told Dan that for my birthday I wanted to drive one of these


Simple elegance


One of many employees who wipe off naughty fingerprints


Concept car


Back to the classics


The lovable bubble car


Fast cars, trapped in a room


I wouldn’t mind taking this out for my birthday, either…


Hell, I’d be willing to take about half of these cars out for a little spin!


Back to the wall of bikes


Concept bike

We had worked our way through the entire museum and enjoyed every minute of it. The building was a very well laid-out and, of course, the displays were beautiful to look at. Each model had an informational plaque, usually in German, but sometimes there would be an English translation. More often than not, the vehicles spoke for themselves.

As we exited the museum we were left with a parting vision: someone celebrating their wedding in front of the BMW Welt sign.

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