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
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
One of many employees who wipe off naughty fingerprints
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
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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