Information and Travel Guide for Munich International Airport Munich International Airport (MUC)
Located in the third largest German city, and the largest city in Bavaria, the Munich Airport is the second busiest in the country. Traffic of almost 38 million people went through this hub which serves Lufthansa and Star Alliance passengers. As the airport hub in a city of publishing and high finance, Munich Airport sees many business travellers as well as tourists.
What was once a village of 500 called Franzheim, is now a bustling international airport. Construction began in 1980, requiring demolition of the village and resettlement of the residents. Named for a prominent local politician, Franz Josef Strauss, the airport is only rarely called by its full title (Flughafen Munchen Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung). Officially opening in May 1992, the Munich Airport offered a second Lufthansa hub in addition to bustling Frankfurt.
Since 2003, Munich Airport has featured two terminals and has served both Lufthansa and Star Alliance. In June 2003, Terminal 2 was finished, housing Star Alliance partners exclusively. And, due to increased traffic, a third terminal is being planned.
Services and Amenities
While there are only two hotels directly connected with the airport, the surrounding area has a large number to choose from. Most of the nearby hotels offer their guests free shuttle service to and from the airport also. In addition to accommodations, you will find the Munich Airport a wonderful sight-seeing destination in and of itself. Between the two terminals, the airport features a full-service shopping mall with many restaurants and entertainments.
A highlight of a visit to either the airport or the Munich Airport Centre is The Forum. This is an open-air, covered space, designed to allow travelers and visitors to the airport to enjoy a delightful view, all while relaxing in indoor comfort. Different in all seasons, you'll also find a lovely beer garden here in summertime.
Parking and Transportation
Set 17 miles from the city of Munich, this international airport is accessible by public transit, the Munich suburban railway. Lines S8 and S1 can reach the airport in about 45 minutes. There is also bus service via the MVV line 635 and the Freising railway station.
Like other German airports, Munich Airport offers travellers the option to reserve parking online, before arriving so that they're guaranteed a parking spot upon arrival. Parking is available for both long and short-term needs as well as for visitors or those dropping someone off for a flight. Rates start at 16 Euros.
As does any medieval town appreciative of its heritage, Munich has maintained much of the art, architecture and culture of the past. Despite damage during world wars, there is much to see here that will transport you back into an earlier time.
But, Munich is far from trapped in history. After you visit such historic sites as the Marienplatz and Maximilianstrasse, take some time to explore the city's many sports venues, the world famous zoo and beautiful Botanical Gardens.
Airport Code: MUC Telephone: +49 89 975-00 or +49 9752 1313 (flight information) Address: Munich International Airport, PO Box 23 17 55, 85326 Munich, Germany Fax: (0)89 9755 7906 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the airport’s website Website: www.munich-airport.de Time Zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October) Location: The airport is located 28km (18 miles) northeast of Munich