42.3 million passengers pass through this airport which is located to the northeast of downtown Munich. After Frankfurt, this is the busiest airport in Germany and it is also one of the busiest airports in Europe. In addition to the luxurious décor in the lounges and the range of facilities for passenger comfort, there is a visitors park for entertainment. This features a display of historic aircraft and a mini golf course. Germany is famous for its beers and this is an important feature of the airport. It has the largest roofed-in airport in the world that serves a wide range of beers and other beverages. The beer garden features a maypole and chestnut trees. There is also an on-site brewery and passengers can enjoy tours and tastings. If beer is not your thing, you can eat and drink in one of the other 50 bars and restaurants you will find in this airport. The airport is also visually appealing as architecture makes heavy use of glass. The main airlines that use Munich Airport are Condor, Lufthansa, and Air Berlin. Munich Airport has dropped one position in terms of the best airports in the world as it is now ranked 4th.
Munich Airport in Germany is one of Europe's busiest and most popular airports. The Bavarian capital attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, who come to see the ancient buildings and art collections, attend the wonderful Christmas market and revel in the Oktober Fest beer festival celebrations.
Munich Airport covers a large number of destinations. Flight arrivals include Warsaw, Düsseldorf, Seoul, Oslo, Sofia, Dresden and Hamburg, Istanbul and Barcelona. The two passenger terminals and the Munich Airport Center provide a large number of services, facilities and amenities for passengers arriving and departing - there are airport tours, a visitor's terrace and an airport souvenir shop for a start, where waiting passengers can while away their time, not to mention the many cafes, bars and restaurants, shops and bakeries!
Terminal 1 consists of modules A, B, C, D and E. The Munich Airport Centre is located at Terminal 1 and can be found on Level 3. Terminal 2 is divided into Pier North, Pier South and a Plaza.
Information Service desks can be found at the Airport Center, where the desk is open 24 hours every day of the year on Level 3. At Terminal 1's departure areas A and D on Level 4 is another Information Desk, also in departure areas B and C on Level 4. These two desks are manned between 5.00 am and 10.00 pm every day.
At Terminal 2 Information Services can be found in the departure area on Level 4 and at the arrivals area on Level 3. Both desks are open from 6.00 am to 10.30 pm daily.
Lounge Services for Lufthansa's Senator and Business class - styled with comfortable seating and modern facilities - are located at Terminal 2. At Terminal 1 passengers will find the lounges of Air France and British Airways, Emirates and two general airport lounges - the Europe and Atlantic lounges.
The latter has exclusive apron views, some 80 seats in two separate lounge areas, a reception service and free internet access workstations, wireless LAN which is free for the first half hour of use, a TV with a wide range of international and domestic channels, a mobile phone recharging station, snacks and beverages, shower facilities, en-suite toilets, a separate smoking area and domestic and international newspapers.
Munich Airport offers a number of excellent hotels with their own free shuttle service in close proximity to the airport complex. The Kempinski Hotel Airport München, Novotel and the Holiday Inn Express for example are close by.
Passengers travelling to and from the airport have a number of transport options available to them. A metro rail link runs via the S1 and S8 from the airport to Munich Central Station and the Ostbahnhof train station. The airport train station can be found underneath Terminal 1 and 2 with an additional stop at the Visitors Area being available, too.
Transfer and limousine services as well as regular airport taxis are also plentiful. At Terminal 1 there are taxi ranks outside each module as well as outside the Central Area next to the Car Rental Returns area. At Terminal 2 the taxi rank is located opposite modules G and H.
Munich Airport car rentals can be picked up outside Module C at Terminal 1, while the Car Rental Returns area is located opposite Module B at Terminal 1. Among the official car hire providers are Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and many others. Their hire stations are located in Terminalstraße Mitte just outside the terminal buildings. The car rental stations in the Car Rental Center are open from 6.00 am onwards and close between 11.00 pm and midnight.
Passengers looking for bus connections from the airport will find two bus stops outside Terminal 1 (Modules A/B and D/E) and one opposite Terminal 2 as well as one bus stop located outside the Munich Airport Center. Further bus stops are located along the Administration Building near the Visitors Park and the Vacationers parking lot P4.
City buses link the airport with central Munich, Erding, Freising, Ingolstadt, Landshut, Markt Schwaben, Munich Main Train Station and Schwabing North Station, Munich Trade Fair Center and long distance coach travel is available to Nuremberg and Bamberg, Prag in the Czech Republic, Pfaffenhofen, Regensburg, Salzburg in Austria, Schwaig, Taufkirchen and Wartenberg in Germany.
For more information about Munich Airport, please visit the official airport website at www.munich-airport.de.