Munich Airport (officially called Franz Josef Strauss International Airport) is Germany’s second busiest airport handling around 38 million passengers per year. In 2005 and 2006 it was voted the Best Airport in Europe and the third best in the world, after Changi-Singapore and Hong Kong. Its facilites and services are praised and it boasts the well-equipped Munich Airport Centre, which offers business services and excellent recreational facilities, along with the Visitors` Park.
Munich airport handles flights from all over Germany and the rest of Europe, as well as from North America and Asia. Munich airport has two terminals; Terminal 1 has six halls, A to F while Terminal 2 has two halls only, G and H. These two terminals feature 202 check-in desks, 142 gates and 47 airbridges handle incoming and outgoing air traffic with speed and efficiency.
For more information on Munich Airport, check out the official page.
Munich Airport Facilities
Munich Airport provides excellent facilities to ensure that you have a comfortable stay at the airport while waiting for your flight.
Disabled Facilities at Munich Airport
Munich Airport is fully accessible for passengers with reduced mobility. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted restrooms and elevators. There are text telephones at the Service Centre by the medical services. In all car parks there are places reserved for the disabled. For more information about handicapped facilities at Munich Airport, please visit the airport’s official website.
Money and communication at Munich Airport
Both of the terminals at Munich airport offer banking services with a number of banks, ATMs and bureaux de change. A post office is also available in the public area.
Munich Airport Restaurants
There is a vast range of eateries at Munich Airport with everything from fast-food outlets to traditional Bavarian bars and restaurants. There are popular franchises such as Burger King and Mangostin as well as some airport operated snack bars.
You can find a list of restaurants at Munich airport on this link.
Munich Airport Shopping
Beyond security control, on the public side there are duty free and duty paid outlets in both terminals at Munich airport. There is a wide variety of shops ranging from retailers of food through electronics, clothing and accessories, perfumes and cosmetics, to jewellery and leatherwear. There is a list of all the shops on Munich airport’s official site.
Munich Airport Business centre
In the Munich Airport Centre (MAC), which is the heart of the airport, there is a business service centre called Municon with 35 offices and meeting rooms to rent, as well as exclusive VIP lounges to book.
The Kempinski Hotel is also equipped with extensive office, meeting and conference facilities for up to 400 people.
The Internet Point in the Service Centre offers facilities such as a fax machine, copy machines, printers, scanners and computers.
Other facilities at Munich airport
The airport has an extensive medical centre with a pharmacy and a dentist. There are also shower rooms and playing rooms for children.
Munich has got a continental climate, influenced by the proximity of the Alps. The winter months can be rather cold with light snowfalls. Between December and February it can be a little overcast and surprisingly dry. The springtime weather is never far away. Usually summers in Munich are fairly warm and very wet. During the best period of the year most of the city moves outdoors.
You can check the forecast on this site.
Driving to / from Munich Airport
Munich Airport is located on the north-eastern side of Munich, just off the A92, and is connected to four motorway exits. Access to the airport can be gained easily from any point in the city.
Directions to Munich Airport from the north of the city:
From Obershleissheim take the A92 (E53) all the way to Munich airport.
Directions to Munich Airport from the south of the city:
From Oberhaching take the A99 north to north-west until it meets the A92, then follow the A92 all the way to Munich airport.
Directions to Munich Airport from the east of the city:
From Kirchheim take the A99 north-west until it meets the A92, then follow the A92 all the way to Munich airport.
Directions to Munich Airport from the west of the city:
From Grafelfing take the A96 to the city centre, or from Munich city centre follow the signs for the A9. Take the A9 north until it meets with the A92 at which point turn right, then follow the A92 all the way to Munich airport.
Along all routes, the complex is clearly signposted.