Munich International Airport, the second busiest airport in Germany, is one of the major gateways to Europe. It welcomes an average of 30 million passengers every year since 2006. It's also a hub for prominent commercial flight carriers such as Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti. The airport also has high-class modern facilities such as two runways and two passenger terminals. There are also cargo and maintenance amenities for handling different types of aircraft, big or small.
Today, Munich International Airport plans to expand and develop its current setup and operations. The administration is preparing for this growth due to the projected number of possible passengers going to Munich in the future.
Where to go
Munich, like its other European counterparts, is well known for its intricate architecture. The city is full of buildings like the Marienplatz, the central square. There lies the column of the Virgin Mary, who is shown to be triumphing against war, famine, pestilence, and heresy. From there, travellers can go up to the Neues Rathaus Tower to see a panoramic view of the city. If the skies are clear, they can get a glimpse of the Alps on clear days. Other sites are also accessible from Marienplatz, making the square a convenient place to start tours. From there, tourists can visit the churches, Cuvillies Theatre, and other landmarks.
This German city also has modern structures such as the Olympiastadion, which is made to look like the Alps using acrylic glass and steel wires. The stadium also serves to represent Germany's image as a democratic country. Another unique structure is the BMW Headquarters with its circular buildings imitating the shape of the four cylinders of a car engine.
Germans are also famous for bringing to the world the Oktoberfest, a raucous gathering where participants will drink and be merry. This is a popular event worldwide, so travellers will have to prepare for the incoming crowds at this time of the year. It's enjoyable to take part on the Oktoberfest, however. Food is abundant with free-flowing beer with fun activities.
When leaving for a short-haul flight from Germany, one of the countries to visit is Poland. Although known for being one of the heaviest drinkers in Europe, this country has a lot to offer in cultural sights and unique landmarks. One of these landmarks is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mining companies in the world. It has an underground city carved out of the rock salt. A chapel is also located here, along with a lot of sculptures. There's also the Slowinski Sand Dunes in Northern Poland. It has an open-air museum featuring the culture of the Slovincians who once lived there. What's fascinating about this place is that the dunes can get as high as 30 metres due to the movement of the wind. The forms change every season, making it a delightful transient experience.
Netherlands, one of the acclaimed cities for promoting a child-friendly environment, offers a dozen and more sights for tourists. Located here is the Anne Frank House, which commemorates the life and family of a young Jewish girl whose iconic diary reflected the fears and injustice that the Jews suffered in the Holocaust. There's also the Van Gogh Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum featuring the works and lives of two painting masters.
For long-haul flights from Germany, trips to Central America can be considered. Mexico, for instance, has a lot of cultural sites with evident influence from the Spanish. This doesn't include their pre-colonial past when the Aztecs reigned supreme and uncontested. Upon arrival in Mexico, travellers can visit the National Museum of Anthropology and the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, as well as traditional sites like Chapultepec and Caracol.
Costa Rica is another go-to destination in the region. The country takes pride in its bio-diverse environment, national parks, and sanctuaries for various species. Those on a nature tour will greatly enjoy hiking through the protected reserves with knowledgeable guides.
How to get out
Travellers going out of Munich can book flights on various airlines, depending on their destination. For Europe destinations, some of the airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air Dolomiti, Air Eurpa, Air France, Air Malta, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Condor, easyJet, Finnair, Germanwings, Iberia, Icelandair, KLM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, and Swiss International Air Lines. For Asian tourists, there are flights on Air China, All Nippon Airways, Emirates, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airlines, and Turkish Airlines. North American tourists, on the other hand, may board United Airlines and US Airways. Those going to Africa can also board EgyptAir and South African Airways.
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