Munich Airport

Eat in a gondola at Munich Airport

Munich Airport has a lot going for it, amenities-wise.

There’s the brewery/beer garden, the play areas for kids, the sleeping cabins, the observation deck, and the MAC Forum that’s used to host everything from summer surfing to a full=blown Christmas Market.

Now there’s one more fun way to spend time at Munich Airport: eating in a gondola taken from a real ski lift.

The airport has a new restaurant – Sportalm – in Terminal 2, that serves Alpine specialties in a mountain-decor, a gondola, a sports bar and, opening next month, an upper level sun terrace with love seats and lounge chairs.

To set the scene of a traditional Upper Bavarian farmhouse, the decor includes tree trunks, knickknacks, an old barn door and a stone trough – all things that give the restaurant “authentic snugness and originality,” according to the airport.

 

Go skating at Denver and Munich Airports

Ice-skating kid with pillow

(At least) two airports will have free skating rinks on site this holiday season so travelers can take a spin on the ice while waiting for their flights.

Denver International Airport’s rink opens on Friday, in the outdoor plaza between the main terminal and the Westin Denver International Airport. The rink, complete with carolers and seasonal music, will be there through January 1, from 9 in the morning till 9 at night.

Time on the ice is free and complimentary skates are available.

The DEN Plaza is also where you’ll find a Holiday Market on December 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and, starting at 4 pm on December 16, an ugly holiday sweater party and a showing of the film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

There’s also a free ice-skating rink at Munich Airport – with a space set aside for curling – as part of the airport’s Christmas Market.

The market, set in a ‘forest’ of more than 450 pine trees, runs through December 30 and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 pm. (Booths close at 5 on Christmas Eve)

In addition to free skating (there is a small fee for renting skates), Munich Airport’s Christmas Market has food booths, entertainment, craft workshops and, of course, a visit from St. Nick.

Winter Market at Munich Airport

Munich Airport Christmas Market

Here’s a great airport amenity: a Winter Market.

Each winter, Munich Airport turns the covered open space between the airport’s two terminals into a festive holiday market.

450 live Christmas trees plus one giant centerpiece tree help set the scene for the winter wonderland, with more than 46 stands selling charming gifts and yummy foods, such as mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds and gingerbread.

Better yet, there’s a large skating rink in the center of the market and another ice surface just for curling.

Santa Claus is scheduled to visit on December 6; on Saturday, December 19, Germany’s top figure skaters will perform on the ice; there’s live music on the weekends and hourly departures for the airport’s popular 50-minute twilight tours of the runways, fire stations, cargo terminal and maintenance hangars.

Sound like fun?

Here’s a link to more information and scheduled activities at Munich Airport’s Winter Market.

Santa visits Munich Airport Christmas Market

Tennis courts coming to Munich Airport

Tennis im MAC

The large outdoor plaza between Terminals 1 and 2 at Munich Airport hosts events ranging from wave-pool surfing and beach volleyball (on a beach made of trucked-in sand) in the summer to a traditional Christmas Market in the winter.

Also on the agenda: tennis.

From April 1 to 20, two tennis courts will be set up in the plaza offering tennis camps for kids, open court time for adults and a chance to watch ranked tennis players compete in matches.

The tennis courts are being set up as an advertisement of sorts for the upcoming tennis tournament known as the BMW Open by FWU AG but that just seems like a great excuse to offer up fun and surprising amenity at the airport.

Lufthansa “then & now” photo exhibit at Munich Airport

Lufthansa then and now flight attendants

Lufthansa has put together an exhibition of ‘then and now’ photos bundled under the title “Service is our tradition” and on view in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport until the end of August.

The images show the development of Lufthansa from 1955 to today and show historical images of the cabin, the cockpit and aircraft juxtaposed with similarly posed scenes from today.

Here are few samples:

Lufthansa then and now flight attendants with kids

Lufthansa then and now flight attendant with drinks

Not going to Munich Airport anytime soon? You can see all the photos from the exhibition here.