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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.

Surf’s up – again – at Munich Airport

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Passengers hanging out at Munich Airport in Germany can now hang 10 as well.

Free surfing, with complimentary loaner surfboards and wetsuits, is available through Aug. 24 in a giant standing wave pool set up outdoors between Terminals 1 and 2.

Pre-registered guests can surf 10 at a time for 45-minute sessions. Twice a day, a bar will be placed across the water so beginners can hold on.

Non-surfers can watch the action between flights from the poolside grandstand or from a temporary beach, which has palm trees, lounge chairs and a cocktail bar.

This is the fourth year surfing has been an option at the Munich Airport Center, a public space that also hosts an annual beach volleyball tournament and a Christmas Market.

Surfing at Munich Airport

(My story about surfing at Munich Airport first appeared on NBC News Travel)

Surf’s up at Munich Airport

In just a few weeks you’ll be able to surf at Munich Airport.

Yes, surf!

munich surfing

From July 30 to August 24, 2014 a giant standing wave machine – billed as the world’s largest – returns to Munich Airport offering free rides on real surfboards on an endless wave.

During the installation, the airport offers surfing camp for kids each morning and free rides for anyone 8 years of age and older each afternoon. And on August 9 and 10, the European Championships in Stationary Wave Riding will take place at the airport, with spectators admitted for free.

Free surfing takes place each day from 3 p.m to 8:15 p.m. and equipment (surfboards, wetsuits, etc.) can be borrowed. Registration for one of the 45 minute surfing slots can be made two days in advance and, for true beginners, rods are placed across the water each twice each day to make it easier to hang ten.