From border controls without customs officers to comfortable working areas and even a dentist, business travelers have access to a wide range of services at airports. Airports in Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Vienna in particular offer plenty of benefits to make business travel more pleasant. We present these five airports in a mini-series, starting with Munich.
Through passport control in seconds
Business travelers can now complete their ID formalities quickly and easily themselves without having to go through border control thanks to EasyPASS. All they have to do is scan their electronic passport and look into the camera. At Munich Airport, these electronic helpers are available in Terminals 1, 2 and 2 Satellite. All German ID cards and passports issued after November 2005 that are eligible for EasyPASS. These documents contain a chip with biometric data stored on it, among other things.
Meetings in a special ambience
The Nightflight Bar in the brightly lit atrium of Hilton Munich Airport Hotel (within walking distance from Terminals 1 and 2) is an ideal setting for a quick business meeting in an inspiring but relaxed atmosphere. Take a seat in one of the bright-red armchairs under 18-meter-high palm trees – the scenario should be familiar to those familiar with the German football talk show “Doppelpass” – and enjoy a drink or a snack. A business center and office space are also available on request.
Gourmet hot spot
Top chef Erik Kliemt previously created his culinary delights in renowned 5-star hotels in Berlin such as the Adlon. Now he manages three restaurants in the satellite terminal, where he serves delicacies of all kinds to suit travelers’ tastes from sushi to Bavarian specialties. His restaurants may not offer a place in the sun, but those who prefer open-air dining can find plenty of other restaurants with outdoor areas in the airport such as Bamee (Terminal 1, module C, level 04), Cloud7 (visitor terrace in Terminal 2, level 07) Sportalm (Terminal 2, levels 03 and 04) or Tante Ju‘s Speisenwerkstatt (visitor park, Nordallee 7).
Souvenirs for technology freaks
Budding scientists will love the Deutsches Museum Shop in the airport: Miniature planetariums, robots, airplanes, model ships and architecture models are ideal souvenirs for technology fans at home (Terminal 2, before security control). Shop & store: If you don’t want to lug your shopping with you in the plane, you can drop it in Terminal 2 (baggage claim) and pick it up when you return.
Indulge yourself Bavarian style
Munich Airport is the only airport in the world with its own brewery! The Airbräu tavern not only boasts an authentic Bavarian beer garden; guests can also experience the brewing process at first hand. Those who want to learn more about beer brewing can even go on a guided tour with the brewmaster, who takes them past gigantic copper kettles into the depths of the storage cellars. Beers like “Fliegerquell,” “Jetstream” and “Cumulus” guarantee a special Bavarian treat. Guided tours are available on request, last approx. 30 minutes and cost 8.50 euros/person (under the glass roof between Terminal 1 and 2, www.airbraeu.de).