Are You Flying to Munich (MUC)? A Dogs Airport Review
It has been a long … long… time since the bipeds have been so utterly impressed with an airport. I know, an airport sounds boring right? But bear with me as I tell you why Munich Airport (MUC) is a completely different beast.
As the second busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic (behind Frankfurt) it handled 38,360,604 passengers in 2012. that is a LOT of people! It is the world’s 12th busiest airport for international passenger traffic, but its design never makes you feel like you are in a huge and complicated hub. It’s cool, it’s modern, it’s smart … it’s .. German.
How does this airport manage that? lets start with the Munich Airport Centre (MAC). It was our favorite part. It is a shopping, business and recreation area that connects Terminals 1 and 2. The older central area was originally built as part of Terminal 1 and hosts a shopping mall and the train station. The newer area – called the “MAC Forum” was built with Terminal 2 and is a large outdoor area with a tent-like, partly transparent roof. Next to it is the “inside the airport hotel” managed by Kempinski.
It’s a really neat space. See?
And pets are allowed anywhere in Munich airport as long as they remain on leash!
That is a huge plus for us, since Munich airport will likely become a more frequent stop over as we start to increase our travels to Europe. I saw many other canines (and a few cats) at the airport, happy to be out of their carriers and like me, wondering up and down as they waited for their flight or connection. It was a treat to not be the only pet around and to even have a few moments of play with other dogs.
Sadly, there is no indoor potty…yet. But there is lots and lots of grass outside! Also, the human bathrooms are very wide and spacious so if like me, your pet is indoor potty trained, there is absolutely no problem finding a good spot to put down the pee pad.
If you have a bit of time to kill, the coolest place you can take your dog for his or her pee break is the Visitors “park” where you can go see 3 old retired planes, run on some grass and just have a good time. I think that is pretty neat don’t you?
The best thing about this airport is the amount of natural light it gets. It’s really bright and modern. The design is simple and uncomplicated and what makes it work is all the thought put into the details.
There are areas where you can curl up all cozy behind padded walls that dull out the constant hum of the crowd.
There are seats that you can stretch out on…
There are sleeping booths you can rent…
Internet and Wi-Fi hot spots are littered throughout and free coffee, tea, snacks and newspapers are available once you leave the shopping area and head towards your gate. Yes … FREE coffee and tea! I know the bipeds were stunned as well.
For those humans that smoke, the airport has smoking “glass cubes” sponsored by different cigarette companies. You can enter and enjoy your cigarette without disturbing anyone. I can’t tell you how many people were thrilled at finding these. I happen to think that it’s a good fit, getting the cigarette companies to sponsor them. The number of spaces, the layouts (simple cube or full on lounge), the maintenance of the air ducks, ventilation etc. not to mention the cleaning… all of it is handed off as an expense to the cigarette company. Kinda brilliant. I think they should take that concept for pet areas and have them sponsored by pet product companies!
I met a lot of wonderful folks during my jaunts at Munich airport on this last trip. The flight attendants loved me! The shopping was excellent with just the right mix of high end and affordable shops. It is spotlessly clean and the signs easy to follow.
I have to say that as far as waiting spaces go, Munich Airport does a great job at making you feel like you’re not entirely wasting your time.