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BMW Factory Tour, Munich

130 Petuelring
Germany 80788
Tel: 49 89 382 233 07's insider take:

BMW's headquarters are a formidable part of the Munich skyline—its four cylindrical towers suggest a car engine. The factory below is a car freak's heaven, and the two-and-a-half-hour tour (register online) takes visitors right onto the plant floor. Sparks literally fly as you shuffle past the forklifts and robots in your safety goggles and blue factory coats. The factory itself is a spotless, climate-controlled complex visually dominated by automated assembly lines and insectoid robots that do most of the actual work. The ballet of these alien-looking machines as they weld a door panel is pure industrial poetry. And if you'd like to take a 3-series BMW home with you (other models are made elsewhere), the factory can arrange a little discount.

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