Munich Franz Josef Strauss Spotting Guide

Munich Airport – A household name not only for the spotter community – Munich is one of the most famous travel destinations in Germany and Europe by being attractive with the world’s famous and largest Beer Festival, annually being held from late September until early October. But not only the Munich Beer Festival makes the Bavarian capital a visit worth, also the immediate location next to the Alps grants a bonus for MUC! All in all, Munich’s lovely city, events, environment and their population ranks the city quite close to the top on every’s MUST DO-list. And the airport is even better! Here’s the guide for it!
Munich is the second busiest airport in Germany, handling 39,700,515 passengers in 2014 Munich is a hub of Lufthansa, Lufthansa CityLine, Air Dolomiti, Condor, SunExpress Germany, TUIfly and Air Berlin. The Bavarian capital is served by many European, a few Americans, some Asians and last but not least some African airlines that are regularly coming along.

During the summer, MUC booms from holiday charter flights! But also throughout the winter, there are some upgrades from Russian and British carriers bringing ski tourists to Munich and it’s environment. MUC’s freight sector perks up during dusk and dawn which is the label of freight business all over the world. Cargo jets like Maersk, TNT, UPS, DHL, FedEx, Air Bridge Cargo, Cargolux and our newest star, Yangtze River Express are to be encountered early in the morning or towards evening.

The diversity of modern aircraft is huge at Munich Airport, Emirates serves the Dubai flights with the famous A380 twice a day, being Munich’s largest aircraft since November 2011. ANA and Qatar Airways also rely on modern airliner by operating Tokyo Haneda and Doha with their brand-new Dreamliner aircrafts.

Written by Patrick Weis & Marlin Lehmann (Resident) / Last Update March 2016

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Airport Information Runways 08R/26L 08L/26R
4.000 m (13.123 ft) 4.000 m (13.123 ft)
Asphalt Asphalt
Terminals Terminal 1 Terminal 2
Other alliance members oneWorld, Skyteam and non-alliance airlines. Qatar Airways and US Airways recently moved to Terminal 1. Lufthansa and all Star Alliance members except Turkish Airlines due to a different catering service as well as Lufthansa Group partners e.g. Air Dolomiti, BMI, Luxair and Air Malta
Spotting Information Ladder Depends on the location and the angle you like. You need up to 3 steps to clear the fence. It is described in the misc row whether you need a ladder or not.
Car Recommended as the most locations are difficult to be reached by public transport and it requires long walking times. There are bus stops for the southernmost spots.
Restrooms Terminal, GAT or at the fuel stations as well as in any publicly accessable building e.g. hotels.
Drinks/Food Food is available at McDonald’s between the terminals, there are also some restaurants in the terminal or in the nearby towns like the ‘Neuwirt’ in the town of Hallbergmoos. There are many fuel stations and grocery stores around the airport where food and drinks are available as well.
Hotels There few hotels and motels near the airport belonging to different classes and categories, a Hilton hotel is directly located between the terminal, a Novotel, Holiday Inn Express and NH Hotel as well as other hotel chains are all around the airport.
Season Munich is busy throughout the entire year, airlines vary from season. The airport is rather approached by ski charters during the winter, whilst there are largely holiday charters during the hot months. The MSC (Munich Security Conference) is annually held at Munich over the first weekend in February. Regular flights are not dependent from season.
Runway Usage 08R/26L
Mainly in use for aircrafts arriving/departing from/to the south including Thai B744, Russian aircrafts departing back home, freight planes and businessjets. The Emirates A380 departs here only. Please note that runway usage is sometimes subject to traffic density.
08L/26R Mainly for aircrafts arriving/departing from or to the north of the airport including all American airlines and ANA. The Emirates A380 always arrives here. Please note that runway usage is sometimes subject to traffic density.

Spot #1 – Motocross Track – Arrivals 08L
WHERE Spot 1 is located in the west of the airport. There is a motocross track next to this spot. When coming from the terminals, take the highway (Zentralallee) to Munich/All directions/Freising but exit the street on its first exit (about 1.8km from Terminal 1) to the right at exit Wartungsallee/Besucherpark. When you have left the highway, turn right in direction to Nordallee for 140m. Then, turn left onto Nordallee. After 600m, turn right and follow the road for 350m. Then, turn right again and choose a suitable place to park and stay.
WHAT You can see all aircraft arriving on Runway 08L. Only inbound shots possible.
TIME Best light conditions from 08:00 to 17:00
MISC. There is the fuelstation a few hundred meters away with a toilet and some drinks and food. There are sometimes motocross races on this track! Especially on sunny, warm days, there are interesting races which you can easily watch from here.
FOCAL LENGTH 100-400mm
 Spot #2 – Observationhill (Besucherhügel)
WHERE Munichs visitor hill is very famous, not only for spotters but also for families and travellers! It is located in the west of the airport. When coming from the terminals, take the highway (Zentralallee) to Munich/All directions/Freising but exit the street on its first exit (about 1.8km from Terminal 1) to the right at exit Wartungsallee/Besucherpark. When you have left the highway, turn right in direction to Nordallee for 140m. Then, turn right again onto Nordallee and follow the street course for 850m. After 850m, you will already see the Besucherpark (eng.: Visitors park) on your right. You can park your car on the car park P52 where fees apply (check www.munich-airport.com for the current prices) and walk up to the also fee-required observation hill (1 Euro).
WHAT This spot is good for arrivals on runway 08L as well as all aicraft movements on the ramp in front of you. You need a high focal length for the runway movements and heat haze can be a problem in the summer.
TIME Light conditions are good the whole day (08L until 17:00, apron from 4:00pm until sunset
MISC. There are some rubbish bins on the hill. Toilets are at the restaurant next to the spotterhill. There is a turnstile at the entrance so you can enter the hill and the exhibition 24h all year round. You can also travel here by public transport from the city and from the terminals. When starting at the terminals, take S1/S8 to Ostbahnhof or Herrsching/Weßling/Gilching-Argelsried or Germering-Unterpfaffenhofen and exit the train at Flughafen München Besucherpark (1st stop). The walking route from the station is marked in blue in the map above.
FOCAL LENGTH 100-400 mm (for the historical planes there less than that)
 Spot #3 – Holes in the fence
WHERE This spot is next to the street (Zentralallee) from and to the airport. You can park your vehicle at Terminal 1 Hall A (airberlin and Condor) and walk from here. Walk in direction of the northern runway and cross the streets. Place beyond the crash barrier and keep there. Be careful when you cross the street! Fees apply when parking at Terminal 1A. You can also park at the visitor car park (longer walk). No stairs necessary here. Please do not cut new holes into the fence that spotting remains tolerated at this point!
WHAT This is the best spot for all movements on the runway 08L/26R. Taxiing aircrafts coming along very close when taxiing to Terminal 1 or take-off.
TIME Light conditions are good from 08:00-17:00
MISC. Be careful when crossing the street as cars flashing past you very fast. Always keep behind the breakdown lane, not to place yourself in danger!
FOCAL LENGTH 24-400mm
 Spot #4 – Water saving reservoir 26R
WHERE There is a water saving reservoir in the east part of the airport which enables spotting. When coming from the airport Terminal 2, drive northbound on Terminalstraße Ost until you enter the roundabout. Take immediately the first exit (Erdinger Allee towards Deggendorf/Erding/Schwaig and follow the avenue for about 1.2km until the next roundabout appears. Take the second exit (so simply drive straight ahead) to remain on Erdinger Allee and follow it for another 1.6km. Turn left when you are near the OMV gas station. You can park right away at the entrance of the road – Walk up the reservoir corner and choose your favourite angle by walking along the hill.
By public transport: take bus 512 from MAC/Terminal 1 and exit at Schwaig Nord. You have to walk for at least 15-30 Minutes.
WHAT This spot is good for aircrafts arriving on Runway 26R and line up for departure where no ladder is needed. 08L departures are perfectly visible as well but smaller aircraft may are very high already.
TIME Good spot from sunrise till 17:00
MISC. There are aplenty of facilities over the way at the gas station. Food and drinks can be bought in the station’s shop. A toilet is also available there.
FOCAL LENGTH 100-400mm
 Spot #5 – Line up 26L
WHERE Spot 5 is very close to Spot 6 and 7. When starting at the Terminal 2, drive northbound on Terminalstraße Ost until you enter the roundabout. Take immediately the first exit (Erdinger Allee towards Deggendorf/Erding/Schwaig and follow the avenue for about 1.2km until the next roundabout appears. Take the second exit (so simply drive straight ahead) to remain on Erdinger Allee and follow it for another 1.9km. Keep left then and take the exit to Schwaig. Once you have left the highway, turn right onto Lohstraße for 1km until yet another roundabout appears but drive straight ahead for another 300m. Turn right into Hallbergmooser Straße (there is a Holiday Inn Express Hotel to your left before you turn right). After 2.8km turn right onto the fire rescue path. Walk along the bike path until you like the angle near the line-up. Photo’s are possible from anywhere. You will need a ladder with a minimum of 3 steps.
By public transport: take bus 512 from MAC/Terminal 1 and exit at Schwaig Sportplatz. You have to walk for at least 15-30 minutes.
WHAT This spot is good for all planes arriving and line up onto runway 26L
TIME Good spot is good from sunrise till 17:00
MISC. There are no restaurants or publicly accessable facilities nearby, bring along what you need. You can park your car at the visitor hill’s parking. Do not park right on the fire rescue path of the airport as this blocks the emergency access gate which is illegal in Germany.
FOCAL LENGTH
24-200
 Spot #6 – 26L Touchdown
WHERE Stop 6 is located close to Spot 5, so on the famous bikeway along the southern runway. A ladder with minimum 3 steps is necessary to look over the fence. It’s possible to photograph through the crash gate also, but you have to take photos through the fence! When starting at the Terminal 2, drive northbound on Terminalstraße Ost until you enter the roundabout. Take immediately the first exit (Erdinger Allee towards Deggendorf/Erding/Schwaig and follow the avenue for about 1.2km until the next roundabout appears. Take the second exit (so simply drive straight ahead) to remain on Erdinger Allee and follow it for another 1.9km. Keep left then and take the exit to Schwaig. Once you have left the highway, turn right onto Lohstraße for 1km until yet another roundabout appears but drive straight ahead for another 300m. Turn right into Hallbergmooser Straße (there is a Holiday Inn Express Hotel to your left before you turn right). After 2.8km turn right onto the fire rescue path. Park your car right at the entrance of the fire rescue path (be careful, there is a limited zone to park your vehicle – do not park beyond that sign) and walk up to the path until the gate at the fence.
By public transport: take bus 512 from MAC/Terminal 1 and exit at Schwaig Sportplatz. You have to walk for at least 30 minutes.
WHAT This spot is good for all planes arriving and departing on runway 26L.
TIME Light conditions are prefect from good from 08:00 till 17:00
MISC. There are no restaurants or publicly accessable facilities nearby, bring along what you need. You can park your car at the visitor hill’s parking. Do not park right on the fire rescue path of the airport as this blocks the emergency access gate which is illegal in Germany.
FOCAL LENGTH 55-300
 Spot #7 – Spotterhill south
WHERE Maybe Munich’s most famous spotter location is situated in the south of the airport respectively south of 08R/26L. When starting at the Terminal 2, drive northbound on Terminalstraße Ost until you enter the roundabout. Take immediately the first exit (Erdinger Allee towards Deggendorf/Erding/Schwaig and follow the avenue for about 1.2km until the next roundabout appears. Take the second exit (so simply drive straight ahead) to remain on Erdinger Allee and follow it for another 1.9km. Keep left then and take the exit to Schwaig. Once you have left the highway, turn right onto Lohstraße for 1km until yet another roundabout appears but drive straight ahead for another 300m. Turn right into Hallbergmooser Straße (there is a Holiday Inn Express Hotel to your left before you turn right). After 2.8km turn left onto the parking bay of the hill. When all spaces are occupied use the car park of the veterinarian station.
By public transport: take bus 512 from MAC/Terminal 1 and exit at Schwaig Sportplatz. You have to walk for at least 30 minutes.
WHAT This hill is good for 26L arrivals and departures and also some heavy 08R depatures. This hill also offers an overview over the terminals (Terminal 1 just limited).
TIME Light conditions are good from 08:00-17:00.
MISC. The are rubbish bins at the hill.
FOCAL LENGTH 100-400mm


 Spot #8 – 08R Touchdown
WHERE Stop 8 is located at the southwestern tip of 08R, still on the famous bikeway along the southern runway. A ladder with minimum 3 steps is necessary to look over the fence. It’s possible to photograph through the crash gate also, but you have to take photos through the fence! When starting take ‘Zentralallee’ towards Munich city but exit the street after about 3 km from Terminal 1 at exit ‘A92/Deggendorf/Hallbergmoos/Freising’. Once you have left the highway and you are waiting at the traffic lights, turn left onto B301 towards Hallbergmoos and follow the street course for about 2.1km until the roundabout appears. Take its second exit (Ludwigstraße to Hallbergmoos) and follow this street for 1.9km. Turn left onto FS11 to Schwaig and remain on it for 500m. Then, turn left again onto Mariabrunn. Drive to the end of this street and park your vehicle. You cannot park your car beyond the bridge, so always park in front of it and walk to the gate.
By public transport: Take the S8 (to Herrsching/Weßling or Gilching-Argelsried) at Munich Airport Terminals or Munich Airport Besucherpark and exit the train at the first or second (depends on where you embark the train) stop (Hallbergmoos). Walk to the bus stop of the station and take bus line 691/698. Dismount the bus at ‘Hallbergmoos, Maximilianstraße’. Walk nortwards to reach the farm track next to the perimeter fence. You need 20 minutes to reach the location.
WHAT From this spot you can take all 08R arrivals and takeoffs. Heavy 26L departures are possible as well.
TIME Light conditions are good from 08:00-17:00
MISC. There is a rubbish bin near the small bridge. Stairs are necessary here but you can also photograph through the fence. When photographing 26L departures, you do not need a ladder.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300 mm


 Spot #9 – 08R Line-ups
WHERE Like Spot 8 only walk to the left a bit more. A ladder with minimum 3 steps is necessary to shot through the fence(to clear the fence minimum 6). Stop 9 is very close to Spot 8, you just have to walk up the famous bikeway a bit further to the line-up. It’s possible to photograph through the crash gate also, but you have to take photos through the fence! When starting take ‘Zentralallee’ towards Munich city but exit the street after about 3 km from Terminal 1 at exit ‘A92/Deggendorf/Hallbergmoos/Freising’. Once you have left the highway and you are waiting at the traffic lights, turn left onto B301 towards Hallbergmoos and follow the street course for about 2.1km until the roundabout appears. Take its second exit (Ludwigstraße to Hallbergmoos) and follow this street for 1.9km. Turn left onto FS11 to Schwaig and remain on it for 500m. Then, turn left again onto Mariabrunn. Drive to the end of this street and park your vehicle. You cannot park your car beyond the bridge, so always park in front of it and walk to the gate. Walk over the bridge to the gate and turn left to walk up the path further.
By public transport: Take the S8 (to Herrsching/Weßling or Gilching-Argelsried) at Munich Airport Terminals or Munich Airport Besucherpark and exit the train at the first or second (depends on where you embark the train) stop (Hallbergmoos). Walk to the bus stop of the station and take bus line 691/698. Dismount the bus at ‘Hallbergmoos, Maximilianstraße’. Walk nortwards to reach the farm track next to the perimeter fence. You need 20 minutes to reach the location.
WHAT This place is good for 08R arrivals and line up as well as 08R arrivals.
TIME Light conditions are prefect from mid-morning till sunset.
MISC. Stairs are necessary here but you can also photograph through the fence. You are about 500m from you car away.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300 mm


 Spot #10 – Terminal 2 Observation deck
WHERE There is a useful observation deck in Terminal 2 which allows a good view onto all movements happening on the apron of T2. It is located in the uppest floor right in between of the food court and free of charge. A glass walkway will lead you to the observation deck. (48°21’15.3″N 11°47’32.3″E)
WHAT Apron movements of Terminal 2 only. You can see both runways from here but nor the south runway movements neither the north runway operations can be photographed well.
TIME Light conditions are prefect in the afternoon. You can use this location all day long when it is cloudy or from late mid-day on sunny days.
MISC. There are a lots of different cuisines being offered in the food court before entering the terrace, but please keep in mind, that if you have left the terrace once and you want to enter it again after having a meal, you have to insert a coin again. Once having exited the turnstil from inside will not enable you to go back without any further payments. The view is glazed with clear white glass.
FOCAL LENGTH 30-200mm
 Spot #11 – Il Mundo Restaurant Terminal 1
WHERE There is a Italian restaurant in Terminal 1 Hall C from which you can take photographs of Terminal 1 movements. When you enter Hall C of T1, you the moving stairs up to the second storey where you will find the restaurant. If you don’t find these stairs or the restaurant, ask for ‘Il Mundo Restaurant’ at the information counter located twice in Terminal 1C. (48°21’12.6″N 11°47’03.4″E)

+++ UPDATE SEP 16: The restaurant has closed its doors so this spot is currently not available. Stay tuned for more infos +++

WHAT You can watch and photograph movements happening on T1’s apron only. You do see the runway from here, but proper photographs are not possible however.
TIME Only on cloudy days or early in the morning.
MISC. Food and drinks are available here, please order something by courtesy, even it is only a Coke. We can recommend this restaurant for its lovely meals and drinks.
FOCAL LENGTH 30-300mm
 Spot #12 – Emergency training area
WHERE When you walk alongside the perimeter fence of runway 08R/26L, an emergency training area is about halfway trough of the runway. This spot is difficult of explanation so please check the map for detailed information of its location. (48°20’24.6″N 11°46’49.0″E)
By public transport: Take the S8 (to Herrsching/Weßling or Gilching-Argelsried) at Munich Airport Terminals or Munich Airport Besucherpark and exit the train at the first or second (depends on where you embark the train) stop (Hallbergmoos). Walk to the bus stop of the station and take bus line 691/698. Dismount the bus at ‘Hallbergmoos, Maximilianstraße’. Walk nortwards to reach the farm track next to the perimeter fence. You need 30 minutes to reach the location.
WHAT All runway movements of 08R/26L and taxiings outta Terminal 1 and from cargo areas.
TIME Nearly all day long in winter and from 08.00am until 5pm in summer month.
MISC. There is nothing nearby this spot so please bring everything along what you need by yourself. A ladder is advisable here but you can take photos through the fence, too. This spot is good for either wind directions. You do not have to move when wind directions (-> runway operations) are changing.
FOCAL LENGTH 70-300mm
 Spot #13 – Gas station OMV
WHERE There is a gas station (company OMV) in the town of Hallbergmoos which is offers a lovely view mainly onto banking aircrafts. When coming from the terminals, take the highway (Zentralallee) to Munich/All directions/Freising but exit the street on its second exit again (exit: A92 to Deggendorf/Hallbergmoos/Freising). When you have exited the Zentralallee, turn left onto B301 to Hallbergmoos (also: Ismaninger Straße) and follow the street for 2 km. After 2km take the second exit of the roundabout. When you have done this, you can already see the station on your left. (48°20’01.8″N 11°43’51.7″E)
By public transport: Take the S8 (to Herrsching/Weßling or Gilching-Argelsried) at Munich Airport Terminals or Munich Airport Besucherpark and exit the train at the first or second (depends on where you embark the train) stop (Hallbergmoos). Walk to the bus stop of the station and take bus line 691/698. Dismount the bus at ‘Hallbergmoos, Lilienthalstraße’. You can already see the OMV gas station from here – if not: Walk westwards for about 100m.
WHAT Banking aircrafts from runway 26L and arrivals into 08R.
TIME This spot is advisable in winter only as the sun is too high for a nice light in the summer month. When spotting here in winter, the light is best from sunrise until mid-day.
MISC. Park your car directly at the station or over the way in neighbouring streets or at any free parking spaces. A supermarket is in easy walking distance but the station also offers aplenty of food and drinks. Please note that not all aircrafts are banking southwards immediately after departure but widebody aircrafts (Emirates A380, Qatar B788 or Etihad A330/340s) mostly do. Also smaller airplanes which are heavy fuelled or loaded (for example all Germania flights into the Republic of Iraq) usually bank perfectly in front of you.
FOCAL LENGTH 120-400 mm
 Spot #14 – Lufthansa parking deck P81
WHERE The parking deck P81 is located in Munich’s cargo city and is visible from the highway already. When coming from the city and you are travelling towards the terminal, exit the highway after the iconic ‘M’s on the right hand site of the road. After exiting the runway, turn right into Südallee. The street will snap off to the left, remain on it! The parking deck will be on your left after about 150m. You can park your cark somewhere next to the parking deck. Enter the building and take the elevetor to the uppest floor (should be 7th storey) and open the door on the left which will give you access to the outside parking level. Now walk to the end of it. (48°21’02.6″N 11°45’53.9″E) Time from Terminal 1: 4min
WHAT Business jets parked at the GAT ramp and taxiings to the freight or maintenance area, as well as departures and arrivals on 26L/08R but very distant.
TIME You can take photos from here on cloudy days or in the late afternoon during the summer month. When 08-runways are in use, spotting in the very early morning is possible from here too.
MISC. Parking directly on the uppest level is not possible for spotters, this is a Lufthansa-parking deck so only for LH-staff. They tolerate spotting however.
FOCAL LENGTH 120-400 mm
 Spot #15 – Runway line-up 26L
WHERE Spot 15 is situated south of MUC’s Terminal 2 apron respectively north of the line-up and de-icing bay of runway 26L. When you travel from Terminal 1, drive the Terminalallee southbound and keep left and the end of the road. Follow the signs which direct you to Schwaig/Erding/Deggendorf. You will enter a roundabout after about 250m where you have to take the first exit (to Schwaig/Erding/Deggendorf). This street will now go straight ahead and partly underneath the taxiways (You will pass two bridges where airplanes taxi on). Stop you vehicle a few yeards after these two bridges (about 900m after the roundabout) and park at the lay-by on the right hand side of the street. Note: Completely parking your vehicle is prohobited at this location, better always keep in your car and fake a short stop or park about 300m further away. (48°20’57.2″N 11°48’03.1″E)
WHAT Landings and departures on 26L and taxiing planes to 26L or into Terminal 2.
TIME For landings on 26L and taxiings to 26L and into T2 In the early morning or on cloudy days.
MISC. We recommend this spot for short stops only, if travelling here by car. You can also walk here from the terminals where parking is legal. Walking to this spot should not take more than 15 to 20 minutes. A ladder is required here. You can also take photos through the fence. Remember once again: A complete parking of your vehicle is prohibited by law. The police sometimes checks this area.
FOCAL LENGTH 40-300 mm
 Spot #16 – Taxiway Sierra
WHERE Spot 16 is located on a large meadow next to the fire fighter station. It is almost the same location as #14 and #15, this time for a runway 08R-use. (48°20’50.6″N 11°46’39.6″E)

DUE TO THE EXPANSION OF THE FIRE STATION AND A NEW FENCE THIS LOCATION IS NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE!

WHAT Landings and departures on 26L/08R as well as taxiings to runway 08R and taxiing airplanes into Terminal 1 when having landed on the southern runway.
TIME For runway operations and taxiings
MISC. If travelling here by car, park it either at the terminals or in the freight area (In front of the Siemens building). You can also walk here from the terminals where parking is legal. Walking to this spot should not take more than 15 to 20 minutes. A ladder is required here. You can also take photos through the fence. Remember once again: A complete stop of your vehicle is prohibited by law. The police sometimes checks this area.
FOCAL LENGTH 40-300 mm
Spot #17 – Holes in the fence (South)
WHERE Spot 17 is similar to Spot 3, just vice versa – this time alligned to the south. When you are coming from the city and you drive towards the terminals, keep right when the road branches off in two directions and follow the Zentralallee for 1.2km with Terminal 1 to the left. Keep right again and take exit ‘Munich Airport Center/MAC’. After you have taken the exit, turn left onto Terminalstraße Mitte. Take its first exit immediately after about 220m and turn left again onto Terminalstraße West and turn left again. A very challenging traffic routing due to one-way system. Park you vehicle at Terminal 1 – Modul E or F and walk across the streets and proceed behind the crash barrier for your own safety. There are holes in the fence at some parts. (48°20’53.5″N 11°47’21.0″E)
WHAT Landings and departures on 26L/08R as well as taxiings to runway 08R and taxiing airplanes into /from Terminal 1 when having landed or due to depart on the southern runway.
TIME In the early morning or late evening
MISC. You can also travel here by public transport. Take S1 or S8 to Flughafen München and disembark at Flughafen München Terminals (final stop). Walking to this spot will take you about 7-10min. There are signs and a gate that prohibit to walk along the road. But we never had any trouble with the security. There is nothing nearby so bring everything along by yourself.
FOCAL LENGTH 25-300 mm
 Spot #18 – Hill Attaching
WHERE Quite much the same as the southern hill located south of Munich’s 08R/26L runway is also to be found at MUC’s northern runway! There is a small hill near Attaching, a small town north of the airport which offers a lovely view onto runway movements of 08L/26R. Coming from the airport: From Terminal 1, take Terminalstraße West towards the city of Munich and follow the street for about 2km (direction Munich/All Directions/Freising). After the terminal access road has reunited to one road follow the street (it is now Zentralallee) for another 1.5km and take the exit ‘A92/Deggendorf/Hallbergmoos/Freising’ and turn right onto B301. Follow B301 for 1.4km and turn right to ‘Attaching’ for another 2.0km. After 2km you can already see a small parking bay for about 5 cars. You can legally park here. (48°21’57.6″N 11°46’07.4″E)
WHAT Landings and departures on 08L. Departures from 26L are possible limitedly (only heavy aircraft). Landings on 26L have usually vacated the runway already.
TIME In the early morning or late evening
MISC. Travelling here by public transport is not possible. There is nothing nearby. Take everything with you. Intersection takeoffs are rather difficult to be photographed from here.
FOCAL LENGTH 60-300 mm
 Spot #19 – Audi Pavillion
WHERE An Audi Pavilion offers a good view onto parked planes at MUCs maintenance hangars. When coming from the airport, drive towards the city so take Zentralallee in direction of the city of Munich but exit the Zentrallallee after 1,5km to Wartungsallee/Besucherpark. When you have left the motorway and you are at the traffic lights, turn left towards Südallee and follow the street until there is a street (Wartungsallee) snapping off to the right sharply (Südallee snaps off to the left at this position). Turn right onto Wartungsallee and follow the street course for about 500m. You can already see the Audi training area on the left after about 450m. (48°20’49.3″N 11°45’15.7″E)
WHAT Landings and departures on 08R, parked airplanes. Taxying to 08R should be possible as well.
TIME In the morning or late afternoon
MISC. Travelling here by public transport is possible. Take S1 or S8 for one stop and exit the train at München Flughafen Besucherpark. The Audi Pavilion is sometimes closed. Please ask by courtesy if it is possible to take pictures from the fence so that spotting remains tolerated. There are sight protections attached to the fence during the SiKo due to its close location to the parking position of governmental or royal visits. The police is on patrol throughout the entire SiKo weekend here. You can park your car next to the entry of the Audi Pavilion on the roadside.
FOCAL LENGTH 60-400 mm
 Spot #20 – Runway 08L (Line-up)
WHERE This spot is the same as #16 just vice versa and for the northern runway. There is an emergency gate for the fire fighters from which spotting is possible indeed. If you go by car, better park your vehicle at the Besucherpark (Spot 1) and walk a few yards. There is a strict parking prohibition for cars at Spot 15 due to the fire rescue path. If you are coming from Spot 3 or from the terminals, walk along the fence on the right hand side of the road beyond the crash barrier. (48°21’32.1″N 11°46’30.1″E)
WHAT Landings and departures on runway 08L, taxiings to the runway and taxiings into Terminal 1 when having landed on the northern runway.
TIME The spot is best to be visited from 9am until about 5pm or 6pm in summer month. Taxiings into Terminal 1 are possible until sunset however.
MISC. There is nothing nearby this spot so please bring everything along what you need by yourself. A ladder is advisable here but you can take photos through the fence, too.
FOCAL LENGTH 20-300 mm
 Spot #21 – Runway 08R arrivals
WHERE Spot 21 is suitable for runway 08R arrivals in summer evenings or in the early morning. It is just underneath the runway approach path. Route from terminals: Take Zentralallee towards Munich city but exit the street after about 3 km from Terminal 1 at exit ‘A92/Deggendorf/Hallbergmoos/Freising. Once you have left the highway and you are waiting at the traffic lights, turn left onto B301 towards Hallbergmoos and follow the street course for about 1.4km. When you are right under the runway approach line, turn left into Ismaninger Straße. If the boom gate is closed, park you vehicle at the roadside and walk up the way. If it is opened, drive down the street futher and keep left. We advise you to keep in your car during spotting in case of the police grumbles about having trespassed this boom gate. Time from Terminals: 5min by car. (48°20’29.6″N 11°44’14.5″E)
By public transport: Take the S8 (to Herrsching/Weßling or Gilching-Argelsried) at Munich Airport Terminals or Munich Airport Besucherpark and exit the train at the first or second (depends on where you embark the train) stop (Hallbergmoos). Walk to the bus stop of the station and take bus line 691/698. Dismount the bus at ‘Hallbergmoos, Lilienthalstraße’. Use the walking way/farm track that runs parallel to the main road to reach the spot. It will take at least 20 minutes.
WHAT Landings of 08R.
TIME From sunrise until about 8am or from 5pm until sunset in summer. The light will not be good in winter month here.
MISC. There is nothing nearby this spot so please bring everything along what you need by yourself. You can also travel here by public transport.
FOCAL LENGTH 60-300 mm
 Spot #22 – Short-final 08R (evening)
WHERE Spot 22 is close to Spot 21 but offering a different angle though. Take Zentralallee towards Munich city but exit the street after about 3 km from Terminal 1 at exit ‘A92/Deggendorf/Hallbergmoos/Freising. Once you have left the highway and you are waiting at the traffic lights, turn left onto B301 towards Hallbergmoos and follow the street course for about 1.4km. Take a lay-by which is on either street site of the road. During commuter traffic, this road is very clogged, making it impossible to turn left to the lay-by. If so, drive further to Ismaninger Straße (Spot 21) and make a U-turn. Drive back to the lay-by on the opposite lane. Time from Terminals: 5 min by car (48°20’44.8″N 11°44’09.4″E)
By public transport: Take the S8 (to Herrsching/Weßling or Gilching-Argelsried) at Munich Airport Terminals or Munich Airport Besucherpark and exit the train at the first or second (depends on where you embark the train) stop (Hallbergmoos). Walk to the bus stop of the station and take bus line 691/698. Dismount the bus at ‘Hallbergmoos, Lilienthalstraße’. Use the walking way/farm track that runs parallel to the main road to reach the spot. It will take at least 30 minutes.
WHAT Landings of 08R and heavy 26L departures.
TIME From sunrise until about 8am or from 5pm until sunset in summer. The light will not be good in winter month here.
MISC. There is nothing nearby this spot so please bring everything along what you need by yourself. Keep in the car.
FOCAL LENGTH 80-300 mm
 Spot #23 – Short-final 08R (morning)
WHERE Spot 23 is good for arrivals on 08R in the morning hours while Spot 21 and 22 is to be visited in the evening only. Take Zentralallee towards Munich city but exit the street after about 3 km from Terminal 1 at exit ‘A92/Deggendorf/Hallbergmoos/Freising. Once you have left the highway and you are waiting at the traffic lights, turn left onto B301 towards Hallbergmoos and follow the street course for about 1.8km. When there is a road snapping off to the right, take it (Enter Ismaninger Straße 100 into your navigation device if you have on). After 50m, turn left again (unpaved road). Time from Terminals: 7min by car (48°20’11.8″N 11°43’44.1″E)
By public transport: Take the S8 (to Herrsching/Weßling or Gilching-Argelsried) at Munich Airport Terminals or Munich Airport Besucherpark and exit the train at the first or second (depends on where you embark the train) stop (Hallbergmoos). Walk to the bus stop of the station and take bus line 691/698. Dismount the bus at ‘Hallbergmoos, Lilienthalstraße’. Use the walking way/farm track that runs parallel to the main road to reach the spot. It will take at least 15 minutes.
WHAT Landings of 08R
TIME From 8am until about 5pm in summer. Almost all day long in winter.
MISC. There is nothing nearby this spot so please bring everything along what you need by yourself. You can also travel here by public transport.
FOCAL LENGTH 80-300 mm
 Spot #24 – Short-final 26L
WHERE There is a good position for arrivals on runway 26L! It is located on a road running parallel to runway 26L/08R. When starting at the Terminal 2, drive northbound on Terminalstraße Ost until you enter the roundabout. Take immediately the first exit (Erdinger Allee towards Deggendorf/Erding/Schwaig and follow the avenue for about 1.2km until the next roundabout appears. Take the second exit (so simply drive straight ahead) to remain on Erdinger Allee and follow it for another 1.9km. Keep left then and take the exit to Schwaig. Once you have left the highway, turn right onto Lohstraße for 1km until yet another roundabout appears but drive straight ahead for another 300m. Turn right into Hallbergmooser Straße (there is a Holiday Inn Express Hotel to your left before you turn right). After 1.1km turn left into the small unpaved road where there are no bushes are at this part. You can park there and go behind the crash barrier over the way. Time from Terminal 2: 7min. (48°20’33.0″N 11°48’59.5″E)
By public transport: take bus 512 from MAC/Terminal 1 and exit at Schwaig Sportplatz. You have to walk for at least 15 minutes.
WHAT Landings of 26L
TIME From 8am until about 5pm in summer. Almost all day long in winter.
MISC. There is nothing nearby this spot so please bring everything along what you need by yourself. The view is limited when in the car. To get a all-around visibility, walk across the street and go behind the crash barrier.
FOCAL LENGTH 80-300 mm
 Spot #25 – Short-final 26R
WHERE There is a good position for arrivals on runway 26R! When starting at the Terminal 2, drive northbound on Terminalstraße Ost until you enter the roundabout. Take immediately the first exit (Erdinger Allee towards Deggendorf/Erding/Schwaig and follow the avenue for about 1.2km until the next roundabout appears. Take the second exit (so simply drive straight ahead) to remain on Erdinger Allee and follow it for another 1.9km. Keep left then and take the exit to Schwaig. Once you have left the highway, turn left onto ‘ED5’ (direction airport and Deggendorf). After 850m, turn left on the small road. Time from Terminal 2: 5min. (48°21’52.1″N 11°50’11.1″E)
By public transport: take bus 512 from MAC/Terminal 1 and exit at Schwaig Nord. You have to walk for at least 15-30 Minutes.
WHAT Landings of 26R
TIME From 8am until about 5pm in summer. Almost all day long in winter.
MISC. There is nothing nearby this spot so please bring everything along what you need by yourself.
FOCAL LENGTH 80-300 mm

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33 thoughts on “Munich Franz Josef Strauss Spotting Guide

  1. CARLOS NAVARRO

    I work for several aviation magazines and websites in Spain. I am going to Munich to do a full article about Munich Airport and spotters from July 9th. to the 12th.
    The idea is if any of the members of your spotting group if may scort me on saturday for a photo session on the hills and other areas of good spotting.

    I have heard that the good shooting place are long distance from walk, reason to ask you is there is any gentle and kind enough to be my guide.

    If any of you want to have a spotting day in Barcelona I will be happy to assist and guide you.

    Thanks in advance,

    Yo trabajo para varias revistas de aviación y sitios web en España. Voy a Múnich para hacer un artículo completo sobre el aeropuerto de Múnich y spotters del 9 de julio. al 12.
    La idea es que si alguno de los miembros de su grupo de spotting si puede acompañarme el sábado para una sesión de fotos en las colinas y otras áreas de buenas tomas.

    He oído los buenos sitios para foto son a larga distancia para caminar, razón para pedirle que si hay alguien gentil y amable para ser mi guía.

    Si alguno de ustedes quiere tener un día de spotting en Barcelona estaré encantado de guiarles

    Gracias de antemano,

    Carlos Navarro Goyanes
    Mov. 605993183
    carlos@rosexmedical.com

    Carlos Navarro Goyanes
    Mov. 605993183
    carlos@rosexmedical.com

    1. MarlinMarlin Post author

      Hola Carlos! We have answered to your comment on MAS – Munich Aviation Spotters on facebook.com as I also run MAS. Please refer to our answer underneath your post there.

  2. Greg

    Hi Guys 🙂

    I had a chance to try out all points from your map (finally spotting with car) and they are awesome. I have also noticed that there is one point missing which can be added. There is an additional spotter hill near 08 L approach which is also worth to mention. Anyway many thanks for all info – this was really useful 🙂 My bad luck was wind which changes directions really often …. so the planes were also changing approaches 😉

    Some pictures :
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205689566380462.1073741859.1293979273&type=1&l=08e40f991b

    Best Regards and hopefully see you at EDDM spotting 😉

    Greg

    1. MarlinMarlin Post author

      Hi Grzegorz!

      Thanks for your feedback, glad you liked the spots! Yes, we are currently adding lots of additional spots which will be published in the upcoming days. So stay tuned for aplenty of new spots, Greg! 🙂

      We really liked your pictures, you made the best of the bad weather – typical for spring…

      Regards back and yes, hope to see you at MUC soon again!

      Marlin

  3. Tomasz Chrul EPKK Spotters

    Hi Guys!
    Thanks A LOT for your guide!!!
    I spent 2 days in MUC only for spotting and it was AWESOME!
    Thanks to your guide and map I had great time!
    Almost whole day 1 I was at point 3 – great spot for north runway and taxiways, however the heat haze is quite big during sunny day.
    We also visited the visitors terrace, which is great place to spot some ground movements, as the glass is not vertical and there are not so many reflections.
    In the late afternoon we went to the spotting hill near small museum (point 2) which gives you great overview of the airport.
    Second day – as we stayed in Novotel Hotel just near point 2 – we took a taxi and went to Hallbergmoos, (15Euro) and then walked to point 8 as the operations were from 08R. Quite a nice place, but you need to remember to have drinks and food as there is rather nothing around to do some shopping.
    As they changed the direction about 10am, we just marched along the fence to the spotting hill (point 7) and spent there almost all day. What a great place it is!
    Then, as we had no car, we just walked aroud the airport from the east side (blue patch and then towards poinr 3).
    We did like 13km walk that day, but it doesn’t matter, I am very happy with the pics I took 🙂
    Whole MUC trip was great, and thanks to the Guide above it was even better!
    Thanks again,
    Greetings from Krakow
    Tomasz

    1. MarlinMarlin Post author

      Hi Tomasz!

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us, a great feedback and we’re happy that you obviously had a great trip. Stay tuned as Munich is about to get a maassive update! Me as an inhabitant of Munich would be happy to welcome you another time to Bavaria!

      Have a great XXL-weekend
      Marlin

  4. Greg

    Thanks Julian 🙂

    I will definitely check it out – hopefully my lenses will be enough to catch some birds 🙂 😉

    Great guide BTW 🙂

    Best Regards

    Greg

  5. Grzeg Barela

    Hi Guys,

    I am planning to also visit Munich for spotting – I am wondering about place no. 3 – my question is is there any “safe” route to this place (pavement or something) or you always need to cross the streets, I am worrying to be stopped by police or something while trespassing.
    I want to travel from Terminal 2 entrance.

    I will be appreciated for your feedback.

    Many Thanks

    Best Regards

    Greg

    1. JulianJulian

      Hi Greg,

      no, there is no other option to get to this place. But you should not be afraid as this is just a access road to the terminals and not a highway and the cars are usually driving slowly.
      Use the tunnel from Terminal 2 two Terminal 1 and use the path I have tagged on the map.

      Best regards
      Julian

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