BMV is a parent company of enterprises Mini and Rolls-Royce. The logo of BMW symbolise the Bavarian flag and at the same time shows the white propeller at the blue sky – the company started its activity as a company fabricating the aircraft engines.
The company has its headquarters in Munich.
In 1916, two companies – Rapp Motoren werke and Gustav Otto Flugzeugwerke – merged and the new one emerged: Bayerische flugzengwerke. One year later, the name was changed to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (Bavarian Motor Enterprise).
It was already metioned that the company at first produced aircraft engines. In 1919, Franz Dimler reached the world record in the highest flying range with one of the BMW ´s motors in his plane. In 1922, the new factory in Munich was opened – the one, where is until today its headquarters. In 1923, the first motocycle was constructed: BMW R32. Five years later, the company started to manufacture cars, as well. The reason for this change in production was the purchase of the factory in Eisenach. Because of the WWII, the production of the factories stopped, the work started again few years later.
After the war, all the manufacturing processes moved to Munich, the production of the aircraft engines was relocated to Flugmotorenbar GmbH.
The first post-war motocycle was fabricated in 1948 (BMW 4 24) and the first post-war car in 1951 (BMW 501).
But after the war, the demand for cars descended and the company started to lose out. It was the production of mini-cars Isetta that saved the whole company.
In 70s, the new factory in Dingolfing was built, because BMW bought Hans Gals BmbH.
In 1994, the company Rover Group was bought and one year later the engines BMW Rolls-Royce were supplied to the planes McDonell Douglas.
In Munich is with the headquarters of BMW also situated the Museum BMW and BMW Welt.
The Museum BMW offers to the lovers of this brand rich history from the beginning of the company and the detail information about the production of engines and cars during the whole history.
The Museum exists from 1973 and was fully reconstructed not long ago. Nowadays, you can see there 125 exhibits. The exhibition is accompagnied by many multimedia elements, picture books, projections or photos.
You can order an English or German speaking guide.
The Museum is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, at the bank holidays from 10am to 8pm.
The entrance fee is 12 EUR per person, family entrance fee is 24 Eur per 5 people.
Right next to the Museum, you can find BMW Welt, that represents the current production of the company. The expositions change there, but unregularly. A part of it is a shop with gifts and souvenis of the brand BMW
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