Radlhauptstadt München / Ingo Ziervogel
Cities, Munich, Energy and the environment
01 Mar 2016

Bikes, Planes, Trams & Trains… Getting To and Around Munich is a Sustainable Trip

You know Munich has a lot to offer for meetings and enjoying local culture but did you also know that it’s a destination heavily committed to sustainable mobility? It seemed fitting to share this news with Earth Day celebrating its 45th birthday next month.


Munich is not only a great place to meet but also a great green place to get around. Its penchant for sustainable mobility starts right upon arrival, with the Munich Airport  which has CO2 emission reduction strongly on its radar.  It was the first airport in Germany to land an Airport Carbon Accreditation Certificate and has enjoyed that green distinction for five years now. Later this spring, the Munich Airport will also unveil an extension to terminal 2 with ambitious plans to lower current carbon-emission levels in that new space by 40 percent.

Once on the ground, meeting goers will find a well designed and efficient public transportation system made up of buses, trams and underground trains that increasingly rely on eco-friendly technologies such as hybrid vehicles and photovoltaic electricity plants to power travel.

If two wheels is more your delegates’ style or you are building a wellness component into your program, Munich is also one of friendliest biking cities in Europe. In 2010 the city started a campaign to increase the proportion of bicyclists from 17 percent to 20+ percent of overall traffic by expanding its network of bike paths to 745+ miles, and investing in safety measures. Additionally, the city worked with Munich Transportation Authority (MVV) to integrate bikes with public transportation helping not only locals get around more greenly on bikes, but also more than 170K Munich overnight guests exploring the city under their own steam each year.

Celebrating people-powered mobility, Munich hosts a number of biking-oriented events including:

  • In August 2015 Munich hosted its 6th annual  “Bicycle Night” where almost 10,000 participants enjoyed cycling through the largest city streets and tunnels. Before the start, there was live music and entertainment on the Odeonsplatz, a large square in central Munich.
  • The Radl & Fashion Show in September of 2015 showed off not only the latest designer fashions, and creations from the German Master School of Fashion, but also “designer” bikes which the models used to travel the cat walk.  The show was a unique effort by organizers to market bikes as a stylish and green form of travel for urbanites.
  • This April “Sattelfest” the 1st Munich Bike Festival at Olympic Park Munich will offer a free event that is expected to draw more than 70,000 visitors to all things cycling related.

To learn more about meeting in Munich and its sustainability efforts across all aspects of events please visit: http://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/home_en/Tourist-Office/Congress


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