I was heading to Philadelphia on a flight with American Airlines. Thanks to Priority Pass, I had access to the Airport Lounge World at Munich Airport. This is a pretty new lounge and it is located in Terminal 1B which is for non-Schengen flights. Before, there used to be a British Airways Galleries Lounge in Terminal 1 which is now replaced by the Airport Lounge World or Airport Lounge Europe, depending if you fly within the Schengen-area or leaving it.
After a very thorough security check, where I had to turn my camera on, show pictures on it, remove the covers from my telephoto lens so they screener could see through it and separating pretty much my whole carry-on stuff in different bins for a sophisticated security check. While I was waiting at the security checkpoint for the person to finish checking my bags for explosives, I saw already the sign which pointed to the left after security. After I was finally through security, I passed the entrance to the lounge and was wondering where it would be. You probably won’t believe it, but the elevator taking you up to the lounge is right next to the security checkpoint of Terminal 1B and is just separated by a small divider from the security checkpoint.
Take the elevator up to Level 6 to enter the beautiful, luxurious and very welcoming Airport Lounge World. There are many ways to get in the lounge. As the lounge has partnered with many airlines flying out of this Terminal, Premium Cabin Passengers get invites to the lounge or you can use a lounge card like Priority Pass as well. That’s what I did, and because I am flying Business Class with American Airlines, I would get access this way as well. Alternatively, you can also purchase a day pass for €48 Euros. To be honest, I would almost consider to recommend you to buy access to this lounge. You get a lot for your money here.
After exiting the elevator I checked in to the lounge and was off to explore it.
The first thing you will notice is the big glass wall on your left side which brings a lot of light into the lounge and therefore it is very inviting. Unfortunately, the view of the airport from this level is not very good. Thanks to the second level of the lounge, which can be reached by a set of stairs near the check-in counter, you get a very good view of the airport apron. Unfortunately, the second level can only be reached via stairs. The elevator you took to get to the lounge would go up to the second floor of the lounge as well but the button is deactivated, so you can’t circumvent to check-in first. A small price to pay, but there are many lockers right next to the stairs going up, where you can store your bags for the time being.
Again, all this natural light is amazing and makes this a great lounge. The first level of the lounge has a ton of seating along the window and seating corners all over. It also has the big main buffet which is amazing. I arrived in the morning and had another great German breakfast. I had everything from Semmeln for my self-made “Wurstsemmel” and Pretzels, all the way to scrambled eggs. This is a great buffet for an airport lounge.
There are plenty of dining tables next to the buffet. These tables, however, don’t have any power outlets close unlike all the other seating options, where you usually have a power outlet close by.
Monitors in the lounge show departure times, German and International news. Be advised that there are no announcements for flights in the lounge and you are responsible for yourself to check when you have to leave to get to your gate in time.
I personally would call the second level of the lounge my sanctum. Very well lit thanks to the glass windows along the lounge and a skylight. The second level has many seating options and more set up towards a relaxing stay. On this level, you can also find a smoking room and shower suites. The shower suites were locked and you had to call the front desk with the phone on the counter to have someone come up to unlock it for you.
At the far end of the lounge is a small area with drinks and a coffee machine and lots of seating. Newspapers and magazines are available at multiple points throughout the lounge.
This lounge offers you 1,700 square meter (18.299 square foot) of luxury and tranquility. Compared to US lounges, this lounge was almost “empty” when I visited it just before noon. Not many people were in the lounge and it was pretty quiet as well.
The staff is amazing as well and their service is second to none. They constantly walk around to see if there are any unused cups, glasses or other stuff to take back to the kitchen for cleaning. They also restock the buffet regularly and check the lounge for cleanliness and happy guests. The dining tables get cleaned right away, they even take your used dishes right after you finished with them. This was a great experience and I wish all lounges would be like that. Everything was perfect, from the location, food selection and views. The only issue I had was while using their free WiFi. It seems they block the usage of VPNs on their network. I contacted “Telekom” which provides the WiFi hotspot service in this lounge for further information. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Airport Lounge World at Airport Munich Terminal 1
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