Riem Munich

Messestadt Riem is the second youngest district of Munich after Freiham. It is located entirely on the site of Munich-Riem Airport, which was closed in 1992, and is now home to a residential area for 16,000 people as well as numerous office buildings, the New Munich Trade Fair Centre and the Riem Arcaden shopping centre.

Control tower / Tower


The eight-storey control tower was listed in 1995 and stood vacant in the trade fair area of the city of Munich with 14,000 m2 of floor space until 2016. The tower was converted into a modern office complex.

Zeppelin spectator platform

The Zeppelin spectator grandstand, which is slightly arched in plan and is still about 530 m long today, is located on the west side of the former Munich Riem Airport. The dilapidated grandstand, which was in danger of collapsing, was closed off in 2008. Like the tower and the Wappenhalle, the spectator stand and the head building were listed as historic monuments in 1995.

Head Building / Ticket Office Grandstand
Graffiti saying Cheer up on the roof of the ticket booth of the grandstand at the former Munich Riem Airport.

The so-called head building is the former ticket office of the grandstand. Until the mid-1970s, there was a head building of this type at both the beginning and the end of the grandstand. Today, only the western end building of Munich Airport still exists. This was extensively renovated for the Federal Horticultural Show as the BUGA LOUNGE. Since 2014 there has been no official use for the head building and it can no longer be rented.

In 1992, Riem Airport was replaced by the newly built Munich "Franz Josef Strauß" Airport. Most of the buildings of the former airport were largely demolished.

In the southern part of the former airport, a new development area with rental and owner-occupied flats has been built on the outskirts of the city. The Riem Arcaden are also a shopping centre. Messe München is an exhibition centre built between 1994 and 1998 in the trade fair city of Riem. Messe München is the trade fair organiser and operator of the Messe München exhibition centre and the ICM - Internationales Congress Center München.

To the west of the West Entrance to the exhibition centre, the Messesee was created, which is 390 m long and 46 to 94 m wide. It is spanned in the middle by a bridge on Joseph-Wild-Strasse, which ends on its east side at the West Entrance to the fair.

Dachau Herb Garden

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