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Old 03-13-2015, 11:36 AM
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Saturday pick up at Welt?

My wife and I are planning to do a Saturday pickup at the Welt. I've seen on the website that they are in fact open on Saturdays but just want to confirm with you guys. Also, is there a Welt tour on Saturdays? I think I saw on the website that there are Welt tours on Saturdays but no factory tours. Is this true? Is factory tour really something awesome we should do or can we skip it?

(Disclaimer: I am an Engineer working in manufacturing and my job is Robotics and Automation. So I LOVE seeing giant a** robots working but have seen enough in my life to skip it. On the other hand, don't know if it will be that appealing to the wife. Any thoughts?)
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:05 PM
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Yes, the Welt is open on Sat and you can p/u then too. I would assume the Welt tour is conducted. The Factory tour definitely is not. But the BMW Museum is open. If you can be in Munich on Friday or the following Monday you can take the fact tour then if you want. It's pretty cool but not sure if it's in "can't miss" territory. Taking delivery of your car, the victory lap and driving down the ramp is the best part.
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I don't know your itinerary but if you head north do the Leipzig tour instead of the Munich one. Waaaaaay better and much more interesting. My wife was forced to do Munich one with me 3 years ago and wasn't keen on doing another factory tour, but she loved the Leipzig one. Such a gorgeous building and a wonderful work environment. Just the anecdotes about the perks of working there will keep her fascinated.

And yes, we did our Munich pick-up on three Saturdays ago. It was uncrowded and they were very willing to move up our delivery time. Best of all, on a Saturday you might get Benjamin as your specialist. He's a good time.
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:52 PM
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(Disclaimer: I am an Engineer working in manufacturing and my job is Robotics and Automation. So I LOVE seeing giant a** robots working but have seen enough in my life to skip it. On the other hand, don't know if it will be that appealing to the wife. Any thoughts?)
My wife and I have done both the Munich and and Spartanburg factory tours and enjoyed both. The Munich factory tour includes the paint line while the Spartanburg factory tour did not - or at least that is my recollection. I found the paint robots were very impressive. The Munich factory is on multiple levels, while the Spartanburg factory is all on one level.

My wife seems to have enjoyed both tours but she did not press to do the Munich tour again on our second ED. If you think that your wife might not enjoy it I would skip the factory tour and use that "credit" somewhere else on the trip.
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Old 03-13-2015, 03:46 PM
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I found the paint robots were very impressive.


Nice article and a video.

https://www.bmwusfactory.com/manufac...ss/paint-shop/

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Old 03-13-2015, 04:39 PM
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That's a great find. The only problem is that I thought the robots were perfect and now I see that humans spend more than half the video fixing the robots' work! But really, seeing what the robots do in hardly any time at all is fascinating. it's worth the tour even if for no other reason.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:22 PM
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I have done both of my deliveries on Saturday. Always relaxing and never rushed. I have been unable to take a factory tour as they have been closed on Saturdays. Next time I plan on doing the museum and factory tour on friday and then pick up on saturday morning.
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Thanks everyone for all your comments.

I'm planning of going south, so Leipzig won't be an option for us this time. After much thinking, I emailed our CA for the Saturday delivery. We'll take the Welt tour and the Museum and hopefully do the factory tour on our next ED. The only problem is that we will arrive on Saturday morning and have to go straight for the pickup. So, don't know if we can handle the tour and museum after that long flight.
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Agree, Leipzig factory is better looking than Munich. But, if you don't mind to skip it, skip it.
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