At nearly 300m the Olympic Tower soars above the relatively flat Munich skyline, and can be seen clearly for miles around. It offers stunning views whatever the weather and time of day, and the day I went up I was particularly lucky with the combination. After a fine sunny day, I went up to the top of the tower on the world's fastest lift, and stepped out just in time to catch a thick bank of fog sail over the city just as sunset arrived. There I stood, above the clouds, watching the city be engulfed in a beautiful mist, as the sun cast a golden glow over everything. If only my camera was good enough to capture the essence.
The tower is open until midnight, and it costs 3 euros for adults to ascend to the top. Up in the heavens you will also find a very expensive restaurant - somewhere you'll want to go more for the views than the food.
The Olympiapark in Munich was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics.
The Olympic Area includes: the Olympic sports facilities, such as the Olympic Stadium and swimming pool; the Olympic Hall with the Olympic Tower; the Olympic Villages: one male, one female; Olympic Media City, which is now the home of the Olympic Shopping Centre and Olympic Park which includes the Olympic Mountain and Olympic Lake.
The area was quite chaotic during our visit with stalls, a fairground, lorries coming and going and lots of models of dinosaurs. I found the swimming pool very impressive. I also enjoyed climbing the hill for a view over the site. You can also go up the tower for a view, but we did not.
The Olympiapark in Munich, Germany, is an Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics.
The general area comprises four separate sub-areas:
Olympic Area: Includes the Olympic sports facilities such as the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Hall with Olympic Tower.
Olympic Village, comprising two villages, one male and one female.
Olympic Media City ("Pressestadt"), The home of the Olympic Shopping Center.
Olympic Park: Adjoining the Olympic Area to the south, this park includes the Olympic Mountain and Olympic Lake.
A lot of serious runners like to combine their running with their travel, and running at the historic Olympic Stadium, that became unfortunately famous for the horrific terrorist attack in 1972, is a passion I have seen with several runners I know.
I can understand the desire to run in this historical place, however I believe the only way to run on the actual stadium track, you have to be a part of an official run, like a marathon that could be joined, but it would require a full marathon ending in the stadium.
That being said, the place is relatively tourist free and the stadium park is built for runners as well as other sports. It is worth visiting for its historical signifigance, and for its fantastic views. There is a tour of the stadium to be had, rather underwhelming for most, but for a runner with a sense of history, it should stir some feelings.
Check out the sites below. They will give you a sense of what to expect. It appears that there is security there that will prevent people off the street from running the actual track.
Here are some reviews of the stadium experience......
Ah... the Olympic Stadium. This was a bit of a pilgrimage for me. The famous stadium was already a footballing mecca for once being the home to one of Europe's best teams, Bayern München, but it was also the host of a number of major internationals, World Cup games, Olympic and European Finals. The Munich teams have since moved on to greater things at the new Allianz Arena, built in time for next year's world cup, but before they did the stadium bore witness to one of the most amazing performances of any team ever.
Now I'm not one to boast about the English team, but this game was special. Beating the Germans is special for any English fan, but to win in Germany is something else altogether, especially in the manner that we did. England went into the game having lost to the Germans at home, at Wembley stadium. It was the last game England were to play at this famous stadium, which was host to England's only World Cup victory, the 4-2 beating of Germany in 1966. It was meant to be a big party, but as usual the Germans spoiled it by winning.
England were now second in the group, and needed to beat Germany, in Germany, to win it and qualify for World Cup 2002. It seemed an impossible task. When England went down 1-0 early in the first half, most English people resigned themselves to defeat. Then, just before half time, Gerrard equalised with a stunning long range strike. After the break England scored, and score again and again and again. Unbelievably the final score was England 5 Germany 1.
For the English this was fantasy land. For the Germans it was a bitter pill. Even now the mere mention of "funf - eins" with an English accent is enough to put the sourest expression on any German's face. I was left to wander around this amazing stadium with its gigantic spiderweb roof (biggest stadium roof the world) singing to myself "England 5 Germany 1". What a feeling.
If you are a sports fan you should go for the tour of the Olympic Stadium. These was the home of the 5i1972 Olympic Games, the 1974 World Cup and the 1988 Euro. Now the home of the city two footbal teams FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München.
My colleagues did the roof climb while we were on a company trip to Munich. I didn't join them because I am scared of heights but just followed them from down the stadium with my camera.
The whole tour takes approx 2 hours. There's a film first and you get your safety gear (which seems a bit too much to me considering it's not that dangerous to climb the roof). Then you climb around the whole roof with many breaks and a short detour to one of the peaks of the roof. Watching it was a bit boring after a while as the whole tour on the roof took over an hour and they were waiting for a longer time than they were actually walking around.
The tour costs €25 on weekdays, € 30 on weekends and public holidays.
From this year (2005) you also have another option: There's an Abseiling Tour available now as well. You can abseil yourself 40 mtrs into the stadium at the end of this tour. This tour costs 40 Euro.
Munich has hosted the Munich Summer Olympics in 1972 and was one of the host cities for the World Cup 2006 which was not held in Munich´s Olympic Stadium but in the new soccer stadium the Allianz Arena.
The Olympiapark is a nice place to relax and to do many different things.
You can go on the top of the Olympiatower 290m. ( daily from 9.00 - 23.00 )
The absolutly hit is the tour on the roof of the big tent , best time is the evening. A tour needs 2 hours and is only for people they are free from giddiness.
Seeing the Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium is a nice way to spend an afternoon. The venues for Track and Field and Swimming from the 1972 Olympics are open to the public for tours (guided tours are available) for a small price, and if you don't want to go in there, there is still a very nice park to walk around and check out.
The olympic stadium is built with large sweeping canopies of acrylic glass stabilised by steel cables, the first in the world to be built in this fashion. It is one of the wonders of modern architecture and engineering ingenuity. The 1972 summer olympics was conducted here. In 1974, world cup soccer was also conucted here.
Several hundred events are held at various sites within the Olympic Park Complex very frequently. There is a major football match almost every week in the Olympic stadium. The Olympic hall is used throughout the year for concerts, sports events, exhibitions, trade fairs etc. The Olympic stadium has the capacity to accomodate 75,000 people and the Olympic hall 14,000 people.
A must see place for lovers of sports, architects and structual engineers.
This place is really cool. The designer wanted it to be like a spider web. It must be nice in sunny weather. unfortunate for me, both times i went, once in february, and the other in August, it was snowing and raining! German weather can be bad at times.
Walk around. there are concerts in the main stadium. That would be fantastic if you can plan going to watch a performence in this uniquely designed facility. Theres a public swimming pool, which is glass-walled and beautifully architected. Quite often there are festivals, and an artificial lake in the center, which you can view from the Radio tower. Go to the top and see munich overhead, though the view isnt good unless its a clear day.
When we were there, teams of canoe rowers were competing in a intersting manner: They would slowly approach each other headon, and a selected person would stand on the front stern of each boat, and try to knock the other into the cold water. Thus, the victor!!! hahha
Munich was the host of the 1972 Summer Olympic games. It is easy to imagine how symbolic this must have been for the German people coming just 27 years after the end of WWII - and notwithstanding the fact that the country was still divided into two states (East and West).
And if you need any evidence of how keen the German people were to get this right and just how successful they were, take a visit to the legacy bequaethed to the city - the magnificent Olympiapark Munchen.
Even 35 years after the games, the park is still a thriving centre for sports, music and culture. Up until recently FC Bayern and TSV 1860 München both played all their home matches at the Olympiastadion and the venue regularly hosts events such as the European Athletics Championships. There is also a beautiful Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool (Schwimmhalle) and ice rink (Eissportzentrum) in which the public can swim or skate. As well as this, the Olympiahalle alongside the stadium also hosts many concerts.
But for me, the most impressive feature of Olympiapark is the architecture. I was particularly impressed by the clever design of the buildings roofs - the skyline of the entire complex is arranged to look like the silhouette of the Bavarian Alps (which are clearly visible on the horizon if the weather is clear).
And the crowning glory is the rocket ship-like 291m tall Olypiaturm (Olympic tower). The tower is accessible to the public and has an observation deck and resturant at 191m. The views are absolutely jaw-dropping - especially if it is one of those days when the Alps are visible.
I would also recommend a quick peak in the Olympistadion itself. To stand in the stadium is impressive enough but fans of the England football team may appreciate it even more because this was the very same venue where, in 2001, our national team historically triumphed over Germany by 5:1 !!
Entry to the Olympiapark is free. It costs 4 € to visit the top of the tower (open 9:00 till midnight 7 days a week) and entrance to the Olypiastadion is 2 €
In the Olympiapark you find this Tower. You have a wonderful view of Munich from its top (289.53 meters). Of course, you go up with a very fast elevator. From that place you can view the Olympic Stadium, the BMW Museum, the Alps and an overview of the city. Don't miss it!
Adults: 3,00 €
Young persons (under 16 years) 2,00 €
Groups of more than 20 persons 2,00 €
(2 adults and up to 3 children under the age of 16) 8,00 €
The Olympic Park is a great place to walk around and it is really easy to get to using the subway.
Definitely check out the tower as it provides excellent views of the city and surrounding area. You can also visit the memorial for the Israeli atheletes that were killed.
This is a great place to go just to relax and enjoy the fact that you are in Munich. Grab some food at the restaurant in the park and sit out on the porch and just watch the world go by.
I often went by bicycle through Munich and ended up in the Olympic Parc. The area consist of the Olympic buildings used at the summer olympics in 1972, the TV Tower and a big green area with hills and a lake. It has many roads. Good for bicycling, walking etc. On the top of the hill you get a great view of the Munich as well. ... yes... I liked Munich... and still miss it sometimes...