It was amazing to visit the stadium of the Munich Olympics - and only imagine how the athletes must have felt during the games! The emotional high of the event, was damaged by a terrorist act during the games, which took the lives of athletes from Israel.
The photgraphs have been taken in summer and winter - it is pleasant to visit at any time of year.
The sports complex was created specially for the 1972 Summer Olympics. The stadium (with interesting canopy roof ) and the 290m broadcasting tower are now established city landmarks. The Olympic complex is still a venue for sporting events plus concerts, events and festivals.
1972 the Olympic Games where held in Munich. the Stadium one of the modern achievments of german architecture.
Frei Otto came up with a strong tent constration, steelframe, plastic roofs, for the Expo in Montreal 1967 which had instant success. the Munich Games seen even a better and stronger construction. take the elevater to the Olympia Tower from up there you have an awesome view over the whole of the city as well
To get a nice view of Munich, the Olympic park as well as the mountains you should go up the 291 metre high Olympiaturm. We went up on a sunny and snowy day and the views were wonderful. A bit hazy though so we couldn't really see the mountains.
There's a revolving restaurant at a height of 181 metres. There also is a viewing platform outside as well as inside. Unfortunately when we were there the outside platform was closed due to ice on the antennas. It would have been even better to take pictures from there I guess.
Inside the top of the tower you also find the rock museum but it didn't look very exciting to me.
Entrance fee is EUR 4 (winter 2005/2006)
The Olympic Stadium was built following the same ideas as the park around it. The fantastic glass roof symbolises the lightness and the frankness of the games, the green seats stand for the nature.
As the major local teams, FC Bayern München and 1860 München, play their matches in the new Allianz Arena now the stadium is only used for events such as concerts. You can go and visit the stadium for just € 1.50.
There's several tours you can book, too. There's one where you can go into the cabins and onto the pitch and there's the roof climb I will tell you more about in my next tip.
In the Summer of 1972 Munich hosted "The Happy Games", an Olympics intended to showcase a new peaceful, democratic Germany. The Germans built for the games a huge park, and filled it with some of the best architecture of the decade. The buildings were all bold, clean and forward looking, just like the new Germany was supposed to be. The park with its tranquil waters is a beautiful place to wander around, and the Olympic Tower, Stadium and Village, and all the other buildings, offer some amazing views to photograph. You will also find here the fascinating BMW museum.
With such grand facilities and stadiums so close to the city center you can bet they put on a lot of sports and music events, and you can find out more about those at the website below.
Although not on everyone's tourist map, the Olympic Village is a very interesting area of Munich to wander around. Apart from the links to the events of the Munich Massacre, the architecture and views on display are usually good and sometimes stunning. There's a particularly wonderful part between Connollystrasse and the main park where the temporary huts of the athletes have been turned into permanent homes for students. While they look a bit pokey and scruffy, the inhabitants have turned them into a vibrant and colourful display with paintings, signs, flowers and creepers. The setting right under the Olympic Tower would be hard to improve upon.
Eventually the Palestinians negotiated an escape, taking the hostages to a nearby airfield where the West Germans proved their incompetence by bungling an attempted rescue that resulted in each and every Israeli athlete dying, probably at the hands of the gunmen. The incompetence was so shocking the West Germans even managed to mistake their own people for kidnappers, shooting one dead in the process.
A fantastic documentary, narrated by Michael Douglas, is available on the subject, one that avoids the easy political condemnations and accusations to present a tragic story from an ultimately human perspective. In addition Steven Spielberg has a movie due out this year (2005) called Munich, which follows the events after the tragedy, focussing on the Mossad agent who tracked down and killed those responsible for the killings, the ones the West Germans released in suspicious circumstances a month later.
If you want to pay your respects to the dead, there is a plaque at 31 Connollystr. I believe the IOC refused to build a permanent memorial.
The Munich Olympics of 1972 were intended by the German hosts to be a festival of peace, expressing just how far West Germany had come since the militaristic evils of World War 2. The West Germans were keen to show to the world just how much West Germany was a reformed country, with no militaristic intentions or abilities. They succeeded in proving this, completely and thoroughly, but not in the way that they had intended.
On September 5th at 4.30am a group of Palestinians broke into the Olympic Village. They succeeded in this because the security was deliberately low-key. The West Germans had not wanted the world to see gun wielding German security guards marching around on the world's television screens. Once inside they entered the accommodation of the Israeli athletes at 31 Connollystrasse, killing two and capturing nine. A tragedy began to unfold in front of the entire world, and the German authorities could do little more than look on, uselessly and impotently.
The drama escalated, with the Palestinians demanding the release of over 200 prisoners in Israel, which the Israeli government refused to concede and the Palestinians threatening to kill their hostages if their conditions were not met. The Palestinians had no idea what to do if the Israeli government failed to capitulate. The West Germans, extremely uncomfortable that the hostages were Jewish, offered the kidnappers limitless money to release the athletes, but they refused.
For Dutch people a stadium of memories; the footballteam became European Champion here in 1988 after they had beaten the Sovjet Union.
Nowadays all footballmatches are moved to the Allianz Arena, more north in Munich.
THe Olympia Stadium is now only used for festivals and concerts.
Olympic Tower; don't climb it when it's foggy!
If it's clear weather, you can see the Alpes in the south. Anyhow; you will have an amazing view at the Olympic Park, especially the Olympic Stadium.
There's an exhibition in it about Rockmusic (august 2005). One can also visit the restaurant inside.
Costs; € 4,- per person
The tower was built between 1965-68 for the Olympic Games 1972. It's hight is with 287 Meters, the highest building of the town. Want to see Munich from air this is the cheapest plaece where you can do so! With nice weather even the Alps can be seen from here.
Adults € 2,10
6-15 yrs € 1,30
-6 yrs. F.o.C.
9:00-24:00 hrs daily
After i visited the Olympic stadium the most obvious thing to do was to visit the Olympic tower...
So as i got closer i began to have second thoughts about going up to the top of the tower and it just looked bigger and bigger the close i got.
Although i probably didn’t want to i did step inside and pay my 3 or 4 euros to go to the top of the tower but as i got to the lift that takes you to the top of the tower i was ready to run away but the rather stern security guard wasn’t having any of it and practically shoved my in the lift.
a few second later i was at the top after travelling in possibly the fastest life ive ever been in then i took my 1st tentative step out to look at the view and oh my good what a view it was!!!
when i visited Munich one of the 1st places i had to visit was the Olympic Stadium.
As you get close to the stadium one of the 1st things you notice is the amazing glass roof that not only looks amazing even after 32yrs but that it covers the stadium and the approach to the stadium also.
Once at the stadium you can pay about €4/5 Euros then you are free to walk around the stadium and sit in the seats you can even walk down to the pitch but can’t go on it of course.
To be honest the stadium doesn’t look as amazing as I thought it did yes the glass roof is stunning but the actual stadium does look its 32 yrs im afraid
So even after all that id still say it’s a must see though.
Olympic Stadium is radical and gorgeous. The park is beautiful! It is huge and gets lots of use- even in winter. Germans love their parks and make good use of them. Lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon!