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    Part of the large restaurant building
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    The commandant's house
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    by alancollins Updated Jul 29, 2012

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    I decided in this Olympic year to visit the 1936 Olympic Village. I have already visited the Olympic Stadium, so is my want to visit out of the way places, I decided to make a visit. I carried out some research and one website of abandoned places suggested it was closed, a difficult journey and you had to climb the fence to get in and risk being chased by security guards. This was nonsense and further research suggested that it was open and for fee you could wander around. I decided to visit and it was an easy trip. I caught a train to Elstal and it is well signposted from the station car park entrance. It is about a 15 minute walk or there is a bus service but I have no idea of the number or times. The entrance fee is 2€ and there is a guided tour every day which costs 5€ or 10€ for a family and there are different themed tours on Sundays .These tours get you into the various buildings that are left, but you can of course look through the windows. The village is open from 01 April till 31 October, further information from the website, email address or telephone number below. The village was originally designed for the four thousand male athletics. I was expecting a run down overgrown site but nothing could be further from the truth. The grass had been cut, there were gardeners pulling up weeds and strimming the longer grass. There is a well marked trail with information signs at various locations. These are all in German but with a German dictionary you can work out the meanings. Approximately 150 well constructed building were orginally built because it was intended they would be used by the military after the Olympics. The largest building was the restaurant (still standing) which was designed so it could be used as a military hospital. One of the accommodation buildings is dedicated to Jesse Owens and this does have English translations. At the end of world war 2 the complex was taken over by the soviet military, buildings knocked down and pre-fabricated blocks of flats built. After the soviets left, these pre-fabricated buildings have had all the doors and windows removed, though the whole site now has listed historical status.

    The swimming pool Accommodation buildings Jesse Owen's room The commandant's house Part of the large restaurant building
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