Deutsches Sport und Olympiamuseum, Cologne
Then this is the place for you!
It is a great place for teenagers too - they can use the equipment on the 3 floors - test their legs on the static racing bike in a wind tunnel, boxing-ring with punch bags, weight-lifting, or race each other on the 100m track.
There are some very interesting exhibits giving details about the history of the Olympics and sport in Germany with old artefacts, sportswear, trophies, Beckers broken racket, Shaq's size 59 Basket Ball shoes, ok ok he's not exactly German but it's interesting, even for a not particularly sporty type like me!
At the very top of the building is a court where the kids can have a game of footy but you need to ask a member of staff if you can borrow a ball.
Photos are only permitted on the lower level of the museum and you must place your bags in the lockers provided.
Entrance is 5E and group discounts are available. Closed Mondays.
I visited the Deutsches Sport & Olympiamuseum during my visit to Cologne in July 2006.
This large sports museum is located on the banks of the Rhine, next to the Chocolate Museum.
At the time of my visit (during Germany's hosting of World Cup 2006), the museum contained a special exhibition devoted to photography carried out by a Brazilian football magazine. This mainly included action from Brazilian international and club games, but also a selection of photos from other countries. This was the highlight of the museum for me, but it was only a temporary exhibition. Exhibitions in this ground floor room change periodically.
The main part of the museum was a bit of a disappointment considering Germany's proud sporting history.
The exhibitions start with a handful of artefacts from the early Olympic Games, but nothing too impressive.
A mock running track runs along the main corridor of the upstairs, alongside which is a sporting timeline, detailing the key German sporting achievements from each year up to the present day. (As an Englishman, I headed straight for 1966 ;-))
A number of rooms with individual exhibitions lead off this main walkway. For example, there are rooms devoted to:
* Berlin 1936 Olympics: photos and memorabilia from athletes competing in these games;
* Bundesliga football: team shirts, logos, video footage and even pieces of turf from various football pitches in Germany's top football league;
* Winter sports: toboggans and winter clothing in a specially cooled room with an icy feel to it;
* Formula 1: a selection of motor racing memorabilia, much of which relates to Germany's famous driver, Michael Schumacher.
At the far end of the exhibition room, there is a large bank of TV screens showing historic sporting clips, a series of lockers with the kits of German sporting heroes hanging in them and a large trophy cabinet.
All bags must be checked into a locker room and there is no photography allowed in the museum.
The ground floor contains a souvenir shop and cafe.
I haven't had time to visit this yet and excuses for the appaling quality of this photo during a rainy day, but the museum houses exhibitions on German sport through history, including Becker's broken tennis racket I am told. There is also lots to do for everyone as you can try different sports hands on, including biking in wind which probably means it is great fun for all ages.
This museum is dedicated to the history of sports. The exhibition starts with a introduction about the Olympic Games and then with the reinvention of the Olympic Games by Baron de Coubertin in the 19th century. The main focus though lies on German sport history - the explanations are in German and English. The museum is located directly next to the Chocolate Museum.
It's about heroes, it's about passion, it's about history - it's about sports and the olympics!
you learn a lot about the olympics long time ago, you can sit on a bike in the wind tunnel, you realise how high the world record in pole vault really is, you see a lot of shoes, jerseys, cups and medals and olympic highlights combined with waltz music.
You can also play soccer or basketball on the roof - the highest stadium in Köln!
Really a great experience!!
Oh, and you learn a lot about the German culture as well I think :-)
When I travel I tend to make notes about things I see and places I visit. My notes relating to this museum, say that it has been created and curated in a very German way. I think this relates to the use of technology and then the style and approach to the design and layout of the overall museum.
In the German museum for sports and Olympics you will find some interesting bits - a lot of stuff from German sportsmen, from the Olympics in 1936 in Berlin and 1972 in Munich and about the history of sports.
I never before could imagine how long the 8.90 metre world long jump record is! Until I saw it in this sports museum.... Amazing!
There's some bits you can try but unfortunately not too many of them. On the roof there's a football pitch!