TOURS IN MUNICH: A couple look out over
the Olympic Park in Munich. Pic: Daveybot
OLYMPIC PARK: Almost 40 years have passed since the world converged on Munich's Olympic Park to go faster, higher, stronger.
But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing happening at Olympiapark, the site of most of the events at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Soccer, ice skating, boxing, open-air rock concerts, the list goes on and on. The park is humming with activities all year round.
It’s free to wander around the grounds and the park is popular with joggers, in-line skaters and hang-abouts.
Park centrepieces are the massive Olympiastadion, the Olympiahalle and the Olympiaschwimmhalle water sports centre. All three feature a webbed, transparent roof that look like high-tech tents from some distant planet.
You can do a tour of the Olympiastadion’s roof but you’ll pay through the nose for it. There’s also abseiling and other tours on offer (see below).
Other points at the park include the winding lake Olympiasee, the Olympia Tower (known to the locals as the Fernsehturm, meaning Television Tower) and the Eissportzentrum, an ice hockey stadium.
The tower holds a revolving restaurant called 181 – that’s how high off the ground it is. Also inside are a free Rock Music Museum and a viewing platform that you can visit daily until midnight.
With a capacity of 75,000 the Olympiastadion is Munich’s biggest venue and was the home of football clubs FC Bayern Munich and 1860 München until Allianz Arena took over in 2005.
The stadium and the nearby Olympiahalle are the usual venues for most of the big-name rock concerts that come to Munich.
It hosts the likes of Madonna, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
As an alternative to the tower, you can get a great view of the area by climbing the Olympiaberg
(Olympic Hill), a man-made mass construed of cleared rubble from World War Two bombing.
The hill is also a popular place to sit and listen to the big name concerts for free.
Summer park highlights include the Tollwood “world” festival in June and July and free, open-air shows at the Theatron, the lakeside stage.
The Olympiapark is conveniently close to BMW Welt and museum and is home to Munich’s new Sea Life Centre.
Sea Life was made in partnership with Greenpeace and has fish from Bavaria’s lakes and rivers, the Baltic, North and Mediterranean seas.
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