The Olympic Park in Munich is best known as the site of the Olympic Summer Games 1972. It remains the site of many sporting and cultural events. In addition, the park and its attractions are one of the most popular recreation areas both for locals and for tourists. Numerous sports like running, tennis, miniature golf, roller skating, swimming, soccer and boat rental make the Olympic Park primarily a place to meet and relax.
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The history of the park
Before being awarded the 1972 Olympic Games, the Oberwiesenfeld where the park now stands was home only to the ice rink and the TV tower. This is why it was considered the ideal place to construct the Olympic Park as part of the “The Green Olympics”. With this motto, this was the first time that an event of this size took an ecological perspective into consideration. More than forty years later, a green landscape dominated by the venues sets this park apart from others. Of particular interest is the design of the Olympic Stadium. Its roof is reminiscent of a spider web and has a very different feel from the other, more monumental Olympic venues.
Current design of the Olympic Park
Today, the Olympic Park is divided in two: on the one hand there is the Olympic site with venues such as the Olympic Stadium, the Olympiahalle and the Olympic Tower. The former venues still host various sporting events, and not just for club members. Since the building of the Allianz Arena, the Olympic Stadium is now almost exclusively used for cultural events. The 291.28 m high Olympic Tower later became the symbol of the Olympic Park and offers one of the best views of Munich. The second part of the park is the actual park area which at 160 ha is one of the largest in Munich. Here one can admire the Olympic mountain and Olympic lake. The 60 metre high Olympic mountain was once a pile of rubble from the Second World War, but from its peak one can enjoy a phenomenal view of Munich. The floating stage at the Olympic lake, the Theatron and the carillon are good places to relax or take a stroll. The park is also home to the Munich Olympic Walk of Stars where legends of sports, music and entertainment have been immortalized with their hands in concrete. Outside these two areas, the Olympic Village built in 1972 to house the athletes now serves an increasingly popular residential complex in Munich.
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Events in the Olympic Park
Numerous entertainment and music events, concerts, sporting events, exhibitions and fairs take place at the Olympic Park. For example, a large Easter party is planned for 31 March 2013 and Joe Cocker will be holding a concert on 12 April in the Olympic Stadium. More information about the events can be found at www.olympiapark.de.
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Guided tours and sightseeing
The Olympic Park offers various guided tours that explore the facility. For example, you can take the tent roof tour of the Olympic Stadium and admire one of the most extraordinary pieces of architecture from above. You can also take the “Flying Fox” and sail 35 metres off the ground at the Olympic Stadium while enjoying a remarkable view of Munich. If you prefer to go on your own expedition, the audio tour provides informative support for your tour. For details on all tours, opening times and prices, please visit www.olympiapark.de.
From the Platzl Hotel you can reach the Olympic Park by car in about 15 minutes. Or you can take U3 towards Moosach from the Marienplatz station to Olympiazentrum and then walk 12 minutes to your destination.