Munich’s Olympiapark is an intricately landscaped sports complex defined by its unique tent-style architecture. Along with its array of advanced sports venues (including the Olympiastadion, swimming centre and ice rink), this fascinating example of German innovation offers lakes, concert venues and restaurants – a must-see for sports fans and history buffs alike.
Built for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, Olympiapark is located in the Oberwiesenfeld district in the city’s northern suburbs. The site is perfect for anyone with an interest in Munich’s recent history, or with a penchant for sports events and concerts.
Olympiapark hosts the famous Olympiastadion, a 70,000-seater stadium that until 2005 was the home ground of the Bayern Munich soccer team. The venue has also been frequently used for gigantic concerts, from Bruce Springsteen to Genesis to The Rolling Stones, and also hosts rock festivals that last several days, such as Rock im Park and Rockavaria. Concerts also take place at the Theatron on Olympic Lake. Today, visitors can see the stadium’s interior with a guided tour.
The park covers 300 hectares of land, the highest point of which is the Olympic Hill, from which one can enjoy views of the park, the Munich cityscape and the mountains beyond the city. The Olympic ice rink located within the grounds is home to the ice hockey club EHC München, and is open for public visits as well.
The swimming pool complex offers visitors ample opportunity for sporting activity, and it was here in 1972 that the great American swimmer Mark Spitz swept all before him. A 50-metre pool is available, along with a sauna and gym. Meanwhile, for any families visiting Olympiapark, an essential experience must also be the Sea Life Munich aquarium, which is home to more than 10,000 different aquatic creatures.