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View from the Olympiaberg on the olympic stadium.


The Olympic area is a district of Munich, also known as Olympic Einkaufzentrum due to the large and popular shopping center. This district has its place forever in history as the turning point of peace and terrorism. Less than 30 years after the Holocaust and the defeat of Holocaust Munich, the birthplace of the Nazi party held the 20th Summer Olympics and built an entire park and several stadiums to host the Olympics in this district. Many people saw the Olympics as a turning point for Munich, especially with the Israeli Olympic team participating in the games, however, the massacre of Israeli athletes in the Olympic village and at the Fürstenfeldbrücke NATO airport greatly astonished the world and cast a dark shadow over the district.

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Get in

Take the U3 to "Olympiazentrum" or the U1 to "OEZ" sometimes refered to "Olympia Einkaufzentrum."

See

  • 31 Connollystraße— This is located in the former Olympic village, and there is a small marker that indicates that this building was the site of the Black September hostage situation, and site where several Israeli Olympic team members were murdered.
  • The vast Olympiapark [1] was built for the 1972 Olympic Summer Games and is still a very active and popular place for all kinds of sports and events.
  • Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) [2]— More than 200 m high, this tower gives an amazing view over the complete city, and on a clear day you can see the Alps (entrance fee €4).
  • BMW Museum, Petuelring 130, +49-89-38223307 [3]. Weekdays, 9AM-6PM, Weekends, 10AM - 8PM. Entrance: €12, Conssessions: €6. Musuem dedicated to the powerhouse German car.
  • Sea Life [4]. 10AM-6PM, €11.50/€8.50. A large aquarium featuring over 30 tanks and aquatic life ranging from local river dwellers all the way to the grand Mediterranean Ocean tank.

Do

  • Tollwood [5]— Very nice and relaxed festival with a large alternative market where everything is sold from Asian interior stuff to hand made rings. The festival comprises several tents where music and theatre is played. While some performances are for free, tickets have to be bought for the major venues. You will also find lots of international food stalls and bars here. It's a great place to hang around. There's a summer Tollwood which takes place in the Olympiapark from mid June to the beginning of July for four weeks. The winter Tollwood takes place on the Theresienwiese from the last week of November until Christmas. It's a great alternative to the commercial Christmas markets.
  • Olympiaberg— If there is a concert in the Olympic stadium and you didn't manage to get tickets (or you think they are too expensive) climb on the hill near the stadium. You will have a great view on the stadium and hear all the music. Relax and listen to some great music with a blanket with you, some food and of course local beer.

Buy

  • Olympia Einkaufzentrum Galeria-Kaufhof, Pelkovenstr. 155, Phone: +49 089/ 14321-0. [6] Monday - Friday 9:30 AM - 8 PM, Saturday 9 AM -8 PM, Closed Sunday. Munich's largest shopping centre with a large variety of department stores, boutiques and food stores.
  • Galeria-Kaufhof, Pelkovenstr. 155, Phone: +49 089/ 14321-0. [6] Monday - Friday 9:30AM - 8 PM, Saturday 9 AM -8 PM, Closed Sunday. Nationwide German department store. They stock all the goods that you'd expect of department stores, i.e. clothing, electronics, household goods, toys, food and so on.
  • Viktualienmarkt, East of the Marienplatz. Features over 140 fruit and vegetable stores selling tasty and fresh produce, stores for honey, bread, cheese and meat, stores for flowers and baskets, plant seeds, spices and candles. Highly recommendable are the fruit stands selling freshly squeezed fruit juices of all kinds.

Eat

  • Drehrestaurant Spiridion-Luis-Ring 7, Telephone: +49 (0) 89 - 30 66 85 85, Fax:+49 0 89 - 30 66 85 88, [7]. 11AM- 5PM; 6:30PM - 12PM. Drehrestaurant offers international cuisine to its guests. The restaurant is located 597.1 feet from the ground in the Olympiaturm (Olympic tower). On a clear day one can see the Bavarian Alps at this height.
  • Glockenspiel Cafe, Marienplatz 28, 089 264 256. The place to people watch, the Glockenspiel Cafe swarms with lithe, hip twenty and thirty somethings, who enjoy the view at the rooftop terrace with a view over Marienplatz from the fifth floor. Sip on quality coffee costing from 2.50€ to 5€ ($3-$6), and indulge your sweet tooth with pastries beginning at 2.50€.

Drink

  • Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4. Popular nightspot with live music, theatre and dance performances. The on-site cafe serves food and drink during the day, transforming into a fun and friendly club venue in the evenings.
  • Olympiahalle, next to the Olympic Stadium. Multi-purpose arena used for concerts, sporting events, exhibitions or trade fairs.
  • Schneeglöckchenstr. 91, 089 1504035. Home town homage to country and westerns, the Rattlesnake is a fun, although cheesy, night out. Performers come from Munich, England, Canada, and, in some cases, even Nashville, Tennessee. Pitchers of beer go down well with live country music.
  • Champions America, Berliner Str. 93 80805 München, +49 89 36002799. American sportsbar and restaurant located within the Munich Marriott Hotel. Happy hour is daily from 5PM to 7PM and Americans living in Munich can keep up to date with their sports team by watching American sports on the TVs.

Sleep

  • Hotel Tourotel‎, Domagkstr. 26 80807 München, 089 36001-0. This three star hotel has recently been refurbished, elevating its standard to that of high quality. Good location with reasonable access to the transport system.
  • Munchen Marriott Hotel, Berliner Strasse 9380805 München, 089 360020‎. Having somewhat of a predictable quality, the Marriott hotel is furnished in a modern and tasteful style, if not a bit bland. The hotel is next to U-Bahn station, it takes about 15 minutes to the historical center.
  • Four Points Hotel Olympiapark‎, Helene-Mayer-Ring 12 80809 München, 089 35751800. With large spacious rooms and currently undergoing renovations to increase the quality of the hotel to four stars. The staff are attentive and speak good English and although the rate did not include free continental breakfast, the fridge was stocked with sodas, juices, nuts, cookies, etc which were included in the rate and can be replenished anytime just by calling the front desk.

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