View from the Olympiaberg
on the olympic stadium.
The Olympic area is an area of Munich, in German known as Olympiagelände. This area 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 Nazi Germany, the the young Federal Republic of Germany hosted the 20th Summer Olympics and an entire park and several stadiums were built to hold 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 by a Palestinian terrorist group in the Olympic village and at the NATO air base Fürstenfeldbruck greatly shocked the world and cast a dark shadow over the district.
Being located right next to Mittlerer Ring (2R), Munich's circular city expressway which has intersections with all autobahns, that go into Munich, the Olympic area is easily reachable by car. Driving on expressway 2R, take the exit BMW Welt / Olympiapark. 4,000 parking spaces are available in a parking lot next to the Olympic stadium (€3.50/12hr)
By subway (U-Bahn)
- Subway line U1 (dark green) runs from Munich Central Station and serves the stops at Westfriedhof, Georg-Brauchle-Ring, and Olympia-Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) just west of the Olympic Park.
- Subway line U3 (orange), coming from Marienplatz, stops at Petuelring, Olympiazentrum, Oberwiesenfeld, and Olympia-Einkaufszentrum along the northern edge of the Olympic Park.
- Tram lines 20 and 21, originating from Munich Central Station, run along Dachauer Straße with the stops Olympiapark West and Borstei just outside the Olympic Park.
- Tram line 27, coming from central Schwabing, terminates at Petuelring, to the immidiate east of the Olympic park.
It is no problem to go from the inner city to the Olympic area by bike. You have to follow Dachauer Straße from Hauptbahnhof and turn right when you reach Willy-Gebhardt-Ufer. Watch out for the little green-on-white direction signs for bikes indicating Olympiapark. You will be biking on cylce lanes all the way, so don't be afraid of traffic dangers. It's approx. a 5 km bike ride to reach the Olympic park from the city center.
- Olympiapark, (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), . This vast park was created for the 1972 Summer Olympics and is still a vibrant place for outdoor activities, sports and cultural events.
- Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower), Spiridon-Louis-Ring 7 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), ☎ +49 89 30670, . Daily 09:00-00:00. With a total height of 291 m (954 ft), a revolving restaurant at 182 m (597 ft), and an observation platform at 190 m (623 ft), the Olympic Tower is not only Munich's highest building, but also provides the most spectacular view of the city of Munich with the Bavarian Alps in the background. It also houses a small rock and roll museum. Adults: €5.50, Concessions: €3.50.
- Connollystraße 31, Connollystraße 31 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''). This is the house in the former Olympic village, where the Black September hostage situation took place and several several members of the Israeli Olympic team were murdered. There is a small marker on this building that indicates that incident.
- BMW Welt and Museum, Am Olympiapark 1 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), ☎ +49 89 38223307, . Daily 09:00-18:00, BMW Museum is closed on Mondays. A exibition and museum complex to one of the best and most famous German car. A must see not only for the automobile enthusiast but also for the architecture aficionado. BMW Welt is free of charge; Museum - Adults: €9, Concessions: €6.
- Sea Life, Willi-Daume-Platz 1 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), . Apr-Oct 10:00-18:00, Nov-Mar 10:00-16:00. A large aquarium featuring over 30 tanks and aquatic life ranging from local river dwellers all the way to the grand Mediterranean Ocean tank. Adults: €15.95, Concessions: €14.50, Children (3-14 years): €10.50.
Revellers at the Tollwood Sommerfestival
- Tollwood (Summer festival), Olympiapark Süd - Spiridon-Louis-Ring (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), . June & July. 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 free of charge, tickets have to be bought for the major acts. You will also find lots of international food stalls and bars here. It's a great place to hang out. The Tollwood summer festival takes place in the Olympiapark from mid June to the beginning of July for 25 days. The venue of the Tollwood winter festival is the Theresienwiese and it lasts from the last week of November until Christmas. It's a great alternative to other more commercialized Christmas markets.
- Olympiaberg (Olympic Hill), Martin-Luther-King-Weg (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''). 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 across the stream. You will have a great view on the stadium and hear all the music. Take a blanket, some food and local beer with you to relax and listen to some great music for free.
- Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (OEZ), (Subways U1 & U3: ''Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (OEZ)''), ☎ +49 89 143210, . M-Sa 09:30-20:00, Closed on Sundays. Munich's largest shopping centre with a large variety of department stores, boutiques and food stores.
- Restaurant 181 (Drehrestaurant), Spiridion-Luis-Ring 7 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), ☎ +49 89 350948181, . Daily 11:00-16:30 & 18:00-21:30. The restaurant offers international cuisine to its guests. The restaurant is located 181 m above the ground in the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower). On a clear day one can see the Bavarian Alps while enjoying some very good (and pricy) food.
- München72, Kolehmainenweg (near the tennis courts) (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), ☎ +49 89 97343785, . Daily 10:00-01:00.
- Olympia-Alm, Martin-Luther-King Weg 8 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), ☎ +49 89 3009924, . The Olympia-Alm is a small beverage stall and Munich's beergarden at the highest altitude.
- OlyDisco, Helene-Mayer-Ring 9 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), ☎ +49 89 3517733, . The club is located in the former Olympic village, which is now a dormitory complex. Its patronage accordingly is mostly collegiate and the prices are kept on a moderate level. Due to refurbishing it is closed in the moment.
- Happy Corner, Franz-Marc-Strasse 10 (Subway U1: ''Westfriedhof''), ☎ +49 89 155500, . M-Sa 16:30-01:00. A rustic pub just east of the Olympic park.
- Four Points München Olympiapark, Helene-Mayer-Ring 12 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), ☎ +49 89 35751800, . With large spacious rooms and currently undergoing renovations to increase the quality of the hotel to four stars. The staff is attentive and speaks good English.
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