The Olympic area is an area of Munich, in German known as Olympiapark. 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.
By subway (U-Bahn)
Subway line U1 (dark green) runs from Munich Central Station and serves the stops at 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.
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 (0) 89 30670, . 9AM-12PM. With a total height of 291 m, a revolving restaurant at 182 m, and an observation platform at 190 m, 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 (0) 89 38223307, . 9AM-6PM, 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 - Adluts: €9, Concessions: €6.
Sea Life, Willi-Daume-Platz 1 (Subway U3: ''Olympiazentrum''), . Apr-Oct 10AM-6PM, Nov-Mar 10AM-4PM. 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 (0) 89 143210, . Mon-Sun 9:30AM-8PM, Closed 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 (0) 89 350948181, . 11AM-4:30PM & 6PM-9:30PM. 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.
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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