Built in 1972 for the Summer Olympics, the site has been developed in an unusual architectural style, designed by Behnisch and Partners. The site itself is made up of a number of sporting facilities including an indoor swimming pool, ice skating rink, mini golf, indoor soccer and athletics arena as well as a large park and lake.
The focal point of the park is Olympia Hill (Olympiaberg), a man made mountain which provides a great view over Munich, and in good weather to the Alps in the distance. Interestingly, the hill was largely constructed out of the ruins caused by bombing from Allied forces during World War 2. On the Olympia Hill is Munich's highest beer garden, the Olympia Alm.
Today the site is often used to concert and summer festivals such as Tollwood. The Olympia Stadium holds almost 70,000 people and is a popular concert venue for big acts when they come to Munich, and formerly for soccer games before the Alliance Arena was built in the north of the city. Smaller acts often play in the Olympiahalle, which holds between 12,000 and 14,000 people.
Another main attraction in the park is the Olympia Tower (Olympiaturm) which can give great views of Munich and the surrounding area. The tower is 291m (955ft) high, with a observation platform 190m (623ft) meters above the park. Underneath the observation platform is a rotating restaurant which seats over 200 people. For more information see Olympia Tower (Olympiaturm).
In addition to a large indoor pool arena, the park also boasts the Olympia Ice Sports Center. There are three parts to the area. The first is the indoor soccer arena, SoccaFiveArena, which boasts 4 large playing fields and a Speed Court. Then there is the main ice hall, where ice hockey matches and other such events are held. The last part of this area is the training hall, which is open to the public and can be used all year around for a small cost.
On the other side of the Mittlerring (the ring road around Munich), the Olympia Tennis center can be found with 14 clay courts.
There are many ways to get to Olympia Park, and due to the size of the park it is best to decide what you want to visit in the park first, then decide on what station to use. To access Tollwood, Olympiaberg or Olympia Alm it is best to catch the tram to Infanteriestrasse at the south end of the park. To visit the Olympia Tower, Olympia Hall (Olympiahalle), Tennis courts, indoor soccer or the indoor swimming pool it is best to use either the Bus or U-Bahn to station Olympiapark.
You can get more information on the various facilities in Olympia Park by using the links below:
- Olympia Park Indoor Swimming Pool Munich (Olympia Schwimmhalle)
- Olympia Tower Munich (Olympiaturm)
- Olympia Ice Sport Center Munich
Olympia Park Munich Reviews
I visited Olympia Park in December 2007. It was spectacular. The ground was covered in snow and all but the centre of the lake was frozen!
There are good walking tracks and good views from the observation areas at the top of the grassy hills. The photos were magnificent. It was surreal and, with the Olympia Tower in the background, almost looked like something out of a science fiction movie. It was a bit like walking through history, knowing that the 1972 Olympics were held there. I even went for a swim in the Olympic Pool. It was interesting to swim in the pool knowing it was where Shane Gould won so many gold medals for Australia.
We also took a ride up to the top of Olympic Tower. I think it was 4 or 5 euro each at the time. Great views although it was a bit hazy on the day we went.
We really enjoyed our visit to the park. Although there was snow everywhere, we were fortunate to get fine weather.
A very beautiful park. I spent many hours enjoying relaxing walks and cycles through the park. Wonderful surroundings.
Pretty park. Good food at the Chinese garden. Fun watching people surfing.
One of the more peaceful parks in the city
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