History and architecture
It is quite clearly one of Munich's landmarks – the Olympic Park with its unmistakeable pavilion-roof stadium. And that was precisely the plan of Günther Grzimek, the landscape architect who designed the extensive park on the occasion of the 1972 Olympic Games. The grounds were intended to reflect the general social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, while the greenery was to be "democratic". Specifically this means that the focus of the architect was not on decadent free spaces for a privileged elite, but rather on the optimum provision of greenery for all classes of the population.
Thus, a harmonious overall picture was created in the north of the city together with the Olympiapark architectural group: the marvellous architecture of the Olympic Stadium, embedded in its landscaped surroundings, the Olympic Park. The connection between both elements was underlined optically with the pavilion roof structure by Frei Otto, which links the stadium with the access paths and the park. Whoever strolls through the park should definitely also visit the Olympic Village. The terraced village was designed as a "town within a town" and has shopping facilities, a school, kindergartens and cultural venues.
Events in the Olympic Park
Even over four decades since they were opened, the Olympic grounds have lost none of their charm. Irrespective of whether in daylight or under the stars – the Olympic Park is always glowingly beautiful. A total of 850,000 square metres invite Munich residents and tourists all year round to take part in sport, games and relaxation. But the green landscape is also popular for holding events.
The Olympic Park in summer
At present one can go to the movies in the middle of nature at the Olympic Lake Cinema (16.05.2013 - 15.09.2013), stroll through the summer festival impark13 (01.08.2013 - 25.08.2013) or hear great bands free of charge at the Theatron Musiksommer (01.08.2013 - 25.08.2013). Further highlights include the summer open air festival ENERGY in the Park (07.09.13), the Women's Run Munich 2013 (14.09.2013) and the Munich Marathon (13.10.2013).
Olympic Park in winter
But it is also worth visiting the popular recreational area in winter. As well as perfect sleighing hills for children and the large ice skating stadium there is also the FIS Ski World Cup on 01.01.2014, which will enliven the wintry Olympic Park no end. And of course there will once again be a whole series of international top stars appearing in the Olympiahalle this winter: Thirty Seconds To Mars (06.11.2013), Andreas Gabalier and Band (09.11.2013), Bruno Mars (12.11.2013), AIDA Night of the Proms 2013 (13.12.2013 - 15.12.2013), André Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra (17.01.2014) are only a fraction of what the visitor can expect. And incidentally, one can now see top stars such as Kylie Minogue, Chris Rea, Lenny Kravitz and Sir Elton John at any time of the day or night in the Olympic Park – on the spectacular Munich Olympic Walk of Stars.
Munich from above: the Olympic Tower
Those who prefer a bit of peace and quiet can take the cute park railway to the Olympic Tower, which is 291 metres high. Then take the lift to the viewing platform at a height of 190 metres. From here you get a truly breathtaking view of the entire city. In good weather you can even see the Alpine chain from Salzkammergut to the Allgäu.
As well as a fantastic view the tower also offers a very special culinary experience: the rotating restaurant 181.While the restaurant revolves on its own axis every 53 minutes you can enjoy a gourmet menu created by the star chef Otto Koch. Furthermore, at a height of 200 metres you will find the highest rock museum in the world. Thousands of exhibits and collector items from the world of rock and pop are just waiting to be viewed by the visitors to the Olympic Tower.
For those who want to take it easy
Is that all a bit too much ballyhoo for your taste? Our tip: when the sun shines and produces the unique Olympic Pavilion Roof silhouette, simply have a snack in the Olympic Park. Regardless of whether in the beer garden, on the meadow or at the Olympic Lake, just relax with a Radler and a Bavarian snack – you will never be happier. That's a promise.
More information at: www.olympiapark.de