Olympic Park

In contrast to many Olympic sites in other cities across the globe, the various sports facilities built for the Munich Olympics are still being used today, almost 35 years on and the Olympic Park has also become one of Munich’s most treasured tourist attractions.

Olympic Park

In contrast to many Olympic sites in other cities across the globe, the various sports facilities built for the Munich Olympics are still being used today, almost 35 years on and the Olympic Park has also become one of Munich’s most treasured tourist attractions.

Olympic Park

In contrast to many Olympic sites in other cities across the globe, the various sports facilities built for the Munich Olympics are still being used today, almost 35 years on and the Olympic Park has also become one of Munich’s most treasured tourist attractions.

Photo Hotspots

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Hall

Small Olympic Hall

Olympic Tower

Olympic Swimming Stadium

Theatron

Olympic Lake

Olympic Hill

Georg-Brauchle-Ring

Colour Gallery

Officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, the staging of the 1972 Munich Olympics was won with a bid over Detroit, Madrid, and Montréal in 1966. Unfortunately the games were overshadowed by the “Munich massacre” in which eleven Israeli athletes & coaches plus a West German police officer were murdered. Five “Black September” Palestinian terrorists were also killed.

The design of the Olympic stadium was considered revolutionary with sweeping canopies of acrylic glass stabilized by metal cables.

On the sporting side the main highlight was American swimmer Mark Spitz who set a record winning seven consecutive gold medals while on the way setting new world records for each discipline in a single Olympic Games. Spitz, who was of Jewish origin was asked to leave Munich before the closing ceremony due to threats that his life could have been in danger from the same terrorist organization who were responsible for the Munich massacre.

TRACK RECORD

Twelve world records & ten Olympic records were broken in the athletics stadium in the Munich Olympics of 1972 with the Russian team winning the most gold medals totalling 9. Overall winner with twenty four medals, six gold, eight silver & eight bronze were the team from the USA.

ENJOYING THE VIEW

I couldn’t resist this shot from the Olympic Tower of this family all alone, enjoying the view whilst having a picnic on the Olympic Hill.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Olympic stadium has seen many sporting highlights in its almost 45 year history not only in 1972 by the inauguration of the Olympic Games but also afterwards as Bayern Munich made the stadium as their new home for the following 33 years.

THERE’S A HOLE IN THE ROOF!

That’s true & with good reason too as this building is the Olympic Swim Hall & the hole in the roof was designed to serve as ventilation.

ON TOP OF MUNICH

The Olympic stadium has seen many sporting highlights in its almost 45 year history not only in 1972 by the inauguration of the Olympic Games but also afterwards as Bayern Munich made the stadium as their new home for the following 33 years.

NUMEROUS POSSIBILITIES

A walk through the Olympic Park is never boring as there are many routes that take one in many different areas. Autumn of course is a good reason to take one of these numerous routes.

AUTUMN SPENDOUR

God I just love those Autumn colours combined with a cooler air, perfect for walking & hiking.

WHO WOULD GUESS?

That this is a path running through the Olympic Park in Munich?

IS THAT GRAFFITI?

No, by no means considering that Bayern Munich played football here 33 years long as did the other Munich based team the 1860er. Would have been nice if the sticker was stuck the right way around though.

SEVENTIES HIGH-TECH

The then innovative tensile structure of the Olympic building roofs was a real eye-opener & still is today although showing its age a little almost 45 years on.

MISTY DAYS

Autumn is yet again upon us with fire red leaves, cold mornings with low lying mist & peace due to the dwindling masses of tourists.

GOLD, GOLD, GOLDEN!

A magnificant view to the east from Munich’s Olympic Tower shortly before sunset.

DUCK POND

Of course no park would be complete without a lake or pond & the Olypic Park is no exception. The Olympiasee is home to many ducks & other birds, especially in the migration season.

FENCED IN

The overall height of the Olympic Tower measures 291 m, at a height of 190m is the observation platform for the general public. Of course being so high security is of utmost importance.

AGAINST THE SUN

This pair have taken the path south west of the Olympic Stadium as their preferred route & rightly so as this is where the sun is to be enjoyed at its best late in the afternoon.

HILL WITH A VIEW

From the Olympic Hill the view is normally breathtaking in whatever direction you care to look but watching the sun go down behind the Olympic Park side is always worth a geek.

WALK WITH A VIEW

Walking up the Olympiaberg reveals a feeling of relaxation & knowing that the view from the top is going to be awesome is worth the short, sharp slog with all that camera gear.

LEGEND, MARK SPITZ

The Olympic Swim Hall made Olympic history in 1972 as a young American swimmer by the name of Mark Spitz won 7  gold medals after a remarkable comeback after falling short of the hoped for 5 gold medals in the Mexican Olympics of 1968. Today the swim hall is still open to use by the general public.

DOWNTOWN OLYMPIC STADIUM

The Downtown Tower on the Georg-Brauchle-Ring is home to the European headquarters of telecommunications company O2. In the foreground we see the tensile structure of the Munich Olympic stadium.

LOST IN MORNING FOG

Shot from the corner of the BMW building early in the morning I was lucky to capture the low lying fog engulfing the Olympiaturm.

OLYMPIC SUMMER

For a landscape photographer a landscape with clouds is the perfect opportunity to get the camera out & here, again from the Olympiaberg I wasn’t to be disappointed.

DIFFERENT OCCASION, SAME TREE

Yes, it is the same tree but on a different occasion, this time revealing a little of that clutter in the background that they call….city.

“After Munich the IOC does not want to commemorate the 11 Israelis. They don’t regard them as victims of the Olympic movement but as 11 Israeli victims. They fear that Muslim and Arab nations will somehow boycott the Olympics Games. I hope the public will stand for a minute in silence instead. They cannot stop people doing that and it will honor the martyrs of the Olympic movement.”

― Professor Shaul Ladany

LONELY TREE

Sometimes you do wonder why you hold out the extreme cold in Winter to shoot material but most often it is worth the hardship, especially at sunrise or at sunset as we see here.

WINTER OLYMPIC DOWNHILL

Winter is definitely a good reason to visit the Olympic Park as the park is well planned with a lakes & as you see here a nice hilly landscape that offers not only a great view of the park but on the other side the city & if you are lucky a beautiful view of the Bavarian Alps on a clear day.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

When enough snow falls in Winter & the conditions allow then many Münchener head for the Olympiaberg to either enjoy the view or jump on a sleigh with their kids & race down the hill.

SUNNY STROLL

What I personally find so special about this image is the low lying cloud giving the impression that the two ladies on a stroll are above the clouds similar to being on a mountain at cloud level although they are at the most 650 m above sea level.

TENSILE STRUCTURE

The glass roof of the Olympic Park buildings was designed by architect company designed by German architect and engineer Frei Otto with Günther Behnisch. In all, the project spent 1.35 billion German Marks to complete.

UP THE HILL

The best view of the Olympic Park other than from the Olympic Tower has to be from the Olympiaberg, a manmade hill built upon rubble taken from the remains of destroyed parts of Munich after the Second World War.

LASER SHOW

Since the Olympic Games in 1972 the Olympic Stadium has been guest to many sporting & entertainment highlights. Up to 2005 the stadium was scenr to many a victory in the German Premier League for bayern Munich but after the move to their new stadium in 2005 the stadium has been used for many events & concerts.

REVOLVING RESTAURANT

The view from the Olympia Tower is always worth the effort & especially in the evening although it can get pretty cold outside on the viewing platform being open to the elements. For those that like it warm & cosy & don’t want to miss the view then an evening meal in the restaurant that revolves once every 53 minutes is just the ticket.

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Did You Know?

Situated close to the city center, the Olympiapark was built on a site previously used by the Bavarian army until 1925 before it became part of the Munich airport. After the Second World War in 1945, the rubble cleared from the bombed out areas of the city was moved here, forming the basis of the hilly landscape of the Olympiapark that you see today.

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