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In preparation for the 1972 Olympic Games, a former airfield and parade ground were transformed into an Olympic park. The park features landscaped hills, an artificial lake, a communications tower, and sports facilities. Designed by the firm of Behnisch & Partners, the elegant, airy ensemble derives its character chiefly from the transparent tensile roof designed by Frei Otto. Tent-shaped, it covers part of the stadium, the hall, and the pool, and is considered a masterpiece of modern architecture.

  • U3 Olympiazentrum

  • 089 30 67 24 14

Olympic Tower

  • 9am–midnight daily (last trip 11:30pm)

  • adm: €4.50 (reduced €2.80)

Roof tour

  • Apr–Oct: 4pm Fri–Sun

  • adm: €45 (children 10–15 years: €35)

Adventure tour (grounds)

BMW Welt

  • 9am–8pm daily

Sea Life

  • 7am–10pm daily

  • adm: €14 (children €8.75)

Olympic Aquatic Centre

  • 7am–11pm Mon, Wed & Fri–Sun, 7am–5.15pm & 8.30–11pm Tue & Thu

  • adm: €3.60 (children 6 years and over €2.60); combination ticket for Sauna Paradise €12.80


5 September 1972

A black day for Munich: Palestinian terrorists, members of the Black September group, infiltrated the Olympic Village at 4am, shot two members of the Israeli team, and took nine athletes hostage. Police efforts to free the hostages at Fürstenfeldbruck airport failed. Nine Israeli hostages, five Palestinians, and one policeman died. Despite these tragic events, the decision was made to carry on with the Games after a brief break.


Plan of Olympiapark

Aerial view of Olympiapark

The Revolving Restaurant offers excellent food and a fantastic view.


Book a climb on the tensile roof in summer – complete with rope and hooks (089 30 67 24 14).


Many types of combination tickets are available for the Olympic Tower and various sports facilities.


The Olympiapark is the largest fitness complex in the city. For more information, visit www.olympiapark-muenchen.de


Top 10 Sights
  1. Olympic Tower

    A high-speed elevator transports visitors to the observation platform and revolving restaurant of this 290-m- (900-ft-) high Olympic Tower. From here there are fabulous views: when the famous Föhn winds are blow­ing, you can even see the Alps. The restaurant serves bistro food at lunch and gourmet fare in the evening.

  2. BMW Welt

    This futuristic building, with its striking Double Cone entrance, embodies the qualities of dynamism and elegance. It celebrates the BMW brand and hosts exhibitions on related topics.

  3. Olympic Stadium

    Seating almost 67,000 spectators, this stadium was home to the FC Bayern football club for years. The club has now moved and the stadium is used for a variety of other events.

  4. Olympic Hall

    Conceived from the outset as a multipurpose venue, the Olympic Hall holds up to 14,000 spectators. Covering the hall is a large section of the spectacular tent-shaped tensile roof, suspended from 58 pylons. Used for a wide variety of sports events, the Olympic Hall also serves as a venue for concerts, conferences, and fairs.

  5. Lake & Park

    Piled-up war rubble served as the base for the small hills on the grounds. After they were landscaped, boulevards and an artificial lake were added, creating a perfect park for walking. Climb to the top of the Olympiaberg for a spectacular view of the park and city.

  6. Olympic Skating Rink

    The skating rink is a perfect place to practise skating or ice-dancing to music. Skates are available for hire.

  7. Sea Life

    Visitors to this attrac­tion come face to face with Mediterranean and tropical fish. The glass tunnel is a highlight.

  8. Olympic Aquatic Centre

    One of the largest in Europe, this aquatic centre offers diving pools, saunas, a steam grotto, sunbathing lawns, exercise rooms, and wellness programmes.

  9. Father Timofej’s Chapel

    This Russian Orthodox chapel, built (without a permit) by Russians Timofej and Natasha in 1951 on the Olympic grounds, still stands today.

  10. Theatron & Other Facilities

    The many attractions in Olympiapark include tennis courts, an indoor cycling racetrack, a beach volleyball court, a basketball court, rowboats on the lake, and summer curling. The Theatron, an amphitheatre with seating for 5,000, is used as a venue for free open-air concerts in summer.

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