We visited it in the early days of December and it was even colder here up on the hill.
It was interesting to walk round and visit the Herte shop etc. and all the outfield such as the Waldbuhne, swimming pools,, hockey fields and the Maifeld.
Having only seen it in books, we were impressed by its size and we took lots of photos including the Olympic bell with the shell hole in it.
This functioning sports stadium in the center of Berlin was originally designed by Hitler and Speer for the the 1939 Berlin Olympics where )essie Owens won all the medals for the USA. It is refurbished, but still retains its Fascist architectural shell. Impressive and a little scary, one can almost hear the screams as Hitler rose to power.
Beautiful Romanesque stadium built for the 1936 Olympics.
Was recently used for the 2006 Fifa World Cup Final.
When I was in Berlin, I took myself to see a Hertha Berlin match and I was very impressed by the Olympic Stadium. It has a beautiful open-air design and is much bigger than anything in my home-town of Vancouver. The Olympiastadion was also the site of where I indulged in my first currywurst, so it will forever hold a place near and dear to my heart.
At the match, the one thing that really struck me was that all of the spectators would break out into these songs that everyone just knew. I so desperately wanted to sing along, but of course I didn't know any of the tunes. It was a great experience nonetheless, and I encourage anyone visiting Berlin that has a few free days in their schedule to check out a game. Tickets are cheap (I think I paid around €10), and it's ridiculously easy to get there using public transportation. Just take the U-Bahn to the Olympiastadion station -makes sense, right?
The notorious Olympic Stadium is Hertha Berlin's home ground... how can I not adore it!?
To really see the stadium properly go to a Hertha match (ticket prices vary, approx. EUR20), buy yourself a litre of beer, then sit back and watch in awe as the fans go wild in the Ostkurve.
Video link: youtube.com/watch?v=cKST…
When the FIFA World Cup travelled to Germany in 2006, much of the attention was on Munich's new state-of-the-art Allianz Arena. It was the scene-stealing show-stopper, an attraction that demanded the attention of fans, architects, artists and everyone in between... but it wasn't home. Berlin was still the heart and soul of the tournament. The renovated and gorgeous Olympic stadium - filled to its increased capacity for every game - took on a life of its own, where the electricity of the crowds was relentless regardless of the quality of the performers playing in front of them, oftentimes eventually elevating the quality of the games. Clean and well organized, watching games there was a treat. This was the kind of venue that the world's biggest stage in sports truly deserved, and the spirit that everyone in the stadium consistently brought to life, was truly something to behold.
I was considerably impressed when I recently had been at an event here. The whole reconstruction of the site translated this historic site into a modern stadium without hiding it's unfortunate past. A must see for visitors, I think.
I came here before they re-did it and it was a terrible mess, water dripping from everywhere! But I loved it, does it have those amazing statues outside still? I often wondered if they took them down. It had a kind of faded glamour about it, which has probably been lost now.
The visitor center refused to give the english guided tour sceduled and announced on their web site for December 29th without giving any reason.
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