Munich’s Indian summer – the perfect time for a walk through the Olympic Park
Whether it’s national or international sports events, open-air concerts of famous celebrities from all over the world or the stunning view across Munich - every year, thousands of locals and tourists are being magically drawn towards the Olympic Park in the north of Munich.
Olympic Park - Hotspot for Events
As the name suggests, the complex was built to host the 1972 Summer Olympics. Due to its height of 300 meters, the impressive Olympic Tower visibly stands out from the surrounding sports and event facilities, which were set up for the 20th Summer Olympics in 1972. However, almost 45 years later, the complex still retains its original appeal.
When touring through Europe, giving a concert at Munich’s Olympic Stadium is simply a must-do for every major superstar - thus, the Rolling Stones have already played six shows at the stadium, while Michael Jackson came to Munich for as much as four concerts. Pope John Paul II. and Helene Fischer have also made an appearance at the Olympic Stadium before. The park frequently hosts a myriad of shows, with rock music festivals such as “Rock am Park” (twice at Munich’s Olympic Stadium) and “Rockavaria” (for the third time in 2017) as well as sports events like the “Air & Style” snowboard festival, climbing world cups and the “TV Total High Diving Competition”. Even Germany’s famous “Wetten, dass…?” program hosted several shows at the Olympic Park.
Amid the spacious arenas, the Coubertin Square has transformed into one of the most popular venues inside the park, allowing for a special atmosphere to unfold during events such as the “Munich Midsummer Night’s Dream” with its splendid fireworks or smaller open-air concerts. Even when the weather is bad, the Sea Life aquarium is the perfect way to escape the rain and plunge head first into a spectacular underwater adventure.
Autumn walk with a view
Although the city often looks a little gloomy in the fall, the Olympic Park is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny October’s day. Red and golden leaves on the trees and on the ground, a crystal-clear view that extends as far as the Alps as well as a peaceful tranquility you won’t get in the summer - all of this makes an autumn walk through the Olympic Park a special treat. Why don’t you join us?
We begin our tour at the “Olympiazentrum” subway station and walk across the footbridge with its spectacular view of the “BMW-Welt” venue (which happens to be a perfect destination for car enthusiasts or just a spot to warm up before or after the walk ;-)). For now, let’s ignore the majestic Olympic Tower to our right and leave the best for last. Next, we stroll towards the Ice Sports Center. Similar to the remaining facilities of the Olympic Park, there is not much going here at this time of the year (unless, of course, it’s the day of a sports event).
While the whole complex is pretty busy and teeming with people in the summer, the hubbub dies down in the fall. As such, it’s the perfect place to take some time off from the big city and do a little sightseeing. Apart from a few runners and families feeding the ducks, we spotted only few tourists on our walk around the Olympic Lake and thus can enjoy this beautiful autumn day to the fullest!
Passing the huge Olympic Stadium with its characteristic tent-like roof, we’re headed towards the Olympic Hall and the Olympic Swimming Pool, which used to host the “TV Total High Diving Competition”. Visitors also have the unique opportunity to watch current or future swimming athletes in action whilst training or even join them for a swim.
Now let’s get to the highlight we’ve been looking forward to the whole day: the 189-meter elevator ride up to the observation deck of the Olympic Tower. On a sunny and clear day, you’ll be able to see across the city to the snow-capped mountain tops of the Alps. We’re lucky today: the view is simply majestic, which is why we almost forgot about the Rock Museum Munich one floor below the observation deck with all of its unique relics from Rock’n’Roll history. By the way, the rotating restaurant located 182 meters above ground is ideal to enjoy the stunning view and rest a little. It takes almost an hour for the restaurant to make a full 360° turn. By dessert, you’ll have had a panoramic view of Munich - without having to move an inch.