Designed by Werner March, the Olympiastadion is a testimony to the ideals of fascist architecture. At the end of a straight stretch of road running directly from Brandenburger Tor through Tuergarten and on, this is a graceful oval structure in pale stone, rich with classical motifs and combining simplicity of line with regular proportions. Although intended to be the central stage for Aryan prowess in the 1936 Olympics, this stadium was instead, famously, the site for black athlete Jesse Owens’ four-gold-medal triumph. It has since survived World War II bombs and threats of demolition to get a complete refurbishment for the 2006 World Cup, including a floating roof that leaves the central area open to the elements. Come to see Berlin’s beloved underdog football team Hertha BSC, the German Cup Final or the occasional pop star.
|Venue name:||Olympic Stadium||Contact:|
Olympischer Platz 3
|Opening hours:||Open 9am-7pm (on event-free days).|
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English speakers note, there is only one English speaking tour per week!
That is at 1230pm on Saturdays ...only.
7e entry fee is good value (even more so with a tour)
Also the phone number above says press Nine for an English voice
and it carries on in German afterwards anyway. I told them.
On the athletics field behind the stadium there was a cricket match being played
(all in their whites) on the day I went.