Football, other sports and concert enthusiasts will be in awe entering this pristine, world class stadium, built between 1934-36 on the grounds of several sports structures to host the world’s 1936 Summer Olympics. During that time in history, the Nazis were in power in Germany and chose this venue to spread their propaganda sparing no expense to make it spectacular.
Today you can still see the original 1936 Olympic bell. It survived the war, a fire, being used for target practice and a fall of 77 metres. As a result, it was scarred with a crack that runs down it. It no longer rings or swings from its high tower- instead it rests on a ground platform near the entrance of the Olympic Stadium. The weight of the bell is 9.6 tons. Embossed on one side of the bell is an Imperial Eagle grasping the five Olympic rings in its talons, the year 1936 and the Brandenburg Gate are on the opposite side. The Olympic motto “Ich rufe die Jugend der Welt” (I call the youth of the world) is around the base of the bell.
The original tower that held the bell was accidentally destroyed by British forces in 1947. In 1962 they rebuilt the current bell tower-Glockenturm which is open to the public. For an additional price and weather permitting, you can climb to the top of this popular seasonal tourist attraction and experience a panoramic view of Berlin, the Havel Valley, Potsdam, Nauen, Hennigsdorf and Spandau.
The future of the stadium was discussed in 1998. Some Berliners would rather have had it torn down and started over again, others would rather leave it alone and let it crumble to the ground because it was a reminder of its negative legacy. It was decided on having renovations done to it. On July 3rd, 2000 the renovations were started and they were finished four years later.
The total price of the renovation was €242 million.
At present the Olympic Stadium is home to the FIFA Hertha BSC football team, seats 74,475. This is the largest all-seating venue in Germany. There are 174 accessible wheelchair spaces, plus press stands, box seats, business seats and lounge seats. The roof, made from coated glass panels (PTFE: Polytetrafluorethylen) and steel beams allowing sunlight to filter in during the day, ascends 68 metres over the seats. It has 304 emergency lights integrated throughout. The west side of the roof is open, exposing the Bell Tower to the audience.
The Olympic Stadium has the latest in technology, lighting and sound equipment. It’s won many awards in categories that include-architecture, roof construction, best ambience, location and multi function halls. Many Famous rock stars and other performers use this venue.
When first entering the grounds you might want to take advantage of the visitor centre which is located in the Osttor Plaza. Here you can purchase tickets and get your enquires answer about the grounds, upcoming events and guided tours.
The Olympic swimming pool plaza is next to the sports stadium. There is also Südtor Plaza, Osttor Plaza and the Maifeld Plaza-this beautiful 28 acre lawn area is used for special events as well as elaborate May Day celebrations.
For those looking to book special events or a conference meeting the Stadium has a VIP section.
There’s plenty of kiosks for purchasing souvenirs and fast food as well as pubs and restaurants around the surrounding areas of the sports complex.
Below is a link to the stadium's webcams that automatically update every ten minutes. There are 3 webcams supplying current views of different areas of the stadium OlympiaStadion Webcams
Facts For Your VisitFee: Varies by event
May differ on holidays
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin, Germany
Phone: 030 30688100
Official Website: Olympiastadion
Ratedout of 5
A remarkable blend of historical significance and modern architecture, offering a breathtaking experience for visitors. Steeped in history, the stadium retains elements of its original 1936 design, yet has been masterfully updated to meet contemporary standards, making it a symbol of timelessness.
The beauty of the Olympiastadion lies not only in its grandeur and scale but also in the intricate details of its construction. The juxtaposition of old and new elements creates a unique aesthetic that is both awe-inspiring and thought-provoking. The vast seating area, with its impressive capacity, provides excellent views from virtually every angle, ensuring an enjoyable experience whether you’re there for a sports event or a concert.
The stadium’s atmosphere is electrifying, especially during major events, encapsulating the spirit of competition and celebration. Its state-of-the-art facilities add to the comfort and enjoyment of visitors, making every visit memorable. Additionally, the surrounding area of the stadium, with its lush greenery and open spaces⬤
Ali Alshlash - a month ago
What a stadium l.. absolutely massive
Lot of historical events happened here which makes it a must visit for me.
Well worth the 10 euros to enter and walk around at your leisure.
Andrew Monaghan - 2 weeks ago
Good history, architecture, seats and area. Easy to connect with the subway and an impressive construction all around. Loved the informational signs and different monuments of Olympic history around the arena. Good experience, expensive if you don’t get a discount from the lovely cashier at the store part of the area. Thanks and Hello.
Tage Wiklund - a month ago
When it is not match day you can do tour the historic Olympiastadion. The tour includes visits to the lounges, locker room, and track and field warm up room. The have the tour in both English and German.
William Edwards - a week ago
Lovely stadium full of history. We opted for the tour and it was very well worth going. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us the opportunity to ask questions. We visited the changing rooms, the area where players gather before going out on the pitch, the VIP section, the press conference room. The price was 25 euros for 2 people because we had a discount due to buying the Berlin card.
Jo Jo - 3 months ago
How to get to Olympiastadion by S-Bahn
Nearest S-Bahn Line(s): S5
Nearest S-Bahn Station(s): Berlin Olympiastadion
Berlin Olympiastadion Station is immediately south of the Stadium.
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