"A chilling reminder of the past" Olympiastadion Tip by CardinalBorusa

Olympiastadion, Berlin: 29 reviews and 80 photos

  The Olympiastadion
by CardinalBorusa
  • The Olympiastadion - Berlin
      The Olympiastadion
    by CardinalBorusa
  • Olympiastadion - neofeudal architecture - Berlin
      Olympiastadion - neofeudal architecture
    by CardinalBorusa

If anyone still thinks politics and sport can be kept apart, let them come here.

The Olympiastadion hosted the final of the football World Cup in July 2006, with 76,000 fans cheering on the Italian and French teams. Perhaps it is a better place to be when full, like most football stadia.

Empty, it is too easy to recall the stadium's origins as something created for the 1936 Olympics, planned as a showcase for the Nazi state but upstaged eloquently by Jesse Owens. As you enter the stadium, the Marathon Gates support the Olympic rings between two stone towers which bear an uncomfortable resemblance to sentry posts. Stark stone architecture is adorned with torches straight from the romantic feudal outlook which underlay Nazism.

There are brief explanatory display panels dotted around the site, pointing out the parade area and the swimming pool as well as the main stadium. But there is no permanent exhibition relating to the 1936 Games. The stadium is its own exhibition.

This is a chilling survivor of the Third Reich.

Address: Olympische Allee, Berlin-Charlottenburg
Directions: U-Bahn: Olympia-Stadion
Phone: 300 63-3
Website: http://www.olympiastadion-berlin.de/en.html

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  • Written Aug 28, 2006
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