Olympiastadion, the Olympic stadium in Berlin

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THEOlympic Stadium of Berlin was built for the 1936 Olympic Games in the western part of the city. The stadium, strongly desired by Adolf Hitler, was built by the sons of the famous German architect Otto March (already author of the largest German racecourse of the early twentieth century) and could hold over 100.000 spectators.

In the same year, the Berlin Olympiastadion was the scene of the feat of the black American athlete Jesse Owens who under the astonished eyes of Nazi officers, advocates of the superiority of the white race, managed to win four Olympic medals.



THEOlympic Stadium it also hosted the 1936 World Cup final which saw Pozzo's Italy triumph by measure over Austria.

Matches, concerts and events at the Olympiastadion

To find out about football matches, concerts and all other events held at the Berlin Olympic Stadium and buy admission tickets, visit the website below:

Tickets for the Olympiastadion

The restructuring and the 2006 World Cup

The stadium, despite having hosted the 1974 Olympics in West Germany, did not undergo changes and renovations until 2000, with the works that ended only in 2004, with the intention of not distorting its nature as a historical monument and at the same time guaranteeing the modernity typical of the German structures of the last decade.

The Olympiastadion in Berlin in 2006 hosted the historic final of the soccer World Cup between Italy and France won by the Azzurri on penalties, in what still remains the most followed sporting event ever on TV.

Some facts

These are some numbers relating to the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

  • Total spectators: 74.475 seats
  • Press stand: 290 seats
  • Circumference: 803 meters
  • Parking spaces: 815
  • Surface: 56.000 square meters

A stage full of events

After the 2006 World Cup event, theOlympiastadion in Berlin it was the stage for other major events and manifestations such as the singer's Berlin stage Madonna, the World Athletics Championships in 2009 in which the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt he played two of the best races of his career, beating the world record on both 100 meters and 200 meters, and the concert of the historic Australian band AC/DC in 2015.



The visit of the stadium

Since its reopening in August 2004, more than 300.000 visitors from all over the world have visited Berlin's Olympiastadion each year, making it one of the most visited places in the city.

From 1 August 2011 it is also possible to visit the Olympiapark and take a look at the exhibitions held at the Langemarckhalle. You can also enjoy a splendid panoramic view from the top of the torre bell tower.

Guided tours

It is possible to visit the Olympiastadion on your own or take part in a guided tour, where expert tour guides will tell the story of German sport, the stadium and the Olympiapark. During the guided tours it will be possible to access areas usually closed to the public and even to the changing rooms of the Berlin team that has hosted since 1963, theHertha Berlin.


Audioguide

On tours of the Berlin Olympiastadion, there are audioguide that allow you to know in depth the history of the structure in German, English, Spanish, French, and Italian. The multimedia guide, thanks to its aerial view, acts as a GPS navigation through the area, and interactive and dynamic contents are presented during the tour.


Visiting hours

Guided tours follow the following calendar:

  • From November to March: from 10: 00 to 16: 00
  • From April to October: from 09: 00 to 19: 00
  • August: from 09: 00 to 20: 00

Last admission is possible 30 minutes before closing time, but tours are not possible on days when there are scheduled events. The opening hours of the torre bell tower they are seasonal and dependent on weather conditions.



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