Berlin’s Olympic Stadium was built for the 1936 Summer Olympics, and still serves as one of the city’s main arenas for football games and events. The stadium, where Hitler presented his Nazi propaganda to the world, is best known for hosting the 2006 FIFA World Cup Championship. It is now home to the Hertha BSC football club from Berlin.
The Olympiastadion can seat more than 74,000 spectators and is part of the massive Olympiapark complex, which includes the 25,000-seat open-air Waldbuhne amphitheater, the large track field known as Maifeld, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and the 255-foot (78-meter) Glockenturm Bell Tower. Many hop-on hop-off tours in Berlin include a stop at the Olympiastadion, which you can visit on days when there are no scheduled events.
Guided and self-guided tours are available to explore the facilities. The topics for the guided tours can be architecture, sports, or history, and generally include visits to off-limits areas such as VIP lounges, the locker rooms, and the field. Self-guided tours include audio guides in a variety of languages.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The stadium is a must-visit for sports lovers and those interested in Olympic history.
- The on-site restaurant, Ostkurve, is open on non-event and event days.
- Wheelchair seating is available throughout the stadium, as are accessible restrooms and parking areas.
How to Get There
Berlin’s Olympic Stadium is located past Charlottenburg, in West Berlin. Take the U2 underground line or the S5 commuter train to the Olympiastadion stop. If driving, there is generous parking available on non-event days, though it’s quite limited during events.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the Olympiastadion is on non-event days, generally from 9am to 7pm, when the grounds are open to the public. Visitors generally spend about two hours exploring Olympiastadion and Olympiapark. Since it is quite far west, you can combine a visit to the Olympic Stadium with nearby sights such as Charlottenburg Palace and Zoologischer Garten.
The History of Olympiastadion
The Olympic Stadium was built for the 11th Olympic Games, which took place in August 1936. The National Socialist Germany party commissioned architect Werner March to build a stadium suitable for the games as well as any future rallies for the German people. A history trail is available at the stadium, with 45 signs about the building’s past and notable artworks.