Art & Culture: Olympic Arts - An Art History Tour of the 1972 Olympics
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Red Media Line by architect Hans HolleinPhoto: Katharina G., Fakultät für Tourismus - Hochschule München - Digitales Marketing & Management
The art-historical tour starts at the subway stop Olympiazentrum, leads you along the Media Line through the Olympic Village and continues into the Olympic Park to oversized pictograms at the Olympic Hall as well as to the smallest museum in Munich. The tour ends at the Park Harp of the Olympic Park. If you want to know more about the Olympic art history, you can find an exciting story about it here.
Still not enough of Olympia 1972? Then a visit to the restaurant München72 is a good idea at the end of the tour. The restaurant's interior pays homage to the Olympic Games and is a popular meeting place in the Glockenbachviertel. You take a seat on plastic seats from the Olympic stadium. You can find more information here.
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If you arrive by subway, use the exit "Olympic Village 1972". On the surface of the subway station you will immediately see the red media line, which is a good orientation for you and which you follow first. Over an overpass you come in the direction of "Ladenzentrum" and Helene-Mayer-Ring. There is also a sign for this, which offers you orientation. To the right and left of the overpass you can see individual concrete elements in the colors of the Rainbow Games.
After a few minutes you will reach the Helene-Mayer-Ring and the heart of the Media Line in front of the amphitheater of the Olympiadorf. The colors of the tube system here are white and yellow.
Then head towards the Alte Mensa and follow the blue sign Connollystrasse. Matching to this, the Media line turns blue. A few meters later you will see the sign "Studentendorf". Follow the signs and go down the left staircase to the bungalows in the student village Olympiadorf. In the bungalow village you can see the houses inhabited and painted by students. Each row of houses is labeled with a letter from A-X. When you reach X, turn around and go back to the stairs and the sign "Studentendorf".
Now continue walking in the direction of Connollystraße. On your left is the student district Olympiadorf and on your right the high-rise buildings of the Olympiadorf. This will take you to the Olympic Rings sculpture.
Then follow the signs to "Connollystrasse", cross a small bridge and you will reach the Kusociskidamm. There you turn left in the direction of the Olympiapark. Here you will pass a bronze statue by the sculptor Zdeněk Němeček. The central university sports facility of the TUM is also located here. From there, continue in the direction of the signs "Olympiapark" and pass the Klagebalken, a memorial to the 1972 Olympic assassination. You cross the Hans-Braun-Bridge, go straight on, past the beer garden at Coubertinplatz and after a few meters you reach Coubertinplatz.
Once there, you will see the Olympic lake and the Theatron in front of you.
If you like, you can take a short break on the lawn in front of the lake or on the steps of the amphitheater and enjoy the beautiful view of the Olympiaberg.
Then turn left in the direction of the Olympiahalle and Olympiaschwimmhalle. If the Olympic hall is on your left, you can see the yellow pictograms on the Olympic Hall from here.
A few meters further on, between the entrance to the Olympic Hall and the Olympic Swimming Hall, you will reach the Olympic Pavilion - Munich's smallest museum.
Then you go back the same way, in the direction of Coubertinplatz. Here, however, you do not turn right in the direction of Hans-Braun-Brücke, but follow the signs to "Marien- und Leonrodplatz". If you follow the paved road, you will see the Olympic Stadium on your right. At the next fork in the road, follow the signs for "U1" and "Olympiastützpunkt Bayern". You go down a small hill and reach the bus stop "Olympiasee". Cross the Spiridon-Louise-Ring and follow the path directly along the Olympiasee.
After about five minutes you will come to a fork. Don't cross the left bridge, but turn right and continue towards Ernst-Curitus-Weg. From far away you can already see the Triumphans, which also serves as your orientation.
From there you follow the Ernst-Curitus-Weg and pass the tennis courts of the Olympiapark and the Werner-von-Linde-Halle. A few meters later you will see the Parkharfe of the Olympic Park and the location of the flea market in the Olympic Park on the left side.
If you don't want your tour to end here, there is the possibility to finish it at the restaurant München72 (Holzstraße 16, 80469 München)in the Glockenbachviertel. To reach the restaurant, you can use the public transport of the MVV. Walk back the way you came, to the bus stop "Olympiasee". Then go in the direction of Rotkreuzplatz and take the U1 subway to Sendlinger Tor. From here it is about 500 meters by foot.
Public-transport-friendlyBy public transport, the starting point of the tour can be reached with the U3, stop Olympiazentrum. From there, head a few meters northeast toward Lerchenauer Strasse and turn onto Helene-Mayer-Ring.
Getting thereThe starting point can be reached via the Mittlerer Ring. Follow the signs BMW Welt/Lerchenauer Straße/Feldmoching.
ParkingThe P+R parking garage Olympiazentrum is located near the Olympiazentrum subway stop. The parking fee is 4.00 euros for up to two hours. Each additional hour costs 1.00 Euro. You can find more information here.
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EquipmentMake sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather and use sunscreen if necessary. Good and comfortable shoes as well as comfortable clothing is recommended.
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