Munich Olympic Park Olympiapark
The 20th Summer Olympic Games were held in Munich in 1972, the necessary facilities being assembled between 1967 and 1972 on an area of some 2.7million sq.m/3.2million sq.yd on the Oberwiesenfeld, once a training ground for the Royal Bavarian army and later an airfield. Incorporated into the site is an artificial hill almost entirely composed of rubble from the last war.The Olympic Park is now a multi-functional recreation area with an appeal far exceeding that of the usual sports arena or tourist attraction. A variety of major events are held there (e.g. the Summer Festival in August and the Tollwood Arts Festival), attended by an ever-increasing number of visitors.Indoor activities include soccer and ice skating. Outdoor activities include tennis and running.
The 290m/950ft television tower, built in 1965-68, was renamed Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) in honor of the Games. Of its two Körbe (pods), the Postkorb houses the telecommunications installations, and the Aussichtskorb a revolving restaurant and two viewing platforms affording a breathtaking panorama over the city. With a föhn wind blowing the Alps seem almost within touching distance of the tower.
Bavarian Motor Works, Head Office
Four gigantic silver cylinders soaring skywards above Munich's rooftops house the Head Offices of the Bayersiche Motorenwerke AG, better known as BMW. The distinctive 99m/325ft-high building is the creation of the Viennese architect Karl Schwanzer. The cloverleaf arrangement of the towers around a central shaft allows novel exploitation of the work space on individual floors.At the foot of the skyscraper are the company's extensive vehicle works and multi-story parking lots.
The BMW Museum in Munich is housed in a windowless silver-colored concrete bowl, 41m/134ft in diameter, the effect of which is in striking counterpoint to the adjacent skyscraper and sprawling factory buildings.The museum exhibition, re-modeled every few years. By means of gently ascending ramps visitors re-enter the motoring world of yesterday. Almost every vehicle produced by this long-established automobile manufacturer is represented, from the "Dixi" - popular in the 1920s - to the showy sports and racing models of the 1950s and 1960s, and the R 32 motorcycle of 1932 to the world record-breaking machine of 1955.The section devoted to the present day includes not only BMW's current models but also demonstrations of modern production methods.The Future ("Zukunft") is assigned a platform to itself, focusing on new forms of propulsion and futuristic designs and transport systems.
Luitpoldpark was established in 1911 by Munich citizens who, on his 90th birthday, presented the popular Prince Regent, Prince Luitpold, with 90 lime trees, planting them in rows on the northwestern periphery of Schwabing. Later a wide range of facilities for sports and recreation were provided in this area.
Transit: U-Bahn: U2, U3 (Scheidplatz).
After the Second World War the Schwabinger Schuttberg, a huge and unsightly mound of rubble from buildings destroyed by bombing, was landscaped and planted to make a pleasant hill and viewpoint known today as Luitpoldhügel (Luitpold Hill; 543m/1,782ft).
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