sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Call it impressive or preposterous, there’s no denying that the Olympic Stadium is an imposing feat of architecture. To truly appreciate its dimensions, head to the outdoor viewing platform of the 77m-high Glockenturm (Bell Tower), also built for the 1936 Olympics west of the Maifeld parade grounds. On good days, you can see all the way into town and as far as Potsdam. Your way up takes you past a copy of the Olympic bell (the damaged original is displayed south of the stadium). Downstairs, an exhibit chronicles the infamous 1936 games with labelling in German and English and a compelling documentary featuring rare original footage.