Olympiastadion

sights / Historic

Olympiastadion information

Berlin , Germany
Address
Street Olympischer Platz 3
Telephone
+49 30 2500 2322
Getting there
train Olympiastadion
More information
www.olympiastadion-berlin.de
Prices
self-guided tour adult/concession €7/5, guided general tour €10/8, Hertha BSC tour €11/9
Opening hours
9am-8pm Jun–mid-Sep, 9am-7pm mid-Sep–Oct & late Mar-May, 10am-4pm winter
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Lonely Planet review

Even though it was put through a total modernisation for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, it’s hard not to remember the fact that this massive coliseum-like stadium was built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympic Games. The bombastic bulk of the structure undoubtedly remains, although it’s now softened by the addition of a spidery oval roof, snazzy VIP boxes and top-notch sound, lighting and projection systems. It seats up to 74,400 people for games played by the local Hertha BSC soccer team, concerts, the Pope or Madonna.

On non-event days, you can explore the stadium on your own, although renting an audioguide is recommended. Several times daily, guided tours take you into the locker rooms, warm-up areas and VIP areas that are otherwise off-limits. Access the stadium from the Osttor (eastern gate). It’s a long way out here, so call ahead to make sure the stadium is open for touring.