Munich … heavenly views, devilish temptations and a hellish Olympic tower

After hosting the Games in 1972, Munich’s Olympic Park is still in use today and open to the public.

The cobweb style roof of the Munich Olympic stadium and the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower)

The cobweb style roof of the Munich Olympic stadium and the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower)

The Olympiaturm: keeping to the Olympic Games tradition of building hideous towers next to the city's Olympic stadium

The Olympiaturm: Munich’s contribution to the tradition of building hideous towers next to Olympic stadiums/stadia

During the Summer months there are lots of activities and areas open in and around the park for the public to enjoy, but as it was a cold, foggy day in February when I visited, only the swimming pool and the Olympiaturm were open.

A rather poetic translation

A rather poetic translation

As I didn’t have my swimming costume with me, I chose to ascend the tower instead. The Olympiaturm may be rather ugly on the eye from ground level, but the views from the top of it are far from so:

The Munich Olympic stadium from the top of the Olympiaturm, looking good in its forties

The Munich Olympic stadium from the top of the Olympiaturm, looking good in its forties

The crystal clear Alps and the city of Munich under a veil of mist, seen from the top of the Olympiaturm

The crystal clear Alps and the city of Munich under a veil of mist, seen from the top of the Olympiaturm

Just making out the iconic onion shaped domes of the Frauenkirche through the mist

Just making out the iconic onion shaped domes of the Frauenkirche through the mist

The BMW headquarters and Welt just a stones throw away from the Olympic park

The BMW headquarters and Welt just a stones throw away from the Olympic park

Back at ground level, considering it was built initially to host the Olympic games, the stadium itself certainly doesn’t look nor feel olympic in size:

Olympic historically, but not in size

Olympic historically, but not in size

A less than enthusiastic school party whose parents probably weren't even born when the Olympic games were hosted on this track

A less than enthusiastic school party whose parents probably weren’t even born when the Olympic games were hosted on this track

As there was little else for me to see and do at the park after that, I decided to take a peek inside the neighbouring BMW Welt. Free to the public year round, this is basically a huge showroom for BMW.

Out of all the high tech BMWs on show at the Welt, this one took my fancy

Out of all the high tech BMWs on show at the Welt, this one took my fancy

Admittedly not the greatest car enthusiast, I didn’t stay very long and I was just about to leave when I caught sight of these distinctive young men drooling over the latest model.

Priests taking their turn to fall into temptation

Priests taking their turn to fall into temptation

Satisfying themselves that this is the best way to bring The Word to the people

Satisfying themselves that this is the best way to bring The Word to the people

Making a deal with the devilishly good BMW salesman. I couldn't resist humming 'Little Green Bag' by The George Baker Selection as I took this shot: the Tarantino remake of 'Father Ted'

Making a deal with the devilishly good BMW salesman. I couldn’t resist humming ‘Little Green Bag’ by The George Baker Selection as I took this shot: the Tarantino remake of ‘Father Ted’

The Park and the BMW Welt are very easy to get to by public transport, about 20 minutes from the centre of Munich. More details on the activities and events held at the Olympic Park can be found at the official website here

TLT x

 

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