15 Mar 2014

Revolutionary Architecture of its time- Olympic Park, Munich

Last Sunday I took a trip to see the sights of Munich's Olympic Park and Stadium, which was built in 1972 and housed the Olympic Games the same year. The post-war metal structures were seen as revolutionary architecture of its time, in contrast to Germany's traditional buildings. The park's unconventional design, can also be viewed as symbol of societal change from that which brought Hitler to power.

As soon as you step off the U-Bahn, you are greeted with impressive sights of the park's tent like architecture. Within the 'tents' (this word doesn't give it justice!) there is an Olympic sized swimming pool, a seasonal ice rink, student and residential districts. And of course the Olympic stadium, which unfortunately was closed for viewing, so we just managed a quick peak through the gates!

Entrance to the park
Park at a distance

The weather has been glorious for the last few weeks and so it is the perfect opportunity to take a walk in one of Munich's many places of natural beauty. At the Olympic park, we grabbed a locally brewed beer and sat by the Lake to do some people watching. After a stroll, fellow Stylighters Rebecca and Lauren and I, took a pedalo around the lake! Very Notebook-esque, we got to grips with Lauren's erratic steering style and had a covert race with boating peers! Finishing off the boat trip, the sun was setting, which created some truly scenic views across the lake.

Here are some very retro looking photos from the Olympics games in 1972...