Max 6 people
Hi guys! My name is Peter, an English native and long term resident in Berlin. I will give an entertaining and informative private guided tour of the Olympic Stadium!
This activity concerns a 4-hour tour one of the world’s most legendary stadiums, which transcends sport and has a place firmly in the history books. The walking tour starts at the S-Bahn station Pichelsberg.
The Olympic stadium and surrounding grounds is a must-see when in Berlin, the stadium is a listed building, home of Berlins biggest Bundesliga Club – Hertha Berlin. It was the site of Hitler’s 1936 Olympics with the original Nazi intimidation architecture still in place and the adjacent buildings were used as the HQ of the British Army in Berlin during the cold war (there is even a museum dedicated to the British Army next to the stadium).
With a capacity of 75,000 its Germanys answer to Wembley stadium and home to the German cup final each year, it’s also a top-ranked UEFA stadium, having hosted the 2006 World Cup final and the 2015 Champions League final. Half a million visitors to Berlin check out the Berlin Olympic Stadium each year and for any sports enthusiast this is an essential part of any trip to Berlin.
The Olympic Bell Tower – 253ft high observation deck (no worries there’s an elevator to the top :)) with amazing views over West Berlin and the stadium, it was damaged by Soviet Troops and then blown up by the British at the end of the war and rebuilt in the 1960s. It now houses a museum of the 1936 games. The Mayfield – designed for mass rallies of up to 300,000 people, these grounds have been used by Hitler, Mussolini and even to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday complete with Scottish Bagpipers and British armored tanks. The original Olympic Bell – weighing in at nearly 5 tonnes, it sits next to the stadium as a relic of the Third Reich, cracked, with a large anti-aircraft bullet hole and a still clearly visible emblem of the Third Reich at its base.
A tour of the inside of the stadium, we take position where the Hertha Ultras stand (despite it being an all-seater stadium) in the East Curve, we discuss the matchday experience normally attended by around 50,000 fans. We discuss the history of Hertha BSC, their latest dreams of finally becoming the “Big City” club, the new challenge coming from their newly promoted city rivals in the East – Union Berlin, and the Bundesliga fan experience v The English Premier League.
We visit the nearby Hertha BSC training grounds and facilities at Schenkendorffplatz, the adjacent German House of Sport which was the former HQ of the British Military in Berlin from 1952 to 1994, we make a stop in at the small museum which pays tribute to the British and American services stationed in the city during the cold war.
All this done, we make our way back together to the center of West Berlin on the short S-Bahn train ride and drop into a typical Berlin boozer. The first round of cold German beers is on your guide!
The tour ends in Berlin Savigny Platz, at the heart of West Berlins buzzing nightlife with bars and restaurants for all tastes and budgets.