Olympic Tower in Munich (Olympiaturm) – the city’s highest observation point
The Olympic Tower (German: Olympiaturm) is Munich’s television tower with a three-level observation deck on top, the highest observation point in the city.
The tower was built from 1965 to 1968. The grand opening was timed to the upcoming 1972 Summer Olympics.
The Olympic tower is 291.28 meters high with its antenna and is not only the tallest building in Munich, but also one of the most famous landmarks in the city, which has been visited by over 43 million people since its opening.
The Munich TV Tower is located in the eastern part of the Olympic Park, atSpiridon-Louis-Ring, 7. Nearby is located the famous and visited BMW museum, which gives an excellent opportunity to see several interesting objects in Munich at once: the BMW Museum, the Olympic Tower + walk around the Olympic Park.
At the top of the tower areObservation deck, a small rock museum, and a panoramic revolving restaurant.
Observation deck in the Olympic Tower in Munich
In the Olympic Tower, at 185 to 200 meters high, there are three viewing platforms (observation platform on three levels) one above the other.
The observation decks offer the most voluminous and breathtaking 360-degree view of the city, including the Olympic Park and BMW Museum, and far beyond Munich.
The tower is entered from the lake side, through a one-story building, which also houses the Restaurant Olympiasee, an open-air terrace restaurant.
In the building, in addition to the restaurant, there is a gift store and a ticket office where you can buy tickets to the observation deck of the Olympic Tower.
After buying a ticket, go to the left – to the elevators. Two elevators take visitors up to 185 meters at seven meters per second.
After leaving the elevator, you get to the first (lower) level of the observation deck. The platform is covered, circular, with large panoramic windows. Near the windows and on them are signs with information about what is visible from the observation deck.
On this level there are alsothe drinks bar and the Rock Museum (Rockmuseum Munich). There is no extra charge for the museum.
Then we go up the stairs to the second level of the observation deck. The observation deck is open and fenced. Gives a panoramic 360 degree view.
View of the museum and BMW office, and the neighborhood
View of the Olympic Park including the Olympic Village, the Olympic Stadium “Olympiastadion”, Lake Olympia and the observation deck on the “Olympic Hill” (Olympiaberg)
Then you can take the stairs to the top level – third level – of the viewing platform. It is open, circular (360-degree view), smaller in size and fenced with a railing.
Remark! The observation deck in the Olympic Tower is excellent, for lovers of heights – it will bring a lot of impressions. The only disadvantage, because of the height of the observation deck and the location of the tower itself, you can see well only the Olympic Park, the BMW Museum and the surrounding area. Everything else, including the old city of Munich, will be visible only from a distance. But the panorama that opens up to the horizon is magnificent.
So don’t go to the site with the hope to see all of Munich to the smallest detail. In addition, in the old town and near it there are observation points, from which you can enjoy the views of the historical part of town. From viewing platforms in the city center, for example at the New Town Hall on Marienplatz, at St. Peter’s Church, near the Angel of Peace Memorial or at the head of the Bavarian statue on the Theresienwiese Meadow.
Panoramic restaurant in the Olympic Tower in Munich
In the Olympic Tower, at a height of 181 metres, there is a revolving panorama restaurant “Restaurant 181”, which takes 53 minutes and allows its guests to enjoy a 360-degree panorama of Munich and its surroundings, step by step, without rushing.
The restaurant offers both ready-made menus: lunch menu, sunset menu and gourmet menu, as well as an opportunity to order dishes according to the menu.
The menus and offers as well as prices change all the time.
All information.menu, dishes, prices, restaurant opening hours etc., we recommend to clarify everything on the official website before visiting: restaurant181.
Cost of entry tickets for the Olympic Tower:
– Adult ticket – € 9,00;
– Youth up to 16 years old – € 6,00;
– Family ticket € 21,00;
– For groups of 20 and more people € 6,00;
– Free admission for children under 6 (accompanied by an adult only). On birthdays the admission for children is free.
– Discount on the following tickets: Olympic Park Tours, Railroad Park, SEA LIFE Oceanarium, BMW Museum, combined tickets Allianz Arena – adult ticket € 8.00; youth up to 16 years old € 5.50.
Children under 12 years old may be taken in the elevator only if accompanied by an adult.
Attention! Ticket prices and conditions of admission to the Olympic Tower are subject to change.
All necessary information, including the cost of tickets, opening hours of the observation room, etc., it is recommended to clarify immediately before your visit on the website: olympiapark.
If you wish to explore the Olympic Park and the BMW Museum more closely, you can stay near:
Art Hotel Ana im Olympiapark with fitness center, bar, Wi-Fi, on-site parking and family rooms.
The soundproofed rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a desk, and a safe.
Rooms may include breakfast. Hotel Link
The LetoMotel München City Nord features free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk, parking and facilities for disabled guests.
The soundproofed, hypoallergenic rooms feature air conditioning, an electric kettle and a TV with satellite channels. Hotel Link
Leonardo Royal is a 4-star hotel with a sauna, relaxation room, fitness center, international restaurant with terrace, bar, parking and free Wi-Fi.
Rooms may include breakfast. Hotel Link
All accommodations in Munich, including those near the Olympic Park, can be viewed and booked here
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Olympic Park and Tower (Olympiapark)
Olympic Tower: daily from 10:00 to 22:00-00:00 (last start 30 minutes before closing time). Olympic Stadium: see detailed schedule on the website.
Olympic Tower: adults 11 €, children under 16 € 7 €, family ticket 23 €. Olympic Stadium: Adults €3.50, children under 16 €2.50, family ticket €8.50. Children under 6 accompanied by an adult free of charge.
The Olympic Park in Munich was built especially for the XX Summer Olympics in 1972. It is located in the north of the Bavarian capital, in the 11th district Milbertshofen am Hart (Milbertshofen am Hart) and covers 85 hectares.
The excellent organization of the Olympic Park helped to make Munich 72 a success. And after the Olympic Games, of course, sports and cultural events continue to take place in the park.
Through 2018, the Olympic Park has hosted a total of 5,528 sporting events, concerts, festivals, championships, and exhibitions attended by more than 211 million people.
Olympic Park Facilities
The entire Olympic Park can be divided into four parts:
- Olympic facilities, including the Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion) and the Olympic Tower (Olympiaturm).
- The Olympic Village – originally, housing complexes for athletes (women’s and men’s villages), today – residential buildings.
- Press Center, today the largest shopping center Olympia
- Olympic Park – a natural park laid out to the south of the sports facilities, with the Olympic Mountain and the Olympic Lake.
The site, where the Olympic Center in Munich is located, is today part of Munich, and before 1913 the entire surrounding area belonged to the city of Milbertshofen. The flat terrain was well suited for an airfield, and until 1938 the Munich – Oberwiesenfelde airport was located here. It was here that British Prime Minister Chamberlain and French President Deladier landed for the signing of the Munich Treaty in 1938.
During World War II the airfield was used by the German Reich air force, the Luftwaffe, and later, until 1957 – the U.S. military aviation.
In 1967, the winning bureau of the architect Behnisch (Benisch) began construction of the Olympic Park. By 1970, the main excavation work, including utilities, construction sites, a specially connected subway line, the planting of 3,100 trees and the laying out of lawns, was finished.
Olympic Stadium, Olympiastadion
Günter Benisch’s architectural bureau completed the Olympic Stadium in four years. The stadium was built using revolutionary at the time environmentally friendly technology.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 80,000 spectators. According to the architects’ concept, the stadium was not supposed to look like a huge skyscraper. The hill of the Olympic mountain had been mounded on purpose and the stadium itself had stayed on its original level. Thus, the stadium field was 5 meters deeper than the outer part of the building, and it was not necessary to erect high stands.
The so-called “tent” roof, consisting of acrylic glass canopies and steel cables, creates the feeling of a weightless cobweb. This technology was used on this scale for the first time in sports venues.
Interestingly, the first event at the Olympic Stadium is associated with the Soviet Union. Even before the opening of the Olympic Games, in May 1972 there was a friendly soccer match between Germany and the Soviet Union, which ended with a score of 4-0 in favor of the hosts.
The stadium held the opening and closing of the 1972 Summer Olympics, as well as numerous competitions. After the Olympic Games the stadium was used for home games of the Bavarian Bavaria München soccer team as well as for international soccer and track and field championships. In addition, Olympiastadion is one of the world’s largest venues for performances of different genres.
It has hosted concerts of almost every celebrity in the world. Here are just some of the names: The Rolling Stones (six times), Genesis (three times), Michael Jackson (four times), Pink Floyd (twice), Prince, Tina Turner (twice), Gianna Nannini, Rod Stewart & Simple Minds, Dire Straits, Guns and Roses, U2 (three times), Three Tenors, Elton John, Celine Dion (twice), AC/DC (three times), Bon Jovi (six times), Robbie Williams (three times), Phil Collins, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Paul Mccartney, Andreas Gabalier.
Every year in the Olympic Park are held rock festivals in the open air: Rock im Park, Rock over Germany, Rockavaria.
The Olympic Park is one of the favorite places for recreation of the citizens. Here you can not only play sports but also lie on the grass, sunbathe, have a picnic or just take a walk.
Other Olympic facilities – small and large gymnasium, swimming pool and stadium for cycling were designed in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, using a similar “tent” roof, in order to create a sense of a single functional space. Olympic Tower, Olympiaturm (Olympia-turm).
Olympic Tower, Olympiaturm (Olympia-turm)
In the eastern part of the Olympic Park is the Olympic Tower. Strictly speaking, the TV tower was not directly related to the 1972 Summer Olympics.
The Munich TV tower was built in 1968, and, with a height of 191 meters it became, after Ostankino TV Tower, and the Berlin TV Tower, the third highest concrete construction in the world.
At 182 and 189 meters, there are two observation decks, a covered one and a higher, open one. A high-speed elevator takes you up in 30 seconds and offers unforgettable views not only of the Olympic Park, but of the whole of Munich and, when the weather is good, of the Alps.
Since 2004, the tower houses “the tallest rock museum in the world”. Among the exhibits are concert tickets, autographs, costumes and musical instruments of rock stars like Freddie Mercury Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones.
At 181 meters high, the tower building houses a restaurant with the original name “181,” which makes a rotation around the axis of the tower in 51 minutes. During dinner, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Munich and the Alps from different perspectives. The restaurant has 250 seats. The price list is higher than the average in Germany.
We recommend checking with the official website before visiting, the opening hours are subject to change.
- January 01 to February 23 – daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- February 24th – March 22nd – daily from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.
- March 23 to May 03 – daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- May 04 through July 18 – daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- From May 19 to September 30 – daily from 10.00 to 19.00.
- From October 01 to October 24 – daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- From October 25th till November 7th – daily from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m.
- 8th of November till 30th of December – Wed – Fri from 11.00 till 16.00, Sat – Fri from 10.00 till 16.00.
- On December 24th and 31st the stadium is closed.
Entrance from the ticket office of Stadion Kasse Nord.
In addition to self-guided tours visitors are offered tours and tours of the stadium roof.
Tour of the “tent” roof:
Duration – 90 to 120 minutes, includes viewing a film, instruction on how to use the safety harness, journey through the structures of the stadium roof. For an additional fee – jumping, flying through the stadium on a rope.
- January 1 to April 3 – Saturday, Sunday, holidays – 11:30 a.m.
- from April 4 to November 8 – at 14.30.
- November 9 to December 30 – Saturday, Sunday, holidays – at 11.30.
Monday through Sunday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to 24 p.m.
The last admission for visitors is half an hour before closing time.
Restaurant “181” in the Olympic Tower:
- Dining hours: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cuisine from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. Admission is open until 4 p.m.
- Evening: Sunset Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Feinschmecker-Menü (Gourmet Menu), admission open until 9:30 pm.
- adults – 3.50 euros,
- Children up to 16 years old – 2,50 euros,
- Family card (2 adults with own children up to 16 years) – 8,50 euro,
- Free for children under 6 years.
Tent Roof Tour:
- adult – 43 euros,
- children from 10 years old,
- students on presentation of international student card – 33 euros,
- Children under 10 years old are not allowed.
Owners of other tickets of Olympic Park, BMW Museums, Allianz Arena – 10% discount. Pre-registration is required.
You can make an appointment, clarify prices and tour options, and buy tickets on the official website of the Olympic Park
- adults – 11 euros,
- Children under 16 years old – 7 euros,
- family card (2 adults with own children under 16 years) – 23 euros,
- Children under 6 accompanied by an adult – free of charge,
- birthday boys and girls of any age – free of charge.
For owners of the following tickets Olympiaparkführungen (Olympia Park with guided tour), Parkeisenbahn, SEA LIFE, BMW Welt, BMW Museum, Allianz Arena Kombitickets have discounts:
- adults €8,
- Children up to 16 years old 5,50 euros.
- Lunch time: 12:00-14:30. 3-course menu 36,50 euros per person. Individual order is possible. Elevator 9 euros paid separately.
- Dinner at sunset: 3-course menu 59 euros per person.
- Gourmet menu: 4 course menu €76, 5 course menu €89 per person.
Prices for ascending and descending by elevator are included in the price for evening meals.
How to get to the Olympic Park
When planning the Olympic venues, a convenient location from the city was already a priority, so all modes of transport in Munich were linked to the Olympic Park.
By public transport
The Olympic Park is easily accessible by all means of public transport.
- By subway: take the U2 Feldmoching line to the Scheidplatz stop or the U3 line to the Olympiazentrum stop. In the subway choose the direction Moosach, pay attention – you need a train going through the Olympiazentrum. Then walk about 10 minutes.
- By streetcar: Routes 20 and 21 to stop Olympiazentrum West, line 27 to stop Petuelring.
- By bus: Line 173 to the Olympiazentrum stop, line 144 to the Spiridon Louis Ring stop, lines 177 or 178 to the Petuelring stop.
The Olympic Park is surrounded by the Munich Intermediate Transport Ring and there is an exit right in front of the Olympiazentrum, so it’s easy to get there by car.
There are two parking lots in the Olympic Park.
Parkharfe (Parkharfe): 5 euros per day.
Parkdeck (Parkdeck) near the Olympic Tower and the Olympic Ice Sports Center: