About the Stadium Constructed by the Nazis for the OlympicsThe Berlin Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion Berlin), part of Berlin's Olympic Complex, is considered an example of the Nazi era architecture and landscape design. It is located in western Berlin, in a quarter once called Ruhleben and today included in the district of Charlottenburg.
The Olympic stadium was built by the Nazis, in preparation for the 1936 Olympic Games. Like the entire complex, the construction and design served first and foremost Hitler's Nazi propaganda. To this day, there are many sculptures around the stadium and the complex in the spirit of Nazi art, both in the stadium and throughout the compound. They can be identified in their typical swollen style. Despite their particular historical interest, the sculptures have no artistic value whatsoever.
After the Olympic stadium was renovated in the early 2000’s, it hosted the 2006 World Cup and the 2006 World Cup finals.
The sheer size of the stadium is clear to the observer. It is 300 meters long and 225 meters wide. Berlin's impressive Olympic Stadium can today accommodate no less than 74,228 fans!
During the game, 5,000 light bulbs installed in the modern stadium light up and brighten the place in a variety of colors and lights.
In the compound right next to the stadium, there is also the German Sports Forum, and next to it is the ‘May Field’ Square, where a bell tower stands, which also houses the Landmark Hall. At the end of the route is the entertainment facility "Forest Stage".
For soccer fans, this Stadium is must see. Here many soccer matches take place, many of which by the Herta Berlin group, whose home field is here. The Berlin Olympic Stadium also hosts important and significant athletics competitions. Aside from sports events, there are quite a few performances and concerts of famous bands and singers from around the world.
Many come to the compound to tour it. At the visitors' center of the Berlin Olympic Stadium, one can join guided tours, or take independent tours of the stadium. Tourist are mostly impressed by the size, strength and beauty of the renovated stadium and finally, there’s always the souvenir shop to walk around as well.
Historical Sport MomentsAn experience for sports enthusiasts, but not only for them. For sports, soccer or athletics fans, visiting the Olympic Stadium in Berlin will be a real experience. Even those who sports are less interesting to them.
The Berlin Olympic Stadium was set up for the 1936 Olympic Games when the Nazi regime wanted to show off its power and capabilities in sports as well. In this Olympics, to the dismay of the Nazi enemy Hitler, an African American runner named Jesse Evans won the 100-meter race. The Nazi oppressor was very unhappy with the win and left the field before handing out the medals. Since then many events have occurred here, and many competitions have taken place.
In 2009, the world championship in athletics was held at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, where a world record of the 100-meters race was set by Usain Bolt. The competitions in the stadium continue and never stop for a moment, including the soccer Champions League in 2015.
The Architecture of the StadiumThe observers of the Olympic Stadium of Berlin (Olympiastadion Berlin) from afar can see that its shape resembles the appearance of an open oyster. Those sitting inside the stadium see the upper part of the large open oyster, its color changing according to the color of the sky.
The shape of the stadium is elliptical, with the bright green soccer field in the middle and the blue running track circling its perimeter. The entire stadium is covered with a glass roof, which opens up to have is edges precisely above the running track and presents a beautiful frame to the open sky.
On the ground, around the shape of the oyster, sits a huge crowd that comes to the games, concerts and shows held at the stadium.
On the outside stands a huge old oak tree over 200 years old. This is "Alon Podbilski", named after a German from Prussia, who donated greatly to sports in Germany