The Garden Landscape Guide

Munich Olympiapark

A remarkable modern landscape, made for the 1972 Olympics. Previously, the site was dull and flat, surrounded with ugly buildings and strewn with heaps of rubble cleared from the 1945 bombing of Munich. It was transformed into a sinuous web of tented structures. The roof flows with the land and the landform sweeps into the water. Geometrically, there were two varieties of abstract modernism: rectilinear and curvelinear. The Olympiapark is a superb example of curvilinear modernism. Behnish were the architects, Frei Otto designed the tented structures, Günter Grizmek was the landscape architect. As throughout history, successful projects require the professions to be united. Of all the twentieth century's Olympic parks, this is the only one which has a landscape quality which matches that of the ancient Olympia. The Park can be seen as a legacy from the Games to the citizens of Munich.

Munchen, Bayern, South West, Germany

All year, Daily, Dawn to dusk

Entrance free

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  • over 7 years by be-am 5 / 5

    This is a fascinating piece of modern functional landscape architecture, combining unique and spectacular architectural means with classic features of a modelled landscape. Now much loved by Munich people visiting sports and music events in the olympic stadium and the Olympiahalle, strolling the wonderful Tollwood festivals in June/July and December on its southwest edge, by daily running or scating its grounds or just relaxing on a Saturday afternoon with the family in the middle of the bavarian capital! Not to be missed!
  • over 8 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

    i found this park boring and it was full of rubbish
  • over 8 years by Arg K 5 / 5

    Its a park - and an Olympic park. Its not a garden but its a really great place. Wunderbar.

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Olympiapark, Munich Photograph © Anton Schedlbauer
Olympiapark, Germany Photograph © Anton Schedlbauer
Lake, Olympiapark Photograph © Anton Schedlbauer