With Olympiapark, BMW Welt and Allianz Arena, Munich's northern part has a lot to offer. An overview.
BMW Welt, the vehicle manufacturer’s very own experience and delivery centre, has been known to deliver up to 34,000 horsepower in one day. Its futuristic architecture provides an exhilarating contrast to the light and airy roof structure at the 1972 Olympic Park across the road.
Nowadays, the Olympic Park is still a popular place for anything leisure-related, including concerts, festivals and sporting events.
The trailer showing on a monitor at BMW Welt depicts strong heroes, beautiful women and spectacular stunts: Scott Eastwood and the BMW fleet are the stars of the scene in the new action movie “Overdrive”. One of the film’s scenes sees Eastwood racing along on the bonnet of the new BMW M3. Although visitors don’t get to partake in such an experience themselves, they do get to be up close and personal with the sports car, stroke its bonnet and take some selfies behind the steering wheel.
Keeping spectators at a safe distance with some carefully placed barriers, a Rolls Royce with leather seats and mimosa wood fittings attracts a crowd. If you sign up to a BMW group guided tour, you get the exclusive chance to step behind the barrier and take a closer look at this elite brand, which commissions its upholstery from the leather of oxen bred on the meadows of the Alps. The guide explains that Rolls Royce will happily cater to any customer request, from having the interior fitted with wood from the owner’s garden to creating your very own colours, such as “candied apple”
While BMW Welt’s two shops and culinary experiences are open to everyone, a company tour guide will take you to places normally shut off to other visitors. Guests can also learn all about the various stops a new car makes as it is delivered to the customer: from washing and polishing to the often tearful (but always dust-free) first encounter with its new owner in the “Premiere” area, where up to 170 cars are delivered in peak periods from Monday to Friday.
The hour-long tour is packed full of facts about the history, architecture and processes used at BMW Welt, though it’s impossible to cover everything. It’s enough, though. By the end, you will go away knowing all the possible fake stories about the origins of the brand’s logo, the price of a basic Rolls Royce including the two obligatory umbrellas, and also the answer to the question as to what a 3,000-metre tall mountain has in common with the warehouse at BMW Welt.
Speaking of which: BMW Welt also allows you to book your dream BMW by the hour, though not for a ride on its bonnet à la Eastwood.
Olympic organisation committees – most recently teams from Brazil and Tokyo – visit Munich time and again on the hunt for the Olympic Park’s recipe for success from 1972. We’re not exaggerating when we say that the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) in Munich is a shining international example of how to create a successful legacy for Olympic facilities. The large park, inspired by the hilly landscape of the Alpine foothills, can be explored on foot or by bike.
For a view of the entire park, why not visit the 185-metre platform in the Olympic Tower? If you want a more relaxing way to see the park, take a trip on the miniature railway which runs around the grounds. Depending on how adventurous you are, you may be brave enough to tackle a roof climb across the Olympic stadium’s canopy top, before rounding off the experience with the zip line over the arena or an abseil down the 40-metre drop into the stadium. Towering over the Olympic Lake is the Olympiaberg (Olympic Mountain) which was built out of the wreckage and ruins of the Second World War.
The Olympia-Alm is the city’s highest beer garden, the perfect place to lift your spirits all year round. You may even be lucky enough to eavesdrop a concert by an international star playing in the Olympic Stadium.
The multimedia "Einschnitt" memorial pavilion provides information about the twelve victims and explains the historical reasons behind the 1972 Olympic attack. The memorial was opened in 2017 to mark the 45th anniversary of the day the hostages were taken. The opening was attended by representatives and the heads of state from Israel and Germany. The memorial focuses on the stories of the eleven Israeli athletes and one German police officer who were killed in the attack. Its aim is to make sure they are not faceless victims.
As has always been the case, events are still held year-round in the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Hall, the settings for the 1972 Olympic Games. The park is also home to two other attractions: the Sea Life centre and the Ausstellungssommer exhibition hall.
If you fancy a spontaneous swim in the Olympia-Schwimmhalle, there is no need to worry – you aren’t expected to be a world record breaker like Mark Spitz. Like many other Olympic icons of his generation, the seven-time gold medal winner of the 1972 Summer Olympics remains true to the site of his victories to this day.
Built to the plans drafted by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the Allianz Arena has become one of Munich’s main landmarks since it opened back in 2005.
The stadium holds up to 75,000 people, all of whom enjoy an outstanding view of the action thanks to the steep grandstands. Its impressive design featuring almost 3,000 air pockets makes a visual impact before you’ve even arrived. The pockets light up in red and white at FC Bayern München home games and in white at Germany matches. On special occasions, such as St. Patrick's Day, they shine green.
The FC Bayern Museum is also well worth a visit: Germany’s largest museum dedicated to a sports club takes visitors on an emotional journey, starting with the club’s foundation in 1900 and ending with its latest triumphs.