Munich 1972 Olympic Tour Munich 1972 Olympic Tour Lukáš Hron CC BY-SA 3.0

Step Back into Olympic History: The Munich 1972 Games Tour

By  Sunday, 8.11.2015, 10:34    Day Trips In and Around Munich

Munich has a proud sporting history, and the exploits of Bayern Munich are known all over the world, but arguably its biggest sporting moment was one that is not remembered for any sporting event.

Munich hosted the 1972 Olympics in what is today Olympiazentrum, and what started out as a very happy games was quickly destroyed in a matter of hours, as terrorists attacked and killed some 11 Israeli athletes, as well as a German police officer, an act that sent shockwaves around the world. Learn more about the tragic events in this documentary video:

Learn more about both sides - the happy and the tragic - of the Munich Olympics on a visit to the locations where the athletes lived and competed with Ui Muenchen Tours. The tour is rich in background about the events of 1972, including one story which would have caused political turmoil had it is been known at the time. And in a quirky touch to the tour, one of the stories you will hear is not true - the first person to guess which one gets the tour for free. 

The tour requires a minimum of four people to run, so book in advance via the UI Munich website 24 hours in advance (details below) - if there are not enough people, you will be informed by phone/email. It leaves from the stairs of the Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz. Prices are 10€ for adults, 9€ for students, Couchsurfers, pensioners and kids over 8, and children under 8 are free. 

For more information, to book and to check out the rest of UI Muenchen's tours, click here.

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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