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The Parks of Munich: Olympiapark

By  Sunday, 22.11.2015, 19:20    Tourist Sites

While some Olympic cities fail to maximise the potential of their competition sites and facilities once the big event has taken place, Munich's Olympic legacy has been incorporated into daily life, and the area is now an integral part of the city's sporting, cultural, natural and entertainment life. Nowhere more so that the combination of lakes and greenery which make us Olympiapark, yet one more large mass of gorgeous open space available for Munich's citizens and visitors. A great introduction to the diversity of activity at Olympiapark is through this drone video below - spectacular!

And, in addition to everything that is happening on a daily basis, time your arrival well and you can enjoy the magic of the summer festival, which takes place for most of August. Catch a little of the atmosphere in the video below.

But really, where to start with the choice on offer at Olympiapark? What was once mere fallow ground changed completely when in 1966, Munich was awarded the 1972 Olympics. Looking to incorporate a more green and technological Games, and breaking with the memories of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a completely new complex was designed and constructed on Oberwiesenfeld, an area which had largely been used as an airfield until 1939. 

Here is some coverage of the opening ceremony of the Munich Olympics in 1972.

More than 40 years later, Olympiapark remains a popular sporting and recreational destination, as well as an important large concert venue. The excellent Olympiapark website (also in English) gives a comprehensive breakdown of what is happening at the location, including concerts and events, indoor and outdoor sport, tours and sightseeing, other events and business possibilities. Check it out here.

To reach Olympiapark by U-Bahn, take the U3 to Olympiazentrum.

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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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