“Learning to Live in Germany” Ventured into the Olympic Park and Stumbled on a Bike Race
Who says a blustery cold day in April should stop anyone from riding an S-Bahn train for an hour, hopping a U-Bahn train for a few stops–just to hike for 6 miles in Munich’s famous Olympiapark?
Imagine our surprise when we arrived and the park was filled with cyclists, retail booths, and some serious mountain bike races were in progress. The booths were set up with free bike maps of Munich and surrounding areas, bikes for sale, clothing, and numerous types of foods–which included German sausages of course!
After looking around for a while, we decided to hike up to the top of the large hill to get a view of the city of Munich. We had to dodge the participants in the bike race as we began the ascent upwards. Luckily, due to the engineering–it was not a hard hike at all. Check out some the shots pictured below as we made our way up.
This Olympic Park is incredible. We didn’t get to see the entire thing because we ran out of walking power (our plan is to go back and bring our bikes this summer). The park is actually 3 square miles. You can take a small touring train from the entrance of the BMW Museum if you wish to view most of the park with a tour guide, sitting down. Needless to say, we only made it to the top of the hill where the most incredible views are. Check out the pictures below!
Here is a slide show below of some more views taken on the way up the hill.
The very top was extremely windy, making it very hard to photograph the views but we managed to get some. We stayed up there for a little while and then located a very beautiful trail back down. We had to take care to avoid the bike racers as they were still competing at very fast speeds! See the slide show below.
After spending several hours just in this smaller area of the Olympic Park we decided to head out because it started to rain. As we left the park, we took a quick peak in at the Olympic pool.
We sure hope you enjoyed a sneak preview of the Olympiapark in Munich! As we looked down over the entire park, we were quite taken back with its design and futuristic style–knowing it was built for the 1972 Olympics. It is widely used year-round facility that is the host to many events that include sporting and entertainment. You can read more about the history of it here: A View on Cities. Please feel free to share our blog with your family and friends.
All Photos courtesy of Lance Benson