Olympiastadion – Berlin’s Olympic Stadium

You go to Berlin to see the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate.  You don’t go to Berlin to see the Olympic stadium, Olympiastadion.  But you should.

Berlin's Olympiastadion - Olympic Rings Gate

Take the U2 out to Olympiastadion, it’s a ways outside of the city and takes some time, but the stadium is worth it.  The history mixed with the athletic setting is a unique experience.  It is impossible to ignore the Nazi history of the stadium.

Berlin's Olympiastadion - Bell

The stadium was built between 1934 and 1936.  Commissioned by the Nazi party, it was meant to be a show of strength.  Propaganda.  Instead, Jesse Owens, an African-American athlete won four gold medals in front of Hitler and the Nazi party.  Jesse Owens’ name still graces the wall of winners for the 100 meter, 200 meter, and long jump.  His fourth medal was for the 4×100 meter.

Berlin's Olympiastadion - Wall of Winners

Today, the stadium has been renovated and in 2006, 60 years after Jesse Owens’ performance, was home to the final game of the 2006 World Cup.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.