Club: Hertha BSC | Opening: 1936 | Capacity: 74,649 seats
History and description
The Olympiastadion was built between 1934 and 1936 to serve as the centrepiece of the 1936 Olympics. It officially opened on the 1st of August 1936 with the Olympic opening ceremony. Most notable event during the Games were the four gold medals of African-American track and field athlete Jesse Owens.
The stadium remained largely unchanged until it underwent a major renovation in 1972 and 1973, mainly aimed at preparing the stadium for the upcoming 1974 World Cup. The works included the construction of two roofs over the upper tiers of both long sides.
During the World Cup, Olympiastadion hosted three matches in the first group stage.
The stadium had significantly aged by the 1990s and the city of Berlin therefore started a debate over its future. Voices went up to rebuilt it as a football-specific stadium, but in the end was chosen to renovate it instead and keep its status as a multi-purpose stadium.
Little after that decision had been made, the stadium was awarded the final of the 2006 World Cup as part of the German bid.
The renovation of the Olympiastadion involved the complete reconstruction of the lower tier and the installation of a new roof. Works were completed in 2004, and the stadium was reopened with a friendly international match between Germany and Brazil (1-1).
During the 2006 World Cup, the Olympiastadion hosted four group matches, a quarter-final, and the final between Italy and France (1-1).
In 2015, the stadium hosted the Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus (3-1).
In 2016, Hertha BSC presented plans to build their own new stadium, being unhappy at the too large non-football Olympiastadion. They hope to build the Hertha Fussballarena with a capacity of 55,000 next to the Olympiastadion.
(photos of the present Olympiastadion below)
How to get to the Olympiastadion
The Olympiastadion is located in the east of Berlin, almost 7 kilometres from the eastern end of the Kurfürstendamm, and 10 kilometres from the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin’s main railway station (Hauptbahnhof). It is part of the Olympic Park, which includes other sports facilities.
If arriving by car from Berlin’s centre, the stadium can be reached by driving in one straight line west toward Spandau. Start at Unter den Linden, follow the Kaiserdamm, and then the Heerestraße. Keep right, and, about 2 kilometres after the Theodor-Heuss-Platz, turn right onto the Flatowallee, after which you quickly bump into the stadium.
If coming from the south or west of the country (A115), take exit Messedamm. Keep right, and at the second traffic lights turn left in the direction of the Deutschlandhalle. After the Deutschlandhalle turn right onto the Jafféstraße, which you follow until the Heerestraße. Turn left onto the Heerestraße and follow as above.
If coming from the north of the country (A100), take exit Kaiserdamm süd, turn west onto the Kaiserdamm, and follow as above.
The Olympiastadion can be easily reached by metro (U-Bahn). Take either line U2 or U12, which both can be boarded at several points in the city centre. Get off at stop Olympia-Stadion. It takes about 25 minutes to reach the stadium from Potsdamer Platz, and about 15 minutes from Zoologische Garten.
Alternatively, one can get to the stadium by light rail (S-Bahn). Take either line S5 or S75 to station Olympiastadion. Both lines link the stadium with Berlin’s major railway stations in the centre, as well as with station Spandau in the west.
Address: Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin
Eat, drink, and sleep near Olympiastadion
The Olympiastadion is located in a green area of parks and sports facilities, which is a pleasant surrounding on a nice summer day. There is not a whole lot around in terms of eating and drinking apart from a local beer garden and restaurant. There are a few more restaurants a half-an-hour walk away near metro station Theodor-Heuss-Platz, but there’s of course no lack of options elsewhere in Berlin.
There are neither a whole lot of hotels near the Olympiastadion. Michels Apart Hotel is the closest, a short walk away, Alecsa Hotel is a budget alternative a little further away, and Ivbergs Messehotel is also still just a walking distance.
Tickets for Hertha BSC games can be bought online (print@home), by phone +49 (0) 30-300 928 1892 (Ticket Hotline), or at one of Hertha’s seven fanshops. Of these fanshops, the ones at the Olympiastadion, Breitscheidplatz, Mall of Berlin, and Hauptbahnhof are the most conveniently located.
Hertha only sell out two or three high-profile matches per year. Tickets may not always be sold on the day of the match though, and it is therefore advised to buy them in advance at least one day before the match.
Hertha BSC have divided their home matches into three pricing categories. Tickets for a category 3 match, the cheapest, range in price from €17.00 for a seat behind the goal to €46.00 for a seat at the main stand. Tickets for category 1 matches, the most expensive, cost between €33.00 and €96.00. Tickets for the Ostkurve fans section go for a flat €15.00, but are generally not available on general sale.
Olympiastadion stadium tours
The Olympiastadion offers various options for stadium tours. The first is to follow a route around the stadium at your own pace, possibly aided with an audioguide.
The stadium opens from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the winter months) for visits. Entrance costs €7.00. No reservations are required
Alternatively, the stadium offers guided stadium tours (only in German) that include more parts of the stadium, and last 60 to 75 minutes.
These tours run every day in the summer months at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm (and an extra one at 5:00 pm during the summer holidays). In the winter months they only run at 11:00 am. The tour costs €11.00, and can be booked online.
Hertha BSC also offer special Hertha tours that include the club grounds outside of the stadium. These tours run between April and October on selected dates and cost €11.00.