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50 years of the Olympic Games – 50 years of the Olympic Park – 50 years of a meeting place

1972: The whole of Munich was the Olympic Games. Both the inhabitants of the city and the world experienced a memorable event steeped in history, which consisted of wonderful moments as well as, unfortunately, the terror of a horrific massacre.

2022: To mark the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games, all this will be commemorated with a programme where you can experience a wide range of different events, exhibitions and offers covering the topics of sport, culture, design, architecture, the culture of remembrance and cooperation in a democracy – in public and digitally.

2072: The anniversary programme of course focuses on both the past and present, but in many places, it will also be possible to see and experience what the future may look like. 

As has been the case so often since 1972, the Olympic Park will be the hub of many events and will once again provide a meeting place for the people of Munich and those from all over the world.

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Our monthly programme overview

Exhibition Olympic Tower

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From February 17, the exhibition "per Aufzug in die Zukunft" (Into the future in a lift) is open on the closed platform of the Olympic Tower.

Events in the Olympic Tower

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From the beginning of March you can enjoy the most beautiful sunrise in the city during weekly yoga sessions. In addition, numerous painting, dance, photography, and other creative workshops are waiting for you in the coming months.

Exhibition Olympic Stadium

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From February 26, 22 pillars in the Olympic Stadium will present the eventful history of this unique location.

Anniversary Highlights in the Olympic Park

One exhibition, three locations

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The Olympic Park is a visionary, comprehensive work of art that is taking people’s hearts by storm. With its functionality and offers, it is a major player in Munich’s events, leisure and tourism sectors. One exhibition, three locations: For the anniversary, we present a decentralised exhibition in which the individual parts are integrated into the canon of existing locations. The themes are history, present and future. On February 17, the first part of the exhibition opens on the Olympic Tower under the motto "Aufzug in die Zukunft" (Into the future in a lift) which deals with the future of events, and from February 26, the history of the stadium will be told on 22 pillars in the Olympic Stadium. The third part is the Anniversary Pavilion, which will be built in the Olympiasee lake in the style of 1972. The theme here from Easter until autumn will be looking back at the 1972 Games and looking at the future of sport. It will also serve as a central port of call and provide space for meeting up and having discussions.

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Events in the Olympic Tower and Munich’ foresight  

The view from Munich’s highest building is unique and a highlight when visiting the park. But the Olympic Tower is capable of much more! From mid February, the enclosed platform at a height of 186 metres will be the venue of a varied and diverse event programme that includes a wide range of formats: from DJ sessions to creative workshops and yoga sessions. Rounds of talks at the highest level, not just literally speaking, will also fill the calendar. Our Managing Director, Marion Schöne, will invite you to discussion rounds under the motto ‘Münchner Weitblick’ (Munich’s foresight). Guests and experts from various disciplines will discuss current political and social topics, such as events of the future or the empowerment of women.

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European Championships Munich 2022

Nine European Championships in one place – with the European Championships Munich 2022, Munich is welcoming the biggest sporting event since the 1972 Olympic Games and is putting the former Olympic sites at the heart of the proceedings. From 11 to 21 August 2022, over 4,700 athletes will compete in the Olympic sports of beach volleyball, canoe racing, climbing, athletics, cycling, rowing, table tennis, triathlon and gymnastics. The European Championships in canoe racing and rowing will be complemented by Paralympic competitions. Europe’s sporting elite and 177 medal decisions guarantee exciting and first-rate competitions. With the sustainability concept Count & Last, the Olympic legacy is being continued in an innovative way and new standards are being set, especially in the areas of inclusion and sustainability. You will also be able to look forward to a special supporting programme: The Roofs – Festival of Munich 2022. The festival of diversity and surprise offers a mixture of music, culture, art, food and much more, making your visit an all-round unforgettable experience.

More information at munich2022.com.

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Festival des Spiels, des Sports und der Kunst in the Olympic Park

From 1 to 9 July 2022, the grounds around the Olympiasee lake will be the venue for the cultural highlight of the anniversary year: the Festival des Spiels, des Sports und der Kunst, organised by the Munich Kulturreferat. The Olympic Games in Munich focused on games as a way of connecting sport, art and the various aspects of society. In keeping with the visionary and democratic spirit of the Games, a diverse programme awaits you: inclusive instead of exclusive, playful, open to everyone and free of charge. These include highlights such as the opening ceremony on 1 July, the grand parade on 2 July, the Münchner Sportspiele ’22 on 2 and 3 July, as well as performances and installations by contemporary artists and projects by the city districts from 1 to 9 July.1. bis 9. Juli 2022 

A piece of the 1972 Olympics in your own home

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Waldi – the comeback for the 50th Anniversary

His successors were called Amik, Mischa and Eagle Sam, but Waldi was the first – the first official mascot of the Summer Olympic Games in modern times. The colourful dachshund was designed by graphic artist Elena Winschermann, who was a member of Olympic Games designer Otl Aicher’s office. According to the story, the then NOK head Willi Daume had the idea of using a dachshund as a mascot because this breed of dog was supposed to be agile and resilient. It was also seen as a typical pet owned by Munich’s citizens. To mark the 50th anniversary, we will be selling Waldi in a limited, licenced edition in the souvenir shop in the Olympic Tower and in the Olympic Park web shop over the summer in 2022.

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Full of dynamism, light and cheerful – the Olympic posters

They should look cheerful. Light. Easygoing. The colours Otl Aicher and his team of designers created for the Summer Olympic Games in Munich. Light pastel tones as a contrast to the martial bombast design of Hitler’s Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936. In a factory building in Garching-Hochbrück, Aicher’s team of graphic designers worked on the visual corporate identity of the 1972 Games. And it was precisely this image that the OC decided should be used as the basis for the series of sports posters to promote each of the 21 Olympic summer sports. Ten of the 21 motifs will be available in limited in the souvenir shop in the Olympic Tower and in the Olympic Park web shop.

 

 

You can also find out about everything on offer during the anniversary year throughout Munich at muenchen1972-2022.de.

 

The overall coordination of the anniversary programme lies with the Kulturreferat of the State Capital of Munich. As a municipal subsidiary, Olympiapark München GmbH is the most important partner. Numerous other institutions and organisations contribute to the programme.