Berlin is the capital of Germany and its largest city. It is the second most populous city in the European Union. With a population of 3.4 million people Berlin is blossoming as a cosmopolitan city with art, culture, media, science and politics. Around one third of the city's territory is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes. The historical metropolis is home to renowned universities, research institutes, sporting events, orchestras, museums and celebrated personalities while having many significant industries including IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, opto-electronics, traffic engineering, and renewable energy.*
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Here you can take a look at the Olympiastadion Berlin as it looks right now. Below you will find four web cams with different perspectives of the stadium. The web cam images will automatically refresh every ten minutes. http://www.olympiastadion-berlin.de/nc/en/stadium-visitor-centre/webcams.html
Facts & Figures
On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2011 the Olympiastadion Berlin will be hosting "The World Culture Festival" to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the International Art of Living Foundation.
- The biggest LCD screen in Europe will be used during the Festival.
- The outstanding Olympic Stadium in Berlin has been awarded as a "Five-Star-Stadium" which is the highest ranking possible for all stadiums in Europe.
- Some of the world's best known artists amongst many more who have performed at the Olympia Stadium Berlin include The Rolling Stones, Madonna, UT Pink, A-Ha, AC/DC, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Phil Collins, Guns N' Roses, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney.
- The Olympia Stadium Berlin has hosted many events and celebrations including the 2006 FIFA World Cup, two Guinness World Record sets, the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2009; The Official Birthday of the British Queen.
- Many sport activities and matches have taken place at the Stadium such as football, rugby and polo, fencing, boxing, field hockey, swimming, jumping and handball.
- The Waldbühne (Forest Theatre) of the Stadium is one of Europe's biggest and most beautiful concert venues as it has one of the most magnificent views to the stage worldwide.
- The Berlin Philharmonic's concerts have been held here every June since 1984.The Olympia Stadium Berlin is a piece of history as it has witnessed many cheerful and sad days since 1868 while surviving the First as well as the Second World War.
- The complete communications network of the Olympia Stadium Berlin is one of the most modern in the world.
- A team of architects, engineers, and construction workers were busy for four years (2000-2004) to change this important historic monument into a high-tech stadium. The renovation took place without having to close the stadium, which required a high level of planning and logistics. The rebuilding costs were 242 million euro's.
- With its 76,000 seats it has the capacity to absorb an entire city. The roof structure rises for a total of 68 metres above the banks of seating.
- Two translucent membranes and a wide glass roof edge section ensure that a lot of light can get inside the stadium. 20 roof-supporting columns carry a weight of 3,500 ton of steel. The roof covers a total of 37,000 m².
- The Olympia Stadium is equipped with the latest technology in artificial illumination and sound equipment. Press, broadcasting, and television will find optimal working conditions. A variety of modern restaurants are situated within the stadium.
| 1868 - 1908
|| The first horse races were staged here as early as 1868 and the area also served for
general sports functions.
|1909 - 1916
|| During the 1912 Summer Olympics, the city of Berlin was designated by the
International Olympic Committee to host the 1916 Summer Olympics. The Berlin
Stadium was supposed to become the biggest sports stadium in the world. It quickly
evolved as the centre for German professional, competitive sports, preparing the
country's top athletes for the Games of 1916. When Europe suddenly tumbled
into World War I, the stadium closed and served as a military hospital.
|1917 - 1929
|| In 1920 the German University for Athletics was installed with a new building
including a gymnasium, a fencing hall and a dining and reading room.
|1930 - 1933
|| In 1931, the International Olympic Committee made Berlin the host city of the
11th Summer Olympics. When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933,
Hitler ordered the construction of a great sports complex with a capacity for
110,000 spectators. The walls were built with sturdy stone from the area of
the Lower Alps, and also feature equine sculptures. The new stadium was
designed to be built ten metres below and 13 metres above the groundcreating
a commanding, highly visible building. In the Bell Tower was the Olympic Bell. On
its surface were the Olympic Rings with an eagle and a motto between two
Swatsikas: I call the youth of the world.
|1934 - 1936
|| The XI. OIympic Summer Games officially began on August 1st 1936 and closed on
August 16th 1936 with a grand closing ceremony. A total of 3,956 athletes, among
them 328 women, from 49 nations took part in the competitions.
|1937 - 1945
|| The first final match of the German National Soccer Cup was played at the
stadium on June 20th 1937.
|1945 - 1956
|| The Olympic Stadium was one of the few buildings that survived not just in a
recognisable form, but almost untouched after the Second World War. It only
suffered the impact of machine gun shots. The Bell Tower was the only part
destroyed in the war.
British troops occupied the premises in 1945 and the Stadium was closed
immediately to the public. In 1946 the British reopened the Stadium with
the Eight Nations Games. In 1947, the British engineers demolished the
tower, but reconstructed it faithfully in 1962. The Olympic Bell fell 77
metres and cracked and has been unable to sound since then. The bell
survives to this day and serves now as a memorial. Until 1994, British forces
held an annual celebration of The Queen's Official Birthday with thousands
|1957 - 1988
|| In 1966 it was put under Monument Conservation of West Berlin.For the 1974
World Cup the stadium received a partial roof which protected a total of
26,000 seats from bad weather. During the 1960s, American military and high
school football teams introduced hundreds of thousands of Berliners to American
football at the stadium in exhibition games.
|1989 - 1999
|| In 1989, Berlin's bid for the Olympic Summer Games 2004 was advanced for the
Games of 2000. This involved plans to completely modernise the whole stadium.
|2000 - 2004
|| Some of the most advanced lighting technology and an audio system with a
performance of more than 150,000 Watts is integrated into the roof. The final
completion of the stadium and the surrounding areas continued until 2006,
when the stadium was well-prepared for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
|| The new Olympia Stadium Berlin has been celebrated as a "Five-Star-Stadium"
since its reopening. In April 2005 the European Union of Football Associations
(UEFA) officially named the Olympia Stadium Berlin to the list of "Five-Star-Stadia" - the highest ranking possible for all stadiums in Europe.
|| Highlighting the football history at the Stadium was the FIFA World Cup 2006, when
six games of the tournament were played there. Six teams of the internationally
leading pyrotechnicians competed over two days and fascinated the people with
fireworks displays never before seen.
|| The 2007 sporting events highlights included home games for Hertha BSC Berlin
and Berlin Thunder, as well as the DFB Cup Final and the U16 international match
between Germany and France. Additionally, the ISTAF celebrated its 70th year of
existence and 66th time the event was held.
|| On June 3rd, the first of two Guinness world records was set by the longest
children's painting, which covered all 75.000 seats, measuring a total length
of 37 kilometres. In July, German Comedy Star Mario Barth set a new world
record when 70.000 people came to see his comedy act. Since July bears are
growling at the Olympia Stadium Berlin. The Olympia Stadium Berlin Buddy-Bear
was greeted at the stadium. The bear displays the beauty, meaning and
functionality of the Olympia Stadium Berlin in many different ways. Another
success was the 3rd Pyronale fireworks World Championships at the Maifeld, next to
the Olympia Stadium Berlin.