Munich’s highest observation platform
The Olympic Tower is the highest building in Munich and is situated in the Olympic Park & Village. It was built for the Summer Olympics in 1972. At a height of 192 m (626 ft) the observation platform has the most spectacular 360° panoramic view over Munich and the region.
It provides a great look over the Olympic Village, the nearby BMW headquarters and factories, Bayern Munich’s football stadium Allianz Arena and over the whole city with the outstanding landmark of the Frauenkirche. On clear days you can see the whole range of the Alps all the way from Austria in the East to Switzerland in the West with Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze in the center.
With an overall height of 291 m (955 ft) at the top of the antenna spire the tower is the second tallest structure in Bavaria, the highest one being the Fernmeldeturm in Nuremberg which unfortunately can’t be accessed by the public. Since it’s opening in 1968 more than 40 million people came to visit the Munich Olympiaturm.
There are two lifts which take you up to the visitor platform within 30 seconds at a speed of 7 meters per second. In case the open platform is closed due to bad weather there is an additional covered platform just below it which also gives a great 360° view from behind large panoramic glass windows.
The main purpose of the structure is to serve as a broadcasting tower for radio and television stations. Due to it’s height it covers the households of 6 million people in the whole region all the way to Austria.
At the observation platform you will also find the ‘Rockmuseum’. This is a small collection of memorabilia like concert tickets, pictures, newspaper articles, stage outfits and instruments of stars like Freddie Mercury, Pink Floyd or the Rolling Stones. There is no extra fee for this exhibition.
There is a revolving restaurant at the height of 182 m (597 ft) called the Restaurant 181. With one Michelin star it is not really a budget place for eating but you can have a very romantic dinner looking over the night lights of Munich. Without leaving your table you will make a full 360° revolution in 53 minutes. At midday they also serve lunch.
If you prefer to have only a snack or a quick and cheap meal there is a self-service restaurant at the base of the tower, just next to the entrance and the souvenir shop. It’s called the Olympiasee Restaurant and has a nice terrace looking over the lake in the park. There is also a small snack bar at the observation platform on the top next to the lifts.
Monday to Sunday: 09.00am – 12.00am
Last access: 11.30pm
Adults: € 7.00
Concessions and children under 16: € 5.00
Family ticket: parents/legal guardians (also same-sex) with children who are Family related: € 18.00
Groups of 20 persons or more, per person: € 5.00
Children under 6 accompanied by adult: free
1 carer accompanying severely disabled person: free
On your birthday you have free access but you will need to validate it by presenting some ID card.
How to get to the top
The only way up is by one of the two visitor lifts which have a capacity of 30 people each. Normally the whole process of buying tickets and getting to the top takes you only a few minutes but there can be queues on public holidays or on weekends in summer. Actually it’s also possible to climb up the staircase (1.230 stairs) but only on special occasions.
How to get there
By public transport: The closest subway station is ‘Olympiazentrum’ at the U3 line. From the Munich center (Marienplatz) the journey takes 12 minutes. From the station it’s only a 10 minute walk to the tower. You can’t miss it. There also visitor maps all over the place.
By car: Follow the directions to ‘Olympiapark’. There is a big parking place near the Olympic Stadium, it costs you 5.00 €/day. Campers can stay there for 24 hours for 20.00 €. There is also a parking deck near the tower which costs you 12.00 €/day.
Olympiapark Munich: www.olympiapark.de