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Olympic Stadium Berlin

Olympic Stadium Berlin

Olympic Stadium Berlin

In 1936, just before the Second World War broke out, Germany organized the Summer Olympics in Berlin.

On August 1, 1936, the Olympic flame was ignited in the Berlin stadium. The big star of the games, much to the dismay of Adolf Hitler, was the black American runner Jesse Owens, who won 4 gold medals.

Nazi architectural style

The Olympiagelände consists of the Olympic stadium, where football team Hertha BSC Berlin now plays its home games, a clock tower, a swimming pool, and other facilities.

Nazi architect Albert Speer advised architect Werner March on the design of the stadium, and therefore replaced the planned initially Art Nouveau pillars with wider columns that better matched the architectural style of the Nazis.


The Langemarckhalle on the Olympic site in Berlin takes its name from the West Flemish village of Langemark, where many Germans died during the First World War.

Bell tower

The Langemarckhalle is located at the foot of the Glockenturm, 77 meters high, where the Olympic bell hung.

The original tower was severely damaged in a fire in the Second World War and was blown up by British engineers in 1947.

The Olympic Bell that hung in the bell tower. The clock is no longer there but is located next to the stadium. The swastika engraved in it has been made less recognizable.

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