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Report - 1936 Olympic Village, Elstal (Outside Berlin)

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by BeGood, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. BeGood

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    Visited with TheMissus

    As I was in Berlin for the Marathon and with this being an Olympic year, it would have been rude not to visit the 1936 Olympic Village.

    Here's some short history:

    "The creation of a separate housing area for the great number of athletes attending the Olympic Games was first attempted in Los Angeles in 1932. Four years later, at the XIth Olympiad in Berlin, the concept was further developed with the construction of a ‘village’ in the Brandenburg countryside, just 14 kilometers from the Olympic Stadium.

    During WW2 the cabins and cottages were converted to an infantry training facility for the German troops, and after the war’s end the Soviet and East German military occupied the site until 1992."

    We didn't actually intend to 'explore' as such, the main part of the Olympic Village is open to tourists for a 2 Euro fee (and a gouging 10 Euros for cameras). But courtesy of a ridiculously late platform alteration at Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Google mislabelling where the Village was, we ended up being at completely the wrong end of the site.

    TheMissus went into the verboten area to have a wee, and I saw some derelicts buildings and couldn't resist following her in.

    I am not sure what the buildings would have been, they were completely stripped out. There were 40,000 Soviet troops in this area at one point, so I would imagine these are linked to those.

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    We also eventually found our way to the actual Village part, so here it is.

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    Jesse Owens' Room

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    The "Eating-House of Nations"

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    Training Pool

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    Running Track with pool in the background

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    It's been ages since I did any exploring at all, it was nice to be back on it even if it was a bit light on hazard.

    Thanks for looking,
    BeGood
     
    #1 BeGood, Oct 6, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012

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