In the vicinity of Munich’s Olympic Stadium is a train station overgrown with brush and weeds. The tracks stretch north and south, but go nowhere.
Munich played host to the Summer Olympics in 1972; physical reminders include the Olympiadorf (Olympic Village), Olympiapark, and the Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium). In 1988, the train station “München Olympiastadion” closed to train service for the final time. Rail tracks which connected the station with the North Ring freight tracks were cut, isolating the station and leaving it to decay.
Since 2001, the Olympic Village has been listed as part of the heritage Olympiapark ensemble which includes the abandoned station. But will the station be left to decay? Or will the station be refurbished in some way to become a living memorial?
Historical maps of the MVV U- and S-Bahn system show how train service from central Munich to Olympic Stadium was utilized. S-Bahn train service carried passengers along the central trunk to Olympic Stadium via Hauptbahnhof, Laim, and Moosach; check out the system maps for June 1972 and June 1988.
Geisterbahnhof München Olympiastadion
Take the U1 or U7 U-Bahn to Georg-Brauchle-Ring station; enjoy the station interior before heading up to street-level. Walk east on the pedestrian path along Georg-Brauchle-Ring in the direction of the O2 Telefónica tower. Go past the tower towards the overpass (road B304). Staying on the path, the road turns gently left/north at the overpass; walk up the sloped ramp to the ghost station. After safely navigating around and walking about the ruins, the pedestrian bridge directly across from the station takes you over the busy road Bundesstrasse 304, and east into Olympic Park, Olympic Stadium, and memorials marking the 1972 Massacre.
I made all images labelled “(HL)” above on 2 June 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-cnH.