Olympiastadion Berlin: Hertha Berlin

Olympischer Pl. 3, Berlin, 14053, Germany

The Olympiastadion in Berlin has been the home of Hertha Berlin since 1963, though it was built for far more auspicious reasons than simply hosting football matches. In We’ll tell you more about that later but, as the name of the stadium suggests, it was originally built for the Summer Olympics in 1963. During that time the capacity may well have reached over 100,000, though we haven’t included that in our records as there is no definitive proof that that was the case and it wasn’t a football match. The stadium has been used for many things over the years, being renovated in both the 1970s and after the turn of the millennium ahead of being used to host matches in the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.

Hertha Berlin, the club that plays its matches in the Olympiastadion, has a full title of Hertha Berliner Sport Club, though it’s more commonly referred to as Hertha BSC or simply Hertha. The club was one of the founding members of the German Football Association in 1900, having been formed itself eight years earlier. Hertha’s nickname is The Old Lady, or Die Alte Dame in German, and they’ve won two Bundesliga titles in the past. On top of that, Hertha have finished as runners-up on five separate occasions. When the club was originally formed its name was BFC Hertha 92, named after a steamship that had a smokestack with blue and white stripes on; the same colours that feature on the club’s kit.

Stats

Olympiastadion Berlin Stats
Year Opened1936
Capacity74,475
Average Attendance50,267
Record Attendance88,075 (Hertha Berlin v 1 FC Köln (1969))
Pitch Size105 x 68(7140)
Former NameDeutsches Stadion
OwnerState of Berlin
Clubs HostedHertha BSC, Germany national football team
First FixtureOlympic Games (1936)
Hertha Berlin Stats
Year Founded1892
NicknameDie Alte Dame (The Old Lady)
Club MascotHerthinho (a bear)
RivalsBFC Dynamo, Union Berlin
Previous StadiumsPlumpe, Poststadion, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark
KitBlue & White (Home) / Black (Away) / Red (Third)
Training GroundSchenkendorfplatz
Shirt Sponsorbet-at-home.com
Team OwnerMostly Fan Owned
Record GoalscorerMichael Preetz (93)
Record AppearancesPál Dárdai (366)

Olympiastadion Berlin Photos

Olympiastadion Berlin Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Mark Ahsmann (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The stadium is designed as a bowl of continuous seating, typically on the continent. There are two tiers of seats, separated in some places by executive boxes. The seating is kept away from the pitch by a running track that goes around the entire stadium.

Hertha Berlin Ticket Prices

As is often the case with matches in Germany, prices differ depending on several factors. For starters, how old are you? Next you’ll want to think about where about inside the ground you’d like to sit and also who the game is against. For example, had you gone to see Hertha Berlin play against Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League in 2017 you’d have paid between €12 and €50 depending on your answers to those questions. If you’re entitled to money off your ticket or have a season ticket then you’ll obviously play slightly less than regular match-goers.

How To Get Hertha Berlin Tickets

Hertha Berlin’s website is a great place to head to if you want to go to see them play, with the ticket office helpful via e-mail if you need more information. You can call them directly and the staff are often able to understand English, or you can buy tickets at the box office on the day - presuming that the match hasn’t sold out.

Getting To Olympiastadion Berlin

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Train - A train from London to Berlin will take about thirteen hours to complete its journey. Once you’re in the city itself it’s actually quite easy to to get to the stadium thanks to an excellent metro system. You’ll want to get either the U2 or the U12 to Olympia-Stadion, or alternatively the S5 or S75 to the same station.

Bus - If you’d rather get the bus then the M49 or 218 will take you to Flatowallee, which isn’t too far away from the ground. The 104 will take you to Neu-Westend underground station and you can either take a short tube from there or else a slightly longer walk.

Car - The A100 and A115 are the two main roads that you’ll want to get on if you’re planning on driving to the stadium before following the signs.

By Air - Berlin offers people coming in by air two major airports to choose from, starting with Tegel/Brandenburg International Airport to the North-West of the city centre. Alternatively you might want to head for Schönefeld Airport, which is about twelve miles away and tends to be used more often by budget airlines. Both are well-connected to the city thanks to the excellent German transport system.

Taxi - If you want to jump a taxi from Alexanderplatz in the city centre to the stadium then it will cost you in the region of €25 and take just over half an hour to complete its journey, depending on the traffic.

Parking Near Olympiastadion Berlin

There are over 4,000 parking spaces on site, which sounds like a lot but it’s probably not that many considering the ground can welcome more than 70,000 people. You might want to park nearby, then, or consider using the Berlin public transport.

Useful Resources

Olympiastadion Berlin Hotels

Hotel Aster - £60+

Reichsstr. 105, Berlin, 14052
The Hotel Aster isn’t the biggest or most impressive in Berlin, but it’s nice and welcoming. There are 26 rooms on offer, so you’ll know that you’re getting a personal experience. It’s around twenty-five minutes from the Olympiastadion if you’re on foot and you’ll get access to a buffet breakfast included in the fee you pay for your room. There’s free Wi-Fi, if you’re there to do business, too.
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Mercure Hotel Berlin City West - £70+

Ohmstr. 4-6, Berlin, BE, 13629
If you’re in a foreign city and aren’t too sure where to stay then one of the best things you can do is look out for a chain hotel. The Mercure in the west of the city is about four miles or so away from the ground and offers a number of things that you might want to take advantage of. There’s a restaurant and bar, for example, as well as free Wi-Fi and a business centre. There’s a terrace area and an outdoor pool, both of which you’ll want to check out if the weather’s good. More details.

ibis Berlin Messe - £80+

Messedamm 10, Berlin, BE, 14057
Another chain hotel you might want to stay at in Berlin is the ibis. It’s located less than two miles from the stadium and has just shy of 170 rooms. There’s a business centre, if you’re hoping to squeeze some work in whilst you’re away, as well as free Wi-Fi for guests. If you want to have a drink and relax then you’ll be able to take advantage of the bar that’s on-site.
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Pubs & Bars Near Olympiastadion Berlin

Westend-Klause

Reichsstraße 80B, 14052, Berlin (+49 30 30328471)
The Westend-Klause isn’t too far from the stadium, so it’s probably the place you’ll want to head to if you’re on foot and fancy one last drink before the match. You can buy beer near to the ground, of course, as well as in it, but this will also show any live sport that might be on before the game. German beers are on tap and there are plenty of screens for you to get yourself in front of, including a number of large ones.

The Irish Times

Leipziger Str. 56, 10117, Berlin (+49 30 2010108)
Mitte is a lovely part of Berlin to head to for a few drinks, with The Irish Times being a top bar to pick if you want to feel at home. It’s right by the U-Bahn, so you can jump straight on to get to the ground in time for kick-off. Pub food is the order of the day, with Irish drinks giving you a taste of the old land, too. Guinness and Kilkenny are both on tap, plus there are plenty of TV Screens that you can watch live sport on.

The Pub

Rochstraße 14, 10178, Berlin (+49 30 25762201)
Don’t let The Pub’s simple name fool you into thinking this is a basic or boring establishment. If anything it’s the complete opposite, thanks in no small part to the fact that you can get a table with a beer tap on it to ensure the drinks keep flowing all night. There’s a big screen and a projector in the place, though it’s more famous for its food than any sports coverage. They claim to do the best burger in Berlin, so who wouldn’t want to find out if that’s true?

Hospitality

There are 59 boxes at the stadium as well as three executive lounges, so it’s fair to say that if you’re hoping to watch the match in style then you’re in luck.

Private Hire

Whether your event will have 10 people or 10,000 attending, the Olympiastadion will be able to host it. Ultra modern and with incredible facilities, there’s barely an occasion you’ll be able to think of that it won’t be able to cope with. The stadium has its own chapel, so you’ll even be able to get married there!

Stadium Tours & Museum

There are a number of different tour options available to you depending on your budget and the amount of time you have available to you. The most basic lasts for an hour, for example, and costs from €11 up. Regardless of the tour you opt for you’ll see certain obvious parts of the stadium, starting with the dressing rooms and including the site of the pitch. Given the history of the stadium, it’s well worth doing.

About Hertha Berlin

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Hertha Berlin have endured some ups and downs during their history, such as when they were added to the newly formed Bundesliga in 1963 as reigning German champions, only to be relegated two years later after being found guilty of bribing players to play for them. Six years after that, in 1971, Hertha Berlin were again involved in a scandal when German clubs were involved in match fixing. The club became the symbol of a unified Berlin after the wall came down in 1989. Two days after it happened Hertha went up against SG Wattenscheid and 11,000 people from East Berlin rocked up at the Olympiastadion to watch the match with their West German friends and colleagues.

Unfortunately for Hertha BSC fans, the club has never been too far away from issues. Financial difficulties have long plagued The Old Lady, such as when it had ten million Deutsche Marks worth of debt in the middle of the 1990s. It was only during the 2010s that the club managed to restore some semblance of stability, managing to gain promotion from the Bundesliga 2 twice in three years and staying in the top-flight longer term after the second one. On top of the two Bundesliga titles we mentioned in the intro, Hertha have also picked up two DFB-Ligapokal trophies and finished as runners-up in the DFB-Pokal three times.

Olympiastadion Berlin History

Berlin was originally selected to host the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee in 1912, but the 1916 event was cancelled due to the outbreak of the First World War. The IOC decided to appoint Berlin as the host city in 1936 instead, with the government initially deciding to restore the ground that had been built back in 1916. That all changed when the Nazis came to power and Adolf Hitler realised that he could use the games for the purposes of propaganda. Hitler demanded the building of a new Reichssportfeld, complete with a hugely impressive Olympiastadion. That’s how the original stadium ended up being built, complete with a stand especially for the Führer.

One of the most famous events in Olympic history took place at the Olympiastadion when Jesse Owens won four gold medals and, as a black man, smashed Hitler’s myth about the supremacy of the Aryan race. In the modern era the stadium has been used to host matches in two different FIFA World Cups, including three group A matches in 1974, as well as four group matches, the quarter-final and the final itself in 2006. It was the venue for the UEFA Champions League final in 2015, when Barcelona completed an historic treble that also included a La Liga title and the Copa del Rey. It has hosted countless music concerts over the years, featuring such acts as U2, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen.

Future Developments

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The Olympiastadion has undergone numerous renovations over the years, especially ahead of the two FIFA World Cup final tournaments it hosted. For that reason it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of the possible for it to undergo more changes in the future. That said, in March of 2017 Hertha Berlin announced plans to build a new stadium that would open in 2025, the year that the club’s contract to play at the Olympic Stadium runs out.

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