Olympic Village (Olympisches Dorf) – In A Berlin Minute (Week 119) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

The Olympic Village in (Elstal) Berlin was the first brick-on-brick Olympic village and is therefore the oldest Olympic village still in existence. It was built for the 1936 Olympics.

From the beginning it was conceived to be a military base for the German army – before and after the Olympics.

After the end of World War II it was used as a Soviet military base until 1992.

This explains the mixture of old German buildings and more recent Soviet buildings and the propaganda art work on the walls being also from Germans and from Soviets/Russians.

The Olympic Village is easily reached by regional train from Berlin to Elstal and a 2km walk. The Village is open every day from April to October. While you can walk around without a tour, I highly recommend paying the 5 Euros and getting access to the buildings and all the inside information from the knowledgeable tour guide.

Olympic Village Swimming Pool

More info: http://dkb-stiftung.de/web/Das_Olympische_Dorf_von_1936.32.htm

The music (not my taste, by the way) is the actual Olympic Hymn from 1936. Music composed by Richard Strauss and lyrics by Robert Lubahn.

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