Home of the Olympic Games in 1928, the Olympisch Stadion is still standing as a unique landmark in the Amsterdam Zuid area. Because of the nature of the design the Olympisch Stadion and the Marathon Toren, the landmark icon adjacent to the stadium, are widely regarded as style icons of the late 1920s.
As an Olympian who took part in the London Olympics of 2012 I can share my Olympic story (silver medal in London) with the history of the Olympic Games in Amsterdam and show some original tickets and program books. There is a first for everything: at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics the Parade of the Athletes and the Olympic flame were introduced and female athletes competed for the first time ever in various sports. Johnny Weismuller, the American swimmer who would become famous as Tarzan, won two gold medals in Amsterdam with the 100m freestyle and the 4 x 200m freestyle.
After the Games the Stadium transformed into the main soccer stadium in Holland. All the big soccer matches of the national team and especially of Ajax during its glory years from 1960-1995 were played in this stadium. Each year in mid-October the Olympic Stadium is the start and finish area of the Amsterdam Marathon, a feast for runners.
Definitely worth visiting is the Wall of Fame, all Dutch Olympic gold medal winners are listed! A guided tour costs around € 10. You will hear a lot of fascinating stories on the Olympic Games, the Olympisch Stadion, its past, present and future.