Two things I want to point out here, although the Olympic architecture is on the to-do list of every tourist guide: firstly, it absolutely is a to-do item (absolutely!!!), and secondly, there is a big chance you will take the wrong bridge and miss the whole show.
The architecture here is one of the very few worldwide that is still stunning many years after its construction, similar to the Centre Pompidou. Every time I pass by, I still can’t believe how exceptional it is. This was the 1970s when city architecture was the big thing, before it all went to museums and then to corporate company buildings. Here, a side-by-side comparison leaves the BMW World as an immaturely overdone attempt of corporate bodywork and the Olympic Park as an iconic representation of urban architecture.
And this is where my second argument starts. If you come by subway or from visiting the BMW World you will do what 99% of all visitors do: take the wrong bridge which is the small one that links both places directly. But there is a way which will give you the full idea of the architectural landscape and this is taking the large bridge in the north-west, the “Hans-Braun-Brücke”. The best weather is when rain has stopped and the low sunlight is breaking through the clouds. The tarps are still wet and show silvery glittery reflections like fish skin, letting the low sun shine through – under a protective roof but feeling close to heaven.