Love the Olympics!
Collected by Michael Adubato, AFAR Local Expert
Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 München, Germany
The Olympic Park from the 1972 games, is still very much alive with activity. Today concerts are held in the arena and the main stadium also hosts sporting events. The funny thing to me was that although it was an Olympic venue, there are no...
Village Stroll, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Olympic Plaza was built for the 2010 Olympic games and remains in the Village as a striking arts and cultural event location. The venue is a fitting place to reminisce about the games and get a feeling for the excitement and energy that...
Olympic Village, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Anyone who visits Beijing must walk through the Olympic village area. The architecture is unbelievable, and there are colourful and unique sculptures constructed by local artists in the surrounding gardens. They even constructed an entire subway...
Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin, Germany
I've been fascinated with the Olympics since I watched the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games and saw that archer and his flaming arrow light the Olympic flame. Prior to my trip to Europe, I'd never been to an Olympic stadium....
265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
The Atlanta of today owes much to the 1996 Summer Olympics. In preparation for the games, the city transformed a seedy neighborhood into a tourist-friendly destination, creating Centennial Olympic Park as the center of all...
1274 Miyanomori, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0958, Japan
Coming from a tropical country, it was interesting for me to explore the unfamiliar world of winter sports in one of the actual Olympic sites. Mt. Okura was one of the venues for the 1972 Olympics and home to ski jumping events. Today, it holds an...
Olympiapark, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 7, 80992 München, Germany
Take a quick, ear-popping elevator ride to the observation deck of the Olympiaturm (190 meters or 623 feet), in the center of Olympic Park, and see across the whole city—as far as the Alps, in clear weather. The last elevator goes up at 11:30pm,...
Chaussée de Bruxelles 221, 1190 Forest, Belgium
Located in the St Gilles section of Brussels is a stadium that opened back in 1919 and is now known as Marien Stadium. The "stade" was also used during the 1920 Olympics, which were mostly held in the northern Belgian city of Antwerpen. This art...
3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, UT 84098, USA
The Flying Ace All-Star Show, Sundays at 1pm during the summer months, is not to be missed. One dozen Olympic athletes in training, many from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, slide down huge watered ramps, launch 60 feet into the air, and pull...
Lidingövägen, 114 33 Stockholm, Sweden
If you are a fan of the true Olympics, then you must get yourself to the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Their Olympic Stadium was built for the 1912 Games and is still standing and still being used, mainly for track and field events (The Diamond...
88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary, AB T3B 5R5, Canada
One of the best things about Calgary is the winter playground in the center of town. Canada Olympic Park, on the western edge of the city, features a ski hill, snowboard park, cross-country trails, an Olympic luge track, Canada's Sports Hall of...
Bergiselweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
High up above the roofs of Innsbruck, you will find this futuristic looking landmark. The ski jump, which overlooks the whole region, has already seen two Olympic Games and hosted many international competitions. As an attraction for visitors it...
Atletenstraat 80, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
It was a cold night at the Olympic Stadium but I wouldn't miss a game at a historic stadium no matter whate the weather. This one however, built for the 1920 Olympics looks absolutely nothing like the one that hosted many Olympic events almost 100...
Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece
Built in the 4th century B.C.E., rebuilt for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and refurbished for the 2004 Athens Olympics, this horseshoe stadium now serves as the finish line for the Athens Marathon. For centuries, nude male athletes...
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