In 1912 the city of Berlin was designated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 1916 Summer Olympics. For the occasion, the German government decided to hire the architect Otto March. The result was the biggest sports stadium in the world at that time with a capacity of 40,000 spectators; but due to the World War I, the Olympic Games of 1916 were cancelled.
When the Nazis came to power in Germany (1933), they decided to use the Olympic Games for propaganda purposes. Hitler ordered the construction of a great sports complex in Grunewald named the "Reichssportfeld" with a totally new Olympiastadion.
The capacity of the Olympiastadion reached 110,000 spectators. It also possessed a special stand for Adolf Hitler and his political associates.
Most notably, it was the key site for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Here the legendary Jesse Owens won four gold medals, ridiculing the German runners and Hitler's idea of the superiority of Aryan race.
The Olimpiastadion was one of the few buildings not destroyed during the WW2.
Renovated in 2004 for the FIFA 2006 World Cup, the modern building maintains most of the structure of the Nazi stadium, as well as the dramatic atmosphere.
The stadium hosted the final match of the Football World Cup 2006, which was won by Italy for the fourth time.