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“Well worth a visit”

German Sports and Olympic Museum
Ranked #41 of 264 things to do in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum documents the history of the Olympic Games and the success of German Olympians.
Reviewed October 21, 2012

The museum is fascinating and there are lots of opportunites to try things out. If going with youg people don't forget the rooftop football pitch

Thank kelly032
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Take a trip down to the river front and enjoy the German Sports and Olympic Museum. A well balanced museum, presenting a history and artifacts of both the ancient and modern Olympics. A must see for Olympic enthusiasts.

Thank SenorTaco
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

I really enjoyed visiting this museum. It offers a great mix between shirts that were worn by famous athletes for some of their big competitions (like Boris Becker's shirt or Sven Hannawald's ski jumping suit) and general information on the history and developments of different sports. The designers really did a good job illustrating the time line that runs along the walls of the museum: In addition to important dates for sports they also added major changes in society. More often than not you can find a coherence or causal relationship between the two.

Also, there are many things you can try out for yourself (all at your own risk, of course:) You can try to be a weight lifter and lift 70kgs, or you can sit on a stationary track bike and bike in a wind tunnel, or you can enter the boxing ring. You are allowed to touch most of the objects in your reach; the signs will state clearly which ones you should stay away from. (Taking pictures is not allowed throughout the whole museum though. I carried my camera only to notice that upstairs was a sign that forbade all picture taking. Could have left it in the lockers right away, which are free.)

There was also a temporary exhibition when we visited which displayed high-quality sports photographs and even 3D photography on LCD screens.

I would recommend this museum to anyone who is in Cologne and has a remote interest in sports - or even a bit more.

1  Thank izzy_yeg
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

I don't like giving an average reviews as I feel it might stop people going.
I'm not saying don't go, I'm just saying that it could be better.
For kids it would be a good place to have a short and quick round around without too much attention to some of the details. For adults I found it lacked excitement, and celebration of the current or past Olympics. Considering the Olympics is currently taking place in London and we visited on the following day after the opening ceremony. You wouldn't really know it was on apart from a tv in the corner of the cafe showing a fencing match with a few people dotted about not really watching it.
It was also unbearably hot and uncomfortable to walk around, perhaps a sticky day, but never the less made it very uncomfortable. So it was difficult hang about long read what information there was hanging on the walls.
It also confused me that there was a massive homage to Michael Schumacher with a real or replica of his formula one car in the reception? While a national sports star admittedly not an Olympic one?
I think there is a real potential for this museum to celebrate German Olympic sports stars, current and past. While there was a temporary exhibition showing 3D photos of some of the German Olympic athletes going to London this year, there wasn't much focus on the details of their sports they were doing or their medal hopes.
You might be better off at home finding out that information through Google.
Good points: great for kids, good to have a museum for the Olympics, some detail on history of the games, good location, nice café, notices written in German and English
Bad points: lacked enthusiasm, some rooms where in need of attention and uninspiring, lack of detail, notices only written in German or English no other languages, some of the audios only in German.
While great to have a museum to the Olympics (I don't think we have one in the UK) Cologne could make this a real star attraction very easily with just a few amendments.
Ah.. just checked the title 'German sports and.. Olympic Museum' hence Schumacher. Ok well then it's confusing because it doesn't really hit the notes on either showing the best of German sports or the Olympics. Needs a bit of work for adults. (but great for kids)

Thank ggg_traveling
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

This museum is great for children who have a love for all things sporty. My son played football on the roof of the building where they have 2 football fields. We stayed there for hours and would highly recommend it.

1  Thank HelenMc1971
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