Defy gravity and fly… - athletes starting from the new Olympic Ski Jump can live out this dream. For a short moment, at least. A guided tour to the Ski Jump at Mount Gudiberg introduces you to the world of these fearless jumpers. It is in this way that you can discover a field that you otherwise only know from sports broadcasts, such as from the famous Four Hills Tournament, for example.
The first Olympic Ski Jump at Mount Gudiberg was built in 1923, in spite of the fact that the decision to hold the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was not yet made at that time. The mountain's steep slopes were not sufficient for the ramp and, therefore, it was necessary to build an artificial start tower that was 43 metres in height and 5 metres in width.
Over the years, the jump was modernised repeatedly. In 2007, it was replaced by a completely new building with a 100-metre long start tower. When you have reached the top, you will be 62 metres above the ground, free-floating. Thus, the construction was given the nickname "Olympic Cantilever”. Thanks to its translucent coating, the new jump blends perfectly into the surrounding snow-covered landscape in the wintertime. In the evenings, the start tower is inwardly lit, and thus becomes a fascinating light sculpture.
Guided tours (German!) to the big Olympic Ski Jump are available Saturdays (3 pm). From May to October on Wednesdays (6 pm).
At the Tourist Information, until Friday 3 pm. Phone: +49 8821 180 700.
It is also possible to book special guided tours at another time that is to be agreed upon.