Rubble Mountain – Trümmerberg

During WWII some 70% of Munich was destroyed in aerial bombardment. Everyone has seen photos of German Cities laid to waste – debris was everywhere. Did you ever wonder where it all went?

During WWII some 70% of Munich was destroyed in aerial bombardment. Everyone has seen photos of German Cities laid to waste – debris was everywhere. Did you ever wonder where it all went?

German Cities that suffered extensive damage created enormous rubble on the outskirts of the city. In Munich, the most famous one is on the site where the 1972 Olympic Games were held. This “Rubble Mountain” (Trümmerberg) actually is the highest point in Munich coming in at 50 meters or 164 feet. Not far away is another one, the Luipoldhügel topping in at 37 meters or 121 feet. That doesn’t sound that high, perhaps, but when you hike it you get a real appreciation for the amount of destruction.

On the top of the Luitpoldhügel (Luitpold Hill) there is a cross at the highest point which says “Pray and Remember all those who died under the rubble.” Another plain marker simply explains that this hill is composed of rubble from WWII.

The pictures below may give you any idea of the height and breadth of this “hill” on the north side of Munich (München-Schwabing)