Munich is known for its sights of the era of emperors and kings, but also for its “sights” of the darkest hours, the second world war. You can’t see much of these wounds nowadays, but some places still remind you of these dark times and let you think about the destroying and the dead, even if these places are not always official memorials.
The Schuttblume is a flower-shaped sculpture made of bronze, located in Olympiapark, near the Olympiaberg (Olympic hill) at Ackermannstraße (Ackermann street).
This sculpture was built on behalf of the city of Munich and the DGB (German Federation of Trade Unions) by carver Rudolf Belling during the construction of the area for the 20th Olympic Games 1972.
Only a few still know why. The Olympic hill wasn’t built as part of the park. He was there since the end of the second world war. This hill, which gives tourists and citizens a wonderful view over the city, consists of debris (and maybe some dead people who couldn’t be salvaged?) which the airstrikes on Munich during the world war left behind. By the way, in Munich there are three “Schuttberge” (ash-hills, debris-hills), which you can’t recognize as a world war leftovers (Olympiaberg, Neuhofener Berg, Luitpoldhügel).
The flower embodies the beginning of something new and free out of the ashes of the past. It’s meant to be a visual sign of peace which connects the new modern, cosmopolitan, happy city of Munich whit the dark past.
If you want to visit the Schuttblume, you can take the subway to “Petuelring” or “Olympiapark” and walk by foot from there. Or you can take the bus 144, stop “Ackermannbogen” and walk a short way uphill.