From August 9 – 12, London’s Dockland Museum is the German hub for cheering on the krauts during the final days of chasing those Olympic medals. The house will then close down until September 16 – for various modifications. The museum is certainly charming, but it could do with a bit of optimisation. It is open for visitors during the games and free of charge as ever. Perhaps this is a good reason to visit London’s vast and empty contemporary harbour area?
And yes, the majestic ‘MS Deutschland’ cruise ship is currently docked nearby as the German Olympic ship. The luxury liner is being used as a hotel for important guests during the games and isn’t quite as close to the Deutsches Haus as we expected. However, locals love walking and are happy to follow the London Mayor’s friendly call for Londoners to walk to work during the games and avoid public transport - those Brits certainly do have a sense of humour – see dodgy, blurry photos attached.
After the Olympic games, ‘Deutschland’ will be taking the German athletes back home. However, the return journey has been overbooked. German swimmers are amongst those affected by the overbooking. Former freestyle Olympic champion Britta Steffen commented ‘athletes could register and several did. But now I’ve heard you have to have won a medal to be allowed to travel on the ship’.
Michael Vesper, who is in charge of the mission says: ‘we are pleased about the great interest in the return journey, which will be a first. We will try to find solutions’. But no medals? We really don’t like the sound of that solution…
Conclusion: go to the ‘German Fan Fest’ since 2012 is all about being there. The fest comes with live music, fresh German beer and good German food. Tickets are available on location and entry is free between 12 – 5 pm. £5 afterwards.
Those of you that are interested in visiting the museum: it documents the creation and development of the Docklands, from the first wooden boat, to the first diving bell, vintage harbour dives and the obligatory Nazis – they have it all covered.
German Fan Fest
at Museum of London Docklands
No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay
London E14 4AL.
26.07. - 12.08.2012
12pm - 1am
till 5pm: entrance free
after 5pm: £5
The Museum entrance is two minutes walk from West India Quay.
DLR icon By DLR: West India Quay
Tube icon By Tube: Canary Wharf
Bus icon By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277, N50, D6, 15, 115, 135
DLR icon By River: Thames Clippers
10-15 minute journey on a Thames Clipper riverboat from Bankside or Maritime Greenwich Pier to Canary Wharf Pier. Call 0870 781 5049 for times and prices.