The original city of the Olympics is home to the Acropolis, a building still studied by architects, and the Olympic Stadium "Spiros Louis," built for the 2004 Games. With a roof suspended by hydraulics, the arena features innovative operating systems. Today it holds football matches and concerts, and sits just a twenty-minute drive from the seaside Divani Apollon Palace & Spa
. The serene hotel located on the Kavouri Bay offers world-class spa treatments and two outdoor swimming pools, as well as a tennis court with views of the Mediterranean.
The Olympiastadion was designed to pay homage to the nearby Alps, featuring a multi-peaked clear acrylic roof supported by steel beams. Visitors to Munich should see the arena itself and can catch such shows as snowboarding, cross-country skiing and car races there. An ideal base for a stay in the Bavarian capital is the Charles Hotel
, a modern and spacious property that has a world-class art collection and boasts views of the Botanic Gardens.
The Japanese capital has long pioneered trends, as exemplified by its 1964 Olympic arena. Built so well that it withstood the 2011 earthquake and tsunami without damage, the stadium will be repurposed for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics after a billion-dollar restoration. Tokyo visitors can watch rugby matches and see all the city's sights from the comforts of the Palace Hotel, Tokyo
, which has recently undergone a massive renovation and boasts high-tech amenities such as waterproof LCD bathroom televisions.