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A football fan’s guide to EURO 2024 host city Berlin

The historical and iconic capital Berlin is set to host the upcoming European Championship, bringing together football fans from around the world within the storied city. This guide explores Berlin’s rich culture, its deep-rooted footballing heritage, and what to expect during the EUROS in this vibrant city.


Culture of Berlin

Berlin’s city center stands at the top of cultural heritage, offering a unique blend of history, art, and modern urban life. The city’s culinary scene is diverse, inspired by iconic dishes like currywurst and döner kebab, and sweet treats such as Berliner pfannkuchen. Art enthusiasts can explore the famed street art in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain or visit the world-renowned museums on the UNESCO World Heritage site “Museum Island”.

Architecturally, Berlin houses landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, which is a symbol of peace and unity for the country, as well as the Reichstag Building, which is known for its impressive glass dome and historical significance. The city’s past is portrayed in locations like the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial, which offer emotional insights into Berlin’s unique history. For entertainment, Berlin’s neighbourhoods such as Mitte and Kreuzberg are famous worldwide for their nightlife atmosphere, with clubs such as Berghain gaining international recognition.

Brandenburger Tor

Football in Berlin

Berlin’s football culture is rich and deeply rooted within the heart of the city. Hertha BSC, the city’s most prominent club, plays in the Bundesliga and hosts games at the famous Olympiastadion. On the other side of the city, 1. FC Union Berlin, with its passionate working-class fan base, also competes in the Bundesliga and plays at the Stadion an der Alten Försterei. The city’s football history includes hosting the 2006 FIFA World Cup final and many other significant footballing finals, while the city’s footballing character is described as enthusiastic and loyal, with passionate fans supporting from every part of the city.

EURO 2024 in Berlin

The upcoming European Championship in Berlin promises to be a memorable experience for all fans. Matches will be held at the historic Olympiastadion, which has a capacity of over 74,000 spectators. Berlin will welcome several top European teams competing in the tournament, including Spain and the Netherlands, helping to add to the city’s already lively atmosphere. Fans can look forward to thrilling matches, fan zones, and a number of activities organized around the competition.


EURO 2024 Festival and Fan Zones

Football fans can expect a unique public viewing experience in Berlin, with multiple Fan Zones and a number of different Host City events. Berlin’s diverse art and cultural scene will also be integrated into the festival program as part of the Fussballkultursommer. Concerts, installations, performances, DJ sets, workshops, readings, and more will offer give fans the opportunity to delve deep into the capital’s festival of football and culture.

The Fan Zone Berlin consists of two sub-areas located in the city center: The Fan Zone Reichstag, the heart of the 31-day festival, and The Fan Zone Brandenburger Tor, a temporary park and stage for the official public viewing. The Fan Zone Reichstag will host a colorful cultural and entertainment program that is guaranteed to be a hit with fans of all ages. Even on non-match days, visitors can look forward to live music, readings, workshops, and DJ sets. Key activities include watching all 51 Euro 2024 matches on screens, participating in sports activities, and exploring the unique Future Hub.

The Fan Zone Reichstag also offers a wide range of local and international meals, including vegetarian and vegan options. This zone is located at Platz der Republik in front of the Reichstag, and is open daily from 14:00 to 24:00 with free entry. Across from The Fan Zone Reichstag, the largest football goal in the world and a temporary artificial lawn will be displayed at the Brandenburg Gate. With all these events and activities, the Euro 2024 festival in Berlin will be an unforgettable experience for football fans and tourists alike.

Helpful tips

Speaking a little Deutsch, like “Bitte” (please) and “Danke” (thank you), goes a long way with locals. While debit cards are widely accepted, having some cash on hand is wise, especially at independent eateries and markets. Tipping is customary in Germany; round up the bill in restaurants, and leave a modest tip in bars for excellent service. German tap water is safe and delicious, so carry a reusable bottle to refill at public drinking fountains. Most shops and supermarkets are closed on Sundays, so plan ahead and get your shopping done on Saturdays.

The Fans Welcome location, operated by fan experts, is at Washingtonplatz in front of Berlin Central Station. Berlin offers diverse accommodation options, so plan early to secure reasonably priced housing. Public transport is the best way to get around, especially on match days when Olympiastadion has limited parking and increased traffic. On match days, make sure to use the public transport options and the city’s walkable layout for a smooth experience during your trip.