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

The metropolis on the Elbe, gateway to the world and the pearl of the whole population of Hamburg. There’s always something going on in this vibrant travel destination – whether it’s cultural, political, commercial or sporting. This summer, Hamburg is one of the host cities of UEFA EURO 2024 and anyone who talks about Hamburg, can’t avoid mentioning the two big traditional football clubs.

Hamburg EURO 2024 Guide

Five matches of UEFA EURO 2024 will be played in the Volksparkstadion of Hamburger SV, including the first match of The Netherlands against Poland on the 16th of June. The city is looking forward to welcoming up to 40,000 fans to EURO 2024. If you’ve managed to get a ticket to watch a game in Hamburg, then you’re in for a good time because the harbour metropolis has a lot to offer!

Hamburg – a Dutch football story

The Volksparkstadion was the stage for many Dutch football stars who have played their way into the hearts of HSV fans. The one who became a real cult hero is Rafael van der Vaart, who played for Hamburger SV for a combined total of six years, scoring 45 goals in 152 games. The midfield maestro even has a club record on his name as he scored in seven consecutive Bundesliga matches, something no one has done before and since.

Ruud van Nistelrooy, one of the greatest strikers of all time, played for HSV at the end of his illustrious career for one and a half seasons. Nigel de Jong also played for the club between 2006 and 2009. Henk Veerman, Justin Hoogma, John Verhoek and Willem Hupkes have played for their city rivals FC St. Pauli.

Hamburg HSV Stadion

The Volksparkstadion

The Volksparkstadion in Hamburg’s Bahrenfeld district is the home stadium of Hamburger SV. The stadium seats up to 57,000 people for league matches, and 50,000 spectators are admitted for EURO matches. It’s one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country and has been the stage of many big football matches. For Dutch fans the Volksparkstadion also holds very fond memories. In 1988, The Netherlands won its first and (so far) only EURO title and beat Western Germany 2-1 in the semifinal in Hamburg.

When visiting the stadium, look for a large bronze sculpture of the foot of Uwe Seeler, a club legend who played for HSV throughout his entire career and also featured in the World Cups of 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 for Germany.

HSV Volksparkstadion

Activities around the game

On the 16th of June the city of Hamburg is planning a series of fan activities around the Netherlands’ group match against Poland. Fans will have the opportunity to camp on the Horner Rennbahn, a racecourse that is also used as a large park area for sport and relaxation. Right before the game, a Dutch fan walk to the stadium is also on the planning.

Football bars in Hamburg

If you haven’t been able to get a ticket, but still want to go to Hamburg and cheer together with other fans, then there are countless football bars which are welcoming fans with open arms. Some of the most famous football bars where you can watch EURO 2024 are Aalhaus, Bodega, Capri-Stube, Jolly Roger, Knust and UnabsteigBAR.

Fan Zone Hamburg

While five EURO matches will be played in the Volksparkstadion, a festival atmosphere will be created in Fan Zone Hamburg, which opens on June 14 on the Heiligengeistfeld. In the heart of Hamburg, the area will be the home of UEFA EURO 2024 in northern Germany, with free admission until 14 July. It’s the place where fans of all teams meet and celebrate together. In addition to broadcast screens and a stage programme, the Fan Zone offers highlights such as a ferris wheel, a beach club, a fan pavilion and an activity area. The 100-square-metre screen will show all matches of Germany matches, the matches played in Hamburg as well as those of the final round.

Millerntor Stadion

Millerntor Stadium

Next to the Heiligengeistfeld, stands the unique football stadium of FC St. Pauli, a club that recently won promotion to the Bundesliga. The history of the football team is characterised by ups and downs, but one thing has never changed: FC St. Pauli has always been more than just a football club and, like the neighbourhood after which it is named, is colourful, diverse and political.

Live like a local

There’s much more to do in Hamburg besides football. It’s the perfect place for a short – or longer – city break. Each district of the Elbe metropolis is unique in its own way, and all of them are remarkably diverse. The trendy districts Sternschanze and Karolinenviertel are colourful and always buzzing. Creative shops for fashion, music, accessories and design – the St. Pauli neighbourhood exudes its very own charm. There are many sustainability-focused shops with fair trade products, eco-fashion and second-hand goods.

In Eimsbüttel en Eppendorf you will find magnificent old building facades and exquisite restaurants as well as chic boutiques and many small owner-managed shops. Both districts offer plenty of water and green spaces, where you quickly feel at home. You can even find some Dutch culture here. At the bar and café Little Amsterdam you can enjoy drinks and snacks in the sun or under the stars.

St. Georg is Hamburg’s most central district, right behind the main railway station. It’s multicultural, colourful, stylish and hip. Altona and Ottensen are located directly by the Elbe and are surrounded by beautiful parks. The 13-kilometre-long beach along the Elbe is also close by.

Hamburg Tourist

Tourist highlights

The Speicherstadt is probably the best-known symbol of maritime history of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. It’s one of the city’s most beautiful sightseeing attractions. You can also take a boat tour around Europe’s third-largest port and explore why the city is known as the ”Gateway to the World”. St. Pauli is Hamburg’s most famous district and where the city’s heart beats. Here you will also find the world-famous Reeperbahn, the epicentre of entertainment, parties and live music.