UEFA EURO 2024: Four weeks of football in Berlin

Fan Zone am Brandenburger Tor ©  visitBerlin, Foto: Julia Rathke
Fan Zone am Brandenburger Tor

Berlin, June 2024 On 15 June, the Berlin Olympic Stadium will host the UEFA EURO 2024 for the first time. Five more matches will follow, including the final on 14 July. And outside the stadium, too, Berlin will be dominated by the tournament. The Brandenburg Gate is the largest football goal in the world. From there almost as far as the Victory Column, the fan zone is laid out with 24,000 square metres of artificial turf. The Berlin Welcome Card is available in a football edition during the championship and visitBerlin has very special tips for guests from the countries playing in Berlin. Those not going to the stadium can experience public screening in all districts of the city. And of course, Berlin is just as exciting as ever for non-fans while King Football reigns supreme. In addition to sport, sustainability plays a major role at UEFA EURO 2024. This newsletter is your perfect introduction to these topics and more.

You can find our central page on EURO 2024 including FAQs here.

We look forward to exciting matches and a peaceful and exuberant football festival in Berlin and throughout Germany.

Your media team from visitBerlin

Positive effects expected for tourism in Berlin and Germany ⚽

More than 3 million additional international overnight stays expected in Germany
The UEFA EURO 2024 will give a positive boost to tourism in Berlin and Germany. This is shown by a recent survey by the German National Tourist Board, which expects more than three million additional international overnight stays in Germany, with more than 90 per cent of international guests travelling to Germany for the UEFA EURO 2024 planning to extend their stay beyond the football match. 38 per cent intend to spend up to three nights in the host cities such as Berlin. 14 per cent plan to spend three days exploring the host cities and their immediate surroundings. 40 per cent intend to spend at least four nights in Germany. The survey was conducted in the key source markets of the UK, France and Spain.

Burkhard Kieker, Spokesman for the Management Board of visitBerlin: "Berlin will benefit greatly from this celebration of football. The EURO is the third largest sporting event in the world and is particularly worthy of attention. The images that go around the world from our fan mile at the Brandenburg Gate and the Olympic Stadium are priceless advertising. The European Championships will help to keep Berlin among the top international city destinations."

To the press release of the German National Tourist Board (in German)

Facts and figures - UEFA EURO 2024 at a glance

Did you know that the fan zone at the Brandenburg Gate is the size of ten football pitches? And that the gigantic football goal there is not only the largest in the world, but also the heaviest at 40 tonnes? We have compiled these and many other exciting facts about UEFA EURO 2024 for you on our website. We also provide you with accreditation links for the Fan Zone and images.
More EURO facts

Big or small - public screening in all Berlin districts

Deutsche Fans im Stadion ©  GettyImages, Foto: franckreporter

The choice of locations for public viewing is as varied as the matches. For the really big spectacle, we recommend the fan zone at the Brandenburg Gate. Up to 130,000 people are expected here on match days. Thousands of fans will also gather on Platz der Republik in front of the Reichstag. The supporting programme of concerts and art events is not always just about football. It's just as good to celebrate and party in the many beautiful places in the neighbourhoods - smaller and cosier and no less exuberant. In Berlin, all fans get their money's worth.
visitBerlin's tips at a glance

Our neighbourhood app ‘Going Local Berlin’ is also all about football. It has been expanded to include a special for EURO 2024 and provides an overview of public viewing locations such as bars and restaurants in each district. For example, Tante Käthe in Pankow, named after the nickname of former national team player Rudi Völler, or the Denk-Mal-Lounge pub in Mitte are well worth a visit. And for those who want to explore the city even further, the app offers four tours specially tailored to the EURO 2024. In terms of cuisine, they are based on the four nations that will be playing in Berlin - Spain, Croatia, the Netherlands and Austria.
More about the ‘Going Local Berlin’ app
App for iPhone and Android

spanische touristen in berlin ©  visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

PS: Berlin is well on the way to becoming a cycling city. So it's only logical that visitBerlin has created a collection of cycle tours on the Komoot route planning platform. It combines the highlights in Berlin's neighbourhoods with public viewing locations or leads to places in the city that have something to do with football. From 15 to 41 kilometres in length, there is something for all football fans.
To the football cycle routes

Tips for fans of the countries playing in Berlin

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Five national teams will be playing their group matches in Berlin. And for fans from each of these countries, visitBerlin provides eleven very individual templates: guests from the Netherlands will find tips for culinary delights, leisure activities and culture on this page. Football fans from Croatia will find very special recommendations under this link. Our neighbours from Austria will find what they are looking for here and those from Poland here. And fans from Spain can find tips for feasting, partying and strolling here.
To the Berlin blog

Football, art and culture

Celine Condorelli, Play for Today installation view, 2022 ©  FRAC Grand Large, Foto: Caroline Douau
Kunstparcours „Radical Playgrounds“

The nationwide art and culture programme for UEFA EURO 2024 is called ‘Touched by Football’. With events, exhibitions and activities, Berlin offers plenty of cultural points of contact around the theme of football. The film installation ‘Winner’ at Hamburger Bahnhof combines ballet with the emotional world of a football match. At the ‘Radical Playgrounds’ art trail, visitors become players themselves. And at the Columbia Theatre, you can listen to the live football podcast ‘50+2’. And these are just a few samples of the colourful supporting programme during the tournament.
Further events

UEFA Maskottchen ©  Josephine Henning

PS: ‘Culture meets football’ for your ears: The guest in visitBerlin's latest podcast episode „Berlin Unboxed“ is former national team player Josephine Henning, European champion, Olympic champion and three-time Champions League title winner, who now works as an artist and, among other things, for EURO 2024 as spokesperson for the programme council of the Football & Culture Foundation. She is joined by Tabea Kemme, a four-time German football champion and commentator on various channels since 2021. Curator Joanna Warsza is also a dialogue partner for visitBerlin's podcast. She curated the art trail ‘Radical Playgrounds: from Competition to Collaboration’ (27 April to 14 July) at the Gropius Bau to mark the European Football Championships.

Sustainability at UEFA EURO 2024

Junge spielt Fußball ©  GettyImages, Foto: MoMo Productions

When as many people come together as at EURO 2024, various aspects of sustainability play a major role for the capital. This ranges from travelling to and from the event to food and drink and mobility. Berlin has already planned and undertaken a lot in this area. Just a few examples: The cycling infrastructure and accessibility around the Olympic Stadium have been improved. The turf on the fan mile between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column will be cleaned after the tournament and distributed to football clubs and football pitches. And, of course, many of the criteria in UEFA's sustainability plan, which runs until 2030, are already being met in Berlin. These include, for example, the reduction of emissions, be it CO2, noise or light, and the protection of human and labour rights.
More sustainability at EURO 2024

The Berlin Welcome Card Football Edition

The Berlin WelcomeCard, the official tourist ticket, is available in a special football edition for the millions of visitors expected in the capital during the UEFA EURO 2024. It is valid from 1 June to 31 July and allows free (in the ‘all inclusive’ version) or discounted admission to many Berlin highlights for 48 hours. The ticket comes with a limited edition map of the city, customised to the tournament. And the online guide makes planning a trip to Berlin particularly easy. With the Berlin WelcomeCard Football Edition, football fans can enjoy the city and the sport and experience two perfect ‘match days’ in Berlin.
Find out more

Berlin for non-football fans

Young woman playing ukulele ©  Getty Images, Foto: Image Source

And what do the city's guests do who are not enthusiastic about football? They don't have to take it easy, but can experience a whole host of events and attractions that Berlin has to offer in all its colourful diversity. For example, there is the Fête de la Musique, the open-air music festival throughout the city on 21 June. Or the Kreuzberg Festival with street food, art and music from 28 to 30 June. Or the exhibition ‘Andy Warhol. Velvet Rage and Beauty’ at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Or how about Aloha instead of La Ola at the Berlin Ukulele Festival?  The list is much longer - we have put together a selection on our website.
Find out more

Further information
Photos of the fan zone at the Brandenburg Gate with the world's largest football goal can be found here. You can find more images relating to sport in Berlin in the download area of our website.

Press accreditation for the Fan Zone Berlin is available here.

Please contact us if you have any questions. All contact persons with contact details can be found here