With Berlin's Olympiastadion set to host games at UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany, including the final, get clued up on the stadium and the city in our guides.
Berlin's Olympic Stadium - or Olympiastadion - was built for the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in the German capital, and Hertha have called it home since their first Bundesliga season in 1963. It has hosted the DFB Cup final every year since 1985 and was the venue for the 2006 FIFA World Cup final as Italy triumphed over France. The 2015 UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus was also played there. Now part of the wider Olympiapark Berlin, the 74,475-capacity venue is the third-largest in Germany after Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park and Munich’s Allianz Arena. It was the venue at which Usain Bolt broke the 100 and 200 metre world records in 2009 and will again be the site of history in 2024 when it hosts the final on 14 July.
Watch: Inside Berlin's historic Olympiastadion
Matches to be played there:
Group B – 15 June
Group D – 21 June
Group D – 25 June
Round of 16 – 29 June
Quarter-final – 6 July
Final – 14 July
How to get to Berlin:
Germany’s capital and largest city is now home to the country’s third-busiest airport following the long-awaited 2020 opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Connections within Europe are plentiful and often cheap due to the abundance of flights from low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair. Long-haul destinations include Doha, Beijing, Singapore and Newark.
Berlin is also well connected within Germany’s rail network, with frequent high-speed ICE services to most major German cities, and also across Europe to other hubs like Amsterdam, Zurich, Warsaw and Budapest. Intercity buses are also common, with more than 10 stations serving Berlin for services across Germany and Europe.
How to get to the Olympiastadion:
Berlin’s largest stadium is served by regular U-Bahn and S-Bahn train services from the city centre. The station Olympia-Stadion is served by the U2, while Olympiastadion is served by the S3 and S9. All lines cross the centre of Berlin, and extra services are provided on matchdays.
Once in Berlin…
Things to see and do (apart from the football!):
Genuinely, what isn’t there to do in Berlin? It’s a city with a bit of something for everyone. Of course, the headline acts are the monuments from a city that has seen so much, over the last century in particular. There’s the remnants of the Berlin Wall that once divided the city, the iconic Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, museums, palaces and levels of greenery you’d never expect from such a major city – that includes the old Tempelhof airport, the landing site of the Berlin Airlift and now a public park. And of course Berlin is famous for its nightlife, where again there’s a bit of something for everyone. Guidebooks out and take your pick to fill time between games.
The local cuisine:
Berlin’s diversity is reflected in its food scene. You’ll find pretty much any type of gastronomy in Germany’s capital, including Currywurst (sausage in a spicy tomato ketchup) on almost every street corner. Locals also love a kebab (spit-roasted meat), with the now iconic döner having originated and been popularised in Berlin. And you can also sample Prussian classics such as Königsberger Klopse (meatballs in a cream sauce). Again, simply take your pick and dig in.
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