Berlin – Sports Traveler’s Must Visit City

Berlin on map

If you’re planning a vacation to Berlin in 2024 or perhaps traveling to a sports event there to take in one or more of the European Championship matches, you’ll discover a city like no other. Vibrant, relaxed, open-minded, and with a rich historical and cultural heritage, once visited, Berlin is never forgotten.

From must-see highlights taking place in the city in 2024 to the crucial tips you need to know to get the most out of your stay, you’ll find all the information you need below to experience a magical trip.

Berlin sporting events – 2024

Before moving onto all kinds of events in Berlin, we want to make your job, sports travelers’ job easier and list all the important sporting events that will take place in Berlin in 2024. Here you will find all types of sports events from football to athletics. You can choose which one to travel according to their dates or sports that you like to see and attend. If you want to get more details about any event, please contact us.

Sporting EventDate
German Football Association Cup Final Live25 May 2024
Berlin Ladies OpenFrom 15 to 23 June 2024
UEFA Euro 2024 – Olympiastadion BerlinFrom 15 June 2024 to 14 July 2024
ISTAF 2024 – World class athletics1 September 2024
Laver Cup Berlin 2024 – Tennis Tournament20 September 2024 to 22 September 2024
BMW Berlin Marathon29 September 2024

Berlin’s 2024 Highlights

Caspar David Friedrich – Infinite Landscapes Exhibition

Widely regarded as one of Berlin’s 2024 cultural highlights is the highly anticipated Infinite Landscape exhibition, which celebrates the work of Casper David Friedrich (1774-1840), one of the most renowned German Romanticist painters and generally accepted as one of the most important German artists of his generation. He is credited with creating the concept of landscapes full of romantic feelings, and some of his most well-known paintings were regarded as expressions of religious mysticism.

The exhibition will run from April 19 to August 4 at the Alte Nationalgalerie and will feature 60 paintings and 50 drawings by the artist, and marks the 250th anniversary of Friedrich’s date of birth.

Berlinale – the 74th Berlin International Film Festival

Berlinale

Held at various venues throughout the city from February 15 to 25 is one of the world’s largest public film festivals. As in previous years, movies of all genres, lengths, and formats will be screened, including Tilman Singer’s Cuckoo and Julia Von Heinz’s Treasure.

Berlin will also host a range of film-related exhibitions, such as The Art of the Film Poster, which can be viewed until March 3 at the Kulturforum. As well as displaying rare works of movie art, the exhibition explores exactly what makes the perfect movie poster.

Compete – or Skate! – in the Berlin Half Marathon

If you’ll be in the city in April 2024, why not head into the city center to watch or even take part in the Berlin Half Marathon? Before the runners hit the streets, it’s the turn of the inline skaters, who will glide through the race’s 21 kilometers, cheered on by crowds of Berliners and visitors to the city.

If you fancy having a go yourself, register before March 14 to join the inline skaters rolling through the capital to finish at the Brandenburg Gate.

Karneval der Kulturen

Taking place on the streets of Kreuzberg from May 17 to 24, 2024, the Karneval der Kulturen is an annual highlight in Berlin. Over four days, this street festival welcomes guests and visitors from all over the world with a focus on cultural openness and diversity.

Around 4,000 street performers will gather for the parade on Whit Sunday, while the Lawn in Action will offer an opportunity for both young and old to try their hands at a range of fun activities. Live music performances are at the heart of the festival, providing a global voyage of discovery: enjoy a huge variety of genres, from Balkan beats to Japanese fusion rock.

UEFA Euro 2024 Tournament

One of the most exciting events in Berlin’s 2024 calendar is the forthcoming UEFA European Championship. The city’s Olympiastadion will host six games of the tournament, including the final on July 14, 2024.

Berlin as a city of sports, is also host city of Euro is set to welcome thousands of fans from around the world next summer as those traveling to Euro 2024 make their way to Germany. Official fan zones will pop up throughout the city, where fans can come together to watch the games on big screens and soak up the vibrant atmosphere on match days. For example, the Fan Zone on the Platz der Republik will feature screens to watch all 51 of the scheduled Euro 2024 matches, cultural programs taking place on two stages, and the world’s biggest fan pub.

DatesMatches
15 June 2024 at 18:00Spain v Crotia
21 June 2024 at 18:00Play-off Winner A v Austria
25 June 2024 at 18:00Netherlands v Austria
29 June 2024 at 18:00Round of 16
06 July 2024 at 21:00Quarter-final
14 July 2024 at 21:00Final

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is a must-visit experience if you’ll be in Berlin at the end of September or the first week of October. The city will host a wide variety of events to celebrate the Bavarian culture and way of life, including live music performances and opportunities to enjoy traditional local culinary specialties and craft beer.

Every year, the Zollpackhof, Berlin’s oldest restaurant, invites visitors into its cozy beer garden to make the most of an itinerary of entertainment and the chance to sample charcuterie platters, pretzels, traditional Bavarian cheeses, and, of course, a selection of delicious beers!

35th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The fall of 2024 will see a variety of events take place in the city to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Open-air events, exhibitions, participatory activities, and guided tours will all be on offer, as well as the official ceremony, which will take place on November 9th.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a historical world event that signaled both the end of the division of Germany and the Cold War between East and West and is widely regarded as a peaceful revolution.

Top 10 sports travel tips for your visit to Berlin

Whether you’re traveling to Berlin for a vacation in 2024, use the tips about Berlin below to make the most of your time in this most vibrant of cities.

Book your tickets in advance

You should purchase tickets in advance for the major sights, such as the Reichstag Building. While you might get lucky on the day, time slots for popular attractions can get booked up very quickly. Similarly, many of Berlin’s most prestigious restaurants have a book-ahead policy when it comes to reservations.

If you’re planning on traveling to other German cities, booking train or coach tickets in advance will not only secure your seat but could also equal a significant saving compared to paying on the day. Similarly, buying a day ticket for public transport tends to be a cost-effective option. There are also regular offers that combine ticket prices with admission to sights, and buying these can save you even more cash.

Manners are important

Berlin may be a relaxed, accepting, and fun-loving city, but good manners still matter here. When meeting new people, the proper etiquette is to shake hands and say either guten Morgen (good morning), guten Tag (good day/afternoon), or guten Abend (good evening).

Entschuldigung is used to both say “excuse me” (to attract attention) and to apologize, while it’s polite to toast with the word Prost with beer and Zum Wohl with wine,

Be mindful about talking about Germany’s past

Germany’s 20th-century past should be viewed as a very sensitive subject and only broached with extreme care. While most Berliners understand that there is a natural curiosity about the past – and many may be happy to get into a conversation on this subject – jokes about Nazism or Hitler should, under no circumstances, be made. Using specific Nazi gestures or a certain kind of rhetoric is banned by authorities across Germany and can lead to a substantial fine – and even imprisonment.

Have cash to hand

While things are gradually changing, cash remains king in Berlin. Many outlets don’t accept card payments at all, and where cards are accepted, there may be a minimum spend amount, usually $10. Further, many vendors that do accept cards only take EC cards, which are local debit cards.

Germany uses the euro, and bills come in 5, 10, 20, and 50 denomination notes – there are some even larger notes, but they’re rarely used. Coins come in 1 and 2-euro pieces, and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50-cent pieces.

Tipping isn’t a big thing

While tipping in restaurants is definitely appreciated, it’s not viewed as such a big thing as in the US, and servers don’t tend to financially rely on tips to get by. If you do wish to leave a tip, don’t leave it on the table; instead, tell your server that you’d like to leave a tip when they bring the bill. In general, rounding up the bill is acceptable – so if the bill comes to 46 euros, you can tell the server you’d like to leave a tip and ask them to round up the bill to 50 euros. Unlike in restaurants, it is customary in Berlin to tip cab drivers, bartenders, hairdressers, etc.

Public transport is great

Public transport throughout Germany is excellent, and this is particularly true of the capital. There are reliable, comprehensive U-Bahns (underground trains), S-Bahns (above-ground trains), buses, and trams connecting spots and sights all over the city – there are even a couple of ferries in operation.

There are three public transportation zones in Berlin: A, B, and C. You can either buy a ticket for a single zone or purchase, for example, an AB or ABC ticket, depending on where you want to go.

Don’t forget to validate your ticket

And on the subject of public transport, be aware that you’ll need to validate your ticket – simply purchasing it isn’t enough. You’ll find small machines, usually yellow, on most U-Bahn and S-Bahn platforms, which can be used to validate tickets; there are similar machines on buses and trams in Berlin.

You only need to validate your ticket once; doing so more than once will void it. Day tickets only need to be validated the first time they’re used.

Drop into a Späti

Spätis (short for Spätkauf) are late-night shopping outlets: many such stores are open 24/7, so they are perfect if you realize in the evening that you’d like a cold drink or you want a snack or a beer on Sunday when most of the other stores in the city are closed.

Spätis tend to sell soda, alcohol, candy bars, and, sometimes, grocery and bakery items. Some even have tables and chairs out front, so you can sit and enjoy that cold beer you’ve just purchased.

Brunch like a local

Brunch is a big deal in Berlin, and making a reservation is vital to avoid disappointment. Most restaurants in Berlin allow you to stay at your table as long as you like, so you can relax and enjoy a leisurely meal at your own pace. A traditional brunch in Berlin consists of eggs, fruits, cold cuts, vegetables, cheeses, and a selection of spreads, although there are also plenty of eateries offering American or English-style brunches, waffles, pastries, and vegan options.

Sunday is the most popular day for brunch in Berlin, but plenty of restaurants and cafes offer brunch on Saturdays, too – being quieter, you may be able to make a reservation more easily on this day.

Seek out the many parks and open spaces

It may surprise you to know that more than 30% of Berlin is made up of parks and green spaces, and these are definitely worth seeking out during your stay in the city. There’s typically a park at least every couple of blocks, so this is very easy to do!

Some of the largest and most well-known parks include the Tiergarten, Tempelhof, Berlin’s Botanical Gardens, the Gardens of the World, and the Volkspark Friedrichshain. You’ll find a beer garden or cafe within many of the larger parks, perfect for relaxing with a drink and enjoying the beautiful scenery as the sun sets.

Berlin: City of hopes and dreams…and brunch

Rising from the ashes of its troubled past, Berlin today is a dynamic, welcoming city that draws millions of visitors every year, who come to enjoy sports events, its sights, sounds, tastes, and vibrant ambiance. When you travel to Berlin to explore its most famous landmarks or are visiting to watch one of the Euro 2024 matches (or both!), use the guide above to help plan an unforgettable trip.