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Books to read while traveling to Euro 2024

If you’ve got tickets to one or more of the UEFA Euro 2024 matches taking place in Germany this summer, you’re no doubt counting down the days until you jet off on your exciting trip. Why not help pass the time with a few compelling books about your destination, football in Germany, and the Euro tournament itself? Below, you’ll find our pick of the best books to read before traveling to Euro 2024 and a selection that’ll help keep you entertained on the plane and while abroad. Ready to start the story of your Euro 2024 adventure? Then, let’s get started!

Best Books About Germany to Read Before Traveling to Euro 2024

Learning as much as you can about the country before travelling to Euro 2024 is a great idea. By getting an idea about Germany’s history, culture, and customs, you’ll be better placed to fully enjoy your trip and identify the best attractions and sights to visit. Here are the best books to check out ahead of your Euro 2024 adventure.

Lonely Planet Germany

Widely regarded as some of the best travel guides around, Lonely Planet’s Germany is a must-read if you’re planning a trip to the country – and keeping it in your bag as you navigate your temporary new home is a great idea. Within the book’s pages, you’ll find up-to-date, relevant, and easy-to-access information on what to see, what to avoid, maps, cultural insights, and all the tools you need to plan your adventure. It’s a one-stop-shop of essential info for your trip to Germany.

Easy German Phrase Book

This handy book offers over 1,500 common German phrases needed for travel and everyday use and is a great way to learn a few bits of basic lingo. Knowing even a small amount of the German language will be greatly appreciated by the hotel staff, waiters, stadium attendees, and others (including potential new friends) that you’ll meet during your trip. Further, understanding basic directions, signs, and menu items will help your visit run more smoothly – and ensure there are no surprises at dinner time!

A Concise History of Germany

For an easy-to-read whirlwind tour of German history, from the early Middle Ages to the present day, A Concise History of Germany is hard to beat. One of the best things about this book is the way in which it presents key events both within the context of their own time and through a bigger-picture lens. This is really helpful for getting a grip on the cultural, social, and political landscape of the country and how this has changed over time.

Culture Smart! Germany: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture

This book is a great introduction to German customs, culture, and etiquette and will help you better understand your host country and avoid possible pitfalls! There are sections on German history, attitudes, and core values, all of which are designed to help with communication and provide vital insights into Germany’s people and their way of life.

And for more information on the dos and don’ts on a first visit to Germany, check out this video to learn more about the country’s etiquette and avoid an embarrassing faux pas.

Best Books About German Football

Looking for books to read during Euro 2024? Then some titles all about German football could be the perfect accompaniment to your trip. Here are our top recommendations on this score – pun intended!

Tor! The Story of German Football by Uli Hesse

This volume details the history of football in Germany from the days when it was regarded as a dangerous foreign pastime to the 1960s, when the country first introduced professional players and a national league, through the horrors of the Nazi regime and into a new century. The book draws fascinating portraits of some of the characters that shaped football’s history in Germany, including the pioneer Walther Bensemann and the legend Sepp Herberger.

Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World by Raphael Honigstein

In this compelling book, the author traces the rise of German football from the doldrums it found itself in during the late 1990s to its spectacular ascension in the years since. Reading like the best page-turning works of fiction, Das Reboot is a comprehensive and engaging study of modern football – and a how-to guide to becoming one of the game’s global superpowers.

The Bundesliga Blueprint: How Germany Became the Home of Football by Lee Price

Sportswriter Lee Price presents an entertaining analysis of German football’s ten-year plan, which has resulted in the country leading the way in the world of international football. This plan has included forcing clubs to invest more in their youth teams, limiting the number of foreign players allowed within teams, and avoiding club debt. The book also explores how affordable football is for fans in Germany – and the role of good quality half-time beers and sausage in the country’s footballing success!

German Football Stadiums

Shining a spotlight on twelve of the biggest and most well-known stadiums in Germany – including many that will host matches of the UEFA Euro 2024 tournament – this is a must-read for football fans wanting to know more about the venues they’ll be visiting. A beautiful hardcover book featuring plenty of stunning photographs, German Football Stadiums also includes architectural plans and design sketches.

Guess the Football Club – Bundesliga Edition

Perfect for providing some entertainment as you’re traveling to or around Germany, challenge yourself or the rest of your party with this fun quiz book. See how many clubs you can identify by usual formation, players’ names, flags, and more. You’ll discover plenty of fascinating facts and trivia about the Bundesliga and all eighteen of its clubs, too.

Best Books About the UEFA Euro Tournament

And, of course, your trip wouldn’t be complete without some reading material on the UEFA Euro tournament! Below, you’ll find our pick of the bunch to get you in the mood for this much-anticipated competition.

UEFA Euro 2024: The Official Tournament by Keir Radnedge

Scheduled for release in June 2024, this book will be the must-have companion to the Euro 2024 tournament and will cover every aspect of the event, including an in-depth analysis of each team competing and a breakdown of their chances of success. It’s also packed with information on each of the ten host cities and their stadia and a full overview of the players expected to light up the tournament.

Euro 1960 – 2024 UEFA Football European Championship’s History by Etienne Psaila

This book takes a look at some of the most legendary matches and unforgettable moments in the tournament’s history. There’s also an off-the-pitch analysis of how the tournament has shifted cultural attitudes and even broken down barriers, creating a bridge across a whole continent through a shared passion for football.

Euro Summits: The Story of the UEFA European Championships 1960 to 2021 by Jonathan Brien

Learn about the history of the UEFA Euro tournament, from its beginnings in the late 1950s to its huge explosion in popularity in the mid-2000s, and explore just how and why the tournament captures the imagination of a whole continent every four years in this compelling book by Jonathan Brien. Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Wayne Rooney are just a few of the big personalities that feature in the book.

UEFA Euro 2020: The Official Book by Keir Radnedge

To get an idea about the sort of spectacle you can expect from the UEFA Euro 2024 tournament, check out this official book covering the previous tournament held in 2020. Take a trip down memory lane with details on the twenty-four teams that qualified from this past tournament, star players, and all the key stats from four years ago.

Euro Cup 2024 Adventure Book for Kids

If you’re traveling to the Euro 2024 with the family, this book is a must for the youngest members of the clan. Perfect for children aged six to fourteen, kids can record the results from each of the matches within its pages and learn techniques to analyse the games. Plus, there is tons of Euro history trivia and interesting information on the teams, players, host cities, and stadia to keep kids entertained on the journey and during the trip itself. 

The Benefits of Reading Up Before Your Euro 2024 Trip

There are loads of benefits to getting in some essential reading before you head off on your Euro 2024 adventure. Getting up to speed with some basic information about Germany, including the country’s customs and culture, will help your stay run smoother and allow you to more fully appreciate your visit. Further, learning some basic words and phrases is a great way to more fully immerse yourself in the country’s culture and even make some new friends during your time in the country.

Fans of the tournament will no doubt be keen to learn more about the history of the competition, as well as to discover all the essential facts and stats about football in Germany and how it intersects with the country’s culture and sense of identity. And if nothing else? A good book is a wonderful way to pass a few hours of a long flight!

FAQ about Reading Book while traveling

Is reading books good while traveling?

As well as helping you learn more about your chosen destination or activity, reading is a great way to de-stress and calm the mind, making it a great thing to enjoy while traveling or on vacation.

What is the best guidebook to use while traveling in Europe?

There are many great guidebooks on the market. One of the most highly respected and popular series is the Lonely Planet guidebooks, and the German edition is widely recommended for those planning on visiting the country.

What is the best way to read while traveling?

Today, there are many different ways to enjoy books while travelling or on vacation. As well as ‘traditional’ physical books, you could also choose to download copies of books onto your device or listen to an audiobook. The latter two means are a great way of minimizing your packing and allow you to listen to your chosen book anywhere and on the go.

Turning the Page on Your Euro 2024 Adventure

If you’re preparing to travel for the Euro 2024 in Germany this summer, consider adding the above books to your reading list. Covering everything from German etiquette to a history of the UEFA Euro 2024 tournament, you’ll arrive in the country with all the knowledge you need to make the most of your trip…and will be virtually unbeatable in an impromptu Euro 2024 quiz!