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A Complete Guide to Euro 2024 Host City Cologne 

This June, the Euro 2024 tournament will take place in Germany. Ten cities will host 51 matches, from the opening clash between Germany and Scotland in Munich on 14 June to the Final in Berlin on 14 July.

This article will focus on the Euro 2024 host city, Cologne, going through everything this beautiful and exciting city has to offer to football fans.

Matches Played In Cologne

MatchDateTime (CET)
Hungary vs. Switzerland15 June16:00
Scotland vs. Switzerland19 June22:00
Belgium vs. Romania22 June22:00
England vs. Slovenia25 June22:00
Round of 16: 1stB vs. 3rd A/D/E/F30 June22:00
  • If you are a fan of Switzerland, Cologne will be your base for the group-stage matches.
  • Belgium, who finished 3rd in the 2018 World Cup, plays its 2nd match here.
  • Last tournament’s finalist and Euro 2024 favorite, England, plays its 3rd match here.
  • The Round-of-16 match at Cologne will be whoever wins group B, probably Spain, Italy or Croatia. Its opponent will be the best 3rd-place team between groups A, D, E, and F.

So, although Cologne will not host the latter stages of the Euro 2024 tournament, it will see action from some of Europe’s best teams.

Cologne Stadium

Address: Aachener Straße 999, 50933 Köln 

Home to Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln, Cologne stadium is generally known as RheinEnergieStadion. However, since UEFA doesn’t allow the stadiums to use sponsorship names during the tournament, it is called Cologne Stadium for Euro 2024. Cologne Stadium was built in 1919 and opened in 1923 under Sportspaek Müngersdorfer. The stadium was renovated in 2004 before the 2006 World Cup and hosted four group stage matches and one round-of-16 match. The RheinEnergieStadion has seen its share of international club football, hosting the 2019-20 Europa League final between Sevilla and Inter Milan.

With a capacity of 47,000 spectators, RheinEnergieStadion is one of the smaller Euro 2024 venues. The stadium’s most recognizable feature is the four towers at the corners. Each time the home team scores, the towers illuminate with the club’s famous red and white colors.

Transport to and from the Stadium

By car:

The Cologne stadium is located in the western part of the city, not far from the A1 Autobahn, which runs north-south past the town. Although it has around 7,500 parking spaces nearby, you should avoid getting there by car on matchdays.

By train:

“RheinEnergieStadion” is the stadium tram stop on Line 1 of Cologne’s tram network. 

  • From Cologne/Bonn airport: 45 minutes
  • From Cologne Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof): 30 minutes
  • From Kölner Dom: 35 minutes

Purchasing a KölnCard will let you ride all the city’s modes of public transportation. For more information, click here.

Ticketing Information

The window to buy match tickets for the group stage is currently closed. In March, ticket holders will have the chance to resale their tickets on the official UEFA Euro 2020 Resale platform.

Tickets for the knockout stage matches will be sold during the tournament upon the team’s qualification.

Match ticket holders are entitled to a free 36-hour Travel Pass for all networks, valid from 06:00 on matchday until 18:00 the following day.

Fan Zone & Public Viewing

In addition to the Cologne Stadium, there will be two other central locations in the city where fans from all over Europe can meet during the tournament and watch the games free of charge.

Heumarkt Fan Zone

Located on the western side of the Rhine River, a “Football Village” with a capacity of up to 7,500 people will be set up in the Altstadt (Old Town) and will feature DJ sets, food & drinks, and various football-related activities. Admission is free, and no tickets are required to watch all matches played at Cologne Stadium (and maybe others), displayed on three giant screens surrounded by four towers that will light up with each goal scored to replicate the Cologne Stadium atmosphere.

Tanzbrunnen Public Viewing

Located on the other side of the river, Tanzbrunnen will be the primary location for public screening, with a capacity of 12,500 people. All of Germany’s matches (and maybe others) will be displayed on three large screens, and a stage will be set up to feature live music and a lively entertainment program. In addition, several football pitches will be constructed in the area to host football tournaments for children, teenagers, as well as adults.

The entertainment programs at both Heumarkt and Tanzbrunnen will be revealed during the tournament.

Special Events for Euro 2024 in Cologne

ColognePride 2024 – 6 July to 21 July

Cologne Pride is a yearly two-week-long festival celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. Every year, the program takes over two weeks. Expect countless activities that support the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals, transgender people, queers, intersexual and asexual individuals, as well as everyone else.

The festival’s highlight is the three-day Christopher Street Day street fair between 19 and 21 July. It’s the biggest pride parade in Europe, with more than a million people expected to join the colorful celebrations.

The event program has yet to be published, so check out the ColognePride website for updates.

Cologne Lights – 20 July

Cologne Lights, Germany’s biggest fireworks spectacle, will attract several hundred thousand people shortly after the Euro 2024 tournament ends. Several fireworks along the Rhine illuminate a column of around fifty ships, culminating in awe-inspiring music-synchronous fireworks on the Rhine.

Admission is free, but to get a good view of the fireworks, secure a good spot on the banks of the Rhine early. The fun begins midday with performances and activities going on through the afternoon and evening until the main event starts at 11.30 pm.

Learn more about Cologne Lights here.

Meet & Eat Market – Every Thursday

Taking place at the end of the workday in Rudolfplatz, Cologne’s Meet & Eat concept market combines a few urban ideas and livens up the urban scene.

To discover what city has to offer, check out our post about the best attractions in Cologne for Euro 2024 travelers.  

Special Deals & Discounts in Cologne for Euro 2024

Transportation

On top of the 36-Hour Travel Pass for public transport, ticket holders will have access to discounted national and international train fares. 

Ticket-holding fans from other European countries can purchase the Interrail Pass EURO 2024 with a 25% discount at Deutsche Bahn (DB), a national partner of UEFA EURO 2024™. 

The DB Ticket EURO 2024 lets match ticket holders travel directly to and from the stadium at just EUR 29.90 each way within Germany. The tickets are train-specific and subject to availability. They are on sale now here.

The Interrail Pass EURO 2024 is the ideal ticket for football fans from other European countries who want to travel to Germany. Match ticket holders can travel to and from Germany from 32 countries at a 25% discount. Plus, customers can choose the number of travel days on which the pass valid for travel to and from the destination, as well as within Germany. 

Further information can be found here

Accommodation

Official Hospitality Packages

UEFA has made a variety of hospitality packages available. You can buy a package for a single match, for the venue, or follow the team you support.

To buy the Cologne hospitality package, click here.

Other Deals

Other sites offer travel packages to sports travelers according to the team you support. For example, fans of Switzerland, your team will play its first two matches against Hungary and Scotland in Cologne and the third clash against Germany in Frankfurt. Check out this package.

For more on this, chrck out our post about the best accommodation in Cologne for Euro 2024 travelers.

How to Connect with Other Fans in Cologne for Euro 2024

Apart from the Heumarkt fan zone and the Tanzbrunnen public viewing area, Cologne has set up the Fan Camp Cologne, a community tent camp for all visitors to UEFA EURO 2024, where fans from all over the world come together. Centrally located near the Cologne Messe/Deutz long-distance train station, right next to the public viewing “Tanzbrunnen” and just a 15-minute walk from the world cultural heritage site of Cologne Cathedral, the fab camp will open from 12 June to 2 July. And it is not just a campsite; it’s a contact point for fans from all over the world to come together peacefully, meet people, and enjoy a drink together.

Where Can I Get Euro 2024 Official Merchandise in Cologne?

Fan gear can be a wonderful memento of your exciting Euro 2024 trip. It could even be a good investment since official merchandise if kept in pristine or unopened condition, often increases in value over time.

The UEFA website has made a range of official tournament gear to choose from, and on matchday itself, check out the vendors within the Cologne stadium to see a selection of official products, any of which could make a fantastic souvenir and reminder of the tournament.

In Sum

Hope you found this special guide to the Euro 2024 host city of Cologne useful. Before you travel for a sports event, make sure you’ve packed all the essentials for the Euro 2024 and prepare your trip to make it the best experience possible. Good luck, and have fun!