Spain National Football Team Fans Traveling to Germany for Euro 2024

La Pasión de España: Planning Your Euro 2024 Trip to Germany

Twelve years after their last Euro triumph, which signaled the swansong of the legendary Spanish squad, La Roja supporters are once again ignited with hope. Fresh off their 2023 Nations League victory, with a group of talented youngsters led by the experienced Rodri, and Morata finally hitting his peak season, the Spanish team is poised for a thrilling campaign. The journey kicks off with an electrifying group stage, featuring a pivotal clash with the reigning European champions. This means you’ll probably want to be there from the opening whistle.

Planning a journey from Spain to Germany to cheer on your national team? Before traveling for Euro 2024, here’s all the Spain supporters travel tips you need.

Spain Matches Euro 2024

Group Stage

Spain vs Croatia

Date: June 15, 2024

City: Berlin

Stadium: Olympiastadion Berlin (Capacity: 74,461)

Head-to-Head: The two teams last met in the Nations League final in June, where after 120 goalless minutes, Carvajal scored the decisive penalty that handed Spain the cup. Apart from that they had 9 encounters, with Spain winning 4, Croatia 2, and 4 draws. The first official meeting took place at Euro 2012, when Vicente del Bosque’s historic squad won 1-0 in the group stage on their way to the championship. Oh, and there was that incredible match at Euro 2020, where La Roja triumphed 5-3 in the round of 16.

Potential to Win: If you ask betting agencies, Spain are clear favorites. However, it’s imperative to remember that Croatia always manages to surprise, and as long as Luka Modric is playing, you should never underestimate them. Spain will need to work hard to start on the right foot, as the next opponent is no less formidable. Drama is anticipated.

Spain vs Italy

Date: June 20, 2024

City: Gelsenkirchen

Stadium: Arena AufSchalke (Capacity:45,470)

Head-to-Head: Where to start? Over a history spanning more than 100 years, these two European powerhouses have recorded an unbelievable number of stunning encounters and classics, starting with Spain’s victory in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics (Belgium) and up to another Spanish win in the 2023 Nations League semi-finals in Enschede (Netherlands). Less than 300 km separate these two cities, and between these two games, 23 additional matches were played between the two teams. The record stands at 8 wins for Spain, 7 for Italy, and 8 draws.

Key moments: Italy’s 1-0 victory in their first World Cup encounter during the quarter-finals (1934), a 0-0 draw in their first Euro encounter during the group stage (1980), Italy’s 1-0 victory in the group stage (Euro 1988), a dramatic 2-1 win for Italy in the World Cup quarter-finals (1994), Spain’s penalty shootout victory on their way to their first Euro win (2008), a 1-1 draw in the group stage followed by a resounding 4-0 victory for Spain in the final (Euro 2012), a 2-0 win for Italy in the round of 16 (Euro 2016), Italy’s penalty shootout win (after a 1-1 draw) in the semi-finals (Euro 2020).

Potential to Win: It’s tricky to estimate. What’s certain is that another fascinating chapter in this illustrious history is expected, especially considering that both teams hope to finish first in their group. This is THE match to watch at the group stage.

Spain vs Albania

Date: June 24, 2024

City: Düsseldorf

Stadium: Düsseldorf Arena (Capacity: 51,031)

Head-to-Head: 8 matches, 8 wins for Spain, the last a 2-1 victory in March 2022.

Potential to Win: Spain’s impeccable record in previous encounters tells a lot of the story, but not all of it. The Albanians impressed in their qualifying campaign, finishing first in a group including the Czech Republic and Poland. This will be Albania’s second appearance at the Euros, following their debut in 2016. Thus, they are an ascending team capable of challenging Spain, especially if they see an opportunity to advance from the group themselves. I myself will be at this match, so maybe we’ll meet there!

How Can I Get Tickets?

Even now, with the tournament underway you can still buy some tickets for some matches via the official UEFA ticketing website. It’s worth checking regularly, especially for the games in the later stages when teams have been knocked out and their fans head home. You can also buy tickets from the Ticket Compare website.

On the Move in Euro 2024: Tips for Seamless Transportation

Flights:

For major events like EURO 2024, book early. Prices for direct flights tend to skyrocket closer to the date. Use tools like Skyscanner or Kayak to compare prices and find the best options. Also take a look at airline points and miles for Euro 2024 to close the flight tickets with spending less money.

Naturally, the cities from which it’s easiest to fly directly to Germany are Madrid and Barcelona. These cities offer flights to almost all the host cities, including Berlin and Düsseldorf. Gelsenkirchen does not have an airport, but no worries – you can land in Düsseldorf, 45 km away, with Dortmund and Cologne also close.

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Besides Madrid and Barcelona, many other Spanish cities offer flights to Germany. These include Valencia, Sevilla, Málaga, Bilbao, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Menorca, and La Coruña.

Explore flights to alternative airports near your primary destination. For example, if you’re heading to Munich, consider flying into Nuremberg or Stuttgart and then traveling overland. Low-cost carriers may use smaller airports and offer cheaper flights. However, factor in the cost and time of additional land travel.

Transport within Germany:

Germany’s Deutsche Bahn (DB) train network is extensive and efficient, offering a convenient way to travel between cities. Look into rail passes for savings, especially if you plan to travel to multiple destinations.

Inside cities, utilize the U-Bahn (Metro), S-Bahn (suburban train), trams, and buses for local transport. Download the DB Navigator app for schedules and planning. For more flexibility, consider renting a car. 

That’s a full list of Euro 2024 transportation apps.

Finding the Perfect Euro 2024 Lodging

German cities offer a wide range of accommodation options, including hotels of all types, hostels, Airbnb, and vacation apartments.

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Berlin:

The Olympiastadion may not be located in the city center, but it’s not far away and well connected to central Berlin. The stadium is situated in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district, approximately 10 kilometers west of the central area. You can drive or take a taxi, or use Berlin’s excellent public transportation.

This means that when choosing your accommodation, you can find a place in the city center and experience it, without worrying that getting to the stadium will be complicated or time-consuming.

Alternatively, especially if you are traveling for a relatively short time, it’s certainly possible to find a hotel near the stadium.

Keep in mind that the further you move away from the center, prices drop.

Here you can find a complete guide for Euro 2024 in Berlin.

Gelsenkirchen:

The Arena AufSchalke, also known as Veltins-Arena for sponsorship reasons, is located in the Erle district, north of Gelsenkirchen’s central part (5 to 7 kilometers away). This means you won’t miss the action if you stay near the stadium. Conversely, you won’t have to make much effort to reach it if you’re staying in the center.

Gelsenkirchen is not a large and central city like Berlin, and accordingly, the number of accommodation options is fewer. I recommend considering the existing options in the city, and simultaneously exploring the possibility of booking a hotel or Airbnb in Düsseldorf, especially if you also plan to watch the national team’s next match.

Düsseldorf:

Less than an hour’s drive from Gelsenkirchen is Düsseldorf, which is actually the capital city of the region where both cities are located (North Rhine-Westphalia). Düsseldorf is more vibrant, and therefore expected to serve as a lodging hub not only for fans attending matches in the city but also those in its vicinity (Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Cologne).

The Düsseldorf Arena, officially known as the Merkur Spiel-Arena, is approximately 6 to 8 kilometers northwest of the city center, in the Stockum district.

Munich:

The Fußball Arena München, also known as the Allianz Arena, lies a bit further from the city center (about 12 kilometers). It is, however, very convenient to use public transportation. The easiest and most popular way to get there is by Munich’s public transport system, the U-Bahn (Metro).

Beyond the Pitch: Discovering the cities

Berlin:

The German capital is rich in history and culture, and offers many attractions for tourists. The main points of interest include the Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag Building, The Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery, and Museum Island.

The city’s culinary variety is outstanding, ranging from the local specialty, Currywurst, to dishes from all over the world, including tapas that will make you feel at home. There are a lot of great bars and pubs in Berlin, as well as other spots for nightlife.

Gelsenkirchen:

If you prefer smaller cities and fewer crowds, in Gelsenkirchen you’ll find beautiful parks, a charming zoo, and local cuisine that is hearty and influenced by the Ruhr area’s industrial history.

Truthfully? The most recommended place to visit in the city is the museum of FC Schalke 04, which is located adjacent to the stadium.

Düsseldorf:

Düsseldorf is not just the region’s capital, but also the art and fashion capital of Germany. You can experience luxury on Königsallee (Kö) boulevard, and drink tasty beer in Altstadt (Old Town) – known as the “longest bar in the world,” an area filled with traditional breweries, pubs, and restaurants.

If you enjoy scenic views, visit the Rheinturm (Rhine Tower), which offers panoramic views of the city and the Rhine River.

Munich:

Bavaria’s (the largest German state) capital, is a city abounding in history, culture, and culinary delights. Visit the central square Marienplatz, the Englischer Garten (English Garden) – one of the largest urban parks in the world, Nymphenburg Palace, and many more fascinating and beautiful places. When you’re hungry, stop to eat Weisswurst, Pretzel, Schnitzel, or Apple Strudel at a food stand or restaurant.

Don’t miss the fan zones

In each of the ten host cities, there is an additional attraction – especially for those traveling for Euro 2024. I am referring, of course, to the Fan Zones, where supporters from all over the world can gather to watch the games on giant screens, enjoy sports activities, food and drink, live music, and, most importantly, an electrifying atmosphere. Entry to fan zones is free.

  • Berlin: There will be a main fan zone area right near the Brandenburg Gate, which is expected to be very impressive (probably the most impressive in the tournament). In addition, there will be a meeting point at Brandenburger Tor.
  • Gelsenkirchen: Meeting points (Domplatte square & Heinrich-König-Platz) and a big fan zone (Nordsternpark).
  • Düsseldorf: Two fan zones (Burgplatz square & Schauspielhaus theatre building) and a meeting point (Rheinufer).
  • Munich: A central fan zone will be set up in Olympiapark, with one main location and an additional side meeting point.

Stay Updated: The Best Online Resources for Spain fans Euro 2024

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Football is made up of moments

As a final note, let’s remember that Euro 2024 is not just about matches; it’s about the moments we share, the cities we explore, and the memories we create. ¡Vamos España!