touring the cities of Germany

All About Euro 2024 Host Cities

UEFA Euro 2024 is shaping up to be a once in a lifetime football experience. Fans traveling for Euro 2024 will find themselves in the ideal destination for a football summer – as Germany will host the tournament. Over the month-long tournament, games will be played in 10 different stadiums located in 10 different German cities – a spread that creates a dilemma for fans coming in. Here we have gathered all kids of information about each city.

What can each host city offer for a Euro 2024 fan?

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Berlin seems to be the prime location for fans traveling for the Euro, as Germany’s capital and probably the most attractive tourist draw overall. In terms of games played, the Olympiastadion will obviously host the final, with additional games played during the quarter-finals, round of 16, and group stages.

As a city that offers quite a lot for every kind of tourist and traveler.

  • If you’re looking for history and culture, sites such as the Brandenburg Gate or Charlottenburg Palace are sure to excite you.
  • Shopping enthusiasts are sure to enjoy KaDeWe – Europe’s largest department store (a rather high-end one to be honest), or the many malls and markets surrounding the Friedrichstrasse.
  • If you’re leaning more towards arts and museums, the West Side Gallery (graffitied over an old section of the Berlin Wall) and of course the Museum Island are definitely worth a visit. With its vibrant culture, food, art, tours and nightlife – Berlin can essentially hold a month-long vacation all by itself.
  • Celebrate the beginning of summer in musical style at Berlin’s annual Fete de la Musique! Here, you can enjoy a wide range of musical styles and genres performed by both amateurs and professionals at over eighty locations all over the city. And best of all? It’s completely free. It’s on June 21st 2024.

My personal advice for touring Berlin is to not overcrowd your itinerary – allow yourself to be spontaneous, and the city is sure to give you a lot to do with your time.

Cologne

Cologne (or Köln, mind you) is one of the largest and most populated cities in Germany, home to 1. FC Köln’s RheinEnergieStadion and host to several Euro 2024 group stage games and a round of 16 games.

The Cologne Old City is the tourism center of the city, with many restaurants, markets and shops crowded within an old classic European architectural complex. Cologne is a good destination for nature-loving visitors, with a well-known zoo and flora and botanical garden. There are many other city attractions in Cologne include a popular chocolate museum, and of course the very famous Cologne Cathedral.

A family-friendly (kids under twelve get in for free) festival that’s grown to become massively popular, Summerjam is held annually on the outskirts of Cologne. This summer it will between 5th – 7th July 2024. It’s so family-oriented, in fact, that next year, the organizers are planning to construct an open-air adventure playground for the littlest festival-goers to enjoy. You can camp over, too, if you feel like it.

Beginning with a floating procession on the Rhine, which sees around fifty vessels, beautifully lit, float sedately downriver towards the city center, things culminate in an awe-inspiring firework display choreographed to music. This – Cologne Lights – must-see free event draws huge crowds, with the fun beginning at midday with performances and activities going on through the afternoon and evening until the main event kicks off at 11.30 pm. To learn more about Cologne, check out our Cologne city guide.

Dortmund

Out of all the Euro 2024 host cities, Dortmund is perhaps the city most known for its football tourism, and fans traveling for football this summer are sure to include games played at the historic Signal Iduna Park as part of their tournament calendar. The stadium is worth a visit on non-game days, as stadium tours are sure to excite any kind of sports fan.

  • The German Football Museum in Dortmund is also a must-visit for the same kind of tourist.
  • Other than that, Dortmund also offers the vast and natural Westfalenpark (more a tamed forest than a park, to be honest), a zoo, a botanical garden and quite a few nice museums (the Industrial Museum is a prime example).

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf is a mid-to-large city by German standards and is considered an exceptionally safe and welcoming city. A more casual fan will also enjoy the fashion, food, and general ambiance of the city. Though it might be redundant to keep mentioning it – transportation via railroad to and from Düsseldorf, especially with other NRW locations, is excellent, frequent, and comfortable. Düsseldorf is a nice place to stay in during the Euro, with not a small amount of tourist attractions, but also a much calmer and quieter metropolitan area than most.

  • Among the main Düsseldorf attractions it’s best to visit the Königsallee (or simply Kö) – the city’s flagship shopping street, with a green, natural center
  • The Rheinturm (Rhine Tower) that offers a very tall and very beautiful panorama of the city and area,
  • The Old City that is exactly what you’d expect of a classic European touristic old city.

Frankfurt

Located quite near the Geographic center of Germany and nicknamed “the heart of Europe”. Frankfurt is Germany’s financial center, and offers a lot for the more modern, party and pub going tourist. In terms of tourist attractions, there’s quite a few: The Römer is Frankfurt’s old city, offering history, culture, art and shopping all at once.

  • When visiting the Römer it’s highly recommended to check out the Kleinmarkthalle – a grand market offering everything from meats to fresh produce.
  • Later, the Palmengarten would be a good place to picnic with all those ingredients bought.
  • Frankfurt’s first Opera Square Festival took place in 1978 and has since grown to become an extremely popular summer event in the city. Enjoy the selection of regional and international wines on offer while relishing the relaxed, friendly atmosphere and live music. Here are the dates for this summer – June 19th – 28th 2024.

Gelsenkirchen

Gelsenkirchen is a relatively small city perhaps most known for its football exports – Schalke 04. Originally regarded as the coal-mining heart of Germany, Gelsenkirchen today is a rather pleasant city, located close to other, larger NRW cities. The Veltins Arena will host several group-stage games and a single round of 16 games, so all in all, it doesn’t seem like a prime location for the traveling Euro 2024 fan.

Those traveling with children (and especially teenagers) may enjoy the city for its amusement park known as the Alma-Park and its zoo.

Also, Taylor Swift is also playing in Gelsenkirchen in June 2024 – or why not consider staying on after the Euro 2024 final to see the legendary German band Rammstein play in the city? The boys are playing at the Veltins Arena on July 26th.

Hamburg

Hamburg is the northernmost city to host Euro 2024 games, with the Volksparkstadion sporting a solid 5-game lineup culminating with a QF game. Using Hamburg as a “hub” might be slightly more difficult compared to other host cities due to its relatively distant location. The second-largest city in Germany does have its merits – housing and hotel options (if you want to stay within budget for Euro 2024) plenty, and a quite pleasant charm coming from its many, many rivers and bridges.

It has quite a lot to offer to all kinds of visitors, from families with small children and the elderly to youthful partygoers. Hamburg’s top attraction is probably the Miniatur Wunderland – the world’s largest miniature train exhibit, depicting Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and even the Grand Canyon. The vibrant Port of Hamburg is also worth a visit, preferably on a driving or sailing tour. Like almost all other large German cities, Hamburg also has an old city – the Speicherstadt, with its distinct red brick old architecture.

Leipzig

For the first time ever, Euro games will take place in a former East German city, with Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena hosting 4 games (one of which is a round of 16 games). Leipzig offers somewhat of a double-edged sword for the traveling fan. While the city is older (and some say it adds to the general charm and ambiance) and therefore cheaper to stay in, it is also not a prime location in terms of games played during the tournament. Additionally, Leipzig as a “hub” is perhaps the least well-connected to all other host cities – although non-German fans might still find the trains far more efficient than they’re used to.

It is distinct amongst the host cities, offering a rather older feel as the only (former) Eastern Germany host city. That’s not to say there’s nothing to do in it – quite the opposite. Leipzig has a lot of monuments and historic buildings such as the Völkerschlachtdenkmal (the largest war monument in Europe), the Old Stock Exchange and the St. Nicholas and St. Thomas churches.

  • Museums that are worth a visit are the Bach Museum dedicated to the world famous composer, and the Museum in der Runden Ecke and Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, both dedicated to modern German history and politics, specifically the fascinating and dark history of the now defunct GDR (Eastern Germany).
  • There is also a sports museum that you should visit during Euro 2024, Leipzig Sports museum. Speaking from personal experience – those last two are fascinating and important museums even if you’re not a history buff like myself.
  • Every year in the summer, residents of and visitors to Leipzig come together to celebrate Bachfest – this most famous of classical composers. Revel in the sound of choirs from all over the world performing a variety of Bach’s choral cantos, and soak up some classy – and classical – entertainment during your trip for Euro 2024.

Munich

Munich is home to the world-famous Bayern Munich football club, and the Allianz Arena will host no less than 6 games in the group, round of 16, and SF stages of Euro 2024.

It is the capital of Bavaria, and by itself it’s the richest and probably most stereotypical “German” of all host cities. The best way to experience Munich isn’t necessarily through a specific attraction but through its general culture. By “general culture” I do mean beer gardens, to be precise. If you’re still looking for attractions befitting a belly full of beer and sausage, It’s very recommended to visit the Olympic Complex (and the tallest beer garden in Munich, as you’re already there), The beautiful English Garden, Historic castles and museums such as the Residenz and BMW Museum, and obviously the expected old city – the almost 900 years old Marienplatz.

Other than Euro, Munich will be home to a range of concerts and live performances throughout June and July 2024, so if you’ll be traveling for Euro 2024 and spending time in this host city, why not take the opportunity to check out some music? Classic rockers Toto, Status Quo, and Rod Stewart are both performing in Munich, as are Beth Hart, Take That, and Taylor Swift.

Stuttgart

Stuttgart’s MHPArena boasts a rather average Euro lineup – a QF game and 4 group-stage games.

It is a modern, industrial city that can offer a lot for motor-loving tourists. That’s mostly because both the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums (and headquarters) call Stuttgart home. Other attractions worth visiting when in Stuttgart are the 217 Meters tall (that’s approx. 712 feet, for you metric system-haters across the pond) SWR Television Tower, and the Palace Square that offers art, culture, shopping and nature in one beautiful urban area.

How can I balance Euro 2024 matches with sightseeing and city exploration?

Balancing between touristic places and Euro 2024 events isn’t very hard, as it’s nearly impossible (financially and practically) to attend a Euro game each and every day. Thus, it’s best to use non-game days to sightsee and visit attractions in your area – and even use the railway to visit another city and maybe spend the night there before the next game. There are also many cultural events that will happen during the time of Euro. Don’t wear yourselves out – use the tournament itinerary and plan around wherever your team’s next game is.