How to Watch A Bundesliga Game in Germany

If you’re a sports traveler with a passion for football, there’s no better destination than watching football in Germany.  The German Bundesliga is known for its electric atmosphere, passionate fans and top class football.

There are many great teams and beautiful stadiums to visit in the Bundesliga 1 and Bundesliga 2. This means that in one weekend you can visit multiple games and have an amazing trip. 

I’ve been watching football in Germany for over 15 years, here’s my guide on how to plan the perfect trip to watch games in the Bundesliga. 

Planning your Bundesliga trip

Choose your travel dates

The first step in planning your German football trip is working out when you can travel to Germany. The football season runs from August to May, with matches typically held between Friday and Sunday. This means that with some good planning you can watch multiple games in one weekend. 

The Bundesliga fixtures for the 2024/2025 have already been released and you can find them here

Around 6 – 8 weeks before the fixture it is decided which day of the weekend and at what time the game will kick off. 

So, this means you might need to adapt your plans slightly should the game you want to go to be moved from a Saturday to a Sunday, for example. If this happens, don’t worry! In my experience you’ll still be able to find a great game to go to every day of the weekend. If you’re really lucky you might even be able to catch two games on one day!

Extending your stay in Germany

If you were able to stay a bit longer in Germany you can catch more games by visiting a match in the DFB Pokal, the German Cup competition, where games are played in midweek. 

There’s also the chance to catch games at the bigger clubs who play in the European competitions, these games are played Tuesday to Thursday. 

Choose Where To Stay

As there are so many great teams in Germany and so many exciting stadiums to visit you should definitely try and watch more than one game in a weekend. To do this you’re going to need a good base to stay. 

I recommend cities like Cologne and Düsseldorf as the perfect place to stay for a Bundesliga football trip. There are so many great Bundesliga teams within an hour of these cities, such as Borussia Dortmund, FC Cologne, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04, Vfl Bochum and many others. 

I live in this region of Germany and it’s amazing how many sports travelers you see at the games each weekend. The flights to this area of Germany are frequent, with large international airports in Cologne and Düsseldorf, with many cheap connections to other European cities. 

Of course, you could stay somewhere like Berlin and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this vibrant city and take in a game at Hertha Berlin or Union Berlin. 

Or maybe head to northern Germany and the energetic city of Hamburg. Here you have two clubs, St. Pauli in the Bundesliga and Hamburger SV in Bundesliga 2. 

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Buying your Bundesliga Match tickets

Once you’ve chosen your match, purchase your tickets as early as possible. Bundesliga matches, especially those involving top teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund can sell out quickly. 

Tickets can be bought directly from club websites or authorised sellers. They usually go on sale to club members first and then, if tickets are still available, are then sold to anyone. Normally tickets go on sale 4-6 weeks before the match takes place. 

I’ve never resorted to buying a ticket from a secondary website, but these are always an option if you’re desperate to watch a game. 

One idea that often works is to write an email to the club you want to visit. In the email explain that you are traveling to Germany for football and are desperate to catch a game. In my experience the clubs are happy to try and help sports travelers fulfil their dreams of watching a Bundesliga game. 

German football is known for being relatively cheap to watch. Tickets for even the biggest clubs can be purchased for less than 20 Euros for a standing ticket. If you have a bigger budget than the clubs offer a wide range of tickets all the way up to a  VIP matchday experience. 

Where to watch the game from

For an authentic and budget-friendly experience, aim to get tickets for the terraces. Here, you’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with passionate fans, sing the club’s songs and immerse yourself in the true atmosphere of the club. 

If you prefer to sit, or have mobility issues, I suggest buying a ticket for a seat above,  or to the side of the terraces. I normally take a place to the side as I love being able to watch the unique atmosphere the club’s most passionate fans create. 

Where NOT To buy a ticket in a Bundesliga Stadium

I recommend avoiding sections where the club’s hardcore supporters stand as they often don’t like sports travelers standing in their section. If you do decide to get in the middle of the action then be respectful when taking photos and avoid taking photos of people’s faces as you may be asked to delete them. Do try to join in with the chants and fun happening on the terraces. 

I also recommend avoiding buying a ticket for the away fans section, unless you’re an experienced traveler and can understand some German. Away fans in Germany are usually the clubs most passionate fans and might notice that you’re not a fan of their team. This has happened to me a few times and I’ve been asked why I don’t have a scarf for the team and why I’m not joining in with the chants. 

There’s also a risk that you might be required to stay longer after the game while the home fans exit, a measure enforced by police to keep fans separate. Although joining in with the away fans might seem appealing, it could make your Bundesliga experience less enjoyable. 

Travel Tips for Bundesliga

Transportation

Germany is easily reachable by plane, with many international airports across the country. This means that you can easily reach Germany, often with a low cost airline, from wherever you are in the world. 

Germany has an excellent transportation network, making it easy to travel between cities. With some good planning you can book long distance train travel between cities via the Deutsche Bahn website. 

If you’re travelling further long distance I recommended checking out Flixbus for cheaper fares if you’re on a budget. This coach company offers cheap fares, often a lot cheaper than taking the train. 

Matchday transport

One of the most amazing things about visiting a game in Germany is that most tickets include free use of local transport. This means that visiting a game in Germany is even more budget friendly.

Each club has its own rules about how far in advance of a game you can use your ticket and for how long after a match. Each Bundesliga club will also have a deal with the local transport company about how far you can travel for free with your match ticket. It’s worth checking on your match ticket, or on the club’s website about where and when you can use your match ticket for free travel. 

Drinking a beer on a train on matchday is encouraged. Before a game public transport will be busy with fans having a pre-match drink, it’s completely allowed so don’t worry about getting in trouble. The atmosphere on public transport is usually very friendly, with fans singing songs and getting into the matchday spirit!

What are the Must-Visit Stadiums in the Bundesliga

Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich)

Located in Munich, this iconic stadium is known for its unique inflatable panels that light up in different colours. It’s a must-visit for any football fan.

Check out our guide to a matchday at Bayern Munich. 

Signal Iduna Park (Borussia Dortmund)

Renowned for its electric atmosphere and the famous “Yellow Wall,” Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund is one of the most intimidating stadiums for visiting teams.

Check out our guide to a matchday at Borussia Dortmund. 

Olympia Stadion (Hertha Berlin)

This stadium was built for the 1936 Olympics and remains one of Germany’s most iconic stadiums. Hertha Berlin currently play in the Bundesliga 2 but their fans are some of the most passionate in Germany and tickets are easy to obtain. 

To be honest, most of the stadiums are amazing and the fans inside always create a great atmosphere! 

Final Thoughts

A Bundesliga weekend break is a dream come true for sports travelers. With careful planning, you can enjoy top-tier football, immerse yourself in local culture, and create unforgettable memories.