Plan a Football Trip to Germany – Quarter Final Draw

If you fancy a Football Trip to Germany in March then you could maximise the number of games that you see by going around the next round of the DFB Pokal (Cup). The draw was made this week and the games will be played on 3rd and 4th March.

The quarter final draw is:

Holders Bayern Munich will face Schalke away in the quarter-finals of the German Cup after the Bundesliga sides were pitted against each other in Sunday’s draw.

Saarbrucken, from Germany’s fourth tier and the only non-Bundesliga club left in the cup, are home to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

In the other quarter-finals, Bayer Leverkusen are at home to Union Berlin.

Eintracht Frankfurt, who knocked out last season’s finalists RB Leipzig in mid-week, are home to Werder Bremen, who dumped out Borussia Dortmund.

The quarter-finals ties will takes place on March 3-4.

If you were able to stay until the following weekend you could see Schalke v Hoffenheim or Bayer Leverkusen v Eintracht Frankfurt.




Planning a Football Trip to Germany – DFB Pokal Round 16

Planning a Football Trip to Germany.  This post has details of the DFB Pokal which takes place on the 4th and 5th February.

The draw for the 2019-20 DFB Pokal Round of 16 has served up some enticing matchups and will see eight of the eleven Bundesliga sides face off against each other.

Eintracht Frankfurt host RB Leipzig and FC Bayern will host TSG Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena.  Hertha Berlin will travel to Gelsenkirchen to face Schalke 04.  The final all-Bundesliga tie features a rematch of last season’s round of 16, as Werder Bremen take on Borussia Dortmund at the Weserstadion.

Elsewhere, Bayer 04 Leverkusen host VfB Stuttgart, who are sitting third in the 2. Bundesliga and are aiming to get back into the top flight. Union Berlin, who beat SC Freiburg in the previous round (and also in the Bundesliga a week before), will travel to SC Verl, one of the two remaining Regionalliga sides in the tournament. The other amateur side, FC Saarbrucken, will host SC Karlsruhe in the round’s only all-lower-tier matchup. Both Regionalliga sides had to get past an upper-tier competition to reach the round of 16. Verl defeated Holstein Kiel on penalties while Saarbrucken defeated FC Köln, which was one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far. Finally, FC Kaiserslautern, the 3. Liga’s sole remaining representative will face Fortuna Dusseldorf in the coveted Fritz Walter Stadion.

Round of 16 fixtures

 




Planning a Football Trip to Germany – DFB Pokal Second Round Draw

Planning a Football Trip to Germany.  The draw for the second round of the DFB Pokal has been made and this post has all the details.

Borussia Dortmund have been drawn against Borussia Monchengladbach in the second round of the DFB-Pokal, while holders Bayern Munich will travel to second-tier side Bochum.

Dortmund saw off lower-league opposition Uerdingen in the first round but have a far tougher test to come against Gladbach in one of two all-Bundesliga ties.

Bayern continue the defence of their crown with a trip to Bochum, who they beat en route to winning the competition in 2015-16.

Elsewhere, last season’s beaten finalists RB Leipzig will take on top-flight rivals Wolfsburg for a place in round three.

The two remaining semi-professional sides in the competition, FC Saarbrucken and Verl, were paired with Koln and Holstein Kiel respectively in Sunday’s draw.

The games will be played on October 29 and 30.

Draw in full:

Kaiserslautern v Nurnberg
Verl v Holstein Kiel
MSV Duisburg v TSG Hoffenheim
Saarbrucken v Koln
Darmstadt 98 v Karlsruher SC
Bayer Leverkusen v Paderborn
Freiburg v Union Berlin
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Erzgebirge Aue
Bochum v Bayern Munich
Arminia Bielefeld v Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hertha Berlin v Dynamo Dresden
Wolfsburg v RB Leipzig
Werder Bremen v Heidenheim
Hamburger SV v Stuttgart
St. Pauli v Eintracht Frankfurt

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Planning a Football Trip to Germany – 2019–20 Bundesliga Fixtures Announced

Planning a Football Trip to Germany , the 2019–20 Bundesliga Fixtures have been announced and this post has all the details.

The 2019–20 Bundesliga will be the 57th season of the Bundesliga, Germany’s premier football competition. It will begin on 16 August 2019 and will conclude on 16 May 2020. Bayern Munich are the defending champions.

The full list of fixtures is available using this link.  All the key games have been added to our calendar.

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity Ref.
FC Augsburg Augsburg WWK Arena 30,660
Hertha BSC Berlin Olympiastadion 74,649
Werder Bremen Bremen Weser-Stadion 42,100
Borussia Dortmund Dortmund Signal Iduna Park 81,365
Fortuna Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Merkur Spiel-Arena 54,600
Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena 51,500
SC Freiburg Freiburg im Breisgau Schwarzwald-Stadion 24,000
1899 Hoffenheim Sinsheim PreZero Arena 30,150
1. FC Köln Cologne RheinEnergieStadion 49,698
RB Leipzig Leipzig Red Bull Arena 42,558
Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen BayArena 30,210
Mainz 05 Mainz Opel Arena 34,000
Borussia Mönchengladbach Mönchengladbach Borussia-Park 59,724
Bayern Munich Munich Allianz Arena 75,000
Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen Veltins-Arena 62,271
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena 30,000

Fixtures

Key Dates

Matchday 1 (17-18 August)

Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin (Friday, 16th August 2019)

Borussia Dortmund vs. Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paderborn
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Schalke
Wolfsburg vs. Cologne
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hoffenheim
Werder Bremen vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf
Freiburg vs. Mainz
Union Berlin vs. RB Leipzig

Der Klassiker

MD11 (8-10 November): Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund
MD28 (3-6 April): Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich

Revierderby

MD9 (25-27 October): Schalke vs. Borussia Dortmund
MD26 (13-16 March): Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke

Bayern vs. Leipzig

MD4 (13-15 September): RB Leipzig vs. Bayern Munich
MD21 (7-10 February): Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig

Dortmund vs. Leipzig

MD16 (17-18 December): Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig
MD33 (Saturday, 9th May 2020): RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund

Rhine derby

MD4 (13-15 September): Cologne vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
MD21 (7-10 February): Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Cologne

Berlin derby

MD10 (1-3 November): Union Berlin vs. Hertha Berlin
MD27 (20-22 March): Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin

Weekday 33 – All games will kick off at 14:30 on Saturday 9th May

  • Bayern Munich v Freiburg
  • Leipzig v Dortmund
  • Hoffenheim v Union Berlin
  • Dusseldorf v Augsburg
  • Hertha Berlin v Bayer 04 Leverkeusen
  • Mainz v Werder Bremen
  • Schalke 04 v Wolfsburg
  • FC Koln v Frankfurt
  • SC Paderborn v Borussia Mönchengladbach

Weekday 34 – All games will kick off at 14:30 on Saturday 16th May

  • Dortmund v Hoffenheim
  • Bayer 04 Leverkeusen v Mainz
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach v Hertha Berlin
  • VfL Wolfsburg v FC Bayern München
  • Eintracht Frankfurt v SC Paderborn 07
  • SV Werder Bremen v 1. FC Köln
  • Sport-Club Freiburg v FC Schalke 04
  • FC Augsburg v RB Leipzig
  • 1. FC Union Berlin v Fortuna Düsseldorf



German Bundesliga 2019/20 Key Dates Announced

Planning a Football Trip to Germany to see the Bundesliga? This post has details of the 2019/20 fixtures and season that have been announced recently.

The Bundesliga will start in the upcoming 2019/20 season on the weekend of the 16 to 18 August 2019.  The 34th and final game day is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2019.  This weekend all the games will start at 2:30pm on the Saturday.  The weekend before will also have all the games taking place at the same time on the Saturday

The 2. Bundesliga starts on the weekend of the 26th to the 29th of July 2019 and the last match day takes place on Sunday, May 17th, 2019.  Again, all of the games on the last day of the season will take place on the Sunday.  The weekend before will also have all the games taking place at the same time on the Sunday

The winter break begins after the 17th matchday of the Bundesliga and the 18th matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga on the 20th to the 22nd of December 2019 and ends in the Bundesliga on the 17th of January 2020 and in the 2nd Bundesliga on the 28th of January 2020.

The Supercup 2019 between the German champion and the DFB Cup winner will be on the weekend 03./04. August 2019. The decision on the exact match day (Saturday or Sunday) will be made later.

The DFB Cup 2019/20 will start from 9th to 12th August 2019, the final in Berlin will be held on Saturday, 23rd May 2020.

Download the 2019/20 season calendar

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Planning a Football Trip to Germany – DFB Pokal First Round Draw

Planning a Football Trip to Germany for Summer 2018? The DFB Pokal First Round Draw has been announced and this post gives details of when the games will be so you can plan your Football Trip.

The DFB Pokal early rounds give you the opportunity to see a Bundesliga giant versus one of the German minnows.  The draw has been made and there are some interesting ties;

Games will take place from the 17th to 20th August.

SV Drochtersen / Assel will play Bayern Munich.  The fourth-division side were nearly relegated in the Regionalliga Nord, finishing 12th in the division.

The first round (17 to 20 August) will also feature champions Eintracht Frankfurt facing SSV Ulm while Schalke 04 travels to Schweinfurt 05.

Borussia Dortmund will face second-division side Greuther Fürth for a shot to make the round of 32.

Sixth division SV Linx gets to deal with newly-promoted Bundesliga side 1. FC Nuremberg.

Here is the full list of games with kick off times

Round 1 draw

Friday 17 August (8.45pm CEST)
1. FC Schweinfurt 05 vs. Schalke
SV Wehen Wiesbaden vs. St. Pauli
1. FC Magdeburg vs. Darmstadt

Saturday 18 August (3:30pm CEST)
SV 07 Elvesburg vs. Wolfsburg
Kaiserslautern vs. Hoffenheim
1.CfR Pforzheim vs. Bayer Leverkusen
SV Lynx vs. Nuremberg
Wormatia Worms vs. Werder Bremen
SV Rödinghausen vs. Dynamo Dresden
SSV Ulm 1840 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
SV Drochtersen/Assel vs. Bayern Munich
TuS Dassendorf vs. Duisburg

Saturday 18 August (6:30pm CEST)
TuS 1895 Erndtebrück vs. Hamburg
Erzgebirge Aue vs. Mainz
Rot-Weiss Oberhausen vs. SV Sandhausen

Saturday 18 August (8:45pm CEST)
Hansa Rostock vs. VfB Stuttgart

Sunday 19 August (3:30pm CEST)
BFC Dynamo vs. Cologne
Karlsruher vs. Hannover
TSV Steinbach Haiger vs. Augsburg
1. FC Lok Stendal vs. Arminia Bielefeld
Viktoria Köln vs. RB Leipzig
SC Weiche Flensburg vs. VfL Bochum
SSV Jeddeloh II vs. Heidenheim
TuS Rot-Weiss Koblenz vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf
Chemie Leipzig vs. Jahn Regensburg

Sunday 19 August (6:30pm CEST)
BSC Hastedt vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
1860 Munich vs. Holstein Kiel
Carl Zeiss Jena vs. Union Berlin

Monday 20 August (6:30pm CEST)
Paderborn vs. Ingolstadt
Energie Cottbus vs. Freiburg
Eintracht Braunschweig vs. Hertha Berlin

Monday 20 August (8:45pm CEST)
Greuther Fürth vs. Borussia Dortmund

The draw for the second round will be made on 26 August at 6pm CEST

Details of Future Rounds

he rounds of the 2018–19 competition are scheduled as follows:[1]

Round Draw date Matches
First round 8 June 2018, 22:00 17–20 August 2018
Second round 26 August 2018 30–31 October 2018
Round of 16 4 November 2018 5–6 February 2019
Quarter-finals 10 February 2019 2–3 April 2019
Semi-finals 7 April 2019 23–24 April 2019
Final 25 May 2019 at OlympiastadionBerlin



Planning a football trip to Berlin

Planning a Football Trip to Berlin? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
The guide is focused on the Mitte, Prenzlauner Berg, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg areas of Berlin which is where I have visited and stayed. Berlin is an amazing large city with lots of different, distinct areas so I apologise for not including all of them but will try and add some different areas next time I return.

Football Trip to Berlin – How to get to Berlin & How to get around

Football Trip to Berlin – Fly to Berlin

Multiple airlines fly to Berlin every day and you are able to fly direct from Berlin from London, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster and Bristol for between £50 and £100.

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Directions from the Airport

Berlin is served by 2 main airports Berlin Schoenefeld and Berlin Tegel. In 2015 a new international airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) will be opened. With its opening former airports Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) and Berlin Tegel (TXL) will be closed. The new airport (when it eventually goes into operation) will have a train station in its lowest level, with tracks for the Berlin S-Bahn and connections to the regional and national rail grid.

Berlin Schoenefeld

Schönefeld train station has direct links to regional trains, the S-Bahn and buses and is only a ten-minute walk from the terminal building. For drivers: Schönefeld Airport is connected to highway A113 which leads to the city center.

From the train station at Schönefeld Airport the S-Bahn lines S9 and S45 run to the city center. Travellers who want to get to Berlin Central Station can take the S9 until the station Ostkreuz and then change to the S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7 or S75 which stop at Central Station.

Between 4.30 a.m. and 11 p.m. the regional trains RE7 and RB14 called “Airport Express”, travel in 30 minute intervals between Schönefeld Airport and Berlin-Charlottenburg with stops at Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz, Berlin Central Station and Berlin-Zoo. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Ostbahnhof with the Airport Express and 30 minutes to get to Berlin Central Station. Note: Schönefeld Airport is located in fare zone C. To get to the city center an ABC ticket is required.

Berlin Tegel

Tegel Airport has no direct link to the S-or U-Bahn. The fastest way to get to the city is either by TXL Express Bus or by the Express Bus X9. Both stop right outside the terminal.

The X9 Bus departs every five to ten minutes at Tegel Airport towards station Zoo which is linked to the S-Bahn and U-Bahn network. From there any destination in the city can be reached. The bus also stops at the underground station Jakob-Kaiser-Platz which is linked to the U-Bahn line U7, station Jungfernheide with connections to the S-Bahn and Ernst-Reuter-Platz which is linked to the U2. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Fare: 2.40 Euros one way. Children at the age of 6 to 14 years pay 1.50 Euros.

The bus travels in five-or ten-minute intervals between Tegel Airport and Alexanderplatz. Depending on the time of day the ride from the airport to Alexanderplatz via Berlin Central Station, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden/Friedrichstraße takes 30 to 40 minutes. Fare: 2.40 Euros one way. Fare for children between 6 – 14 years: 1.50 Euros.

Taxis from the Airport

 From Berlin Tegel airport a taxi will take around 15 minutes and should cost about 20 euros in the day. From Berlin Schoenefeld Airport the journey will take around 40 minutes and cost around 45 euros. Add 25~30% betweeen 7AM~7PM, Mon~Fri. Add 1.50 for 4+ passengers

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Football Trip to Berlin – Travel By Train

It’s easy to travel by train from London to Berlin all in one day using a morning Eurostar to Brussels, a high-speed Thalys or ICE train to Cologne, then Germany’s luxurious high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) onwards to Berlin. Pride of the German Railways, ICEs travel at up to 280km/h (175 mph). Tickets start at around £50 via Voyages SNCF.

Football Trip to Berlin – Travel By Coach

Eurolines provide coaches to Berlin from London. They offer an overnight service leaving London around 14.30 and arriving at around 9:30 the next day.

Football Trip to Berlin – Travel By Ferry

It takes between 9 and 10 hours to drive to Berlin from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.

Football Trip to Berlin – Travel Around Berlin

Berlin’s public transit system will take you almost anywhere you want to go, taxis are generally easy to catch and bike rentals make it possible for you to tour the city as you please: Whether you just want to quickly get from A to B or prefer to take your time and explore the city’s sights, Berlin offers you all sorts of possibilities for getting around. Be it by taking a train, taxi or bike, mobility is a breeze in Berlin.

There are three different pay zones for public transit in Berlin. Zone A covers all areas within the S-Bahn circle line, while Zone B goes to Berlin’s city limits. Zone C covers Berlin’s nearby surrounding area (e.g. Schönefeld Airport, Potsdam, Oranienburg).

If necessary, you can obtain a combined ticket that covers zones AB, BC and ABC. The regular rate applies to adults, while the discount rate applies to children aged 6 to 14. Children that are under 6 years of age do not require a ticket.

Here all the important route networks are available for download. For more information visit the websites of the respective public transport operators.

24 hours network
S- and U-Bahn network
Tramway line network
Potsdam network

Football Trip to Berlin – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Berlin – The Stadium

Olympiastadium

The Olympiastadium is built on the site of the Grunewald horse race track, it opened in 1909 and had a capacity of 40,000. In 1912 Berlin succeeded in its bid for the Olympic Games of 1916 and started to build a national stadium. The stadium featured 11,500 seats and standing room for another 18,500, the swimming pool stadium had a capacity of another 3,000 and opened in 1913. The games never took place due to World War 1 and the stadium was used instead as a military hospital.

In the late 1920s, plans for hosting the Olympic Games in Berlin once again emerged. Werner March developed a design for remodelling the National Stadium into a sports arena with a capacity of 65,000. This time the beginning of the Great Depression crushed the dream. But in 1930, during the 9th Olympic Congress of the IOC in Berlin, Theodor Lewald officially announced an invitation for the Olympic Summer Games of 1936. The IOC was impressed with Berlin’s city landscape, its many sports parks and the general enthusiasm for sports. When Adolf Hitler was made Chancellor on January 30th 1933, the discussions about building a new stadium were suddenly directed into a different direction. The Nazi regime quickly understood the valuable propaganda opportunity the Olympic Games presented. The demolition of the horse race track and the National Stadium began in March 1934. The huge mass of soil created by excavating the construction pit, were used to erect the western main stand, on the Maifield. Hitler had decided that the construction should be supervised by the Imperial Ministry of the Interior.

The XI. OIympic Summer Games officially began on August 1st 1936 at the Olympiastadion Berlin and closed on August 16th 1936 with a grand closing ceremony. A total of 3,956 athletes, among them 328 women, from 49 nations took part in the competitions. The most successful athlete was James Cleveland “Jesse“ Owens, who won four gold medals – 100m and 200m sprints, long jump and with the American 4x100m relay. The (unofficial) nations’ ranking was led by Germany with 33 gold, 26 silver and 30 bronze medals, followed by the USA (24/29/21) and Hungary (10/1/5).

In 2000 a plan to renovate the stadium was commenced. The renovation was carried out without closing the stadium: Despite the stadium being a huge construction site, the National Soccer League games of Hertha BSC, the annual DFB FA-Cup Final Matches, and (starting in 2003) the home games of the NFL-Europe team Berlin Thunder were staged. The Walter Bau-AG had guaranteed a total of 55,000 seats for sporting events, for the DFB FA-Cup Final Matches, a total of 70,000 seats were made possible. Only the Golden League track-and-field meeting ISTAF had to move to the Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. On September 8th 2004, the German national soccer team played their first match at the new stadium – the team led by federal coach Jürgen Klinsmann managed to hold its ground against the Brazilian team by playing 1:1. The final completion of the stadium and the surrounding areas continued until 2006, when the stadium was well-prepared for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the sports highlight of 2006: The final match on July 9th at the Olympiastadion Berlin.

Stadion An der Alten Försterei 

The largest single-purpose football stadium in the German capital Berlin. It has been home to football club 1. FC Union Berlin and its forerunners since it was opened in 1920.

The stadium’s capacity was last redeveloped in 2009 and expanded in 2013. Some of the redevelopment work was carried out by over 2,300 Union Berlin supporters volunteering their services. During league matches the arena features a total capacity of 22,012 including 3,617 seats whilst the rest of the ground remains terracing.

The stadium became also known for events like the annual “Weihnachtssingen” (Christmas Carols Event) and the “WM-Wohnzimmer” (World Cup Living Room) in 2014.

Football Trip to Berlin – Getting to the Stadium

 

Underground train – The underground train (U-Bahn) U2 takes you directly to the station Olympiastadion. It’s only a short walk from there to the stadium (East Gate entrance: 500m, South Gate entrance: 870m). Average travel time: 14 minutes from Zoologischer Garten, 24 minutes from Potsdamer Platz, 34 minutes from Alexanderplatz.

Above ground train – The above ground train (S-Bahn) S5 take you directly to the station Olympiastadion. It’s only a short walk from there to the stadium (South Gate entrance via exit Flatowallee: 200 m, East Gate entrance via exit Trakehner Allee: 250m). Average travel time: 7 minutes from Spandau station, 14 minutes from Zoologischer Garten, 22 minutes from Friedrichstrasse, 26 minutes from Alexanderplatz.

Bus – With the bus lines M49 and 218 you can reach the stop Flatowallee. It’s only a short walk from there to the stadium. With the bus line 104 you can reach the underground station Neu-Westend. From there you can either walk directly to the stadium or take the underground train and exit at the station Olympiastadion.

Stadion An der Alten Försterei 

If you reach Berlin by train and arrive in Berlin at the main station, take the S-Bahn S3 direction Erkner. From the S-Bahn station Köpenick (handicapped accessible), it then takes about 10-15 minutes on foot along the embankment to the stadium. From Berlin-Lichtenberg station, take the S5, S7 or S75 in the direction of Spandau or Potsdam Hbf to Ostkreuz (two stops). There change the platform and use the S-Bahn line S3 as described above. Note for wheelchair users: At the moment Ostkreuz station is being extensively reconstructed, there are no elevators yet. Visitors with disabilities therefore please change at Ostbahnhof.

Football Trip to Berlin – Getting Tickets

Hertha Berlin

Tickets can be bought through the HERTA BERLIN website;

Tickets can also be bought by re-sellers such as Ticket Bis and Viagogo.
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Union Berlin

Tickets for games are generally only available a few weeks before each match. The majority of ‘big’ games operate a priority system for members and tickets for some games, often for security reasons, are only available to buy in person from the ground.

Tickets can be bought in person at the club shop (Zeughaus) on Bahnhofstrasse in the centre of Köpenick and at the smaller shop at the ground. The easiest way to buy tickets for visitors to Berlin is, however, to use the online ticket shop. In the top right corner of your screen you should see the Union Flag symbol. Click that to change the language to English.

For some high-demand games the club operates a ‘Secondary ticket market‘. This enables season ticket holders who are unable to make the game to offer their space/seat for sale by the club and gives you the chance to pick up a ticket for a game that may otherwise have already sold out. And to do so at face value from the club itself, rather than having to revert to a tout.

Football Trip to Berlin – Fixtures

Hertha Berlin full list of fixtures

Union Berlin full list of fixtures

Bundesliga website website.

The schedule for kick-off times in Germany can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Germany page (COMING SOON)

Football Trip to Berlin – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink



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Football Trip to Berlin – Where to stay

I have always stayed in Mitte. Its Right in the city centre, Mitte is the Berlin of a million postcards. Horses clip-clop, buskers serenade and crowds snap the Brandenburg Gate on Prussian boulevard Unter den Linden. Its stately backstreets hide Michelin-starred restaurants, belle-époque Berlin hotels and graceful theatres. Culture buffs cross to the island in the River Spree for the Museums Quartier, bulging with treasure-filled art galleries and museums. North of the river and still in Mitte, the gold-ribbed dome of the New Synagogue glints above the Jewish quarter, Scheunenviertel, the place for falafel, courtyard boutiques and upbeat bars. Slightly east lies grandiose Communist-era Alexanderplatz square and the quaintly restored Nikolaiviertel, the medieval core of Berlin.
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Football Trip to Berlin – What else to see & do

When planning a football trip to Berlin it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.

Sightseeing by public transport – Berlin’s city centre is very extensive and cannot be fully explored by foot. It is worth experiencing certain stretches by public transport.

Bus
The number 100 and 200 buses drive past many sights from Zoologischer Garten to Alexanderplatz, so that a journey on them is already like a sightseeing tour.

S-Bahn
You can also catch a first glimpse of many sights from the S-Bahn on its raised tracks. On the stretch between Zoologischer Garten and Alexanderplatz you will pass by the Tiergarten with the Siegessäule (Victory Column), Reichstag (parliament building) and government buildings and glide between the buildings on Museum Island.

Berlin is a historic city with many historic site, below are some of the main ones;

Brandenburg Gate/DZ Bank/Reichstag/Holocaust Museum – they’re all very close to each other so you can catch all of them in one short walking tour

East Side Gallery – After the fall of the Berlin Wall many famous artists immortalized themselves and the wall itself through a piece of art never seen before. The East Side Gallery is now the world’s longest open air gallery. Over 100 paintings such as the famous kiss of Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev can be seen here on a more than one kilometer long, still intact original section of the Berlin Wall. located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

Check point Charlie (Friedrichstraße 43-45) is the crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin, and important area during the Cold War. There’s a private museum that has artifacts from East and West Berlin:

The Pergamon Museum (Bodestraße 1-3) is based on of the ancient Greek City, Pergamon. The museum houses original-sized, reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the Ishtar Gate, all consisting of parts transported from the original excavation sites. This is part of Berlin’s Museum Island which is home to five world-class museums, which cover everything from the famous bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, to European paintings from the 19th century. This unique ensemble of museums and traditional buildings on the small island in the river Spree is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stasi Museum (Haus 1, Ruschestraße 103) housed in the former Stasi headquarters of Berlin where the MFS (Ministry for State Security) ran operations for nearly 40 years.

the Tränenpalast (Reichstagufer 17) next to the Friedrichstraße train station in Berlin Mitte, was one of the border crossings during the Cold War, where people could travel from East to West, provided they had the correct documentation and were admitted by the border control guards.  Now a free museum, here you can learn more about the history of the border, and discover people’s stories who had first hand experience with this building, who said their own goodbyes right on this spot.

Football Trip to Berlin – Eating & Drinking

***Warning*** Berlin’s nightlife is fast moving. I have tried to choose venues that have been around a while but that doesn’t mean they will be around forever so if your planning to go somewhere and will be annoyed if it’s no longer open check before you travel.

Bars in Mitte

Weinerei, a wine bar that works on an honor system. You pay two Euros to “rent” a wine glass and fill it with anything offered on the counter—reds, whites, and rosés. Veteranenstrasse 14, Mitte district at Rosenthaler Platz

Fernsehturm – Head to the TV Tower, built by the DDR as a show of secular strength, for drinks with a supreme view. Fernsehturm, Panoramastrasse 1a, 10178 Berlin (030 2475 750, www.tv-turm.de). U2, U5, U8, S-bahn Alexanderplatz. Open Mar-Oct 9am-midnight daily; Nov-Feb 10am-midnight daily.

CSA Bar – This ultra modern bar, housed in the old Czech Airlines building, has the feel of futurist airport lounge depicted from the 1970s. CSA Bar, Karl Marx Allee 96, 10243 Berlin (030 2904 4741, www.csa-bar.de). U5 Weberweise. Open 7pm-open end daily

Brauerei Mitte is a brewpub on the first floor of a shopping centre close to the Rotes Rathaus (and Berlin Alexanderplatz station). It opened in 1994 and sells unfiltered beers. Great view of Alexanderplatz station and the trains and S-Bahns scurrying through it. Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13,

Zur Letzten Instanz – Berlin’s oldest pub. Originally called “Biedermeierstübchen am Glockenspiel” it acquired its current name in 1924. Though, it only gained the honour by default, after all it’s rivals were nobbled during WW II, first by the RAF and then by a rather clumsy Red Army. However, one of them wasn’t going to let a little thing like total destruction get it down. Waisenstraße 14-16,10179 Berlin (Mitte).

Brauhaus Lemkes – Lemke’s is a large, modern brewpub in railway arches just along from Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station.

Weihenstephaner – Known as the world’s oldest brewery, the Weihenstephan brewery has long been revered as a giant among German beer makers – and fortunately for Berliners, the brewery’s Weihenstephaner restaurant and beer hall transports this famous taste of Bavaria right to the center of the city. Located on Hackescher Markt, this charming venue specializes in all things Bavarian, from the weiss wurst(white sausage) and schnitzel on the menu to the expansive outdoor beer garden. Neue Promenade 5 , 10178 Berlin, This restaurant is located just in front of the subway station Hackescher Markt

Clarchens – Quentin Tarantino who used Clärchens as a location for his film Inglorious Bastards. Auguststraße 24 10117 Berlin, Germany Oranienburger Straße

Established in 1837, the Prater Garten is Berlin’s oldest beer garden and presents an idyllic picture during the summer months. The Prater Pils – its home-brewed nectar – is the most popular choice but dark beers from around Germany are also available. If the weather is bad, there’s an indoor beer hall and adjoining restaurant with traditional German fare such as goulash and Wiener schnitzel. Kastanienallee 7–9, Prenzlauer Berg, +49 30 448 5688,pratergarten.de. Open April-September daily from noon

Deponie#3 (Georgenstraße 5) is a wonderful old-style Berlin tavern tucked away underneath the railway arches between the Friedrichstrasse and Hackescher Markt stations. The space used to be a tank depot for the East German army. There are two large main bars with nooks and crannies leading off, all cluttered with ancient bric-a-brac. Despite that, this is a quiet, reflective pub, like a fin-de-siècle Viennese coffee house during the day, yet with the ever-present rumble of trains overhead. By night, Dr Jekyll transforms into Mr Hyde, as coach parties of students arrive and turn the pub into hedonism central. There is a small beer garden out the back, which is as quiet a spot as any amid the bustle of downtown Berlin. The food menu is exhaustive, as are the portions. Breakfast and ice-cream seem to be specialities. There are three draught German pilsners, plus dark and light Böhmisches from the Czech Republic. These are complemented by about eight bottles, including Rothaus Tannenzäpfle Pils and their classic bestseller, Augustiner Helles (5.2%), a crisp slightly sweet lager that finishes with a little more bitterness than most Munich beers.

Good places to eat in Mitte

Konnopke Imbiss – A contender for the title of best currywurst in town, Konnopke’s newly renovated snack bar in Prenzlauer Berg serves its curry sausages with or without skin and with great dollops of spicy sauce. The simple snack shack is located below the tracks of the Eberswalder Strasse U-Bahn station and is run by the Ziervogel family, whose forefathers started selling their famous sausages on this spot in 1930. There always seems to be a line of people waiting for the wurst, buletten and French fries. This particular snack bar cashes in on its popularity by selling postcards and a book about Berliner curry sausage. • Schönhauser Allee 44b, Prenzlauer Berg, +49 30 442 7765, konnopke-imbiss.de. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 12-8pm. Currywurst €2.50

The Bird – Importing its beef from Iowa, this New York style steakhouse and bar in the trendy northern bits of Prenzlauer Berg has range of fantastic steaks as well as a dozen different burgers (to be eaten with your hands, no exceptions), chicken wings, hand-cut French fries, salads and sandwiches. All food, dressings and sauces are freshly prepared. As a rule, if the ingredients can’t be sourced fresh, they won’t serve it. There’s proper English-language service from the American owners and their staff, and the portions are often large enough to leave you completely stuffed, shamelessly clutching a doggy-bag of food for further feasting back home. Am Falkplatz 5, Prenzlauer Berg, +49 30 5105 3283,thebirdinberlin.com. Burger €11.50

Hofbräu Wirtshaus Berlin– The great Bavarian beerhall tradition has come to Berlin in recent years, and the most famous of them all – Munich’s Hofbräuhaus – has opened its doors right on Alexanderplatz. It’s everything you’d expect, as the spirit of Oktoberfest is invoked year-round via huge foaming beers and plates of tasty, traditional South German cuisine, and the daily specials make it a great lunchtime option. The restaurant is open Sunday–Thursday 1000–0100 and Friday–Saturday 1000–0200.

Zur letzten Instanz is a Berlin institution, committed after all these years to classic Berlin and Brandenburg cuisine, served in a cosy, friendly atmosphere. Highlights of the menu include traditional Berliner pork knuckle served with cabbage, or meatballs in caper sauce, all washed down with a glass of local beer. The restaurant is open Tuesday–Saturday 1200–0100 and Sunday 1200–2200.

Brauhaus Lemke am Alex, right across the street from the Alexanderplatz railway station. As well as its range of beers, it offers a food menu of regional classics, including schnitzels, stews and pot roasts. Open daily 1200–2400.

Schlemmerbuffet – Taxi drivers swear by the döner at this Rosenthaler Platz institution, but they also deserve acclaim for the pizzas hurtling out of the wood oven. Schlemmerbuffet, Torstraße 125, 10119 Berlin (030 283 2153). U8 Rosenthaler Platz. Open 24/7 daily.

Bars & Restaurants in Prenzlauer Berg

Metzer Eck is an family-run East Berlin corner bar renovated to full fin de siècle elegance. A pleasant street terrace is added in summer. Its several small rooms rise up and back from the tiny bar, which the Berliner Zeitung called “probably the best corner pub in the city”. The food menu is strong on soups and stews, with Eisbein (boiled pork knuckle) specials in winter on Friday and Saturday. In addition to the two pilsners the draught beers here include a mystery Hausmarke Schwarzbier (or house black beer), a dark ruby-coloured, smooth, coffee-roast dry stout-like brew with a hint of dry fruit. For our choice, we plumped for Erdinger Kristall (5.3%), the refreshing but lightish, soft and yeasty-but-filtered Weisse that might even be improved by the addition of a slice of lemon. (Metzer Strasse 33, Prenzlauer Berg)

Friedrichshain Bar Crawl – You can visit these pubs roughly in order

The Hops and Barley (Wühlischstraße 22/2) name is an ode to the traditional standards that German’s hold to their craft, and this cool microbrewery, popular with locals, is like being in your own miniature beer hall. . The long tables and friendly patrons help create a communal vibe at the bar, and you can break the ice with the beer-loving denizens by betting that you can taste every Hops and Barley brew on tap. After you try their unbelievable hefeweizens and dark lagers, and are heading to the next destination, you’ll finally know why they call it bar “hop-ping”.

Walk two blocks to the north end of the always-busy Simon-Dach-Strasse, and go back to the future in Astro Bar (Simon-Dach-Straße 40). The kitschy futuristic theme is reminiscent of what people from fifty years ago thought the twenty-first century would look like. There is outer-space memorabilia, little metallic robots on the walls, and the name of the tavern itself pays homage to the pet dog in The Jetsons. Between the change-of-pace setting, the DJ bumping familiar rock, and the liberal young patrons, Astro Bar is sure to guarantee a time that is out of this world.

No, it’s not the countless drinks going to your head, you really are escaping the scary views of derelict industrial complexes and walking into a little piece of paradise when you reach your final stop. The tiki-themed Palm Beach (Grünberger Straße 55) with white sand, palm trees, and even a VW “surf’s-up” bus, must have been what East Berliner’s used to dream of running away to beyond the other side of the wall. We suggest you substitute the usual brew for a colorful cocktail to match the décor…or don’t, you can never go wrong with German beer. With hours extending till 7am, you can pretend you are watching the sunrise on the beach of your tropical isle. If you get to a level where you just need an insane party, feel free to take the dark stroll over to Berghain, one of the most insane nightclubs in the world – of course making use of the dodgy area by hiding itself in an abandoned power plant.

Hopfenreich (Sorauer Str. 31) – Craft beer heaven, prices are a bit high, but so is the quality as well – hopfenreich.de

Eschenbräu’s has definitely set the bar high for tasty beer in a comfy taproom. Aside from three year-round microbrews (a pilsner, dunkel, and hefeweizen), there’s a range of delicious, full-bodied seasonals, too. The outdoor garden, serving brezeln in a Bavaria-esque atmosphere, is also quite swell.

Bornholmer Hütte (Bornholmer Str. 89) – This is a down-to-earth, East Berlin locals’ kneipe, founded in 1911. It is probably still frequented by former border guards from the nearby Bornholmer Strasse crossing point, which was the first to be breached when the Wall came down. It remained in private hands throughout the communist era. The decor is pure nicotine, the furnishings bare, with an impressive bar, frayed red lino flooring and a sailing ship lampshade. Our choice of beer is the consistently excellent Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel (5.6%) from Erding, just outside Munich. This dry, wheaty and roasty creation with banana and vanilla flavours may not be the locals’ choice, but it’s a perfect accompaniment for the limited and simple food offerings, including boulette, potato salad, chilli, rollmop herring, Bockwurst and Knackerwurst.

Bars in Kreuzberg

Luzia – Swarming with stylish patrons who mingle amid clouds of smoke, Luzia is one of the more popular bars on Oranienstrasse and has an outdoor terrace that overlooks the bustling street scene. Inside, the large industrial space is crammed with velvet armchairs, mismatched tables and vintage wallpaper that flakes off to reveal rustic red bricks. A close inspection of the rooms reveals meticulous attention to design details; lamps are perfectly placed to shed warm light onto subtle wall paintings by renowned local street artist Chin Chin. It all makes for a refined yet laid-back atmosphere. Oranienstrasse 34, Kreuzberg, +49 30 8179 9958, luzia.tc. Open daily 10am-3am

Das HotelA bit like Berlin itself, Das Hotel is romantic in a ramshackle sort of way. Large candles melt into messy wax sculptures around the room, battered old pianos double as tables and absinthe-sipping poet types mingle in dimly lit corners. Although the bar attracts a mainly arty crowd, it’s still essentially a friendly neighbourhood joint due to its location on the otherwise quiet Mariannenstrasse. Despite being undoubtedly hip, it also welcomes a host of beer-chugging Berliners who’ll knock the pretension out of most people with the quick clink of a mug. • Mariannenstrasse 26a, Kreuzberg, +49 30 8411 8433, dashotelfresh.com. Open daily from 4pm

Bei Schlawinchen – Given that Berlin is saturated with hipsters and international artists (a more cynical definition might be expat layabouts), it’s quite refreshing to stumble upon a bar that prides itself on serving “real Berliners”. This 24-hour dive bar has an anarchic vibe and remains one of the few gritty establishments in the rapidly-gentrified Graefekiez. Hardened daytime drinkers and older locals prop up the bar. The decor is as interesting as the storytelling clientele, with an assortment of objects apparently superglued to the ceiling. Due to the cheap prices and 24-hour opening, the bar attracts a few post-party ravers, making for some mind-boggling conversations at all hours of the day. • Schönleinstrasse 34, Kreuzberg, +49 30 693 2015. Open 24 hours

Gretchen – Leave it up to the debauchery of Berlin’s nightlife scene to name a venue after a character from Goethe’s Faust who commits matricide, fratricide as well as infanticide in order to justify an illegitimate love. Set up by the same forces behind Icon, the club Gretchen intends to offer a music venue that’s larger than the dark dungeon of its now-closed Prenzlauer Berg cousin. Located in the 19th century stables of Queen Victoria’s Prussian 1st Guards Dragoon Regiment, Gretchen features a high cross-vaulted ceiling in its cavernous main room that has acoustics to match. Though it caters to a scene that is decidedly prim and hip, things easily get wild and raucous once DJs and live acts start thumping their sounds through the system. Just as Faust’s once supposedly incorruptible Gretchen found her way astray, don’t be surprised if you’re led to wildly riotous nights here.

Madame Claude (6562, Lubbener Str 19, Kreuzberg, +49 177 621, Proclaming itself a “bar for common people”, Berlin’s new Madame Claude restaurant/bar/club is more like the house in Roald Dahl’s The Twits. The dining room features chairs and tables decked with lamps and tablecloths hanging upside down from the ceiling above diners. The surreal decor continues in a red room inspired by the one in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and has a door hidden inside a wardrobe leading through to a labyrinth of nooks. Thankfully, the free kicker table, table tennis on selected nights and live music—down in the basement, focusing mostly on experimental realms—have been kept right-side up. For these live bands, the entrance fee is delightfully pay-as-you-wish (anything between one and six euros will suffice). It’s a genuinely novel experience, but the bar might well leave you with, well, a distorted sense of gravity.

Cheap Eats in Kreuzberg

Burgermeister – Aburger kiosk below the U-Bahn tracks. There are six types of hamburgers; vegetarians are welcomed with a tofuburger, but others should try the meistaburger, laden with mustard, onion, bacon and barbecue sauce, with a side of chilli-cheese fries. All snacks and sauces (including mango-curry) are freshly made with top-quality ingredients. Sit at tables below the tracks, or take away. Very popular and often busy with considerable waiting times, but thankfully it’s open into the early hours. • Oberbaumstrasse, U1 Schlesisches Tor station, Kreuzberg, no telephone, burger-meister.de. Mon-Thurs 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am, Sun 3pm-2am. Burger €3.50

Curry 36 – If you want to eat currywurst the Berlin way, order yours here boiled and naked (“ohne darm”, without skin), looking a little pale in comparison with the ones in pink skins. Besides the currywurst there’s bockwurst, krakauers and several other types of sausage as well as proletarian Berlin specialities such as fried burgers and bouletten (meatballs/patties). Take it away or wolf it all down at one of the outdoor stand-up tables. • Mehringdamm 36, Kreuzberg, no telephone, www.curry36.de. Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Currywurst €2.50

Henne Alt Berliner Wirthaus – Famous for its supreme half-a-hen grilled chicken with potato salad and bread, but also serving various traditional Berlin dishes, Henne is a rustic “old Berlin” restaurant in Kreuzberg whose claim to fame is a visit by John F Kennedy – who dropped by for a beer after making his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in 1963. Look out for his signed photograph on the wall. Just two years earlier, surprised patrons nursing their beers witnessed the Wall being built right in front of Henne. Despite its stolid looks, Henne attracts plenty of hip young things from around the world, so booking a table is advised. • Leuschnerdamm 25, Kreuzberg, +49 30 614 7730, henne-berlin.de. Tues-Sat from 7pm, Sun from 5pm. Half a chicken €7.90

Huhnerhaus – Kreuzberg’s popular “hen house”, located in Görlitzer Park, has some of the best grilled chicken in the city – juicy on the inside and crispy skin on the outside, the poultry is so good there’s a permanent queue winding from the simple kiosk into the park. Despite the crowds, half a portion of chicken with a choice of salad or french fries, bottomless bread and a variety of sauces is usually served surprisingly fast. While there are a choice of menus, you’d be mad not to go for the famed half hen; try it with the homemade spicy sauce. Görlitzer Strasse (Görlitzer Park, corner Skalitzer Strasse), Kreuzberg, +49 172 617 7583, hühnerhaus.com. Mon-Sun 9am-2am. Half a chicken including fries €3.75

Prinzessinnengarten serve up heavenly homemade food in a community garden in Kreuzberg, which is maintained by an army of volunteers. It’s the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, and many of the ingredients are sourced straight from the planters around you. The café’s open from April to October, with a daily changing menu of delicious and affordable dishes.  Address: Prinzenstrasse 35 – 38, Kreuzberg

Burgermeister is a great way to start or end any night out in Kreuzberg. The burgers (under €5!) and fries are made to order and you can grab a stool at one of the high tables as the U-Bahn zooms by above.   Address:  Oberbaumstraße 8, Kreuzberg

Planning Football Trip to Berlin – Useful Links

Alexanderplatz Restaurants

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Guide to watching a Hertha Berlin game

Guide to Olympiastadion

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Beers to try when in Berlin

8 Best Berlin Beer Bars

Guide to top Cold War Locations

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Planning a Football Trip to Darmstadt

Planning a Football Trip to Darmstadt? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.

SV Darmstadt 98 is a German football club based in Darmstadt, Hesse. The club was founded on 22 May 1898 as FC Olympia Darmstadt. Since the 2015/16 season SV Darmstadt have played in the Bundesliga.

Football Trip to Darmstadt – How to get to Darmstadt & How to get around

Football Trip to Darmstadt – Fly to Darmstadt

Darmstadt can be easily accessed from around the world via Frankfurt Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt am Main) which is located 20 km (12 mi) from central Darmstadt

Be aware though, Despite the name, Frankfurt Hahn Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn) is located far outside the Frankfurt Metro Area, approximately 120 km (75 mi) away in Lautzenhausen (Rhineland-Palatinate). Hahn Airport is a major base Ryanair. This airport can only be reached by car or bus.

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Directions from the Airport

The AirLiner is a direct bus service between Darmstadt city and main railway station and Frankfurt airport. This is a frequent service and journey-time is only 30 minutes.

Timetable, prices and AirLiner bus route map (PDF, 175 KB)

Taxis from the Airport

Darmstadt is about 20 min away from Frankfurt Airport. The fare is ~40 Euros

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Football Trip to Darmstadt – Travel By Train

Travel by Train from London to Frankfurt (Main) in 5h 24m. Find full details in our guide to Planning a Football Trip to Frankfurt.

The average journey time between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf (Main station) and Darmstadt-Eberstadt is 41 minutes and the fastest journey time is 27 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 37 trains per day travelling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf (Main station) to Darmstadt-Eberstadt.

Trains connect Darmstadt to surrounding cities, including Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Mainz, and Aschaffenburg. Some ICE trains stop at the Darmstadt train station. The S3 S-Bahn line connects Darmstadt and Frankfurt.

Football Trip to Darmstadt – Travel Around Darmstadt

There’s a wide network of public transport – bus and tram – in Darmstadt and all sights and are easily accessible. Information about connections and timetables

Football Trip to Darmstadt – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Darmstadt – The Stadium

The Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor has a maximum capacity of 17,468 since its most recent renovation works. Böllenfalltor was used for baseball by American soldiers after the WWII until it was redeveloped in 1950-52 with new landfill terracing created on three sides. Seeing the club’s promotion to the Bundesliga, the landfill terracing was expanded in 1978 to accommodate 30,000 people, while in 1981 the floodlights were replaced. Since then the shape hasn’t changed significantly, though changing safety norms led to the capacity being nearly halved. The name Jonathan-Heimes was added in tribute to a fan who died of cancer.

Football Trip to Darmstadt – Getting to the Stadium

Stadion am Böllenfalltor is located in the south-east of Darmstadt, roughly 2 kilometres from the city centre and a little under 4 kilometres from the main railway station, which lies further west.

The walk from the city centre should take less than 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take either tram 2 or 9 from the Luisenplatz. Take the tram towards Bollenfalltor and get off at stop Merck-Stadion. Tram 2 also runs from the main railway station.

If coming in by train from Frankfurt Hauptbahhof, it is also possible to take a direct train to Darmstadt TU-Lichtwiese station and walk 15 minutes to the stadium. However, service is infrequent during the week and no direct trains run on the weekend (transfer at Frankfurt Sudbahnhof or Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof).

Football Trip to Darmstadt – Getting Tickets

You can buy tickets online via the club website or at the Stadium. When in the Bundesliga tickets often sell out however they can still be got if bought in advance and should be easy when in Bundesliga 2.

Tickets can also be bought by re-sellers such as Ticket Bis and Viagogo.

Football Trip to Darmstadt – Fixtures

When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.

Plan your Football Trip to Darmstadt with our full list of fixtures or Check the Bundesliga Website when planning your football trip to Holland for latest fixture information.

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Football Trip to Darmstadt – What else to see & do

When planning a football trip to Darmstadt it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.

Darmstadt is famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) buildings. Many of the buildings survived the massive destruction of Darmstadt in September 1944. Visit the Künstlerkolonie Mathildenhöhe, to see the most interesting ones.

Darmstadt’s landmark is the Langer Ludwig, a statue on a huge sandstone column located right in the city center.

Football Trip to Darmstadt – Where to eat and drink

The Centralstation is a concert hall, club and lounge during the night and a café and restaurant during the day.

Goldene Krone, Schustergasse 18. Alternative Center for cheap drinks, music and concerts

An Sibin Irish Pub, Landgraf-Georgstr. 25. The largest Irish Pub in Darmstadt, with live music on Monday, Wednesdasy, Friday and Saturday. Also, Quiz Night on Tuesday and Karaoke on Thursday. Half price pizzas everybday until 8PM, and Fridays and Saturday cocktails are buy 1 get 1 free.

Darmstadt can boast three breweries: Darmstädter Privatbrauerei, Darmstädter Ratskeller Hausbrauerei, and Grohe Brauerei. Darmstädter Privatbrauereri (or just Darmstädter) is the town’s requisite macro-brewery. The best-known beer garden is probably on Dieburgerstr. (http://www.biergarten-darmstadt.com/ ) and there’s a growing craft beer bar around the centre (http://maltbar.de/)

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Planning a Football Trip to Furth

Planning a Football Trip to Furth? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.

This is an addition to our guide to Planning a football trip to Nurnberg, Fürth is now contiguous with the larger city of Nuremberg, the centres of the two cities being only 7 km apart.

Football Trip to Furth – How to get to Furth & How to get around

Directions from the Airport

The underground line U2 directly connects the Airport with the main railway station (Central Station) and the city centre. Alternatively you can take the bus line 32 to Nürnberg Thon or 33 to Nürnberg Buch. The night bus N12 ensures a connection on Friday nights, Saturday nights and the nights before public holidays. Get a map of the surrounding area and find all stops/stations.

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Take the U2. After arriving at the main station, change to U1 train (direction: Fürth Hardhöhe).

Taxis from the Airport

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At Nuremberg Airport , taxis are available around the clock. A taxi to Fuerth City will take around 20-25 min and cost about 23,- EUR

Football Trip to Furth – Travel Around Furth

You can travel to just about anywhere in Fuerth by foot or via bus. If a bus is not available, you can always take a taxi or ride a bike. Local public transportation is provided by INFRA Fuerth in conjunction with VGN, see: http://www.vgn.de/en/home. You can buy tickets at electronic ticket machines located at many bus stops, all subway stations, all train stations, and from bus drivers.

Football Trip to Furth – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Furth – The Stadium

The Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer was originally opened on 11 September 1910 under the name Sportplatz am Ronhofer Weg gegenüber dem Zentral-Friedhof (English: Sports ground on Ronhof Lane opposite the central cemetery).

It was expanded several times (max. 28,000 capacity) but later reduced to 15,500 and today holds a capacity crowd of 18,000. It was expanded following Fürth’s promotion to the Bundesliga. It remained the Bundesliga’s smallest stadium, though.

Football Trip to Furth – Getting to the Stadium


From Fürth / Hauptbahnhof take the bus lines 173, 174, or 177 to the stop “Friedhof”. From there a short walk into the Laubenweg.

At home games with a lot of spectators, special busses are used, which are directly from the main station to the sports park Ronhof Thomas summer driving.

Day tickets are excluded for use in public transport. Only the season ticket is valid from 5 hours before the event until 3:00 am of the following day as a ticket for all VGN transports (in the local rail service: 2nd class, free trains) throughout the area for a one-way round trip to / from the event .

Football Trip to Furth – Getting Tickets

You can buy tickets online via the club website

Day tickets for the home games at the Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer can also be conveniently printed at home. To do this, simply select the “print @ home” shipping method after selecting the place. After successful booking of the ticket (s), a confirmation mail with the ticket (s) will be sent as a pdf file to the specified e-mail address. This saves you long waiting times as well as the queuing at the day coffers. In order to avoid problems during the scanning of the ticket during the admission inspections, please ensure that the print @ home ticket is printed in good quality. If the ticket is not printed or the print quality is poor, a replacement ticket must be issued at the Clearing Cashier 10 South against a charge.

Mobile ticket (mobile phone ticket):

If you do not want to print your ticket, you can also send it directly to your mobile phone via QR code. Please select “mobile ticket” after booking.

Football Trip to Furth – Fixtures

When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.

Plan your Football Trip to Furth with our full list of fixtures or Check the Bundesliga website when planning your football trip to Holland for latest fixture information.

The schedule for kick-off times in Germany can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Germany page (COMING SOON)

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Football Trip to Furth – Where to stay

There are a number of hotels to stay at in the centre of Furth or you can stay in Nurnberg where there are a lot more options and many more places to eat and drink.

Football Trip to Furth – What else to see & do

When planning a football trip to Furth it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.

Unlike Nuremberg, the buildings in Fürth were untouched during the war so there are a number of historic buildings to see.
• Historic city streets. North of the town hall. (Subway stop Fuerth Rathaus)
• Fuerther Freiheit The location of the first train to ever run in Germany. Now the Open-air markets is there.
• Jewish Museum.
• Rundfunk Museum. The Radio Museum of the City of Fuerth
• Rathaus (City hall). Constructed between 1840 and 1850, the building was strongly inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

You can also take a walk in the beautiful Stadt Park (city park). If you walk along the Pegnitz river (which is located adjacent to the park) you will arrive in downtown Nuremberg in about 2 hours, just follow the signs labeled “Nurnberg Altstadt”.

Football trip to Furth – Where to eat and drink

Zum Tannenbaum offers wonderful traditional German and Franconian dishes – a short walk from the subway stop Fuerth Rathaus
Grüner Brauhaus die Wirtshaus-Sensation in Fürth. (Theresienstraße 1)

Landbierparadies (Friedrich-Ebert-Str 100) – http://www.landbierparadies.com/

Tucherbräustüberl (Luisenstr. 7) – A traditional-style brewery outlet in a 19th century building.

Schanzenbräu (Adam-Klein Strasse 12) – A brewpub in the northeast of city, almost halfway to Fürth.

Football trip to Furth – Useful links




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Planning a Football Trip to Nuremburg? Free guide – where to stay, what to see, where to eat & drink and how to get tickets and get to the stadium.

Football Trip to Nuremburg – How to get to Nuremburg & How to get around

Football Trip to Nuremburg – Fly to Nuremburg

Multiple airlines fly to Nuremburg every day and you are able to fly direct from Nuremburg from London and Manchester direct for around £100

Directions to the airport

The U2 subway line directly connects Nuremberg Airport with the central train station thus providing access to Nuremberg’s city center in just 12 minutes!

To reach Nuremberg’s exhibition center please change subway lines at the central train station. The U1 subway line direction Langwasser will bring you to the trade fair in about 25 minutes.

The bus stop is located centrally in front of departure terminal 1 at the departure level.

Taxis from the Airport

It takes around 20 minutes to travel the 9 miles from the airport to the centre of Nuremburg. This will cost between 20 and 30 euros depending on traffic.

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Football Trip to Nuremburg – Travel By Train

The average journey time between London and Nuremberg is 12 hours and 27 minutes and the fastest journey time is 8 hours and 1 minute. On an average weekday, there are 13 trains per day travelling from London to Nuremberg. You are likely to travel via Brussels and Frankfurt

The first train from London St-Pancras to Nürnberg Hbf departs at 06:50. The last train from London St-Pancras to Nürnberg Hbf departs at 20:01.

Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

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Football Trip to Nuremburg – Travel By Ferry

It takes around 8 or 9 hours to drive to Nuremburg from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.

Football Trip to Nuremburg – Travel Around Nuremburg

You can walk from the central station to the centre of town quite easily and up to the castle and around the sights in the city centre.

Football Trip to Nuremburg – How to Get to the Match

Football Trip to Nuremburg – The Stadium

Beginning in 1933, the National Socialists began to use the stadium as a marching area for the Hitler Youth. The fourth Deutsche Kampfspiele, one of the biggest events organized by the Nazi Sports Body, took place in this stadium from 23–29 July 1934.

Following 1963, the stadium was reconditioned multiple times, so that it could meet the requirements for football in the Bundesliga.

Originally it was known as the Städtisches Stadion (English: Municipal Stadium) until 1945, when it was renamed to Victory-Stadium. In 1961, it returned to its original name until 1991, when it received the name Frankenstadion. 

Many fans of the 1. FC Nuremberg, led by the “Ultras Nuremberg” introduced on 1 April 2006, a demonstration against changing the name to a sponsors so the stadium was symbolically renamed Max-Morlock-Stadion, in honour of one of the best players in the club’s history, Max Morlock. 

In July 2016, the stadium arrived to its current name after the city of Nuremberg could not find a new sponsor.
The stadium hosted five games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, including the famous match between Portugal and the Netherlands, consequently known as the Battle of Nuremberg.

Football Trip to Nuremburg – Getting to the Stadium

The Stadion Nürnberg and the adjacent Nuremberg Arena are well serviced by public transportation to facilitate transport of Fans from and to the various sports and musical events taking place there:
• Bus stop Max-Morlock-Platz, right in front of the stadium. Serviced by Bus line 55
• Frankenstadion station, about 400 Meters (1300 ft) or a 5-minute walk from the stadium. Serviced by S-Bahn line S2
• Dutzendteich station and tramway stop, about 1300 m (4000 ft) or a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Services by Bus lines 55 and 65, Tramway line 6 and S-Bahn line S2
• Messe subway station, about 1800 m (5500 ft) or a 15-minute walk from the Stadium. Serviced by U-Bahn (Subway) lines U1 and U11

During mass sports and entertainment events, such as Bundesliga games or the annual Rock im Park festival, additional S-Bahn trains running between main station and Frankenstadion station are being put into service. Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Frankenstadion station had the length of its existing platform doubled and an additional platform built for that purpose.

Football Trip to Nuremburg – Getting Tickets


Tickets for FC Nürnberg matches can be bought online, at the Service-Center at Grundig Stadion, at the Fan-Shop at the Ludwigstraße 46 (old town), or at the Fan-Shop at Nürnberg’s training ground (Valznerweiherstraße 200). 

Nürnberg only sell out two or three high-profile matches per season.

Home matches fall into two pricing categories. Tickets for category B matches, the cheapest, range in price from €24.00 for a seat behind the goal to €49.00 for a central seat at the main stand. A ticket for the standing areas costs €14.00.

Tickets for category A matches, the most expensive, cost between €28.00 and €54.00. Standing costs €16.00.

For more information email service-center@fcn.de or call +49 (0) 911 21 73 333.

Tickets can also be bought by re-sellers such as Ticket Bis and Viagogo.

Football Trip to Nuremburg – Fixtures

Plan your Football Trip to Nuremburg with our full list of fixtures.

Football Trip to Nuremburg – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink

Football Trip to Nuremburg – Where to stay

Vieux Nuremburg is easy to walk around, so I would stay as close to here as possible.
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Football Trip to Amsterdam – What else to see & do

When planning a football trip to Amsterdam it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.

FC Nürnberg offer fans of Der Altmeister (The Old Master) the opportunity to tour club’s Grundig Stadion by undertaking a 75 minute tour of facilities which covers usually of limits areas such as the tunnels, the players’ dressing rooms, the dugouts, VIP boxes, the press area and the control room.  Tours for the general public usually run on Thursdays only, although you can book Individual dates for large groups on request. Throughout May – September the tour commences at 5.00pm and during April, October and November this is brought forward 1 hour to 4.00pm, with no tours running during the months not listed or on matchdays.  Tickets cost for €5.00 for adults, and €3.50for children up to 16 years, and those who meet the typical requirement for concessions such as Students, pensioners and disabled persons.  To book your place on the tour or to request a private viewing you can either phone call +49 911 8186 261, email the operators via info@stadion-nuernberg.de or visit the Grundig Stadion websitefor the most up to date information.

The best way to explore Nuremberg’s Old Town is to walk; highlights along the way include the original city walls, the Castle Quarter with its sand stone and timber framed houses, the Heilig-Geist-Spital, one of the largest hospitals from the Middle Ages, and of course the Imperial Castle (Kaiserburg), which was the residence of Germany’s Kaiser and kings between 1050 to 1571.  From the train station, it’s a half-hour walk through the Nuremberg’s Old Town – check out this Route trough Nuremberg , which takes you to the most scenic sights all the way to the Imperial Castle.

One of Nuremberg’s most famous residents was Albrecht Dürer, the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance. His timber-framed house in Nuremberg’s Old Town, set underneath the Imperial Castle, is now a museum dedicated to the artist’s life and work. On display are Dürer’s original etchings, woodcuts and paintings, and you can also tour the artist’s painting and printing workshop, where Dürer’s working techniques are demonstrated.

After Adolf Hitler declared in 1933 that Nuremberg should be “City of the Nazi Party Rallies”, the Nazi Party Rally Grounds with its monumental buildings, arenas, and roads for Nazi mass events and parades were constructed. Nowhere else in Germany can the remains of authentic Nazi architecture be seen as here.  In one wing of the unfinished Congress Hall, which was designed to seat 50,000 spectators, you’ll find the excellent permanent exhibition “Fascination and Terror”, which explores the rise of the Nazi Party, the Führer myth, Nazi party rallies, racism and anti-Semitism, the German resistance and the Nuremberg trials.

Open since 2010, this museum in the east wing of Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice offers an in-depth exhibition about the history of the Nuremberg Trials. The museum is located in the very same building where the Allies tried Nazi officials for crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity between 1945 and 1949. You can even tour the original courtroom 600, where the trails took place (please note that access might be limited as the court is still active and room 600 is still used for trials today).

Nuremberg is famous for its hearty “Nürnberger”, roasted pork sausages, and there is no better place to feast on them than in the oldest Bratwurst restaurant in the world. Since 1419, Nuremberg’s restaurant “Zum Guldenen Stern” dishes up its tasty sausages, handcrafted by local butchers according to traditional recipes and grilled over beech wood fire. Served six at a time, try them with sauerkraut and homemade potatoes salad and a side of horseradish cream.

Football Trip to Nuremburg – 10 of the Best Pubs in Nuremburg

Barfüßer, Hallplatz 2 (In the basement of the historic grainery on Königstraße), ☎ 20 42 42, [57]. A large, lively German-style beer hall, where you can have a keg delivered to your table and pour your own drinks as you go. Hearty Franconian food is on the menu, and they brew their own blond beer. € 7-12 per entree.

Kloster Andechs – Das Wirtshaus – A rather grand pub restaurant in a late 19th century building in the typical pinkish stone. It has high vaulted ceilings, long pine tables and wooden floors. There are a also few tables in the pedestrianised street outside. For those changing trains in Nuremberg, it’s handily located just a few minutes’ walk away from the main station. As you might have guessed from the name, it’s an Andechs tied house and has an appropriately wide draught beer selection (you can’t get much wider than every single beer they brew).

Cafe Express (Bulmann Str. 4, ) – Modern and trendy looking pub with elegant metal furniture and a bright yellow bar counter. It always has 4 different local beers on draught. It hosts live music. Beer costs just 2.10 euros for a half litre.

The Barfüßer brewpub certainly has a great location. It’s in the cellar of a massive rennaissance stone building that has one of the largest roofs I’ve ever seen. (Hallplatz 2, ) The Hauptbahnhof is no more than a few minutes away.

Bräustüberl Schwarzer Bauer – Old-fashioned style pub with wooden tables and a tiled floor in one of Nuremberg’s oldest buildings. It’s part of the Altstadthof brewpub complex, which has two other bars it different styles. Visits to both the brewery and the extensive rock cellars can be arranged. (Bergstr. 19, )

Landbierparadies “Das Wirtshaus” – hese people are real specialists in traditional Franconian beer. The pub sells beers from 15 small breweries. From each brewery there is one draught beer from an oak barrel and others in the bottle. There is a chain of 3 or 4 pubs and a beer shop.

Hütt’n – Burgstrasse 19, A pub close to the castle selling a selection of Franconian beer, including Schlenkerla Rauchbier, Schwarze Anna from Neder, Fischer Rauchbier and their own Hausbräu.

Top of our recommendations has got to be the Altstadthof, in the middle of the old town (up the hill near the castle). This is a cosy brewpub where, on a cold January day, we really fell in love with beer. They brew a Helles, a Schwarzbier, and most special of all, a “Rothbier” (which they translate as “Red beer”).

Football trip to Nuremburg – Useful links

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/10657508/Nuremburgs-best-museums-and-art-galleries.html

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/may/06/10-best-Nuremburg-music-venues

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/10599206/Nuremburg-guide-lesser-known-attractions-bars-and-restaurants.html

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/20-ultimate-things-to-do-in-Nuremburg#!1-intro

http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1937013_1936990_1936846,00.html

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g187147-Activities-Nuremburg_Ile_de_France.html