When Germany hosted the World Cup two years ago, the country turned into one big football party as people gathered indoors and out to watch matches on massive screens. The Euro 2008 won’t be any different. Television sets will be set up on nearly every corner for the games contested by the German national team, but there are plenty of places across the country showing every single match.
Here’s just a sampling, but feel free to send us your own picks: [email protected]
German football culture magazine 11 Freunde is setting up shop in the Eichenstraße, where there will be space for 1,500 fans to watch matches on a pair of ten-square metre screens. No cover charge. www.11freunde.de/emquartier
Quirky music venue Lido in Kreuzberg on Cuvrystraße is showing matches on a cinema-size screen for 700 people and the Fußballtempel near Berlin’s central train station has space for 800. Both are free. www.fussball-tempel.de
The Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg is hosting a European Village while showing all matches outdoor on the premises of this converted former beer brewery. The adjacent clubs and restaurants have plenty to do after the footie is over. www.kulturbrauerei.de
Mercedes-Welt along Salzufer will have a 50-square metre screen and room for 2,000 fans in a huge hall.
Just like during the World Cup, Berlin will shut the city’s main axis Straße des 17. Juni for the semifinal and final on June 25 and 26. The so-called Fanmeile will have large screens there and is expected to attract half a million people each day.
The Fiddlers Irish pub has three large plasma screens showing all the matches. www.fiddlers-bonn.com
The Kölnarena is showing all of the first round German matches and all games from the quarterfinals onward. No cover charge for the 30,000 people that fill it up. The games will be shown on the arena’s video cube suspended from the ceiling and a huge 50-square metre screen.
The popular Aachener Weiher park has a nice little Biergarten that will show all of the tournament’s matches for free. They’ll have two large screens and several TVs set up so you don’t miss any of the action while scarfing down your sausage. www.biergarten-am-aachener-weiher.com
The funky Gloria Theatre on Apostelnstraße will show all German team matches on a 35-square metre screen. No cover.
If you’re not at all into watching in a intimate setting, the convention centre in Essen will have Germany’s largest screen – a mammoth 8 by 14 metres – set up in Halle 6. There will be seating for 7,000 people. It’ll cost you €3.50.
Up to 40,000 football fans can head to the northern port city’s Heiligengeistfeld near the St. Pauli Stadium to watch matches on a 60-square metre screen. There will be open air stage and Alpine food on offer.
Head to the port city’s very own beach at Strand Pauli to support Germany and then chill out between matches by watching huge cargo ships glide by with sand between your toes. www.strandpauli.de
If you want to combine your football with some solid red light district fun then head to the Spielbudenplatz on Hamburg’s notorious Reeperbahn. Watching matches at this Biergarten will keep you next to all the nudie bars. www.spielbudenplatz.eu
Germany’s banking capital will forget finance for a few hours with the city’s largest Euro 2008 party set up right in the middle of its skyscrapers on Roßmarkt. Up to 6,000 people can watch all tournament matches there for free. The band Revolverhead will play the official fan song of the German Football Association (DFB) “Helden 2008” there on June 7.
Hafen 2, the converted train warehouse along the banks of the Main is showing all Euro matches. There will be 54-square metre screen and bbq on days the German team is playing. www.hafen2.de
Citybeach is the pimped out top of a parking garage. It has pools, lounge chairs and plenty of sand, as well as a big screen and several TVs for the footie. www.citybeach.de
Football fans in the Bavarian metropolis can head to the Seehaus at the city’s English Garden, where a large screen right on the water will show matches. Visitors can even kick a ball around on the nearby lawns.
The Park Café is showing the matches outdoor with typical Bavarian flair. But this location offers a range of food from a stadium style sausage to fancy VIP cuisine. www.parkcafe089.de
Mentnerschwaige claims to optimized the viewing angle on its big screen. They’re also offering spare ribs and huge mugs of Löwenbräu for €6.90. You can also dump your kids off at the nearby playground so you can concentrate on the match. www.menterschwaige.de
Those interested in seeing Euro matches in Stuttgart can check out the Schlossplatz, which will have enough room for 40,000 people.