The stage is ready for Europe’s summer time competition of soccer: the Euro 2024 finals in Germany. We now know all of the groups who’ve certified for the continent’s biggest soccer event, and when and the place they are going to play their opening matches.

England and Scotland certified emphatically. Sadly, Wales went out on penalties to Poland, who together with Georgia and Ukraine have been final to qualify.

Euro 2024 kicks off in Munich on Friday 14 June and ends with the ultimate in Berlin on Sunday 14 July.

Many followers will wish to journey to Germany. Whether or not you’re planning a midsummer’s dream journey to help your group or simply wish to absorb the ambiance, these are the important thing questions and solutions.

The venues?

  • Berlin Olympiastadion (capability 70,000)
  • Munich Soccer Enviornment (67,000)
  • Dortmund BVB Stadion (66,000)
  • Stuttgart Enviornment (54,000)
  • Gelsenkirchen Enviornment AufSchalke (50.000)
  • Hamburg Volksparkstadion (50,000)
  • Cologne Stadium (47,000)
  • Dusseldorf Enviornment (47,000)
  • Frankfurt Enviornment (46,000)
  • Leipzig Stadium (42,000)

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The place and when are Scotland’s group-stage video games?

14 June v Germany in Munich (the event’s opening match)

19 June v Switzerland in Cologne

23 June v Hungary in Stuttgart

Scotland booked their place in Germany by ending second in Group A (Getty)

The place and when are England’s group-stage video games?

16 June v Serbia in Gelsenkirchen

20 June v Denmark in Frankfurt

25 June v Slovenia in Cologne

What are the essential journey mechanics?

Fortuitously for supporters of England and Scotland, all of the video games – aside from the opening match between Germany and Scotland in Munich – are in western Germany.

For Cologne, the place England will play Slovenia and Scotland will play Switzerland, floor journey appears greatest: ideally a Eurostar practice from London to Brussels and a connection from there.

However will probably be less expensive for teams of supporters to go by street. Many individuals will take vehicles throughout, and the Dover-Dunkirk or Harwich-Hook of Holland ferries are in all probability greatest – although Newcastle to Amsterdam and Hull to Rotterdam are additionally possible, if costly.

There’s a large alternative of flights on price range airways from throughout England and Scotland to Germany, however they gained’t be low-cost through the event for key video games. It might be sensible to fly to someplace near Germany as an alternative.

For instance, to achieve Gelsenkirchen, the venue for England’s first sport in opposition to Serbia, Eindhoven within the Netherlands is an choice. Remarkably, for these flying out on 15 June and returning on 17 June, Ryanair has flights between London Stansted and Eindhoven for £15 every method.

For Scotland’s sport in opposition to Hungary on 23 June in Stuttgart, you could possibly fly on easyJet from Edinburgh to Basel in Switzerland and get an affordable practice from there; out on 21 June, again on 24 June is at present £184 return.

Will travelling across the host nation be straightforward?

Sure, as a result of German Railways has an enormous, high-density community, with low fares should you don’t take the quickest expresses.

There isn’t any actual have to ebook something prematurely – you should purchase tickets on the day. The community will really feel the pressure on match days, however trains will likely be supplemented by long-distance coaches.

In the event you’re driving your individual automobile, the autobahns will likely be busy – and additionally, you will discover parking in cities and close to venues troublesome.

All ticket holders will get 36 hours of free native transport round every match.

Which brings us to the thorny query of tickets…

All group-match tickets have been offered, and the Uefa resale platform has now closed. The organisers say “There will likely be no additional alternatives to resell tickets.”

However many tickets for the knock-out phases have been held again, and can return on sale from 23 June onwards. Uefa says: “Tickets reserved for knockout-stage matches will likely be offered through the event upon the qualification of the groups for the respective matches.”

Tickets for the Spherical of 16 matches involving profitable groups in Scotland’s group ought to go on sale from 9pm BST on 23 June, and England’s group from 9pm BST on 25 June.

Or you’ll be able to accept the fan zones – which will likely be in engaging areas resembling Cologne’s outdated city, the Altstadt.

Crowds in Cologne’s railway station (Getty)

What about lodging?

Not like Paris, the place lodge charges are steadily falling forward of the Olympic Video games, demand for rooms in and close to host venues is rising – together with costs. For a lot of followers, Germany is extraordinarily accessible.

In Cologne, on the night time of Scotland’s group sport in opposition to Switzerland (19 June), many properties are offered out, and primary price range lodge rooms are promoting for £400.

However it can save you roughly half the price by reserving in Dusseldorf, about 20 minutes by practice from Cologne. Go additional, to Aachen (lower than an hour away), and charges halve once more.

Whereas many Berlin inns are offered out on the night time of the ultimate, an excellent lodge room in Leipzig (the Amano Dwelling) is simply €79 (£69) on the night time of the ultimate, with trains taking 75 minutes to achieve the German capital.

Is it value ready till the knockout phases?

Fairly probably. A legitimate technique is to do nothing now and see if England and Scotland progress past the group stage. From then onwards, every thing turns into simpler – stress on transport and lodging eases as a result of a number of followers sadly go dwelling.

Over the four-day spell of the Spherical of 16, from 29 June to 2 July, might be the prime time to be in Germany.

And, in case you are feeling optimistic, you could possibly even ebook an affordable flight to Berlin for the ultimate on 14 July. Ryanair is at present promoting flights on 11 July, returning on 16 July, for simply £137 from Edinburgh to the German capital.

What shall I do between the matches?

This information focuses on the England and Scotland host cities, so as of their matches. However the very best of the remaining will comply with.

Munich (Scotland v Germany, 14 June)


The Bavarian capital is the favorite German metropolis of many travellers. The Altstadt, the outdated city, has the gorgeous Marienplatz – dominated by the neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (new city corridor), which stretches throughout its northern facet. Shortly earlier than 11am and midday every day, crowds collect for a glockenspiel efficiency that contains a Bavarian knight beating a French challenger in a jousting event. For the very best view of Munich (and, on a transparent day, the Bavarian Alps), go to the tower of St Peter’s Church, simply south.

Eat and drink

Heat summer time evenings will primarily be spent on cafe terraces and in beer gardens, however the state-owned Hofbrauhaus is nicely value visiting for the dizzying choreography of the well-attired ready employees and the conviviality of the placement – augmented occasionally with all of the oompah you’ll anticipate from a Bavarian band.

Decide up a pretzel to go alongside your beer on the Hofbrauhaus (Getty)

Gelsenkirchen (England v Serbia, 16 June)


The Ruhr is off many vacationers’ itineraries, however the former coal and metal hub for Germany’s financial and navy may is fascinating. Gelsenkirchen itself is definitely little greater than a northern suburb of Essen (don’t present this to any locals). The commercial archaeology is outstanding, with a lot of the previous Zollverein coal mine handed again to nature – and guests. You may clamber, rigorously, round this Unesco-listed gem. And the German Soccer Museum is simply minutes away in Dortmund (see under).

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Essen in central Essen: it’s troublesome to go improper, however I just like the Pfefferkorn Essen. South of the town centre, Il Pomodoro is a dependable Italian.

Cologne (Scotland v Switzerland, 19 June; England v Slovenia, 25 June)


Cologne is a metropolis designed for strolling. Begin by climbing the bell tower of the dom (cathedral); the 509 steps are difficult, although you’ll be able to pause midway as much as admire the glocken (bells). From the general public gallery at a top of 97m, you get a nice view of the outdated city – and a few ungainly fashionable buildings that have been erected after the Second World Struggle, through which 90 per cent of the town was destroyed. The Museum Ludwig, adjoining to the dom, celebrates fashionable artwork by the likes of Dali and Warhol. For Nineteenth-century works and earlier, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum is a dramatic fashionable construction.

Scotland and England are each enjoying matches within the very walkable Cologne (Getty/iStock)

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Consuming, ingesting and purchasing are the principle pursuits of the locals in what’s arguably Germany’s friendliest large metropolis. The native Kolsch beer – mild and nicely hopped – will cheer even dropping followers. The tastiest model is Gaffel, whose dwelling floor is the Gaffel Haus on Alter Markt. However the ambiance is much more convivial on the Brauhaus Sion, which additionally serves up sauerbraten: beef marinated for what looks as if months, which melts in your mouth in minutes.

Frankfurt (England v Denmark, 20 June)


Europe’s monetary hub is way extra rewarding than you may think. It has a historically restored outdated city, full with the prospect to ascend the tower of St Bartholomew’s (location for medieval coronations of holy Roman emperors), although with some questionable Sixties gildings. Among the many wealth of points of interest on this rich metropolis: Goethe’s Home, the place the nationwide poet was born in 1749.

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Goethe may have been speaking to soccer followers when he wrote: “In the event you’ve by no means eaten whereas crying you don’t know what life tastes like.” Cross one of many bridges to go south of the Important and pattern ebbelwei – apple wine, a cousin of cider – in Ebbelwoi Unser, the place you can too dine on sausage, dumplings and sauerkraut.

Stuttgart (Scotland v Hungary, 23 June)


The capital of Baden-Wurttemberg, an enormous, affluent southwestern state, feels totally different from many different German cities: with hilly environment and a way of house, it’s a location for getting out and about. High attraction: the Mercedes-Benz Museum. However if you wish to be alone after the match, strive Schloss Solitude, simply west of the town.

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May this be Germany’s most superb bar? Jigger & Spoon is a contemporary tackle the speakeasy bar, two flooring under the town streets within the vault of a financial institution, which you attain by going into the workplace block at Gymnasiumstrasse 33 and taking the carry down two flooring. By some means it features a cigar lounge. For dinner, the Stuttgart Rathskeller within the basement of the town corridor is unbeatable.

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The wall could have come down in 1989, however 35 years on, the scars of the division of the German capital are nonetheless evident. The Palace of Tears at Friedrichstrasse railway station, the place folks checked out of East Germany to the West, is now a museum, and supplies a profoundly emotional expertise.


Controversy drags on about England’s third objective within the 1966 World Cup Remaining: the German Soccer Museum even has a particular investigation into the linesman’s questionable resolution in opposition to West Germany, utilizing an interactive media station. Unsurprisingly, there’s moderately extra give attention to the events when German gamers gained the Weltmeisterschaft (in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014).

Dortmund’s historic metropolis corridor (Getty)


The Church of St Nicholas was in-built 1874 by the nice British architect Gilbert Scott. It was devastated through the Second World Struggle by Allied bombers, however the spire survived and stays one in all Europe’s tallest church buildings. The crypt comprises a small museum commemorating the wartime destruction of Hamburg and the victims of the Third Reich. Close by, go to Altona Fischmark, the ornate fish market the place The Beatles used to breakfast after their all-night reveals on the Reeperbahn.


One among Germany’s most rewarding cities owes a lot of its magnificence to the Rhine; a riverside freeway is now confined to a tunnel. Take the Weisse Flotte €20 Panorama-Fahrt (no sniggering, please) to understand the setting and study extra in regards to the monuments.


On this nice East German metropolis, do point out the Chilly Struggle. The Zeitgeschictliches Discussion board focuses on 4 many years of state communism. You’re taken by way of the entire sorry story, from the Nazi period by way of the postwar carve-up of Germany determined in Potsdam, and spy cameras disguised as cigarette packets, to the night time in 1989 when the Berlin Wall got here down.


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