Today is the start of Euro 2012. Germans love football and this weekend the first match Germany is playing is against Portugal this Saturday. It is going to be tough to get through to the final as all four teams in Group B (Germany, Portugal, Denmark and Holland) are in the top 10 of FIFA’s world rankings. There will be a great atmosphere, so if you are in Berlin this weekend, here are some of the places you should go to watch the game.
Between the Victory Column and the Brandenburg Gate there will the football fan mile as crowds of football supporters come to watch the match. Preparations are well under way setting up a public viewing platform on the Straße des 17. Juni. They are expecting up to 300,000 people to come and watch the match on Saturday. There will be live bands on stage before and after the game to get people into the football spirit. The Straße is in the centre of Berlin, accessible by the S-Bahn S5, S7 and S&% and the U-Bahn U2 and U-Bahn U9.
In this neighbourhood, there are a number of courtyards where the football games will be shown. Kulturbrauerei, on Schönhauser Allee, is a former brewery and has an open courtyard with a big screen to watch the match. Traditional German beer is served as well as BBQ food just off the grill.
If you prefer to go to a local bar or restaurant, there are plenty in Prenzlauer Berg. Donath located on Schwedter Str, is an Italian restaurant serving German beer and Italian wine and will be showing the match this Saturday. It is a favourite local for the Italians who come to watch their home team play.
A more traditional German pub/bar also on Schwedter Str is Halifeor. They will be showing the match on three projector screens. There is a large terrace outside and it can get quite cozy inside when full. They serve traditional German beer, from 2 euros each and cocktails from 5 euros.
Home to one of the busiest subway stations in Berlin, this square also has a beer garden with large tv screens to view the football. Many locals come to Alexanderplatz to watch the German games. It will be busy, so arrive early to “reserve” your place. There are numerous food stalls nearby selling bratwurst and currywurst.
The German football magazine has set up in the Astra Kulturhaus, in Friedreichshain. They will be showing all 31 of the Euro 2012 games on one large tv screen and other smaller monitors in their indoor tents and outdoor area. Up to 3,500 football fans can come and watch the match for free. Season ticket holders can reserve an area as it is going to get very busy.
Germany will want to beat Spain and take the Euro 2012 title home with them. An extra bonus for the players is that they will each receive €300,000 if they win. If you want to go to Germany this summer, have a look at some of our Berlin apartments for rent we have on our website. If you have an apartment in Berlin and would like us to rent it for you, please contact Worldwide Accom.
Written by Jo Turnbull