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Berlin - Stadium

The Olympiastadion Berlin is a very interesting historical building, but not a great place to watch football. Built for the 1936 Olympics, at which Jesse Owens then spoilt the party for the Ayrian supremacists, it's a fascinating piece of Nazi architecture, which is well worth seeing as a tourist (assuming it's open on non-matchdays during the Euros, you can book tickets here). 

As far as a place to watch football goes, that's another story. It's the only ground regularly used for internationals in Germany that still has a running track. Consequently, you are always a long way from the pitch, especially if you're on one of the curves behind the goals. 

Nevertheless, it's one of the biggest stadia in the country (74,000 capacity normally, 70,000 for the Euros) and will stage the final, just as it did for the World Cup in 2006 (famous for that Zidane headbutt!).

Games being held at the stadium
The Euro 2024 matches being staged at the ground are listed here.

Getting there from the city centre
On public transport you have a choice of S-Bahn (suburban train) or U-Bahn (underground). Which service is best for you depends on where you're starting from and on what side of the stadium you want to arrive. As can be seen in the aerial photo below, the U-Bahn station is to the east of the stadium and brings you up a path through the woods onto a long forecourt and the stadium's main entrance with the two big columns and the Olympic rings. The S-Bahn station is to the south of the stadium. If you exit the station in the direction of travel, you emerge at an entrance behind the 'main stand'. If you exit the station walking in the opposite direction, you end up, after a short walk, at the main entrance. Either way, once inside these outer entrances, there is a lot of space to mill around before actually entering the stadium proper.

Here are a couple of example journeys:

Hauptbahnhof (main station) to Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium)
Take the S9 of S3 (heading for Spandau) and get off at the Olympiastadion. It's a direct journey and takes 19 minutes.

Alexanderplatz to the stadium
You can take the S9 or S3 as above (takes 26 minutes) or use the underground, taking the U2 (heading for Ruhleben), which takes 36 minutes.

Fan Mile / Brandenburg Gate to the stadium
If you go from the Brandenburger Tor underground station, you'll need to change trains. You can, for instance, take the S1 (heading for Potsdam Hauptbahnhof) or the S2 (heading for Lichtenrade) for one stop and change at Potsdamer Platz onto the U2. Total journey time around 33 minutes. Alternatively, you can save yourself the change at Potsdamer Platz by walking there from the Fan Mile or Brandenburg Gate. That will take you about 10 minutes. The U2 will then get you to the stadium in 25 minutes.

Getting there from the aiport
For getting directly to the stadium from the airport, see my Berlin Airport page.

You can find all you need to know about getting around in Berlin on the official VBB public transport website, and I'd thoroughly recommend downloading their free app. If you have a match ticket or a rail pass such as Interrail or the Deutschlandticket, you'll not need to pay any fare. Ditto if your have the Berlin WelcomeCard.

TIP: If you want to get a seat for your journey to the stadium, get on at a stop as far out to the east of the city as possible (if you try to get on in the city centre or anywhere to the west, you're likely to be standing all the way). You could, for instance, spend a few hours in the picturesque old town of Köpenick and then get the S3 to the stadium. It'll take 50 minutes, but you are likely to be comfortably sat down all the way!

To keep this page uncluttered, I've not included any photos. Instead, I've put together a selection in this Berlin City and Stadium Gallery

Hotels close to the stadium

Within 2 miles- Easy to get to/from

Ibis Berlin Messe
Located at the Messe, Berlin's vast trade fair complex, this hotel is a 3-minute walk from Kaiserdamm underground station, from which the U2 goes straight to the stadium and, in the opposite direction, into the city centre. The journey to the stadium is just 3 stops and takes 5 minutes. To Alexanderplatz (by the TV tower) it takes 29 minutes. The hotel has a 24-hour bar and 8th-floor breakfast lounge with views across Berlin.

Enjoy Hotel am Studio
Also very close to the trade fair complex and the long-distance coach station, this hotel is just 1 minute on foot from Theodor-Heuss-Platz underground station, from which the U2 will get you to the stadium in just 2 stops and 3 minutes. In 20 minutes it will get you to Potsdamer Platz (where the Sony Centre is located, just a short walk from the Brandenburg Gate). The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi and a bowling alley.

Hotel Aster an der Messe
Another hotel very close to Theodor-Heuss-Platz underground station and thus only a 3-minute ride from the stadium or 20 minutes from central Berlin. A privately run hotel with free parking available nearby if you're travelling by car.


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