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Croatia group-stage fixtures

Accommodation by matchday

Matchday dates
Listed below are the group-stage matchdays by date, plus accommodation booking links and suggestions for each game.

Alternative options:
In case the host city rates are already too high for you, I've also listed an out of town option that you could try. In each case there is a direct rail link. The times I've shown are from main station to main station using local or regional services, not express trains that are excluded by some rail passes like the Deutschlandticket. If you have an Interrail pass, however, you can use express trains, so could reach the out-of-town locations faster.

All kick-off times shown are local time (CET).

MATCHDAY 1: 15 June, Spain vs Croatia

Kick-off: 18:00
Venue: Berlin
Stay: Hotels Hostels Campsites Holiday homes

Hotel suggestions:

Motel One Alexanderplatz
“Before I moved to Berlin, I always used to stay at Motel One on Alexanderplatz”, says Liverpool and Union Berlin fan John. “It’s a 2 minute-walk from the station and has great transport links. Has a decent bar and in the evenings a bar on the top floor with views over Berlin. One train to the airport, one train to the Olympic Stadium. Also reasonable walking distance to the Nikolaiviertel, Gendarmenmarkt, Unter Den Linden, Hackeschermarkt, etc etc”

NH Hoteles Friedrichstrasse
“We used to stay at another hotel, but now always stay at the NH one on Friedrichstrasse, as it’s the perfect location for getting around”, says Palace and Union fan Huw.

Märkischer Hof
For several years before I got my own place in Berlin, this was where I stayed on my frequent visits to the city. It was a simple, if slightly tired hotel, but affordable and within walking distance of Friedrichstrasse station and much of the city centre. However, it’s changed a fair bit since then, I think.

Hostel suggestions:

EastSeven Berlin Hostel
Located in trendy Prenzlauer Berg, a 20-minute walk from Alexanderplatz. Very highly rated hostel, close to Senefelderplatz underground station, from where you can get a U2 U-Bahn straight to the stadium.

Eastener Hostel
A 10-minute walk to Friedrichstrasse station (from where trains run direct to the stadium) and 25 minutes on foot to the Brandenburg Gate. A small hostel for the independent traveller. Not, they stress, a party hostel!

Circus Hostel
Centrally located, almost right next door to the Rosenthaler Platz underground station, which puts you on the network for travel all around Berlin. Rated 'Superb' on Hostelworld. Also just across a park from FC Magnet Bar, a good bar for watching football, as mentioned on my Berlin City page.

Campsite suggestions:

Hotel & City Camping Nord
25 mins by bus away from Berlin-Spandau S-Bahn station, from which the Olympic Stadium is just 16 minutes and Zoologischer Garten station, the heart of former West Berlin, 23 minutes.

D.C.C. Camping Gatow
40 minutes to the Olympic Stadium (a 2-minute walk to General-Steinhoff-Kaserne bus stop, then the bus to Heerstrasse and the S-Bahn to the stadium).

Holiday home suggestions:

Holiday cottage on edge of woods in northwest Berlin
Located in the Reinickendorf area of Berlin, this holiday home is a 23-minute drive from the Olympic Stadium. It has 2 bedrooms and a sofabed in the living room. Kitchen. Free Wi-Fi.

Holiday house in Mahlow
Located in a tree-lined village on the southern edge of Berlin, this holiday home is not far from BER Airport and just 500 metres from an S-Bahn (metro) station. One bedroom. Double sofabed in the living room. Patio, carport and BBQ.

Cozy log cabin on the southern edge of Berlin
Two double bedrooms, living room and kitchen.Garden. 17-minute walk to Altglieneke S-Bahn station (3 stops from the airport).

Alternative locations:

Berlin rates too high? Try Potsdam instead (25 minutes away)
For other options, all within the match ticket 36-hour free travel area, see my Transport networks page.

Travelling to match 2 by train? Here are the Berlin to Hamburg times and fares (for train times and fares between all host cities see my 'Train times' page).

MATCHDAY 2: 19 June, Croatia vs Albania

Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Hamburg
Stay: Hotels Hostels Campsites Holiday homes

Hotel suggestions:

Lindner Hotel am Michel
Union Berlin fan Felix says he "really liked" this 4-star hotel in central Hamburg. A 10-minute walk from the harbour, the Reeperbahn and public transport, via which you can reach the stadium in around 40 minutes.

Motel One Hamburg-Fleetinsel
A lower budget tip from Felix's other half, Natasha, this hotel is 11 minutes by public transport from the main station, 13 from the Reeperbahn and c. 45 from the stadium.

Mercure Hotel Hamburg am Volkspark
A 20-minute walk across the park to the stadium. 4-star hotel. Restaurant and bar. 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi. 

Hostel suggestions:

Backpackers St. Pauli
The last time I was in Hamburg and potentially in the market for a hostel bed, my mates and I were so skint that we instead hopped on a train with our Interrail passes (it was that long ago!) and pulled out the seats of an old 6-seat compartment to make beds for ourselves there. For those in seach of a hostel during the Euros, however, this place looks a fair option. It's 25 minutes by bus from the main station in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg. It offers dormitory accommodation and has a bar.

Arena Hostel
Simple accommodation for travellers and tradesmen. A 15-minute walk from the stadium and about 30 minutes by S-Bahn suburban train to the main station. Double and quadruple rooms, and 4-bed and 6-bed dormintories. Free parking and Wi-Fi.

a&o Hamburg City
A 5-minute walk from/to the main station (and thus also the adjacent FlixBus coach station). Modern single, double and family rooms, plus 4- to 8-bed dorms. 24-hr reception, Free Wi-Fi. Lobby bar.

Campsite suggestions:

KNAUS Campingpark Hamburg
45 mins with U-Bahn and bus to Hamburg main station and 56 minutes (one bus) to the stadium.

Camping ABC am Großensee/Hamburg
500m to Großensee, Hamburger Straße bus stop, then the bus to Rahlstedt Bahnhof (station) and a regional train to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. Total journey time: 55 minutes. See Deutsche Bahn website for train times and tickets.

Holiday home suggestions:

Ferienwohnung Haus Gartenlust
Holiday apartment with garden, barbecue and sauna. Two bedrooms. Sleeps 5. In the Jork area of Lower Saxony, west of Hamburg. 35 minutes by car to the stadium.

Holiday apartment in Norderstedt
Locaed to the north of Hamburg, this holiday apartment in a quiet sidestreet is a 21-minute drive from the stadium. Two bedrooms. Sleeps 4. Balcony. Free Wi-Fi.

Modern apartment in Halstenbeck
Located just to the north of Hamburg and only an 11-minute drive from the stadium, this two-bedroom apartment sleeips 5. Modern funishings and design. Balcony. Free Wi-Fi. Awarded 5 stars by the German Tourist Association (DTV).

Alternative locations:

Hamburg rates too high? Try Lübeck instead (44 minutes away; NOT covered by a match ticket).
For other options, all within the match ticket 36-hour free travel area, see my Transport networks page.

Travelling to match 3 by train? Here are the Hamburg to Leipzig times and fares (for train times and fares between all host cities see my 'Train times' page).

MATCHDAY 3: 24 June, Croatia vs Italy

Kick-off: 21:00
Venue: Leipzig
Stay: Hotels Hostels Campsites Holiday homes

Hotel suggestions:

Ibis Budget Leipzig City
Basic but clean, and a great location. Just 200 yards from the main station (and thus also the adjacent FlixBus coach station). Stayed here for a Union game a couple of years ago and walked both to and from the ground (about 20 minutes each way).

B&B Hotel Leipzig City
Also centrally located, 500 metres from the main station and thus also within walking distance of the stadium. Also close to all the main city centre sights.

Hotel Arena City
Just 250 metres from the stadium. 4-star hotel. Room service. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast. A 20-minute walk to the city centre or 13 if taking the tram.

Hostel suggestions:

Hostel Multitude
If you're looking for an inexpensive bed for the night just a 15-minute walk from the stadium, then this place is worth checking out. Double, triple and quadruple rooms available, plus dormintories sleeping up to 10. A bar, terrace and garden.

a&o Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
Located on the east side of the main station, directly opposite the FlixBus coach station. About a 40-minute walk to the stadium, or 25 minutes if partially done by tram. Fully refurbished hostel. 24-hr reception. Free Wi-Fi.

Very central location. 10 minutes on foot to the station and 30 to the station. A 'boutique' hostel, rated 'Superb' on Hostelworld. 24-hr reception. Free Wi-Fi.

Campsite suggestion:

KNAUS Campingpark Leipzig-Auensee
25 mins by public transport (bus and S-Bahn) to Leipzig Hbf

Holiday home suggestions:

Parkside City Apartments No16
Centrally located apartment in period building with modern furnishings. Just 16 minutes on foot to both the stadium and the main station. Two bedrooms. Sleeps 5.

Lovely apartment in top location
Centrally located, only an 11-minute walk from the stadium. Two bedrooms. Sleeps 6. Hot tub. Outisde area. Barbecue. Free Wi-Fi. 26-minute drive from Leipzig/Halle Airport.

Apartment in period building with homely ambience
Located in the Alt-West area of Leipzig, a 6-minute drive from the stadium. One bedroom with double bed and a double sofabed in the living room. Free Wi-Fi.

Alternative locations:

Leipzig rates too high? Try Halle instead (25 minutes away).
For other options, all within the match ticket 36-hour free travel area, see my Transport networks page.

Group-stage base:

For a potential group-stage base away from the host cities, see my Group B Base page.

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