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France 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: 17 June, Austria vs France

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

Hotel suggestions:

Ibis Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof 
Stayed here for a Union game a couple of years ago. You know what you’re getting with an Ibis hotel, and this one couldn’t be handier if you’re travelling by train or coach, as it’s built into the main station and thus next door to the FlixBus coach station..

Best Western Ambassador Hotel
Only 200 metres from the main station. 24-hour reception. Not a hotel I've stayed at myself, but almost as handy for trains in and out of town as the Ibis above.

Hostel suggestions:

Backpackers Düsseldorf
An inexpensive hostel for those doing the Euros backpacker-style. A 15-minute walk from the bars of the old town.

a&o Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof
A 14-minutes walk from the main station (and thus also from the adjacent FlixBus coach station). Opened in 2009, the hostel offers modern rooms in a range of categories, plus a large lobby and bar.

City Youth Hostel Düsseldorf
Located on the far side of the Rhine from the city centre. 18 minutes by public transport or a 30-minute walk to the old town.From single rooms to dormitories. 

Campsite suggestions:

Camping Düsseldorf-Lörick
1500m walk to D-Lörick underground station, then 16 minutes on the underground to Düsseldorf main station.

Camping Zweckverband Unterbacher See
850m walk to D-Stammesberg bus stop, then a 7-minute bus ride to Düsseldorf-Gerresheim and 5 minutes on the S-Bahn (metro) to Düsseldorf main station.

Holiday home suggestions:

Holiday apartment in Neuss
Two-bedroom apartment with modern furniture, located in Neuss, less than 20 minutes by car from both Düsseldorf city centre and the Merkur Spiel-Arena. Sleeps 4. A 3-minute walk to the nearest underground station, from where it's a direct 20-minute ride to Düsseldorf main station.

Modern apartment in Grevenbroich
Suitable as a base for both Düsseldorf and Cologne, as it's 24 minutes by car to Düsseldorf city centre and 33 to Cologne. Sleeps 4. Modern design and furnishings. Rated 'Exceptional' by 35 reviewers at time of writing.

Dorm-style accommodation in Kaarst
Sleeps up to 15. Can be hired in its entirety or partially. Facilities shared by all house guests. A 20-minute drive to the stadium.

Alternative locations:

Düsseldorf rates too high? Try Wuppertal instead (18 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 Düsseldorf to Leipzig times and fares (for train times and fares between all host cities see my 'Train times' page).

MATCHDAY 2: 21 June, Netherlands vs France

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.

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

MATCHDAY 3: 25 June, France vs Play-off winner A

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

Hotel suggestions:

Mercure Hotel Dortmund City
Have stayed here several times before safe standing meetings / games at the Westfalenstadion. Just round the corner from the main station and directly beside Kampfstrasse underground station, from which you can go straight to the ground.

Express by Holiday Inn 
“Clean and functional” says Crewe fan Ian.

Mercure Hotel Dortmund Messe & Kongress
You couldn't get closer to the stadium! Just walk across the gardens outside the hotel's front door and your outside the stadium. 4-star hotel. Free parking and Wi-Fi. Underground station for trains into the city centre 50 metres away.

Hostel suggestions:

DJH Jugendgästehaus Adolph Kolping
As I said above, it's been many years since I was a backpacker staying in hostels, so I can't say I've stayed here myself, but this DJH (German Youth Hostel Association) place is well situated, being just 800m from the main station, right next to one of the big squares in the pedestrianised city centre.

a&o Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
Budget hotel rooms and beds in dorms on offer. Situated less than 200m from the main entrance to the main station (and thus also only 300m from the FlixBus coach station). 24-hour reception. Free Wi-Fi.

The Bunk Hostel
Located in Essen, but right by the main station, so you can be at Dortmund main station in 25 minutes. New, modern hostel. Rated 'Fabulous' on Hostelworld. Free Wi-Fi.

Campsite suggestions:

Camping Hohensyburg
850m walk to Syburg bus stop, then bus and underground via Dortmund-Hörde to Dortmund main station. Total journey time: 57 minutes.

Knaus Campingpark Essen-Werden
1000m walk to Essen Werdener Markt bus stop, then an 18-minute bus ride to Essen main station and 22 minutes on a regional express train to Dortmund. See Deutsche Bahn website for train times and tickets.

Holiday home suggestions:

Countryside apartment just 7km from the city centre
Situated in the countryside district of Eving, this spacious modern apartment is nevertheless under 10 minutes by car from central Dortmund. 2 bedrooms. Modern kitchen appliances. Smart TV. Free Wi-Fi.

Large apartment with garden
Located in a suburb of Bochum, but less than 20 minutes by car from the stadium in Dortmund (and only a couple of minutes more to the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen). Well appointed, large apartment with garden. Quiet location. Sleeps 5. Terrace.

Bright, modern apartment south of Dortmund
Located in Schwerte, to the south of Dortmund. Sleeps 6. Two bathrooms. Spacious layout. Bus stop almost outside the front door. 20 minutes by car into central Dortmund.Free Wi-Fi. 

Alternative locations:

Dortmund rates too high? Try Bochum instead (10 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 D Base page.

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