Europesure Travel Insurance ‘Euros’ Guide: What to See in Germany’s Tournament Cities

June 4, 2024

Footie fans heading to the Euros this June – or members of their family travelling but not necessarily attending matches – may have time to kill in a number of German cities.  So what is there to do within the host cities, when not watching two teams battling it out?  Europesure Travel Insurance has done a little digging to bring you insight plus travel insurance advice.

Berlin

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Berlin is an eclectic city, steeped in history and well worth exploring, if time allows.  Head to the remnants of the Berlin Wall, to relive the days of a divided Germany, or visit the must-see Brandenburg Gate, to connect with Berlin’s past.  Explore the narrow streets of the Nikolai Quarter or hop to Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting five large museums built by Prussian rulers.  Head up to the observation deck of the 368-metre high TV Tower, in Alexanderplatz – the tallest building open to the public in Europe - to enjoy views across the city and gaze down on other famous landmarks such as the Reichstag (Parliament building) and the Olympic stadium. Perhaps even book a table in the revolving Sphere restaurant and enjoy the views whilst sampling the cuisine.

Hamburg

Hamburg is the third biggest city in Europe that is not a capital and it is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus – warehouse and historical office districts that convey Hamburg’s role in international trade.  The ‘sinful mile’ – Reeperbahn – lies in the St Pauli entertainment and red light district and is where you can walk in the footsteps of the early days of The Beatles, who performed at the Indra Club. For something more upmarket, head to the ‘Elphi’ building, where it is free to ascend and get a city view. Similarly magnificent views can be bagged from the baroque ‘Michel’ (St Michaelis) church, whilst the largest model railway in the world can be found at Miniatur Wunderland.

Frankfurt

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Known as ‘Mainhatten’, Frankfurt is a post-War city of skyscrapers and one known for its Apfelwein and huge conference centre.  To appreciate the city skyline to the full, head up the Main Tower to the observation platform or, from a lower level, head to the Eiserner Steg footbridge. The seemingly historic buildings in Römerburg were actually rebuilt in 1986 but are well worth seeing.

Dortmund

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Football fans will naturally gravitate to the Football Museum located near to Dortmund rail station, where both the history of the German national team and that of the German Bundesliga are documented.  For across-city views, head to the terrace on the Dortmunder U building – easy to spot via the gold U on its top.  At the Phoenix West former blast furnace and Phoenix des Lumières attraction, you can enjoy immersive digital art exhibitions brought to life with light and music within the old industrial setting.

Cologne

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Köln, as the Germans know it, lies on the River Rhine, which you can cross on a 6-minute journey by cable car, to appreciate all that the riverscape and Old Town have to offer.  The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cologne Cathedral is home to major treasures such as the Shrine of the Three Kings, said to contain the bones of the Magi.  However, the Cathedral is also home to a tower that can be ascended to reach a viewing platform offering spectacular views.  

Moving on to modern culture, you can visit the Chocolate Museum of Cologne  - with river views to enjoy from the chocolate café - and also see some of Formula 1 racing driver, Michael Schumacher’s, private collection of memorabilia, including all of the original cars from his seven Formula 1 World Championship triumphs. Add to this the German Sport and Olympic Museum and there’s lots to enthral the sports fan.

Leipzig

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If you love classical music, as well as football, you can’t go wrong in Leipzig, once home to Bach and now to the Bach Museum. Thomaskirche (St Thomas’s Church) is well worth a visit, as it is where Bach, Wagner and Mozart have all performed. Meanwhile, Mendelssohn Haus is dedicated to yet another composer.  This mix of music, culture and a vibrant food scene infuses life in Leipzig.  The Arabian Coffee Tree Museum of Leipzig is one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe and comes with a museum dedicated to coffee.  Ascend the modern 142.5-metre skyscraper of City Hochhaus to get views over Leipzig from the 31st floor and don’t miss the Renaissance City Hall or huge market square.

Gelsenkirchen

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The numerous blast furnaces that once lit up this city have given it the name of the ‘City of a Thousand Fires’. Another great city view can be enjoyed here, if you head to the south of the city and visit the Rheinelbe spoil tip, now a large sculpture named Stairway to Heaven, which you can walk up via spiral paths.  Snap the modern piece of architecture that is the Musiktheater im Revier, head to ZOOM to see animals from around the globe, or relax in the huge Nordsternpark.

Stuttgart

When not tucking into this city’s famous pancake soup (Flädlesuppe), you could satisfy a lot of petrolhead desires in Stuttgart, which is home to both the Mercedes Benz and Porsche Museums. The former focuses not just on current but future car technology, whilst the latter has the amazing Porsche Touchwall.  Interacting with this allows you to summon up 3000 photos, adverts, drawings and more.  Then, there is Porsche in the Mix, where you can make your own tape of Porsche related motor sounds and send yourself your own DJ mix.  If you are not into cars, the city’s Botanical Gardens boast the largest magnolia grove in Europe and the Staatsgalerie is home to works of art by artists including Dali, Picasso and Miro.

Dusseldorf

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Dusseldorf has a huge drinking culture and is home to what is called the ‘longest bar in the world’ – the old town. (Altstadt). With 260 bars, pubs and restaurants all lined up, just remember - as a vital part of our travel insurance advice - that being under the influence of alcohol can lead to a travel insurance claim being declined.  Lovers of Japanese food and culture should head to Little Tokyo, home to the third largest Japanese community in Europe after London and Paris’s.  Take a guided tour of the State Parliament, walk alongside the Rhine, or simply shop in the luxurious Königsallee shopping street. The ultra-modern Medienhafen – a transformation of the old harbour – is also well worth checking out, as are the amazing art galleries, full of works by Kirchner, Klee and Klimt.

Munich

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The major Munich landmark of Frauenkirche, with its two twin domed towers, has an observation deck for those happy to climb the 89 steps of its south tower and then hop in a lift. The view that is your reward can actually stretch to the Alps on a fine day.  Be sure to visit the main square (Marienplatz), see the old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) and make a beeline for the Kunstareal museum area.  If it’s the food delicacies of Munich you want to track down, head to the Viktualienmarkt – a food market brimming with cheeses, bread, sausages, pralines and more.  This could be the perfect way to pack a picnic that can be enjoyed in the English Garden – a public park larger than Central Park in New York and within which you can watch river surfing taking place on what is known as the Eisbach Wave.

Europesure’s final tip

With all of these things to do around the football fixtures this June, you can turn a football trip into a really rounded experience.  Just remember that whether you are travelling from the UK or other countries in Europe who have qualified for the Euros, Europesure Travel Insurance should be able to provide you with the travel insurance protection that your trip will require and travel insurance advice, if needed.  Check out the different options available at https://europesuretravelinsurance.com and make sure you buy a travel insurance policy that can step in and assist you, if required to do so.

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