Berlin FIFA World Cup 2006
Home to Berlin's top football team, Hertha, Berlin’s Olympia Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup 2006 Final, as well as several group matches and a quarter final match. The stadium has recently undergone a major refurbishment and is easy to get to, served as it is by the underground and metro.
Located in northeast Germany, the vibrant capital, Berlin, straddles the Spree River and boasts a long history. Despite its turbulent past, the Berlin of today is a modern and happening city featuring some magnificent buildings, excellent museums and theatres, and numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Berlin will no doubt prove to be a great choice for the FIFA World Cup 2006 Final.
Berlin hotels World Cup 2006
The main accommodation area of Berlin, where affordable pensions mix with world class establishments, is in the heart of the city along the main boulevard of western Berlin, known as the Kurfürstendamm (Ku'damm). Demand for rooms during the FIFA World Cup 2006 matches is going to be huge; therefore getting your hotel room booked in advance is a must!
Berlin shopping and nightlife
The Ku'damm is also known for its shopping allure featuring numerous quality stores and souvenir shops. It is often referred to as the ‘Fifth Avenue of Berlin’ and is also popular with the locals, along with the speciality shopping areas of the Breitscheidplatz, Olivaer Platz, and Tauentzienstrasse.
To celebrate or commiserate your team at the FIFA World Cup 2006, western Berlin has some great watering holes and nightclubs, yet the eastern part of the city has overtaken its counterpart in the entertainment department, with its profusion of bars in Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. A definite must-see area for the night owl is Prenzlauer Berg (Prenzl’berg).
If you have some spare time during the World Cup 2006, have a look at the infamous 18th century Brandenburg Gate, which is located on the site of the old Berlin Wall; the excellent Checkpoint Charlie Museum is also nearby. In addition, the reconstructed Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche is well worth a look as is the group of museums and concert venues known as the Kulturforum.
Getting to Berlin
Although Berlin has three major airports (Schönefeld, Tegel and Templehof), many overseas visitors arrive here via the likes of Frankfurt, yet there are several daily flights direct from London to Berlin. Bus connections to the city from the airports are excellent and several train stations across town provide an alternative for getting here. A handful of motorways also converge on the capital from all directions making driving here straightforward.
Tickets aboard trains, planes and buses are likely going to be fully booked as the FIFA World Cup 2006 Final draws near and you should think about sorting out your travel arrangements way before time.