Cologne FIFA World Cup 2006
Rhein Energie Stadion
Also known as the Müngersdorfer Stadion and the FIFA World Cup Stadium Cologne, the Rhein Energie Stadion (Rhine Energy Stadium) is a proper football venue in that there is no running track to have to sit behind, meaning better viewing and a better match atmosphere. Recently revamped, the stadium features excellent facilities and will seat more than 40,000 spectators for the FIFA World Cup 2006.
Located in northwest Germany, Cologne has a Roman connection and is loaded with fine museums and magnificent cathedrals. The city boasts colourful carnivals, owing to its cosmopolitanism, and is well supplied with every type of eatery, while the nightlife is lively and exciting.
Cologne hotels World Cup 2006
Although Cologne has a good complement of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, the availability during the city’s scheduled FIFA World Cup 2006 matches is likely going to be low, therefore booking ahead as far as possible is recommended.
Cologne shopping and nightlife
Cologne is known for its art galleries and markets and there will be many options for night time entertainment during the FIFA World Cup 2006, with a profusion of quality breweries and delicious local fare. Gross St Martin in the Altstadt (old town) is one of the most popular drinking areas with tourists and locals alike, while Südstadt (St Severins quarter) offers a more refined dining and drinking experience. Additionally, the Belgisches Viertel is laid back and has something in between, and those into the arts have a choice of the theatre, opera, ballet and concerts.
For those who fancy a spot of sightseeing during the World Cup 2006, lying to the northwest of the town centre is the Dom, a huge 13th century cathedral that is Cologne’s most recognisable feature, boasting two impressive spires and intricate stained-glass windows. There are a couple of notable museums nearby, including the much vaunted Museum Complex, with its fabulous paintings, and the Ludwig Museum. Cologne Zoo and the Botanical Gardens are also worth a look.
Getting to Cologne
Koln/Bonn International Airport is southeast of the city on the way to Bonn and it receives numerous Europe-wide and domestic flights, making it convenient to fly to for the FIFA World Cup 2006. If you can’t get a flight here, however, Düsseldorf, to the north, also has an international airport as does Frankfurt to the south. Buses and trains run to the city from the airport throughout the day, and the A-59 and A-3 autobahns provide road access. You can also get to Cologne by rail from the UK via Lille and Brussels.