Hamburg FIFA World Cup 2006
The AOL Arena in Hamburg was originally built as the Volksparkstadion (People's Park Stadium) in the early 1950s and was rebuilt in 1999 on the same ground and renamed the AOL. The pitch was rotated for better light and will hold about 50,000 spectators for the FIFA World Cup 2006.
Germany’s second city is situated in northern central Germany amid a plethora of lakes and rivers and is one of the great ports and cultural centres of Europe, meaning excellent facilities for the FIFA World Cup 2006. In addition, Hamburg boasts a profusion of parks and gardens and it is home to many great museums and striking architecture.
Hamburg hotels World Cup 2006
Hamburg is loaded with quality accommodation, but unfortunately it’s a bit limiting on budget establishments. Don’t expect to find a room without a reservation during the World Cup 2006 matches as you will no doubt be disappointed and possibly end up having to sleep on a park bench if you can find a spare one. The best accommodation is located in the centre of Hamburg and you should have no problems in finding a bed if you book in advance.
Hamburg shopping and nightlife
For those interested in shopping during the FIFA World Cup 2006, the eastern side of the Neustadt (new city) is one of the best areas in Hamburg, with its many fashionable boutiques and trendy cafés, and this area is also home to lots of bars and nightclubs. For real drinking, however, head for the Reeperbahn.
Away from the trappings of the FIFA World Cup 2006, most of Hamburg’s sights are located in the Altstadt and Neustadt; the former being home to many elegant buildings that escaped complete destruction during the Great Fire of 1842, while the latter is best known for its baroque forms, namely the Michaeliskirche - Germany’s largest baroque church. For galleries and museums, stroll down the Kunstmeile (art mile), where the Galerie der Gegenwart and Deichtorhallen are must-see attractions.
Getting to Hamburg
Located in the north of the city, Hamburg International Airport is well served by flights from numerous destinations across Europe and will certainly be busy during the World Cup 2006. Buses run to the city every 30 minutes and taxis are also readily available, while the A7 autobahn or B433 provide road access. Hamburg is also a major rail centre, receiving trains from all over Germany and neighbouring countries. There is even a ferry service from Harwich in the UK to Hamburg.