Kaiserslautern FIFA World Cup 2006
Fritz Walter Stadium
Formerly known as the Betzenbergstadion, the Fritz Walter Stadium in Kaiserslautern is a proper football ground in that there is no running track, meaning better overall viewing and atmosphere. The Fritz Walter Stadium is one of the smallest stadiums being used as a venue for the FIFA World Cup 2006, although it has a seating capacity of more than 41,000.
Kaiserslautern is located in Germanyís west, not far from Frankfurt and the French border, and has a large American presence owing to the military base established here after WWII. The city is close to some of Germanyís most remarkable scenery and the nightlife is particularly lively, which will be good news for many during the World Cup 2006 games.
Kaiserslautern hotels World Cup 2006
There are some good quality hotels and pensions in Kaiserslautern, many of which are within easy reach of the stadium. However, booking ahead of time for the FIFA World Cup 2006 is highly recommended as establishments are likely going to fill up fast.
Kaiserslautern shopping and nightlife
Kaiserslautern boasts many pedestrianised shopping streets for those looking for quality goods during FIFA World Cup 2006, from high fashion and bargain threads to gifts and souvenirs. As far as the nightlife goes in Kaiserslautern, the large US forces presence together with the student population makes for some lively nights in the many beer halls and rock bars.
If you have some spare time in Kaiserslautern during your FIFA World Cup 2006 visit, there are one or two notable attractions in the city worth a look. Taking in the marvellous views from the terrace on top of the lofty City Hall building will also give a good overview of the city. There are several excellent museums in the town also, while the nearby Palatinate Forest is the main attraction of the region and is Germanyís largest uninterrupted forest area.
Getting to Kaiserslautern
Frankfurt International Airport is the closest, most convenient airport to Kaiserslautern, receiving numerous flights from around the globe. Trains go to Kaiserslautern from the airport throughout the day and itís only a few minutes walk from the station to the stadium. The A3, A60 and A63 autobahns provide road access from Frankfurt and the city is reachable direct by rail from other German cities and via Frankfurt long distance.