Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Cologne

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Cologne Stadium
Cologne Stadium.

The Ball is Round Travel Notes: World Football: European Football: Euro 2024 - Cologne.

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Cologne hosts four group matches and a Round of 16 game.

Euro 2024 Host Cities

Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart.

Visiting Cologne

Where to Stay in Cologne.

Weather in Cologne.

Top Attractions in Cologne

Cologne is a beautiful city known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and lively cultural scene. Whether you're into historical landmarks, enjoying the local cuisine, or shopping, Cologne has plenty for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Cologne Highlights

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Gothic masterpiece of Kölner Dom is the tallest twin-spired church in the world.

Climb the 533 steps to the top for a breathtaking view of the city.

Cologne Chocolate Museum (Schokoladenmuseum)

Learn about the history of chocolate and enjoy some samples in the Cologne Chocolate Museum on the Rheinauhafen peninsula, in the Cologne quarter of Altstadt-Süd.

Hohenzollern Bridge

Famous for its love locks, the Hohenzollern Bridge offers great views of the Rhine River and the Kölner Dom (cathedral).

Museum Ludwig

Museum Ludwig contains an impressive collection of modern art, including works by Picasso, Warhol, and Lichtenstein.

Old Town (Altstadt)

Wander through the narrow, cobblestone streets, enjoy the colourful buildings, and visit the historical squares like Alter Markt and Heumarkt.

Rheinauhafen

A revitalised harbour area with contemporary architecture, restaurants, and galleries. While innovative buildings are present, the old harbour atmosphere can still be felt.

Exclusive residential and office buildings coexist with former silos, warehouses, and harbour buildings that have been restored in accordance with heritage protection regulations.

Cultural Experiences

Carnival (Karneval)

If visiting Cologne in February, don't miss the city's famous Carnival, a week-long celebration with parades, costumes, and parties.

Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra (Kölner Philharmonie)

The Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra, also known as the Kölner Philharmonie, is a symphonic concert hall located in part of the building ensemble of the Museum Ludwig and was opened in 1986.

Local Breweries

Try Kölsch, Cologne's signature beer, at traditional brewhouses like Früh am Dom or Brauhaus Päffgen.

Day Trips From Cologne

Ahr Valley

Known for its vineyards and scenic hiking trails.

Bonn

The birthplace of Beethoven, with a museum dedicated to the composer and the beautiful Rheinaue park.

Brühl

Visit the Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces, two stunning Baroque masterpieces.

Practical Tips

Currency

The Euro (€) is the currency. Credit cards are accepted, but it's a good idea to have some cash for smaller establishments.

Language

German is the official language, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Transportation

Cologne has an efficient public transport system including trams, buses, and trains.

Consider getting a KölnCard for unlimited travel and discounts at many attractions.

Weather

The weather in Cologne can be quite variable.

Summer (June-August) is warm, with temperatures averaging 20-25°C, while winter (December-February) is cold, averaging 0-5°C.

Bring appropriate clothing and an umbrella.

Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Cologne

The Ball is Round Euro 2024 Group Stage

Saturday, 15th June

Group A

Travel to Hungary Hungary 1-3 Switzerland Travel to Switzerland

It took a while for VAR to decide, but london-born Kwadwo Duah's 12th minute goal for Switzerland was allowed to stand; thanks to the defence-splitting accuracy of Aebischer's through ball and Duah's own sublime timing to get the better of the last Hungarian defender.

Switzerland doubled the lead just before half-time, when Bologna's Michel Aebischer showed his class once again; with a low curl executed to great effect. Creative, calm and collected.

The commentary box might have said that Hungary were winning the game, but a Barnabás Varga goal in the 66th minutes didn't actually put Hungary in the lead. Maybe I know nothing about football.

So, far from 'winning it', Hungary were played out of the Kölner Park. Maybe a wooden spooner against Scotland in Stuttgart to stir the goulash with will be the highlight of their lofty ambitions.

Wednesday, 19th June

Group A

Travel to Scotland Scotland 1-1 Switzerland Travel to Switzerland

Scott McTominay's deflected shot got Scotland off to the perfect start in the 13th minute.

Thiteen minutes later, Xherdan Shaqiri pounced on a sloppy back pass from Anthony Ralston, to equalise.

Saturday, 22nd June

Group E

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Belgium scored their first goal at the tournament after strong hold up play by Lukaku, before laying the ball back into Youri Tielemans's stride; for the third fastest goal in the history of the European Championships.

Lukaku had his third goal of the tournament disallowed, for offside, before Kevin De Bruyne made it two for Belgium in the 80th minute; running on to a long ball forward, for a great solo effort.

Tuesday, 25th June

Group C

 Travel to England England 0-0 Slovenia Travel to Slovenia

England failed to answer any of the questions being asked of them. They may be top of the group, but the cream isn't rising.

Knockout Stage - The Road to Berlin.

Euro 2024 Round of 16

Sunday, 30th June

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After a shock Robin Le Normand own goal in the 18th minute, Spain's pressure paid off when Rodri leveled six minutes before half-time.

Once Rodri put Spain in front, shortly after the restart, added goals from Nico Williams and Dani Olmo were just a formality; Georgia were no longer at the races.

To Stuttgart for the quarter-final.

The Ball is Round Euro 2024 Host Cities

Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart.

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