Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Gelsenkirchen

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Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen.

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Gelsenkirchen hosts three group matches and a Round of 16 game.

Euro 2024 Host Cities

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

Visiting Gelsenkirchen

Where to Stay in Gelsenkirchen.

Weather in Gelsenkirchen.

Top Attractions in Gelsenkirchen

Gelsenkirchen, located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, is known primarily as a centre for the energy industry and for its football club, FC Schalke 04.

While it may not have the same tourist appeal as some of Germany’s larger cities, Gelsenkirchen offers a unique blend of industrial heritage, green spaces, and cultural experiences.

Football fans visiting Gelsenkirchen may prefer to stay in nearby Essen.

Where to Stay in Essen.

Gelsenkirchen Highlights


The oldest church in Gelsenkirchen, with a history dating back to the 11th century, Bleckkirche is an interesting site for those who appreciate historical architecture.


This large park offers green spaces, walking paths, and the Nordstern Tower, which provides panoramic views of the Ruhr area.

The Nordsternpark was part of the former Nordstern coal mine.

Schloss Berge

Schloss Berge is a beautiful castle surrounded by a large park and lake, offering a tranquil setting for walks and picnics.

Schloss Berge is not only known for its historical significance but also for hosting various events and hotel guests.

One notable event is the Sommerfestival Schloss Berge (Summer Festival at Schloss Berge), which has been celebrated for over 50 years.


Home to FC Schalke 04, Veltins-Arena hosts the Euro 2024 matches in Gelsenkirchen.

Arena tours are available and there's also a Schalke Museum.

Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex

The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is located in nearby Essen but is easily accessible from Gelsenkirchen.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this former coal mine is now a cultural centre and museum offering insights into the region’s industrial history.

ZOOM Erlebniswelt

Zoom Erlebniswelt is a unique zoo divided into themed areas representing Africa, Alaska, and Asia.

The zoo is known for its immersive environments and is great for families.

Museums and Culture


Explore the industrial heritage of the Ruhr area, including remnants of the coal and steel industries that once dominated the region.

Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen

Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen features a variety of modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

Renowned throughout the country, the museum's kinetic art collection of more than 80 international exhibits is the largest municipal collection of its kind in Germany.

Food and Drink

Beer Gardens

Enjoy local beers in one of the many beer gardens around the city, especially during the warmer months.

Local Cuisine

Try traditional Ruhr area dishes such as Currywurst (curried sausage), Schnitzel, and Pumpernickel bread.

Shopping in Gelsenkirchen

Gelsenkirchen City Centre

Gelsenkirchen city centre offers a range of shops, from well-known retail chains to local boutiques.

Shopping Malls

Visit the Bahnhofcenter or other shopping centers for a variety of shopping and dining options.

Day Trips From Gelsenkirchen

While Gelsenkirchen might not be a typical tourist hotspot, it offers a rich industrial history and a variety of attractions that can provide a unique and enjoyable experience.

It's also central to a number of other German cities of interest; ideal for football fans who want to visit a variety of venues to feel the different atmospheres around the tournament.


Explore Westfalenpark, Dortmund U-Tower, and the local football culture. Dortmund is about an hour away by train.


Known for its fashion industry, art scene, and the beautiful Rhine River promenade, Düsseldorf is about an hour away by train.


A short train ride away, Essen offers attractions such as the Villa Hügel, Folkwang Museum, and the Grugapark.

Practical Tips


German is the official language, but many people, especially younger residents and those working in tourism, speak English.

Public Transportation

Gelsenkirchen is well-connected by public transportation, including buses, trams, and regional trains.

Consider getting a day pass if you plan to explore extensively.


Gelsenkirchen is generally safe, but it’s always wise to stay aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings.


The weather in Gelsenkirchen can be quite variable. Pack accordingly and be prepared for rain, especially in the fall and winter months.

Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Gelsenkirchen

The Ball is Round Euro 2024 Group Stage

Sunday, 16th June

Group C

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Patience paid off after Jude Bellingham timed his run through the middle perfectly to nod in Saka's cross back from the right, and edge England ahead in the thirteenth minute.

Thursday, 20th June

Group B

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Spain's attacking threat against Italy's defensive resilience had to crack somewhere, and so it did in the 55th minute; when Riccardo Calafiori's attempted cleance of Alvaro Morata's glancing header ended up in the back of his own net.

Wednesday, 26th June

Group F

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Portugal are top of the group but they were brought down to earth in the second minute, when a lazy pass was seized on and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia made it advantage Georgia.

Georgia were awarded a soft penalty, which was comfortably converted, and almost assured themselves a third-place spot; especially as Turkey took the lead against Czechia.

Knockout Stage - The Road to Berlin.

Euro 2024 Round of 16

Sunday, 30th June

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Slovakia started well and got their reward in the 25th minute; Ivan Schranz with his third goal of the tournament.

It really didn't look like happening, but just as England were about to head to the airport, Jude Bellinghame equalised.

At the start of extra-time, Harry Kane came to life and headed England in front. Another important goal from the England captain.

To Düsseldorf 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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