Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Hamburg

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Volksparkstadion Hamburg
Volksparkstadion Hamburg.

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

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Hamburg hosts four group matches and a quarter-final.

Euro 2024 Host Cities

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

Visiting Hamburg

Where to Stay in Hamburg.

Weather in Hamburg.

Top Attractions in Hamburg

Hamburg is a vibrant and historic city in northern Germany, known for its maritime heritage, stunning architecture, and lively cultural scene.

Whether you're interested in exploring historical landmarks, enjoying delicious cuisine, or experiencing the city's vibrant nightlife, Hamburg has something for everyone.

Hamburg Highlights

Elbphilharmonie

This striking concert hall offers stunning views of the city and the harbour.

Even if you don’t attend a concert, visit the Plaza for a panoramic view.

Hamburg Harbour

As a major port city, Hamburg's harbour is a bustling hub of activity.

Take a boat tour or simply stroll along the waterfront to admire the ships and enjoy the maritime atmosphere.

The Landungsbrücken (landing bridges) are a good starting point.

Hamburg Rathaus

The city hall is an impressive example of neo-Renaissance architecture.

Guided tours are available, and the surrounding square often hosts events and markets.

Miniatur Wunderland

The world's largest model railway exhibition, Miniatur Wunderland consists of nearly 16,000 metres of train tracks with detailed miniatures depicting scenes from around the world.

To visit Miniatur Wunderland, visitors can take bus number 6 from the city centre and the main train station to the final stop.

Planten un Blomen

A beautiful urban park with botanical gardens, lakes, and themed gardens. It's a perfect place for a relaxing stroll.

Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest warehouse district in the world, built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Its red-brick buildings, canals, and quaint bridges make it a picturesque spot to explore.

St. Michael's Church

Known as 'Michel' by locals, this stunning Baroque-style church is one of Hamburg's most famous landmarks.

Climb to the top of the tower for panoramic views of the city.

Museums and Culture

Hamburgur Kunsthalle

Hamburgur Kunsthalle is an extensive art museum with works from the Middle Ages to the present day.

It is one of the largest art museums in the country and consists of three connected buildings: the main building dating from 1869, the Kuppelsaal from 1921, and the Galerie der Gegenwart from 1997

International Maritime Museum

Located in a historic warehouse in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, the International Maritime Museum showcases Hamburg’s maritime history with fascinating exhibits.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Opened in 1877, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe is dedicated to decorative arts, design, and photography.

Located on Steintorplatz, the museum's unique collection ranges from antiquity to contemporary innovations and encompasses the European, East Asian and Islamic cultural realms.

Food and Drink

Craft Beer and Breweries

Hamburg has a growing craft beer scene.

Visit local breweries like Ratsherrn and Landgang for a sample of local brews.

Fischmarkt

Visit the Sunday morning fish market (Fischmarkt) for fresh seafood, lively vendors, and a unique atmosphere.

Local Cuisine

When in Hamburg, try traditional dishes like Labskaus (a sailor's dish made with mashed potatoes, corned beef, onions, and beetroot), Finkenwerder Scholle (fried plaice), and Franzbrötchen (a cinnamon pastry).

The Hamburg-style Labskaus is usually topped with a fried egg and pickles.

Fischbrötchen are traditional fish sandwiches made with fresh fish, usually herring or salmon, served on a bun with various toppings.

Aalsuppe is a traditional eel soup that combines eel, vegetables, and a flavourful broth. It's a hearty and delicious dish to try.

Shopping and Nightlife

 HafenCity

With its modern architecture and waterfront location, HafenCity offers a more upscale nightlife experience.

Enjoy cocktails with panoramic views or visit one of the stylish wine bars in the area.

Mönckebergstraße and Spitalerstraße

Major shopping streets with a mix of international brands and local shops.

Reeperbahn

Known as Hamburg's entertainment district, the Reeperbahn is famous for its nightlife, theatres, and music venues.

Located in the St. Pauli district, Reeperbahn is also the heart of the city's red-light district.

Schanzenviertel

A trendy district with independent boutiques, vintage shops, and a bohemian vibe.

You'll also find a mix of trendy bars, live music venues, and quirky clubs.

Practical Tips

Getting to Hamburg

If you're planning to visit Hamburg, you have several transportation options.

The city is well-connected, with an international airport, train stations, and highways.

You can reach Hamburg by flying into Hamburg Airport, which is located about 13 kilometres from the city center.

From there, you can take a taxi, public transportation, or rent a car to reach your destination.

Language

While German is the official language, many people in Hamburg speak English, especially in tourist areas.

Public Transportation

Hamburg has an efficient public transportation system, including buses, trams, and the U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains.

Consider getting a Hamburg Card for unlimited travel and discounts at attractions.

Safety

Hamburg is generally safe, but as with any large city, be mindful of your belongings and avoid less populated areas at night.

Weather

The weather in Hamburg can be unpredictable, so pack layers and be prepared for rain.

Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Hamburg

The Ball is Round Euro 2024 Group Stage

Sunday, 16th June

Group D

Travel to Poland Poland 1-2 Netherlands Travel to Holland

From a sixteenth minute corner, Adam Buksa jumped highest to head Poland in front.

It didn't take long for the Dutch to draw level, as Cody Gakpo's persistence finally paid off; with the help of a little Polish deflection.

It took another age for Holland to get in front though.

Just when Poland thought they had done enough for a draw and took off their captain, Dutch substitute Wout Weghorst provided the spark needed to finish off Nathan Ake's probe into the Polish area.

Wednesday, 19th June

Group B

Travel to Croatia Croatia 2-2 Albania Travel to Albania

For the second game in a row, Albania steamed into the lead with an early goal; Qazim Laçi heading in Asani's cross from the right, in the 11th minute. This time they kept possession a litle better after scoring than they did against Italy.

Croatia substitute, Ante Budimir, provided the assist for birthday boy Andrej Kramarić in the 74th minute.

Three minutes later, Croatia were in front, through an unfortunate own goal from Albania substitute, Klaus Gjasula.

With six minutes added on, Albania didn't give up hope and were rewarded with a well-deserved equaliser; Gjasula making up for the earlier own goal.

Saturday, 22nd June

Group F

Travel to Georgia Georgia 1-1 Czechia Travel to Czech Republic

Both teams started lively but, apart from another VAR disallowed goal for hand ball against Czechia, the ball didn't hit the back of the net in the first 45 minutes.

Then another VAR review, during first-half stoppage time, awarded a penalty to Georgia for another hand ball against Czechia. Georges Mikautadze made no mistake from the spot for Georgia.

Even though Georgia continued to look for another goal in the second half, Patrik Schick equalised for Czechia just before the hour mark; bundling the ball over the line with his chest, after a lucky bounce off the post from a corner.

With three against one, Georgia could have sealed victory with the last kick of the game; but the ball flew over the bar.

Wednesday, 26th June

Group F

Travel to Czech Republic Czechia 1-2 Türkiye Travel to Turkey

Czechia were reduced to ten men in the 22nd minute after Antonín Barák was booked for a second offence.

Turkey captain Hakan Calhanoglu put his country ahead in the 51st minute, but ten-man Czechia pulled one back fifteen minutes later; through their captain, Tomáš Souček.

Despite all the yellow cards being flashed around, substitute Cenk Tosun put Turkey in front in the final minutes of time added on.

Tomáš Chorý ended his tournament with a red card at the end of the game.

Knockout Stage - The Road to Berlin.

Euro 2024 Quarter-finals

Friday, 5th July

Travel to Portugal Portugal 0-0 aet (3:5 pens) France Travel to France

From the excitement of a Spain-Germany match, that could have deservedly been the final, we entered something as boring as a cagey group stage match.

Unfortunately for the fans in Hamburg, they had to sit through 120 minutes without a goal.

In the penalty shoot-out, Joao Felix hit the outside of the post with Portugal's fourth penalty and Theo Hernandez went on to seal it for France.

To Munich for the semi-final.

The Ball is Round Euro 2024 Host Cities

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

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