Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Leipzig

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Leipzig Stadium.

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

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Leipzig 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 Leipzig

Where to stay in Leipzig.

Weather in Leipzig.

Top Attractions in Leipzig

Once a part of the former East Germany, Leipzig is rich in history, culture, and plenty of modern attractions in the heart of Saxony.

Leipzig Highlights

Leipzig University and the Paulinum

One of the oldest universities in the world, Leipzig University was founded in 1409.

The Paulinum, a modern reconstruction of the old university church, blends historical and contemporary architecture.

St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche)

Known for its role in the peaceful protests leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

The church itself is an architectural marvel with a stunning interior.

St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche)

Famous for its association with Johann Sebastian Bach, who worked here as a cantor.

You can visit Bach's grave inside the church and enjoy the regular concerts performed by the Thomanerchor (St. Thomas Boys Choir).

Museums and Galleries

Bach Museum

Dedicated to the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Bach Museum offers interactive exhibits and original manuscripts.

Grassi Museum

The Grassi is a museum quarter in the heart of Leipzig; a complex of three museums: Applied Arts, Ethnography, and Musical Instruments.

The Musical Instruments Museum is particularly notable for its extensive collection.

Museum of Fine Arts (Museum der Bildenden Künste)

The Museum der Bildenden Künste houses a vast collection of artworks from the Middle Ages to contemporary art.

Features works by German and European artists, including the famous 'Roubiliac Bust' of Bach.

Modern Attractions

Panometer Leipzig

An old gasometer converted into a venue for 360-degree panoramic art exhibitions.

The immersive experience covers various historical and natural themes.

Spinnerei

A former cotton mill transformed into a vibrant arts centre.

Home to galleries, artist studios, and cultural spaces, hosting regular exhibitions and events.

Parks and Outdoor Activities

Clara-Zetkin Park

A large urban park ideal for relaxing, walking, and picnicking.

Features beautiful gardens, a lake, and several cafes.

Leipzig Zoo

One of the most modern and well-maintained zoos in Europe.

Known for its Gondwanaland, a large tropical hall replicating the rainforest environment.

Culinary Delights

Auerbachs Keller

One of Germany's most famous and historic restaurants, featured in Goethe's 'Faust'.

The Auerbachs Keller offers traditional Saxon cuisine in a unique historical setting.

Street Food and Cafes

Explore the vibrant street food scene and cosy cafes around Karl-Liebknecht-Straße and the city centre.

Try local specialties like Leipziger Lerche (a traditional pastry) and Gose (a local beer style).

Events and Festivals

Bachfest Leipzig (June)

Bachfest Leipzig celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with performances by renowned artists.

Leipzig Book Fair (March)

The Leipziger Buchmesse is one of the largest book fairs in Germany, attracting publishers and authors from around the world.

Wave-Gotik-Treffen (May/June)

The world's largest goth festival, Wave-Gotik-Treffen draws thousands of participants from various subcultures.

Practical Tips

Language

While German is the primary language, English is widely understood in tourist areas.

Public Transport

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

Consider getting a Leipzig Card for unlimited travel and discounts on various attractions.

Weather

Leipzig experiences all four seasons; but not all on the same day.

Summers are warm and pleasant, while winters can be cold.

Euro 2024 - European Championship Matches in Leipzig

The Ball is Round Euro 2024 Group Stage

Tuesday, 18th June

Group F

Travel to Portugal Portugal 2-1 Czechia Travel to Czech Republic

The Czechs stunned the Portuguese fans, after fresh sustitutions on the hour, as West Ham's Vladimír Coufal set up Lukáš Provod just outside the area.

An unfortunate own goal by Robin Hranáč, seven minutes later, gave Portugal fans something to cheer about again.

As the clock was running down, VAR concluded Ronaldo was offside for his header onto the post, which was followed up by substitute, Diogo Jota.

Three late substitutions by Martinez was the ace in the pack as Pedro Neto and Francisco Conceição combined to give Portugal the three points.

Friday, 21st June

Group D

Travel to Holland Netherlands 0-0 France Travel to France

Kylian Mbappé sat out the match with a broken nose, suffered in the opening game against Austria.

VAR took a long time to decide whether to scratch the 69th minute drive from Xavi Simons and imply Denzel Dumfries had hindered the France goalkeeper while in an offside position.

The first goaless draw of the tournament meant both Netherlands and France should progress to the knockout stage, while Poland became the first team to be eliminated from Euro 2024.

Monday, 24th June

Group B

 Travel to Croatia Croatia 1-1 Italy Travel to Italy

After a look at the monitor, Croatia were awarded a 54th minute penalty for hand-ball. Gianluigi Donnarumma dived to his left and saved from Luka Modrić.

The little Croatian was soon back though, to follow up on another save by Gianluigi Donnarumma. This time, the ball hit the back of the net.

In the last minute of stoppage time, Mattia Zaccagni leveled the score for Italy; to earn their place in the knockout stage and a meeting with Switzerland.

Knockout Stage - The Road to Berlin.

Euro 2024 Round of 16

Tuesday, 2nd July

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Türkiye showed intent from the start, Merih Demiral putting them in front in the first minute from a corner, and adding a second just before the hour mark.

Austria replied seven minutes later but couldn't do enough to take the game to extra-time; Mert Gunok making a fantastic save just before the final whistle to deny them the equaliser they needed.

To Berlin 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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