Gelsenkirchen hosts four 1st round games and a
quarter-final match in the Arena Auf Schalke - the home of Schalke 04.
Another stadium to fall victim to sponsor re-naming is the Arena Auf
Schalke; now the Veltins Arena. FIFA won't be
calling it that but the sponsor's name will still get a lot of eyeballs.
World Cup Schedule.
Auf Schalke is one of the most modern stadiums around, with a retractable roof and
moveable South Stand (for the pitch to be slid outside). It has a seating capacity of
53,334 for international matches which increases to 61,027 for domestic games; when 16,214
standing places are made available, by removing some of the seats.
There's also an interesting video cube that hangs from the roof to
give all spectators a view of the camera angle. Schalke fans can even get married in the
arena's very own chapel; closed on matchdays so that neither team can pray for a win.
Gelsenkirchen Arena Auf Schalke
Friday, 9th June
Poland vs Ecuador (0:2)
Monday, 12th June
USA vs Czech Republic (0:3)
Friday, 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia and
Wednesday, 21st June
Portugal vs Mexico (2:1)
Saturday, 1st July
England vs Portugal
Getting to the Stadium:
The easiest way to get to the arena by car is to make sure you get on
the A2. The 'Gelsenkirchen-Buer' exit is right at the ground, so just follow signs to the
car parks on Adenauerallee and Willy-Brandt-Allee.
Users of public transport should take tram 302 from the lower level of
Gelsenkirchen railway station (Hauptbahnhof), in the direction of Gelsenkirchen-Buer, and
get off at the 'Arena AufSchalke' stop.
by Car: (Car Hire)
To orientate yourself, Gelsenkirchen's main railway station and centre are in the south of
this map, Arena Auf Schalke in the middle (the green area near exit numbered 6 on the A2)
and Buer is slightly to the north.
A high quality PDF file showing transportation routes, street names and attractions. One
of the best maps we've seen.
More high-quality maps for places around Gelsenkirchen for those who can't find a hotel in
the city itself. or prefer to base them selves somewhere else.
Comprehensive range of public transport services in the North Rhine Westphalia region.
Distances From Gelsenkirchen (By Train)
Most journeys to Gelsenkirchen go via Essen or Frankfurt.
Berlin: 4hrs (via
Frankfurt: 2hrs 20mins.
Hamburg: 3hrs 15mins (via M�nster).
Hannover: 2hrs 25mins (via Essen).
Kaiserslautern: 4hrs 10mins
Leipzig: 5hrs 35mins (via Essen).
München: 6hrs (via Essen).
Nürnberg: 4hrs 45mins (via Essen).
Stuttgart: 4hrs (via Frankfurt).
Gelsenkirchen is a very old city with Buer its oldest section;
first mentioned in historical documents in 1003.
The basis for the Ruhr industrial area was created 350 million years ago. With the
formation of bituminous coal deposits in the area bounded by the Ruhr, Rhine and Lippe
rivers, the region was predestined to become the unique conurbation it is today.
It's not all about football in Gelsenkirchen.
Gelsenkirchen offers a number of special trails that give you an opportunity to leave the
attractions on the main regional routes for a while and explore the local sights.
Buildings in Gelsenkirchen:
Historical buildings of note are the Schloss Berge (Berge Castle); L�ttinghoff House;
Schloss Horst (Horst Castle); and Bleckkirche, in Bismarck.
views of Gelsenkirchen:
Swing around on some 360� images from Gelsenkirchen.
Eating Out in Geslenkirchen:
Brief descriptions of what's likely to be on menu with links to the individual
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