Several cities will hold public viewing events for EURO 2024, including Munich, which hosts huge gatherings in Olympic Park.

Several cities will hold public viewing events for EURO 2024, including Munich, which hosts huge gatherings in Olympic Park. (Fan Zone Olympiapark)

What Americans call soccer and the rest of the world knows as football is set to take over the hearts and minds of much of Europe over the course of the next month.

The Union of European Football Associations European Football Championship, more commonly referred to as the UEFA European Championship or simply the EURO and the year in which it occurs, is a soccer tournament held every four years between UEFA members’ senior men’s national teams. EURO 2024 commences on June 14 and one month later, on July 14, one victorious team will joyously hoist its trophy for all to see.

Following the preliminary qualifying process, the 24 national teams set to play in the EURO 2024 include Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

The tournament will play out in 10 cities across EURO 2024’s host nation Germany: Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dortmund, Leipzig, Gelsenkirchen, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf.

Since the time Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2006, a much beloved pastime in the country has been gathering en masse in parks, stadiums and city squares to watch broadcasts of the games on a big screen. While a handful of cities plan to organize these so-called “public viewing” events for fans numbering in the thousands, security and logistical concerns, coupled with potential organizers’ skepticism about the profitability of hosting such events, have made viewing parties of this ilk a much rarer phenomenon than they used to be. On the other hand, pubs, restaurants, beer gardens and sports clubs broadcasting the matches will be expecting brisk business, particularly when the weather is sunny and dry.

Some of the German cities and venues planning to organize public viewing events include:


Munich: As the city to play host to the German national team’s first match, much attention will be paid to the game between Germany and Scotland on June 14, the tournament’s opening day. The Allianz Arena, home stadium of Bundesliga giant FC Bayern, will also see play between Romania vs. Ukraine (June 17), Slovenia vs. Serbia (June 20) and Denmark vs. Serbia (June 25); it will also host a playoff match on July 2 and the semifinal match on July 9.

Those without tickets to the stadium games can head straight to the Olympic Park, site of an immense Fan Zone. There, all 51 of the tournament’s matches will be broadcast live on one of three big screens, including one set against the backdrop of the lake. Food trucks and mobile bars will keep the eager spectators fed and hydrated. Outside of match times, a supporting program includes live bands, comedy shows, art events, street dance, open-air cinema, workshops for children and more. Entry to the public viewing and cultural zones is free. Online:


Stuttgart: Things will heat up in host city Stuttgart on June 16 when Denmark and Slovenia face off. Matches to follow include Germany vs. Hungary (June 19); Scotland vs. Hungary (June 23) and Ukraine vs. Belgium (June 26), as well as a quarterfinal game on July 5.

The inner city itself will also be buzzing throughout the tournament, as a series of Fan Zones will open their gates; these will also offer activities outside of match dates and playing times. The fan zones in the Schlossplatz, Marktplatz, Karlsplatz and Schillerplatz will remain open from noon to midnight on match days and until 11 p.m. on non-match days. Admission is free. Online:

Berlin: Six football matches, including the final match on July 14, will take place at the Olympiastadion Berlin: Spain vs. Croatia (June 15); Poland vs. Austria (June 21) and Netherlands vs. Austria (June 25), as well as a playoff game (June 29) and a quarterfinal match (July 6).

Over the month of the tournament, the Straße des 17. Juni is set to become what’s billed as the biggest fan zone in the world. The street stretching between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column will be the site of endless food and drink stands, stages for concerts, market stalls, booths offering games and challenges and much more. Fans can meet up to cheer on their favorite teams on the lawn in front of the Reichstag, where all 51 of the tournament’s matches will be shown on big screens. Online:


Frankfurt: Five EURO 2024 matches will be played in the city’s Deutsche Bank Park, the stadium where the Bundesliga team Frankfurt Eintracht plays its matches. These games include Belgium vs. Slovakia (June 17); Denmark vs. England (June 20); Switzerland vs. Germany (June 23); Slovakia vs. Romania (June 26) and a playoff game on July 1. Those without match tickets won’t be left out, as a party atmosphere will prevail throughout the city of banks and skyscrapers. All games will be projected onto big screens set up in and around the Main River. Online:


Bad Kreuznach: The beer garden belonging to the Brauwerk, a craft beer brewery set by the Nahe River, will be broadcasting all the games. Entry is free. Online:

Koblenz: A beer garden located at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers makes an atmospheric backdrop for watching the games in which the German national team plans, as well as the semifinal and final match. Entry is free, but guests are obliged to consume at least one drink. Online:

The Restaurant Casino, housed in the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress towering over the town, is also opening its doors to viewers of the games in which Germany plays. Enter for free by using the code word “public viewing” between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Online:

Landau: Billed as the largest public viewing possibility in the Palatinate, the Neue Messe will be able to accommodate up to 6,500 viewers on the days when the German team plays. Entry is on a first-come, first serve basis. Reservations are not essential, but reserving an outdoor Oktoberfest-style table and minimum amount of drinks guarantees that you’ll get through the door. Online:

Mainz: The beer garden in the Kurfürstliches Schloss, located just a stone’s throw from the Rhine, will be showing all the games that start at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Table reservations are only possible for tables accommodating eight or more persons, and entry is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. Online:

Nürburg: The Nürburg Ring, better known for the auto races it hosts, will make good use of its big screen surrounded by racetrack by using it to show the matches in which Germany plays: June 14, 19 and 23, as well as the championship match on July 14. The games will be shown no matter what the weather does, and admission is free. Online:

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