From June 10 through July 10, European eyes will be glued to TVs and the big screens set up in outdoor spaces, as 24 national soccer teams face off in their bids to be champions of the UEFA EURO 2016. (We’ll reveal some of the best places for public viewing as the dates draw near.) The once-every-four year competition is hosted by France this time around. Will Spain retain its crown, or will reigning World Cup champion Germany come out on top? Stay tuned…

German Rail is using the event to promote the purchase of its 25% and 50% discount rail cards with a clever campaign. Those who buy the three-month introductory Euro 2016 “Sieger” Bahncards before June 11 have the chance to predict the winner of the European Cup. All those who guess correctly will be rewarded with free travel on ICE, IC/EC trains and IC buses within Germany during the month of August 2016. The cards do not entitle holders to free travel on regional or local trains.

The card offering 25% off on rail journeys in second-class carriages goes for 19 euros ($21.50); the one that allows for 50% off standard fares costs 79 euros. When you consider a round trip from Stuttgart to Munich on an ICE train at the standard flexible fare costs 114 euros, it’s obvious the card offer real savings potential, even to infrequent travelers.

There are conditions to bear in mind. Purchase must be made by credit or debit card and comes with an automatic subscription for the subsequent purchase of a discount card valid for a whole year. (A yearlong 25% discount card costs 62 euros; the 50% card goes for 255 euros; fees are charged to the same card you used to buy the three-month trial card). This subscription can be cancelled within six weeks of the automatic renewal date of the card’s validity online at

(choose “Kuendigung Ihrer BahnCard 25 or 50), or by submitting written notification to German Rail.

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