Where to watch the World Cup 2014 in Berlin
Wondering where to watch the World Cup in Berlin? Here are the best open air venues in the city.
This year, Brazil is hosting the World Cup Soccer Tournament and Germany is as excited as ever, well not quite as excited as when it was held here in 2006 but still pretty happy about the whole event. Europeans do love their football.
Even though the screening times of the games will be later than usual this year, (6pm and onwards), there are still venues ready to get the screens up and the beer flowing so you can enjoy each game well into the evening before staggering home after celebrating your own personal win or loss.
An open air venue is probably the best way to watch a match when the evening is fine for atmospheric fantasy of what it might almost be like if you were actually there, the crowds, the chants, the heat. Here are My Destination Berlin’s top spots in Berlin to get your kick on, or off.
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From kick off to grand finale, 11 Fruende will show the games on huge screens, outdoors at the Berlin Postbahnhof. This is a massive scale, outdoor (and some snappy looking tents) screening, with raked seating, no cover charge and a great atmosphere. Their website has a full listing of games and times.
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We love the Kulturbrauerei for many reasons, and now, they’re bringing the WM to the masses! On a 24 square meter screen you can watch every game here in the grounds of this fabulous old beer brewery in Prenzlauer Berg. Entry is free, except for any German games and the finals, but it’s only €3 to get in so it’s not too bad. Lots of beer and food available and if it’s raining they’ll move it indoors somewhere still in the grounds of the brewery.
Beach Berlin, right by Nordbahnhof train station in Mitte, is normally known for its beach volleyball courts and the cool climbing section next door. Thankfully for those football fans in Berlin this 2014 WM season, the bar will be erecting two giant screens, have seats for everyone, a barbeque and specialty Brazilian beers. Just to get you into the spirit. Tickets are between €4 and €9.
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There are many open beer gardens around Berlin that will be showing this years WM, probably even your local, but if you want to get serious, head to Prater.
Prater is a staple in the tradition of sunny days, beers and football in Berlin. Watch it on various screens in this pretty courtyard off Kastanienalle in Prenzlauer Berg. Yes, it will be packed but the area is fairly large, there's no cover charge, plenty of tables and trees for shade, beer on tap and a yummy food hut for serious snacking.
The Beach Arena's logo is a burning soccer ball, this can only mean it’s going to be rather hot. The Beach Arena is within Metaxa Bay beach bar near Berlin's Hauptbahnhof. Here you can chill out on the folding beach chairs with a drink, enjoy the game on a 55 square meter LED screen before popping across the road to catch your train home, easiest public transport access ever!
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This year for the WM season they will of course have huge screens along the boulevard but they also have a stage with some pre match entertainment. Nice! This event begins with the German games and then it's full throttle from the 28th of June for all finals games, Berlin still does need to function within the month after all. No entry fee but food and drinks are bound to be pricey.
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Even though we’re all about the open air showings, we shouldn’t forget the humble pub. All over Berlin, English and Irish pubs along with Berlin bars will also be showing your favourite matches from June 12 to July 13 2014. The city’s Brauhauses are a great place to go for a rowdy hall with tons of beer and locals, and Turkish restaurants and Döner kepab shops also get into the act. Many Berlin restaurants will also set up LED screens to satisfy the demand for live coverage.
It’s a nice idea to go out to your local and have a beer with the football fans around you, so go and watch a game with the rest of Berlin, we guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself, especially if you’re in the middle of a bunch of Berliners when the German team is playing.
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