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Where To Watch Euro 2016 In Berlin

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Updated: 28 September 2016
Whether you are a football fan or not, you will probably have noticed football fever has spread across Berlin. With German flags popping up everywhere, from fake nails to a bottle of Berliner Pilsner and even the Späti on the corner showing the football, it feels like everyone in the city is watching the Euros. Even if you are not a football expert, the public viewings, and sports bars are a lot of fun. No matter what country is playing, there will be a crowd of excited fans cheering the players on, and if Germany is playing, expect fireworks, football songs, and lots of beer. To experience the football frenzy for yourself, we recommend one of the following places.

Kulturbrauerei

Once a historic brewery, now an arts and entertainment complex, the Kulturbrauerei is a monumental piece of architecture that shows the many layers of history contained within Berlin. This small 19th-century brewery was refurbished in the 1990s, with the original inscriptions still preserved on the brick walls. The boiler house and powerhouse now feature live concerts, and there are six courtyards for outdoor events. During football season, these courtyards are transformed into public viewing areas, with a large screen, rows of benches and, of course, lots of beer; it’s like watching football in an outdoor cinema, and the excitement of the crowd is infectious.

Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 44352614

Fanmeile (Brandenburger Tor)

If you weren’t sure if football is a popular sport in Germany or not, the public viewings at Fanmeile should clear up any doubts. In the heart of the city center, on the famous Straße des 17. Juni, thousands of people gather to watch the games on several large screens. Complete with food stands, many bars, and music in between matches, the public viewings at Fanmeile are somewhere in between a football game and a festival. Even if you couldn’t care less about football, watching Germany play at the Fanmeile is not to be missed.

Fanmeile, Straße des 17. Juni, Berlin, Germany

 

BRLO Pop-Up Biergarten

From the 13th to the 20th of June a pop-up Biergarten comes to Berlin – a rustic beer garden in the heart of Schönhauser Allee, with food trucks, craft beer, lots of tables and football. Just make sure you don’t miss it; it’s here for a limited time during Berlin Beer Week.

Biergarten James June

Another beer garden to watch the football matches in is the James June Biergarten on Karl-Marx-Allee. Matches are broadcast on four different screens, inside and outside, and if you get hungry, there’s pizza and burgers to enjoy with your beer.

James June Biergarten, Karl-Marx-Allee 93, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2140022

 

When it rains…

Even in the summer, Berlin weather isn’t the most reliable. When the rain comes, there are many sports bars and Kneipen (pubs) which will be showing football. Even the odd Späti will have a television screening the matches for passersby. One of the best bars for watching the football games, which also happens to one of the best Irish pubs in Berlin, is The Lir, showing the games and serving delicious fish and chips, which goes perfectly with a pint of Guinness.

The Lir, Flensburger Str. 7, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 3928502