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How and where to celebrate the World Cup in Germany

Watching football alone on your TV is passé! Germans love public viewing – preferably with a glass of World Cup beer.

2018 FIFA World Cup: Brandenburg Gate Fan Fest in Berlin.
Brandenburg Gate Fan Fest in Berlin. © dpa

Public viewing: some of the places where Germany is watching the 2018 World Cup 

  • Berlin: Germany's biggest public-viewing venue is the International Fan Fest at the Brandenburg Gate, the meeting point for football fans from all over the world. During the 2006 World Cup in Germany, up to 750,000 people celebrated each game on the 'Fanmeile'.
  • Hamburg: the Heiligengeistfeld area in front of FC St. Pauli's Millerntor stadium offers enough room for up to 70,000 people to watch the games.
  • Frankfurt is even opening up its main stadium: 50,000 people can follow the World Cup matches on big screens at Eintracht Frankfurt's home stadium.
  • Köln: ex-Germany player and crowd favourite Lukas Podolski has announced that he'll be watching the Germany vs Sweden match on 23 June at Cologne's public-viewing venue at the Weidenpesch racecourse.

Beer, sausages and Germany flags

No football world cup is complete without beer, a barbecue and some merchandising. Beverage manufacturers are marketing World Cup editions: fans are drinking cans of cola with pictures of Germany's star players – and beer from bottles sporting labels devoted to the team's captain, strikers, midfielders, defenders, goalkeeper and coach. And of course, thousands of German flags again adorn cars, windows and balconies. A survey recently showed that football fans are willing to spend an average of 22.75 euros each on World Cup accessories.

Betting on the 2018 World Cup

The betting odds offered by bookmakers give us an idea of how well World Champions Germany might do at the 2018 World Cup. The higher the odds, the less likely the event:

  • Germany wins all group matches: 1:2.7

  • Germany wins the World Cup: 1:5.5

  • Germany is eliminated at the group stage: 1:8

  • Germany loses all its group matches: 1:500