Since the Football Worldcup 2006 there is a new “German” word: Public Viewing.
Since the football world cup was hosted by Germany and Berlin in 2006, at least every two years screens and displays of all sizes seem to pop up at almost every Berlin street corner. Or at least in some parts of the city. And then people are gathering in front of these screens, having a drink, watching the game – Public Viewing.
Many restaurants, bars and even quite many fast food stands, hot dog booths and kiosks put a screen on display and turn up the volume. Sometimes it’s just a regular TV set with a couple of chairs in front of it – sometimes there are video projectors put up and the restaurant terrace turns into a mini movie theater.
On the other hand there are some official public viewing events and locations and venues where you can go if you want to watch a match in jolly togetherness. Altogether there are quite many different options where you can watch a world cup or a euro cup match. Compiling a list would make no sense – the list would be rather long. You could for example check
Public Screening at Berlin Fan Fest Fanmeile near Brandenburger Tor
The most prominent, most ‘public’ viewing occasion probably is Berlin’s official fan fest called Berlin Fanmeile – or “FIFA Fan Fest Berlin” to use the official name from 2006. With a capacity of around 100.000 guests this party between Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and the Victory Column (Siegessäule) is also Germany’s biggest public viewing event.
Fan Fest schedule: The 2018 edition of the Berlin Fan Fest Fanmeile will be open on 17. and 23. and 27. of June – and all matches from the last 16 on – of course including the final on Sunday 15. July 2018.
Sunday 17. June, 17:00 – Germany : Mexiko
Saturday 23. June, 20:00 – Germany : Sweden
Wednesday 27. June, 16:00 – Germany : South Korea
Saturday 30. June – Round of 16
Sunday 01. July – Round of 16
Monday 02. July – Round of 16
Tuesday 03. July – Round of 16
Friday 06. July – Quarter-finals
Saturday 07. July – Quarter-finals
Tuesday 10. July – Semi-finals
Wednesday 11. July – Semi-finals
Saturday 14 July – Third place play-off
Sunday 15. July – Final
Berlins official German information pages including the schedule and further details and information about the Berlin Fan Fest 2018 are located over here:
-> www.berlin.de/fussball-wm-2018/public-viewing-berlin/2606075-2605827-berliner-fanmeile-zur-fussballwm-2018.html (currently in German only)
Other Public Screening / Public Viewing options
So on the one side of the scale the is the official fan fest in Tiergarten – near Brandenburg Gate. On the other side, as mentioned before, basically every Kiosk and every Kebab booth can turn into a miniature public viewing arena. And then there are basically public viewing venues of all sizes between these two ‘extremes’ – here is a list of some of the larger ones:
- Public Viewing at Kulturbrauerei Prenzlauer Berg
The Public Viewing arena at Kulturbrauerei is one of the larger events. The court yard can host up to 15 thousand football fans. From 10th June through 10th July basically every match is shown on 24sqm large screen. There will be beer booths and sausage stands nearby – and in case the weather turns bad there are enough venues that may provide shelter. Doors are open and screens are on two hours before each match – for some matches the admission fee is 3 Euro, other matches are free. Further information in German on the website of Kulturbrauerei.
- Public Viewing at Biergarten Golgatha in Kreuzberg
The beer garden Golgatha inside Kreuzberg’s Victoria Park is quite a classic when it comes to watching football matches. The location was originally built when the nearby football stadium Katzbachstadion was built. During the Euro Cup 2016 all matches are shown on various screens across the beer garden and on large screens inside the venue. Further information on the venue’s website.
- Fussball Familien Fest / Football Family Fest at Zitadelle Spandau
Also the Spandau Citadel can host a couple of thousands of football fans of all ages. Just as at Fast Fest in Tiergarten, from 12th of June through 10th of July every match the German team participates in AND all matches of the Knockout stage are shown. Admission is free – and the venue is known to be quite child friendly. Further information in German on Citadel’s event website at www.fussballfamilienfest.de.
Public Viewing Map – Venues and Locations across Berlin
Fan Fest / Fanmeile, Straße des 17. Juni, Tiergarten, near Hauptbahnhof / Brandenburger Tor, Bellevue, Tiergarten
Allermunde, Washingtonplatz 1, Tiergarten, near Hauptbahnhof, www.allermunde-pizza.de
Beach Mitte, Caroline-Michaelis-Straße 8, Mitte, near U-Bahn station Naturkundemuseum / S-Bahn station Nordbahnhof, www.berlinbeach.de
Centre Francais de Berlin, Müllerstraße 74, Wedding, near U-Bahn station Rehberge, www.centre-francais.de
Charlie’s Beach, Friedrichstraße 48, Mitte, near U-Bahn station Kochstraße, www.charlies-beach.de
Hofbräu Berlin, Karl-Liebknecht Straße 30, Mitte, www.hofbraeu-wirtshaus.de/berlin, near Alexanderplatz
Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte, near U-Bahn station Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz,
Mercedes Welt, Salzufer 1, Tiergarten, near S-Bahn station Tiergarten, www.mercedes-benz-berlin.de
Weihenstephaner, Neue Promenade 5, Mitte, near S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt, www.weihenstephaner-berlin.de
Zollpackhof, Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 1, Tiergarten, near S-Bahn station Hauptbahnhof, www.zollpackhof.de
Golgatha Biergarten, Dudenstraße 40–64, Kreuzberg, www.golgatha-berlin.de
DIM-Arena, Oranienstraße 26, Kreuzberg, www.dim-arena.berlin
Emmauskirche, Lausitzer Platz 8a, Kreuzberg, semi finals and finals, no sound but church music www.emmaus.de
Kurhaus Ponte Rosa, Kreuzbergstraße 42 B, Kreuzberg, selected matches, www.kurhaus-ponte-rosa.de
Lido, Cuvrystraße 7, Kreuzberg, near U-Bahn station Schlesisches Tor, www.lido-berlin.de
Sage-Restaurant, Köpenicker Straße 18–20, Kreuzberg, near U-Bahn station Schlesisches Tor, www.sage-restaurant.de
Astra Kulturhaus, Revaler Straße 99, Friedrichshain, near U- / S-Bahn station Warschauer Straße, www.astra-berlin.de
Haubentaucher, Revaler Straße 99, Friedrichshain, near U- / S-Bahn station Warschauer Straße, haubentaucher.berlin
James June, Karl-Marx-Allee 93, Friedrichshain, near U-Bahn station Weberwiese, www.jamesjune.de
Postbahnhof, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, Friedrichshain, near S-Bahn station Ostbahnhof www.postbahnhof.club
Yaam, An der Schillingbrücke 3, Friedrichshain, near S-Bahnhof Ostbahnhof, www.yaam.de
Brauhaus Südstern, Hasenheide 69, alle Spieltage, near U-Bahn station Südstern, www.brauhaus-suedstern.de
Klunkerkranich, Karl-Marx-Straße 66, alle Spieltage, near U-Bahn station Rathaus Neukölln, www.klunkerkranich.de
Martin-Luther-Kirche, Fuldastraße 50, Neukölln, near U-Bahn station Rathaus Neukölln, www.neukoelln-evangelisch.de
Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, alle Spieltage, near U-Bahn station Eberswalder Straße, www.kulturbrauerei.de
Pfefferberg Biergarten, Schönhauser Allee 176, Prenzlauer Berg, alle Spieltage, near U-Bahn station Senefelderplatz, http://pfefferberg-haus13.de
Prater, Kastanienallee 7–9, Prenzlauer Berg, ausgewählte Spiele, near U-Bahn station Eberswalder Straße, www.pratergarten.de
Tante Käthe, Bernauer Straße 63–64, Prenzlauer Berg, Spielplan im Internet unter www.tante-kaethe-fussballkneipe.de, near U-Bahn station Eberswalder Straße
Ellington Sommergarten / Ellinton Hotel, Nürnberger Straße 50–55, only selected matches, www.ellington-hotel.com
Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide, Heckerdamm 260, all matches Germany is playing and half finals and finals, www.waldhochseilgarten-jungfernheide.de
Zitadelle Spandau, Am Juliusturm 1, near U-Bahn station Zitadelle, www.fussballfamilienfest.de
Strandbad Weißensee, Berliner Allee 155, alle Spieltage, near S-Bahn station Greifswalder Straße + M4, www.binbaden.com
Luftgarten, Tempelhofer Feld, entrance near Columbiadamm, near U-Bahn station Boddinstraße, Platz der Luftbrücke
Loretta am Wannsee, Kronprinzessinnenweg 260, Wannsee, near S-Bahn station Wannsee, www.loretta-berlin.de
Maria&Josef, Hans-Sachs-Straße 5, Lichterfelde, near S-Bahn station Lichterfelde West, www.mariaundjosef.com
Alte Börse Marzahn, Zur Alten Börse 59, near S-Bahn station Friedrichsfelde Ost, www.alte-boerse-marzahn.de
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