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EURO 2024 venue profile: Cologne Stadium, Cologne

Cologne Stadium was rebuilt to stage games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Cologne’s Stadion Köln
Cologne’s Stadion Köln UEFA via Getty Images

A city with a history that stretches back over 2,000 years, Cologne sits on the River Rhine and is now home to over one million inhabitants. Locals are renowned for their cheerful, open-minded attitude, with that warmth evident during carnival season.

Cologne Stadium

One of the smaller UEFA EURO 2024 venues, Cologne Stadium was reconstructed to stage matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Overhauled between 2002 and 2004, the new stadium hosted games at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup as well as the World Cup. It is the third venue to have been built on the same site in Cologne; first there was the Sportpark Müngersdorf, completed in 1923, and then the Müngersdorfer Stadion, which opened in 1975 and held two matches at the 1988 UEFA European Championship.

Generally known as the home ground of 1. FC Köln, the venue has other USPs. Since 2010, it has been the regular venue for Germany's Women's Cup final, and also hosts American football and ice hockey as well as concerts, the likes of Pink, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd all putting on a show at Cologne Stadium.

Three things to do

Visit the Kölner Dom

Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollernbrücke
Cologne Cathedral and the HohenzollernbrückeGetty Images/iStockphoto

Cologne's Cathedral Church of Saint Peter is Germany's most visited landmark, with 20,000 guests daily. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral took over 600 years to build, finally being completed in 1880, and is the heart of a thriving area of bars and cafes.

Cross the Hohenzollernbrücke

Completed in 1911, the 400m-long Hohenzollern Bridge is a crucial piece of railway engineering, with over 1,200 trains crossing it every day. It is also a romantic place, with couples fixing over 500,000 padlocks to the bridge as a symbol of their love.

Take in the Altstadt

The historic old town boasts 12 Romanesque churches and Cologne's 14th-century city hall, and is a favourite with tourists due to its plentiful bars and microbreweries. Kölsch beer is a speciality of the Cologne region and is best sampled inside the city.