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EURO 2024 venue profile: Munich Football Arena, Munich

The Munich Football Arena can seat up to 66,000 for international fixtures.

Munich Football Arena
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Home to around 1.6 million people, Munich is Germany's third largest city. Due to its location close to the Alps and the nearby lakes, plus the generally laid-back lifestyle of its population, Munich has been labelled (with a sly wink) as the most northerly city in Italy.

Munich Football Arena

Built by local rivals Bayern München and 1860 München, the Munich Football Arena was opened in 2005 although Bayern have since taken full ownership of the stadium.

With a capacity of 66,000 for international fixtures, the ground staged the 2006 FIFA World Cup opening match between Germany and Costa Rica before hosting three further group fixtures as well as a round of 16 tie and France’s semi-final win against Portugal.

The stadium has seen its fair share of drama since it first opened for business, not least the final of the 2012 UEFA Champions League when Chelsea defied home advantage to beat Bayern on penalties.

The Munich Football Arena held three UEFA EURO 2020 group matches, all involving Germany, plus eventual winners Italy's 2-1 quarter-final victory against Belgium. Since it will also be a venue for UEFA EURO 2024, it will be the first stadium in history to host games in consecutive UEFA European Championships.

Three things to do

Chill in the English Garden

Englischer Garten
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A 78km-long network of paths situated in over 910 acres of land in central Munich, the Englischer Garten is a great place to relax. The northern part is suitable for long walks and exercise, while the southern end features the 25m-tall Chinese Tower and one of the city's most beautiful beer gardens.

Surf on the Eisbach wave

The Eisbach (literal translation: ice stream) is a man-made river that runs through the English Garden, which features a celebrated standing wave. At around 50cm tall, the wave serves as a year-round destination for surfers and tourists alike.

Get cultured at Kunstareal

The Maxvorstadt has plenty of galleries and museums, with the Kunstareal (translation: art district) offering access to thousands of years of great art. With plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants nearby, it's a great place to explore at a leisurely pace.