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Travelling to EURO 2024? See 4 unforgettable cities along the way

Excited for a summer of football? UEFA EURO 2024™ kicks off this June, with matches held over a month’s span in 10 iconic German stadiums. 


Are you a match ticket holder searching for a fun and sustainable way to reach the tournament?


Deutsche Bahn, as a National Partner of UEFA EURO 2024™, has collaborated with UEFA to make the Interrail Pass EURO 2024 (managed by Eurail) available to match ticket holders. With this Pass, you can travel by train to and from Germany to support your national team.


To illustrate how the Pass works, we created a sample itinerary for a hypothetical traveller from Utrecht, who purchases the 5 travel day option to attend Dutch national team matches on 16 June and 25 June. 

If you have additional questions about the Pass, please take a look at our dedicated FAQ page. Enjoy the tournament!

Colourful houses in Lubeck

Travel day 1: Utrecht to Hamburg


To begin your UEFA EURO 2024™ adventure, leave the canals of Utrecht behind and make your way to Utrecht Centraal. After an hour-and-a-half onboard the ICE train, transfer to another ICE train at Duisburg, and in three hours, you’ll reach your first match destination. 


On Sunday 16 June, the Netherlands will face off against a yet-to-be-determined opponent in Hamburg. Take your place in the stands of the Volksparkstadion to cheer on Oranje Holland. 

While in Hamburg, make sure to experience some of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. On a balmy summer day, there’s nothing like renting a canoe or paddleboard and exploring the Outer Alster, stopping for lunch at one of the many waterside restaurants on the lakeshore.


The fun continues at Miniatur Wunderland, said to be the world´s largest model railway, located in Hamburg’s UNESCO-recognised Speicherstadt. Pro-tip: jumpstart your day in Hamburg with a visit to the Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei.

Hamburg's Speicherstadt

Travel day 2: Hamburg to Lübeck  


In between matches, take time to explore a few additional German destinations. Begin with Lübeck, a northern German city just 45 minutes away from Hamburg by regional train. 


Founded in the 1100s, Lübeck was once the “Queen City of the Hanseatic League,” a significant trading hub. Today, travellers can meander through its Old Town, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, getting lost in its charming courtyards and twisting passageways. 


Don’t leave Lübeck without sampling some of its famous marzipan, which can be purchased at sweet shops, as well as at the Marzipan Museum

Night at the Holstentor in Lubeck

Travel day 3: Lübeck to Potsdam


Before travelling to Berlin for your second match, take the train from Lübeck to Potsdam to experience another northern German gem. Travellers can reach the regal city by train in about three-and-a-half-hours, with two transfers along the way.  


Once in Potsdam, spend time relaxing in the city’s lush parks and visiting its palaces, beginning with Sanssouci, Frederick the Great’s lavish summer residence.


A network of walking paths can be taken to reach the New Palace, Charlottenhof Palace, and other luxe highlights in Potsdam. 

While embracing the outdoors on a visit to Potsdam, take time to find Ruinenberg, a park area with enormous columns that seem straight out of ancient Rome, plus a tower that offers a sweeping view of Sanssouci Park and beyond.

Palace in Potsdam

Travel day 4: Potsdam to Berlin


After a few days of sightseeing across northern Germany, it’s time to jump straight back into the thrills of UEFA EURO 2024™. With just a 30-minute train journey from Potsdam, match ticket holders will be dropped into the heart of Berlin, buzzing with energy from the tournament. 


On 25 June, the Netherlands will face off against Austria at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. Cheering on the Dutch national team at this massive venue, with its capacity for 70,000 football fans, is sure to be an unforgettable experience.


Before leaving Berlin – as you wind down from the excitement of UEFA EURO 2024™ – save time to experience the vast arts scene in Germany’s capital city. 


“I really recommend Fotografiska, a very new photography museum,” said Bernd Neff, owner and general manager of Berlin Travel Club. “There’s also C/O Berlin, another photography museum, and the Neue Nationalgalerie is definitely a place that you need to visit.” Find more local tips for exploring Berlin in our interview with Neff

Aerial landscape of Berlin

Travel day 5: Berlin to Utrecht 


After experiencing two matches – and exploring four German destinations – it’s time to head back to the Netherlands. Spend your fifth and final travel day journeying back to Utrecht onboard two IC trains, with a transfer in Amersfoort. In total, the journey home should take roughly six hours. 


We hope this itinerary is a helpful illustration of how travellers can use the 5-day Interrail Pass EURO 2024. Learn more about the Pass here and visit the dedicated FAQ page if you have any questions. Enjoy the matches – and the journey to reach the tournament!


Image of a canal in Utrecht