What can be better than watching a football match enjoying a beer and a sausage barbecue combo? Some swear that few things in life can beat it! The FIFA World Cup is definitely the most important football championship, gathering thousands of people shaking their homeland flags and yelling every time the ball hits the goal. In Germany, the best way to enjoy that magical time and support your team is to find a great outdoor viewing place and soak up the amazing energy.
To help you have the Best Berlin public viewing experience, we selected some of our favorite open air places to watch the matches of the FIFA World Cup 2018. And not only for the supporters of the German Nationalmannschaft!
The almost 2-kilometer fan mile, from the Brandenburger Gate to the Victory Column, along the Strasse des 17. Juni, will broadcast the three German matches of the preliminary round (June 17th against Mexico, June 23rd against Sweden and June 27th against South Korea) on huge screens. The main one – with 80 square meters! – will be on the stage in front of the Brandenburg Gate and six other screens will be spread out along the avenue.
After the preliminary round, all the matches will be screened, making the Fan Mile the biggest football party you can find in Berlin! There will also be live music, talk shows, food and drink stalls. Entrance is free!
The former brewery turned into cultural center in the heart of Prenzlauerberg, will broadcast all the World Cup matches on a 32-square-meter screen in the middle of their courtyard. Thousands of people are expected to raise their beer glasses and flags to cheer on their national teams!
The entrance costs 3 euros when Germany is playing and it is free when all other teams are competing. There are plenty of bars and stalls around the courtyard and bringing beer and food will not be allowed.
The inner courtyard of the renaissance fortress was turned into an open air concert venue in the summertime, making it one of the best spots for the World Cup public viewing! All the Germany matches will be shown as well as all the matches from the quarter-finals on big screens around the historic walls. Arrive early to take one of the 500 seats or the 3,000 standing places and to enjoy the “rustic medieval German menu”. The entrance is free.
Football, beer, barbecue and a swimming pool sounds like a perfect combination to watch the matches in a hot and sunny berliner day, isn’t it? At Haubentaucher, there will be two big screens on the outside area, broadcasting all the World Cup matches, but only the “main matches” will be screened with sound at the pool. And big alert: free beer is promised if the German team goes to the final.
The rooftop terrace of the trendy shopping wall in City West will broadcast all the World Cup matches on a big screen, accompanied by drinks and snacks. The rooftop terrace will be open during the one month championship, from 1:00 pm until at least 10:00 pm and the entrance is free of charge!
The beloved Neukölln rooftop will also show the World Cup matches on a big screen, in a, let’s say, less-nationalist way, since they ask to leave national colors, flags and hats at home! And come early: the entrance is free before 4:00 pm.
One of our favorites beach bars will offer more than just football during this World Cup. Besides the screenings of the matches, there will be live acts, DJs, performances and an extensive program, linking football, culture and diversity, “from a colorful perspective”.
The German matches will be broadcast on a big screen on one of the coolest rooftops in Mitte. The terrace will be open from 3:00 pm and there will be cold drinks and barbecue to take you through the matches.
Geeks and workaholics also have their spot to watch the World Cup matches without taking an eye off their small screens. The “tech-café” in Mitte will open its Biergarten and broadcast all daily matches during the championship, together with craft beer, good coffee and “beautiful WiFi”, a precious thing in Berlin!
Prater is the oldest Biergarten in Berlin and one of the most popular in the city. A stone’s thrown away from Kulturbrauerei, the beer garden will broadcast all the matches. It is a perfect spot for a Biergarten experience, for both locals and visitors, combining quality German beers with pretzels, Schnitzels and sausages. And on hot summer days, the shady chestnut trees give you an extra cooling effect!
Not so far from the Fan Mile and definitely less crowded, the charming Biergarten and restaurant on the southeastern part of Tiergarten will screen all the matches during the World Cup. Inbetween games you can take a canoe and cruise around the small lake to refresh your mind in case your team is going through a rough patch! The Biergarten will be open without reservations and the restaurant only with reservations.
The brewery, restaurant and beer garden at Gleisdreieck park will broadcast every match on a big screen in the Biergarten, with lots of sausages and… awesome beer!
On the southwest outskirts of Berlin, this Biergarten is the best pick after a dip in the Wannsee lake. The German matches will be screened on the outdoor area, with capacity for hundreds of supporters. An all-inclusive package with barbecue and drinks can be booked separately.