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“football feast”

RheinEnergieStadion
Ranked #19 of 268 things to do in Cologne
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed March 19, 2012

the atmosphere before the game was fantastic with the fans all singing the club anthem.getting away after the game was not ideal as there is only one tram line back to the city and unusually for germany it was a free for all to get on. not well organised!

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Reviewed March 13, 2012

You have to buy a top-up card to buy beer and food at the stadion.

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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We got 2 tickets in the standing section behind the goal. Even though the match was poor, the atmosphere was excellent. Non stop singing and no daft laws about sitting down or alcohol bans. How football should be!

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Reviewed December 23, 2011

This is one of Germany's new and modern stadia, built for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This is the third of three stadia built on this site and differs from the earlier Olympic style incarnations by being expressly built for soccer, though the NFL Europe's Cologne Centurions once played here. This location has been the site of Cologne's major sports facilities for almost a century, and there are still traces of that past as you will see as you enter the main stadium grounds through the old Marathon Gate. This is the venue for Colunge's top soccer clup 1 FC Cologne, affectionately known as the "Geisboecke" or billy goats. The best way to get there is to that the main tram line up Aachener Strasse. Parking is scarce and traffic is heavy--it's a residential area the rest of the week. You may have to wait for your tram, and it will be packed, but there is plenty of service if you have some patience. Tickets to matches can be purchased in advance though the Internet. Note that US buyers will have to pick them up at will call, which is in the offices to the right of the Marathon Gate (photo id required). Do buy your beer and bratwurst.currywurst befoe entering the stadium, as it is much easier. Cologne has a card system for concessions, where you have to buy an electronic card and have it charged with money and then the food costs are deducted when it is swiped at the food stands. This is pretty complicated and getting any leftover money back on the card at the end of the game is a pain. But the venue is good, and the fans are enjoyable to watch. Just as I would advise traverers to the US to see a baseball game to better understand US culture, so too I recommend attending a soccer match in Europe to experience the true Europe.

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Reviewed February 27, 2011

since i am a fan of the 1. FC Köln i visit the rheinenergiestadion regulary, last time when cologne won 3-2 against bayern munich. most games the the arena are sold out and the atmosphere is great.

downsides are that parking opportunities are rare (and kvb line 7 is crowded after games) and to buy a sausage etc you cant use cash but need to top up a cash card.

still, it is one of the coolest arenas i have been in (and i have seen plenty) and if you like soccer its definetly worth a visit!

1  Thank mla4ever
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