Berlin is Germany’s top city for sport and sports fans, hosting around 40 major sporting events every year, many of which have become legendary. The BMW Berlin Marathon is one of the top running events worldwide.

Barely any other major city in the world can boast that it offers so much high class sport year-round: for example, six professional clubs playing in five disciplines make Berlin the German capital for sport.


  • The capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany has a population of 3.5 million
  • The German capital is the second largest city in the European Union in terms of its population and the fifth largest in terms of its area
  • Berlin is Germany’s no. 1 tourist destination and is the third most popular in all of Europe
  • Berlin has 175 museums
  • Berlin features three UNESCO World Heritage sites and has been named an UNESCO city of design. It is the only city in the world with three active opera houses
  • Berlin has about 150 theatres and stages offering performances in all genres
  • The Berlinale, one of the most popular film festivals in Europe celebrates its 65th birthday this year
Crowded Berlin Olympic Stadium
Crowded Berlin Olympic Stadium
Image credit: Camera 4


Medal events: 48
Athletes: 1500
Competition Days: 6

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Berlin is a world-class sporting and cultural city, and Germany's most vibrant metropolis. Cosmopolitan, inspiring, innovative ... the nation's capital is also a city of politics, science and media.

Berlin hosts world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums, entertainment venues, and organises many sporting events.

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Tickets are now on sale for the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships, with five categories available to purchase including premium and family tickets.

Highlights of the innovative ticket concept include multi-event tickets. Children up to six years receive free admission.

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Olympic Stadium


Berlin's Olympic Stadium will host the European Athletics Championships. The iconic stadium is a place of records, as well as possessing a rich and deeply-engaging history. It is one of the world’s most prestigious venues for sporting and entertainment events, hosting international showpieces such as the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final and the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final. Meanwhile, a specially-created “European Mile” will bring sport and culture to Breitscheidplatz Square in the heart of Berlin. The square will be transformed, acting as the finish line for the marathon and race walking events, as well as providing the stage for the men’s shot put qualification and nightly victory ceremonies.

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