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
Crowds in Berlin cheering on the marathon runners down the European Mile
Crowds in Berlin cheering on the marathon runners down the European Mile
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Medal events: 50
Athletes: 1528
Competition Days: 6

Olympic Stadium


Berlin's Olympic Stadium hosted 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” brought sport and culture to Breitscheidplatz Square in the heart of Berlin. The square was 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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