Berlin / Glasgow 2018


Berlin and Glasgow will co-host the inaugural European Championships 2-12 August 2018, bringing together the existing championships of seven of Europe’s leading sports into one coordinated, exciting multi-sport event.

Aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing and triathlon will be held in Scotland, with the German capital hosting the athletics.


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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.


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

Key Facts

  • 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

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Glasgow is one of the world’s top 10 sporting cities with an international events programme and several world-class venues such as the iconic Emirates Arena and stunning SSE Hydro. The city was recently voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guide poll.

Scotland’s sporting reputation has never been higher, following what is now widely recognised as the best ever Commonwealth Games and the spectacular 2014 Ryder Cup.

Key facts

  • Glasgow currently ranked number 5 in the world in the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City Awards
  • Glasgow was named the third best destination to visit in TripAdvisor’s Top Ten UK destinations in 2013
  • Scottish tourism supports 29,000 jobs and the visitor economy is worth £11m
  • Glasgow is home to more than 100 cultural organisations and is one of only 11 UNESCO Cities of Music worldwide
  • Scotland has been voted the world’s Best Cinematic Destination by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2015.

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What is special about the European Championships?

The European Championships is borne out of the desire to create the grandest of stages in Europe on which to crown the accomplishments of European Champions. The event aims to increase the level of awareness and recognition such achievements deserve by creating a must-watch, must-attend experience that elevates all Champions of Europe. As an example, we are inspired by the feats of swimmer Adam Peaty. At the 2014 European Aquatics Championships, Peaty won 4 gold medals and set two world records – yet few knew his name. We aim to change that. For athletes and spectators alike, the goal is to deliver a new spectacle for the international sporting calendar positioned among the world’s top sporting events that aspires to reach beyond the dedicated fan to a much broader audience, creating the most captivating event possible.

Sustainable, inclusive, responsible

“This sustainable new model for staging a multi-sport event helps us deliver on our long-term commitment to produce strong economic benefits – as well as sporting, cultural and social legacy – by attracting new audiences to Glasgow and Scotland. The beauty of this new concept is it brings key sports together in our city at one time with a far greater media profile than we could achieve from individual events. We have not needed to build new stadia or an athletes’ village and we are able to showcase our existing facilities and landmarks. This new event is a critical element of our strategy to continue to be one of Europe’s premier sporting destinations.”
– Colin Hartley, Glasgow 2018 Championships Director.


“The European Championships is an incredible opportunity for host cities considering the direct and indirect economic benefits. We believe the innovative and sustainable event is very attractive and affordable, not least because of its cost-efficient staging model which is very good value from a host city perspective in comparison to other multi-sport opportunities in the market."
– European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, co-chair of the 2018 European Championships Board.

A rich history

“By bringing together our existing championships, without adding to a crowded sporting calendar, we – the participating European Federations – will further protect and enhance the rich history and heritage of our respective sports. Both the federations and our hosts will see the powerful benefits of aggregation ...”
– Ligue Européenne de Natation (European Aquatics) President Paolo Barelli, co-chair of the 2018 European Championships Board.

On free-to-air television

“The EBU and its members are proud to be part of this milestone event for European sports on free-to-air; this event will feature the best of Olympic summer sports in Europe – all competitions for the widest public.”
– Stefan Kürten, Director of Eurovision Services & Sports Rights at the EBU.


Tickets for both the Berlin 2018 European Championships and Glasgow 2018 European Championships are on sale.

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Glasgow 2018 has announced the routes for the 2018 European Cycling Road Championships, which will see Europe’s elite road cyclists race through the streets of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and Stirling this August.

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