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11 tips for Polish football fans

Discover Polish life and work in Berlin

Nachhaltiges Reisen
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The UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany is coming up. And Poland is there! On 21 June they will face Austria in the Olympic Stadium. To help fans travelling to Berlin feel at home, we have picked out 11 places for you where Berlin will show off its best Polish side.

Tip 1: Go on a cultural journey of discovery by train

Familie im Zug
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If you're travelling to Berlin from Wrocław and the surrounding area for the European Championships, why not leave your car behind and take the train? But not just any train: The Cultural Train Berlin-Wrocław is travelling again every weekend. The 4.5-hour journey goes by like a - must! - train. Because they are packed with readings, concerts, language courses or simply karaoke and partying. The programme is of course bilingual. This season's motto is "History/s in your luggage - czas historii, czas podróży". There will be stops in Legnica, Chojnów, Bolesławiec, Węgliniec, Weißwasser and Cottbus. So slip into your jerseys, pack your bags and make your way to the European Championships, to Berlin and on a cultural journey of discovery.

Where: Berlin-Wrocław railway line
When: Friday Berlin-Wrocław-Berlin, Saturday Berlin-Wrocław, Sunday Wrocław-Berlin

More about travelling on the culture train

Tip 2: Feast on Polish specialities at Mały Książę

Fuits and vegetables on a Berlin market
Fuits and vegetables © (c) visumate

Whether curry or stadium sausage, sometimes you just crave the taste of home. Especially if the tournament takes a little longer for the Polish team. This is where Mały Książę comes to the rescue. And what a remedy! The Polish grocery shop at Südstern is two places in one: on the one hand, there is the café, where you can enjoy all kinds of Polish specialities - from pierogi and soups to Polish beer on tap. On the other hand, you can also stock up on everything you crave from a culinary point of view. If you're in Berlin and have an appetite for Polish sausage, cheese and baked goods, then head to Kreuzberg to the Kleinen Prinz!

Where: Lilienthalstraße 6, Kreuzberg
When: Monday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 8pm

More about the Polish grocery shop and café

Tip 3: Don't give hunger a chance at the Wroclaw restaurant

Flagge Polens
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After the game is before the game. But in between is hunger. As die-hard football fans, you know of course that cheering loudly is impossible when your stomach is growling noisily. At the Restaurants Kornelia in Reinickendorf and Breslau in Prenzlauer Berg, you can do something about it. However, the choice is difficult here, as the menu is packed with everything tasty that rich Polish cuisine has to offer. Should it perhaps be krokiety or pyzy ? Pierogi filled with spinach or salmon? Or sweet with berries? Is it still too early for Polish vodka? And of course: Was yesterday really offside or was it a penalty? Questions upon questions. You can discuss them in the best possible way and for hours over a cosy stay and Polish specialities.

Where: Restaurant Kornelia, Roedernallee 167/168, Reinickendorf
When: Sunday to Thursday 12pm - 8pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm - 9pm

Where: Restaurant Breslau, Sredzkistraße 67, Prenzlauer Berg
When: Monday to Friday from 5pm, Saturday from 3pm, Sunday from 12pm

Polish cuisine at Restaurant Breslau

Tip 4: Marvel at the paintings of early modernism

Berlinische Galerie - Treppenaufgang mit vielen Personen
© Berlinische Galerie, Foto: Nina Straßgütl

A visit to the Berlinische Galerie in Kreuzberg is always worthwhile. In this European Championship year, however, a very special exhibition is being shown here - with a large Polish contingent. Alongside Edvard Munch, Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth, painters from what are now Polish regions played a key role in shaping the Berlin art scene of early modernism: Theo von Brockhusen from Olecko, Walter Leistikow from Bydgoszcz and Lesser Ury from Międzychód were their pioneers. Their works are on loan from the Markisches Museum, which is closed for renovation, and now complement the permanent exhibition "Art in Berlin 1880-1980". So if you feel like pure inspiration and aesthetics after all the football hustle and bustle, don't miss out on this cultural highlight.

Where: Alte Jakobstraße 124, Kreuzberg
When: Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm

Find out more about the exhibition

Tip 5: Go to the theatre and follow the absurdity of our existence

Theater an der Parkaue
© Dave Großmann

Sometimes, the game with the ball on the green pitch seems like a great piece of world theatre. And sometimes it can be absolutely absurd. If you like absurd theatre, then go and see "Beckett's Legs" at the ACUD Theatre. The play, staged by a Polish ensemble, is a scenic attempt to deal with the absurdity of human existence. It interweaves the works of Samuel Beckett and Anton Chekhov to create a sentimental grotesque. The play's nameless characters become archetypes that represent the pure perception of existence and human desires that arise and fade in the course of life. The play explores human pain, loneliness, but also the love of life and the sometimes hopeless pursuit of happiness. And let's be honest: doesn't that totally sound like our absurd passion for football?

Where: Veteranenstraße 21, Mitte
When: Friday, 28 June, and Saturday, 29 June, both at 8pm

More about "Beckett's legs"

Tip 6: Pay a visit to the SprachCafé Polnisch and Polish Institute

Jazz band in Berlin
Jazz band © Getty Images, Foto: Chris Schmidt

A bit homesick? No problem! There's a place in Berlin that will quickly make you forget: the Polish Language Café. The lively cultural centre builds a bridge between Poland and Germany. At this meeting place, visitors can meet in the café, visit the gallery or borrow Polish-language books from the library. With a diverse programme of music, literature and visual arts, the Polish Language Café is a platform for anyone interested in Polish culture. There are also regular events for children and their families, especially for anyone interested in multilingualism. Another tip is the Polish Institute in Berlin.

SprachCafé im Norden Berlins Schulzestraße 1, Pankow
SprachCafé im Süden Berlins, Gotenstraße 45, Schöneberg
When: Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 3pm - 6pm 

Where: Polish Institute, Burgstraße 27, Mitte
When: Tuesday to Friday from 1 pm

All about the Polish Institute in Berlin

Tip 7: Browse Polish literature

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Do you need reading material for the breaks in between the football matches? Then the Buchbund bookshop is the right place for you, incidentally the only German-Polish bookshop in Berlin. In addition to German and English-language literature, you'll find an extensive selection of Polish books here, from contemporary literature to classics, biographies, non-fiction books on history and politics to travel guides, children's books and, of course, language textbooks. Because Buchbund also sees itself as a meeting place for anyone who is interested in Poland and would like to chat over a coffee.

Where: Sanderstraße 8, Neuklölln
When: Wednesday to Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 11am to 6pm

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Tip 8: Visit the "Club der Polnischen Versager"

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Of course, we hope that failure is not an issue for the Polish team at the European Championships. But if it is (and not only then), we have the perfect tip for you: the "Club der Polnischen Versager". Founded on 1 September 2001 at 5.45 am, the club is now a test box for anything you fancy. It's all about books, films, radio and analogue communication - all garnished with a dash of anarchy and do-it-yourself. The Versager have found the perfect location for their events and the cosy neighbourhood pub in the Schokoladen cultural and residential project. Just drop by. The club is open when the door is not closed.

When: Open when the door is not closed (usually Saturday and Sunday from 20:00)
Where: Ackerstraße 168, Mitte

More about the Club der polnischen Versager

Tip 9: Freedom, Equality, Solidarity. 

Humboldt Forum Außenansicht, Ost- und Nordfassade
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss, Foto: Alexander Schippel

Seven sites of Polish demands for freedom, equality and solidarity in Berlin are thematised in a new installation of the Berlin Global exhibition at the Humboldt Forum: From the Olympic Stadium to Warsaw Bridge and from Moabit Prison to Volkspark Friedrichshain, the open space shows Polish perspectives on everyday life in Berlin and questions what traces historical power relations leave behind and how they affect coexistence.

Where: Schloßplatz, Mitte
When: from 1 June daily 10.30 am - 6.30 pm

Berlin Global Ausstellung

Tip 10: Unwind at the BONA Kollektiv

Freundesgruppe sitzt im Café
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Polish hospitality, Italian culinary culture - and vice versa: The BONA Kollektiv in Neukölln is a little culinary gem that will make the hearts of street food lovers and coffee connoisseurs beat faster. It also has the potential to become a meeting place for Italian and Polish football fans. Gastronomically, Polish and Italian flavours merge here to create a unique taste experience. Whether it's crispy zapiekanka, savoury pierogi or a piadina filled with ham and rocket - the palate is spoiled here. Add to this a high-quality Italian coffee or a cool Sicilian beer and the day is perfect. Enjoy the warm atmosphere, discuss the progress of the tournament and simply relax with your fan scarves.

Where: Hermannstraße 178, Neukölln
When: Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 6pm

More about the BONA Kollektiv

Tip 11: Take a trip to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Panorama der Altstast Warschaus, Polen
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The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Berlin, picturesquely situated in the Grunewald district, is more than just a diplomatic centre. It is the heart of the Polish community and offers you culture, education and, of course, support if you have any consular questions.

However, the embassy is soon to move directly to the magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden. You can simply stroll past here after visiting the fan zone at the Brandenburg Gate. In the new 10,000 square metre building, around 80 employees will take care of consular matters in the future.

By the way, the Polish Embassy also organises art exhibitions, musical performances and much more. The best place to find out more is on the embassy's website

Where: Richard-Strauss-Straße 11, Grunewald (new embassy building: Unter den Linden 70, Mitte)
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 2pm, Tuesday 1pm to 6pm

More about the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Berlin