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11 tips for Spanish football fans

Football, flamenco and lots of joie de vivre

Spanische Touristen in Berlin. Modelle: (weiblich) Tina Tabiei Razligh, (männlich) Ricardo Grijalva Russelmann
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The UEFA EURO 2024 is just around the corner and Spain is one of the favourites. And since football is all about the number 11, we have selected 11 tips for an exciting trip to UEFA EURO 2024 for you. From wine bars and beach bars to karaoke and, of course, plenty of football. Here are the best tips for Spanish football fans.

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Tip 1: Eat authentic tortilla at Daniel Brühl's tapas bar in Kreuzberg

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The Bar Raval can justifiably call itself a German-Spanish tapas bar. Because founder Daniel Brühl (yes, the famous actor) has a Spanish mother and German father and is a child of both countries and was desperate to find an authentic tortilla in Kreuzberg. So he founded a tapas bar himself and named it after Barcelona's Kreuzberg: Raval. Here you can dine as if you were in Catalonia and, with a bit of luck, meet one or two celebrities. Maybe even players from the Spanish national team will be there

Where: Lübbener Straße 1, Kreuzberg
When: Sunday to Thursday from 6 to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 pm

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Tip 2: Enjoy and do good at El Colmado

Paar in einer Bar
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Eat well and do good at the same time - at El Colmado you automatically donate a meal for children in need with every meal. But that's not the only reason why we recommend the tapas and wine bar. Because at El Colmado, you're doing something good for yourself. The typical Spanish menu offers you everything your Iberian heart desires: from bocadillos to tapas and pintxos to the famous El Colmado sausage and cheese platter. And best of all: El Colmado is available twice in Berlin.

Where: Rathausstraße 13, Mitte, and Joachimsthaler Straße 10, Charlottenburg
When: Monday to Friday from 11am to 10.30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 11:30 pm

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Tip 3: Visit the Catalan Salon

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New to the city and looking for orientation? Catalan newcomers to Berlin have had a very special place to go since 2002: the Catalan Salon. It is even recognised by the Catalan government as Comunitat Catalana a l'Exterior. Here you will find all the important information about life in Berlin - guaranteed to be true to life, as it was collected by people who were also new here. Even if you probably don't have to submit a tax return or register as a freelancer during the European Championships, it's still worth a visit. The many events bring Catalan joie de vivre to Berlin and are always a good place to meet like-minded fans.

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Tip 4: Get your Spanish literature from Andenbuch Liberia

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Andenbuch is the pioneer bookshop for Spanish literature in Berlin. Originally based in the Nollendorf neighbourhood, Andenbuch moved to Charlottenburg in 1989, was then only active online for a while - and has had a new owner, Teresa Cosci, since 2014. Today, Andenbuch is more than just a bookshop. Readings take place here regularly, you can listen to concerts, see theatre plays, attend writing workshops or even take Spanish courses.

Where: Bergmannstraße 59 in the courtyard, Kreuzberg
When: Monday 1 - 7 pm, Tuesday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 12 - 17.30 h 

Literary events in Berlin

Tip 5: Dance barefoot in the city's beach bars

Strandbar in der Rummelsburger Bucht
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Yes, it's not just Spain that has endless beaches and beach bars to match. We've also acquired a taste for it between the Spree and Havel. So if you're looking to cool off after a hot European Championship match or want to get some exercise, this is the place for you. And with Yaam, Spindler & Klatt, Sage Beach, Rummelsburger Bucht and the BeachMitte beach volleyball court, you're spoilt for choice. Which one you choose is secondary. The main thing is to pack your swimming costume and sun cream and enjoy the sun in the capital.

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Tip 6: Experience flamenco on the runway

Flamenco Tanzshow
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A small wooden plate, the tablao, and a lot of enthusiasm - that's all it takes to make flamenco fans happy. You'll find both on Berlin's airiest flamenco stage. And it's "airy" in both senses of the word. The tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport has been transformed into a plank floor that means the world. From the entrance on Tempelhofer Damm, you first hear the music and then see the crowds that regularly form around the tablao. Participation is expressly encouraged. So pack your dancing shoes in your suitcase as well as your football boots!

Where: Tempelhofer Feld at the Tempelhofer Damm entrance
When: Current booking schedule on the website

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Tip 7: Discover the wine bars and wine tastings in Berlin

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Travelling to Berlin especially to taste Spanish wine? Sounds weird, but it's not that far-fetched. The large Spanish community in Berlin is not the only reason why the city has such a lively wine scene. And it's not just Spain. Berlin's wine bars offer fine wines from all over the world. Even seasoned sommeliers are said to have learnt something during the guided wine tastings. We can't tell you whether the wine bars will also be showing the Spanish national team matches. But there's plenty of pure Spain feeling to prepare for the match days.

More about the best wine bars in Berlin

Tip 8: Explore contemporary art at GlogauAIR

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If you're interested in more classical forms of art alongside banana flank and drop kick, you should take a closer look at GlogauAir. The non-profit art space founded by Chema Alvargonzalez with a residency programme has been located in Kreuzberg since 2006. Explore, create and show - that is the motto of GlogauAir. Accordingly, international artists are given the opportunity to discover the city for themselves and incorporate it into their art.

Where: Glogauer Straße 16, Kreuzberg
When: Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm

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Tip 9: Party hard in Berlin's clubs

Two dancers of the club in Berlin: people on the dance floor
Two dancers of the club in Berlin: people on the dance floor © GettyImages, Foto: mediaphotos

Of course, the Berlin clubs should not be missing from our tips for Spanish football fans. They alone are reason enough for a trip to the capital. If you want to celebrate the Spanish national team's victories (or forget about their defeats as quickly as possible), there's no better place. Our tips include the classics as well as some lesser-known clubs. Party in the depths of Berlin's club world, look out over the rooftops of Neukölln or relax and party by the water - the choice is yours.

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Tip 10: Get new energy at Kraftwerk Berlin

DEEP WEB im Kraftwerk Berlin
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Once an energy supplier for the east of the city, now an event location in a prime location - the Kraftwerk looks back on an eventful history. It is still full of energy today, and not just in the legendary Club Tresor. The imposing industrial building is also home to the Berlin Atonal sound art festival and many other events. So if you need a break from football and the European Championships, this is the place for you. Take a look at Events calendar to discover what's on during your visit.

Where: Köpenicker Straße 70, Mitte
When: Opening hours depending on the programme

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Tip 11: Visit the Embassy of Spain in Germany

Flagge Spanien
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A prime location - that's how you could describe the address of the Embassy of Spain. After all, who can claim to live in the centre of the Tiergarten between the New Lake and the Landwehr Canal and in the immediate vicinity of Berlin Zoo? Of course, we hope that you won't have to deal with any consular issues during the UEFA EURO 2024. But if you do, you can do so here in a pleasant atmosphere. And then head straight to Public Viewing in one of the nearby beer gardens or into the hustle and bustle of Bahnhof Zoo.

Where: Lichtensteinallee 1, Tiergarten
When: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 2pm, Consular Department: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 2pm and Friday from 9am to 1pm and Thursday from 2pm to 5pm by appointment

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