The RheinEnergieStadion opened in 1923 as the Müngersdorfer Stadion, being part of the largest sports complex in Europe. The stadium was originally the home of the football club’s Kölner BC 01 and SpVgg Sülz 07, who merged in 1948 to become the modern day 1. FC Köln who have played their ever since.
The stadium underwent major renovation in 1972 as the city wanted to host matches at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. However the city was unable to raise the necessary funding for a stadium of the necessary size and no matches were held there. The renovation was completed in 1975 and the Müngersdorfer Stadion did host two group matches of UEFA Euro 1988 (the Soviet Union defeating the Netherlands 1-0 and Italy beating Denmark 2-0).
Another major renovation of the stadium happened between 2002 and 2004 as it was announced as a venue for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Known as “FIFA World Cup Stadium Cologne”, the venue originally hosted three group matches at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. Four group matches at the World Cup were played there (including England’s 2-2 draw with Sweden) and a Round of 16 match in which Ukraine defeated Switzerland 3-0 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Germany have played a number of international matches at the RheinEnergieStadion, the first being a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands in November 1927.
The 2020 UEFA Europa League Final was played at the RheinEnergieStadion on the 21st August 2020, with Sevilla defeating Inter Milan 3-2 to win their sixth title.
Football is not the only sport to be played at RheinEnergieStadion, with the NFL Europe team the Cologne Centurions playing their from 2004 to 2007 before the league was ended.
Tickets at RheinEnergieStadion
1. FC Köln: FC Köln regularly sell out so it is recommended purchasing tickets in advance on the official website. Tickets go on sale to members first but usually go on general sale about a month before the match.
For the 2019/2020 season, tickets ranged from €16 for standing to €65 for a central seat.
Germany international football team: Tickets for any Germany international matches played at RheinEnergieStadion will be available on the official DFB website.
Location & Travel to RheinEnergieStadion
The RheinEnergieStadion is located in the Müngersdorf area, approximately 6 kilometres to the west of Cologne (Köln) city centre, Germany’s fourth largest city.
Airport – Cologne Bonn Airport is the seventh largest passenger airport in Germany, with regular flights across Europe. The airport is located 7.5 miles southeast of Cologne city centre, with the airport station sitting on the Cologne-Frankfurt high speed line. This train runs hourly, reaching Köln Hauptbahnhof in just a few minutes. The S-Bahn 13 line also runs via the airport, if you are looking to head straight to the RheinEnergieStadion you can go to Weiden West and use the tram as directed below.
Alternatively, the larger Düsseldorf Airport is just 30 miles to the north, whilst the busiest airport in Germany, Frankfurt Airport is reachable from Cologne in just over 45 minutes by the high-speed ICE train. Both of the airports offer flights all over the world.
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Driving & Parking – The RheinEnergieStadion is located not far from the A1 Autobahn. Follow Aachener Straße from the centre of Cologne or exit 103 of the A1 and this will take you straight to the stadium. There are approximately 7,500 car parking spaces in the area around RheinEnergieStadion.
Tram – The RheinEnergieStadion tram stop is located just a few minutes from the stadium, sitting on Line 1 of Cologne’s tram network. From the centre of Cologne, “Neumarkt” is the easiest place to catch the tram and head to the stadium with a journey time of about 15 minutes. Alternatively, Weiden West is the last stop on line 1 and connects with the regional train lines from Cologne Hauptbahnhof (central station) or Cologne/Bonn Airport. Public transport is free with a match ticket.
Train – Köln Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station of Cologne, operating a number of high speed and intercity trains across Germany and Europe. Destinations include Amsterdam, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Luxembourg, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart.
The situated is centrally located in Cologne, so catch a regional S-Bahn train (lines 12 or 13) to Weiden West where you can catch a tram as above.
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RheinEnergieStadion Stadium Tour
75 to 90 minute tours of RheinEnergieStadion take place at various time across the week. The tour costs €11.50 for Adults, €7.10 for Children (up to 14 years old) and €22.10 for families (2 adults and 2 children).
Further information and booking is available on the official RheinEnergieStadion website (in German).
Alternatively, you can take a virtual tour of the stadium here.