Whether it was booked months ago or is yet to be booked, there are those amongst you who will be going on a European trip over the next few weeks.
For many of you this will bring a welcome opportunity to escape the World Cup, which usually sees football take over everything, but for others this poses a huge conflict of interests; you desperately want to get away on city break in Rome or your week long holiday bronzing yourself on a beach in Barcelona but at the same time you don’t want to miss out on any of the action from Brazil.
Sound familiar? If this is you, don’t panic! Thankfully, the World Cup is one of those occasions which captures the hearts and minds the world over. So, unless you’re planning a trip to North Pole the chances are there will have somewhere for you to watch the football!
Here’s a guide to where to go to watch the World Cup 2014 across some of Europe’s capitals.
Although there are no plans to rig up screens in Trafalgar Square or Hyde Park to rival the FIFA fan parks or fan miles in Berlin or elsewhere, there are plenty of places to watch all the action unfold on the big screen.
The Everyman Theatre in Hampstead, the Islington Academy and the Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion all showed the games on big screens for viewing pleasure of the football loving public and all have a good capacity. The only problem is they are remaining a little too quiet over this year’s World Cup, which is making some people think they might skip out on it this year.
Still, almost every pub and bar will be showing the games, so all you really need do is pick your favourite. For a more in depth guide, check out our blog post on top place to watch the World Cup 2014 in London.
THE place to watch the World Cup is the Fan Mile at Brandenburg Gate. This drew in huge crowds at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and has an atmosphere which rivals being in the ground itself. Although there were fears the fan miles could contravene laws on noise pollution, the government have found ways around this and are letting the celebrations go ahead without a hitch.
It’s likely that the fan mile won’t start out until the competition heats up, so in the meantime, head to one of Berlin’s numerous ‘beach bars’ or beer gardens along the riverfront to catch the action. The Beach Box offers a big screen, ice cold beers and a club where you can party long and hard into the night after the game.
Alternatively, try Oscar Wilde on Friedrichstrasse or Kulturbrauerei on Schönhauser for cheap beers, big screens and a decent atmosphere.
For a more in-depth guide, check out our guide on top places to watch the World Cup 2014 in Berlin.
When researching where to watch the World Cup in Amsterdam, one place came up time and time again- Coco’s Outback Pub.
Situated in the center of town, Coco’s is an Australian owned pub that will be showing all the matches right through to the final on 11 July on its 4 big screens set up on its huge outdoor terrace.
If you’re not lucky enough to get a seat outside, you can also watch it inside on any one of the 17 HD flat-screen TVs from the luxury vantage point of one of the large, comfortable leather couches; with happy hours, table service and an extensive beer list with 15 varieties of beer from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa also included, it’s easy to see why Coco’s is seen as a top place to catch the action.
Alternatively, the Satellite Sports Cafe on Leidseplein or Babes & Beer on the Damrak are decent football venues and are both able to cope with large parties, so you shouldn’t have any problems if you’re a large group on a stag party or boys tour.
Being pretty much the party capital of Europe, you’re not going to have too much difficulty finding somewhere to watch the World Cup 2014 in Amsterdam. Check out our top places to watch the World Cup 2014 in Amsterdam blog post for more ideas.
If last year is anything to go by, Paris’s World Cup viewing options will be far more extensive than Madrid’s.
For live music, a chance to kick a ball around and back-to-back football on 50 m2 big screens accompanied by 15,000 other football fanatics, head to the grassy sprawl that is the Trocadero next to the Eiffel Tower.
Alternatively, head to the Stade Charlety from the quarter-finals onwards to watch the games played out on big screens in an actual stadium environment.
If a bar’s more your thing, head to Cabaret Sauvage in La Villette Park. Cabaret Sauvage can cater for up to 1000 people- the largest capacity of any of the private venues in town- and has 4 giant screens to catch the action on including two outside.
Cabaret Sauvage will also feature a selection of music, dance and food from the homeland of everybody’s second team- Brazil. Pretty handy if you like watching Brazil, Samba music or Brazilian food!
The big screens in Paris haven’t yet been confirmed, but for a more extensive guide to watching the World Cup 2014 in Paris, check out our guide.
So there you have it- our guide on where to watch the World Cup across Europe which we hope proves that you don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the World Cup action wherever you end up.
Want to learn a little more about the host nation? Check out Lonely Planet’s Celebrate Brazil Mini-Guide to find out what the amazing Brazil has to offer (besides just the football).