A park with a wide green meadow punctuated by a path, in the background trees and blue sky

Six leafy spots to relax in during
UEFA EURO 2024

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We’ve picked a selection of six leafy spots in Düsseldorf to explore during your stay. Not long to go now until UEFA EURO 2024 kicks off, and we’re already looking forward to welcoming you, the football fans from across Europe. Read on to discover green oases in Düsseldorf where you can chill out between the matches at the Düsseldorf Arena and the events in and around the fan zones. And the best thing is that all of these spots are just 15 minutes or so from the Altstadt (Old Town).

Cherry blossom in Hofgarten Park. A section of a small lake is also visible. The ideal place to relax during UEFA EURO 2024.
Central, urban and full of surprises


Hofgarten Park lies at the end of Königsallee. It’s the most central of Düsseldorf’s green spaces and the ideal retreat for football fans in need of peace and quiet. Covering almost 28 hectares, it reaches from Jägerhofpalast to Heinrich-Heine-Allee and borders the Ehrenhof, where you’ll find the Kunstpalast and the NRW Forum museums. This summer, the Pong café in the NRW Forum features a counter selling pizza-style flammkuchen and DJs from the countries participating in this year’s tournament. Pong is the counterpart to Ping, the café in the Theatermuseum, which lies in an idyllic location at the other end of Hofgarten Park. Ping will also host Euro DJs this summer.

Football fans can create their own mini-Euros with a kickabout in Golzheim Park.
Kickabout by the Rhine


Right by the Rhine, between the Altstadt and the Düsseldorf Arena, lies Golzheim Rheinpark, where generations of locals have taken their kids to play football and pub teams have organised tournaments. The perfect place for any football fan to burn off some energy or cheer on their friends. It covers around 23 hectares between Cecilienallee and the Robert-Lehr-Ufer embankment, and lies on the route from the Altstadt to the stadium where the UEFA EURO 2024 matches will be played. You could start your day at the Fortuna Büdchen refreshment stand on the Joseph-Beuys-Ufer embankment, then enjoy a kickabout in Golzheim Park before heading off to the match with a brief stop-off in Nordpark.

Take a breather during UEFA EURO 2024. View of the pond in the Japanese Garden, the ornately trimmed trees reflected in the water.
A breath of fresh air


Sometimes, you just feel like a break – maybe before the game, maybe after. Fortunately, Nordpark is just 20 minutes walk from the Düsseldorf Arena. The park is renowned for its symmetry and clean lines, with very little left to chance here. That’s particularly true in the Japanese Garden, which brings a purist aesthetic to the park’s verdant surroundings. Every tree and every stone has been carefully selected and arranged. Its black pine trees are clipped into shape, their cloud-like topiary reflected in the pond to create a magical atmosphere − a little oasis of precision and calm. The ideal place to regain some composure after an emotionally charged match before immersing yourself in the festivities of UEFA EURO 2024 once again.

The boathouse in Südpark in the background, in front of it a lake framed by tall trees.
Urban jungle


From the north, we head south to Südpark, Düsseldorf’s largest green space. This 70-hectare park is home to countless trees, lush lawns, themed gardens, barbecue areas and a lake and a petting zoo. Südpark is probably also one of the few places where you can completely escape the grip of football fever. And it’s just 15 minutes from the Schauspielhaus fan zone. Simply hop on the 701 tram in Schadowstrasse, get off at Gangelplatz, walk down Emmastrasse and you can’t miss it. Down to the left are large grassy areas where you might encounter musicians, yoga enthusiasts, people playing football and sun worshippers. If you prefer a longer walk, continue to Heinrich Heine University’s dome-shaped greenhouse in the botanical garden, or head towards the farm in Südpark. If you simply want to enjoy a beer in peace, turn right after the entrance on Emmastrasse where you’ll find the Kurhaus and its large beer garden. The boathouse and terrace overlooking a small lake are just a stone’s throw away. Both serve Düsseldorf’s signature altbier from the Uerige brewery and Hosen Hell, a beer brewed by famous punk band and sons of the city, Die Toten Hosen. Cheers!

View from Oberkassel across Düsseldorf’s Old Town.
(Photo: U. Otte)
Half-time break


Fancy a change of scene? Then hop on a bike and cycle from the Altstadt through Hofgarten Park and across Oberkasseler bridge to the Rheinwiesen meadows, just ten minutes away. The meadows offer great views towards the fan zone on Burgplatz, and you can sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of the Old Town. You can also burn off some more energy with a game of football or watch the sheep grazing. Bicycles can be hired with the Düsseldorf BikeCard, which offers additional benefits such as free entry to selected museums. If you prefer it a little more leisurely, take the metro in Heinrich-Heine-Allee and you’ll be on the other side of the Rhine after just two stops.
Further information about the Düsseldorf BikeCard.

A beach on the Rhine? In Düsseldorf, yes!


The river Rhine cuts through Düsseldorf like a blue ribbon, so why not take advantage and swap turf for sandy beach in between games? The Paradiesstrand in MedienHafen, for example, is just a ten minute cycle ride from the city centre. This flat, sandy beach on the river offers summer vibes in the modern setting of the MedienHafen, as well as views of the skyline and the television tower. We recommend going by bike as you’ll have to bring your own drinks and snacks since there are no restaurants and cafés nearby. And of course you’ll need to take your litter with you and dispose of it properly.

We will keep you posted about the latest UEFA EURO 2024 events. For further information, please visit visitduesseldorf.de.

Text: Cynthia Blasberg
Photos: Dusseldorf Tourism

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