Berlin Host City

Skyline of Berlin City Centre
Berlin Skyline

Berlin is Germany’s top city for sport and sports fans. High-class events attract sports enthusiasts and spectators from around the world.

Berlin hosts around 40 major sporting events every year, many of which have become legendary; the BMW Berlin-Marathon is one of the top running events worldwide.

Berlin also regularly hosts major international sporting events, such as the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships, 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships and the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final.

Hardly any other major city in the world offers so much high class year-round sport: for example, six professional clubs playing in five disciplines make Berlin the German capital for sport.

Whether it’s the Olympic Stadium, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Straße des 17. Juni or the former Tempelhof Airport, Berlin offers the right location for every sporting event.

Key Facts

  • The capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany has a population of 3.5 million
  • By international comparison, the German capital is the second largest city in the European Union in terms of its population and the fifth largest in terms of its area
  • Berlin is Germany’s no. 1 tourist destination and is the third most popular in all of Europe
  • With 175 museums, Berlin has more museums than rainy days
  • Berlin features three UNESCO World Heritage sites and has been named an UNESCO city of design. It is the only city in the world with three active opera houses
  • Berlin has about 150 theatres and stages offering performances in all genres
  • The Berlinale, one of the most popular film festivals in Europe celebrates its 67th birthday in 2017