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Euro 2008 Ernst Happel Stadium Vienna

Posted in  Football by David on the February 22nd, 2008

Euro 2008 Travel Guide > Ernst Happel Stadium

This guide to Vienna and Ernst Happel Stadium has been written for football supporters visiting Ernst Happel Stadium during Euro 2008. Discover how to make the most out of a trip to watch the European Championships whether you are visiting for the day or staying overnight in one of the many hotels in Vienna, Austria.

About Vienna

Vienna, Austria was first founded in 500 BC as a Celtic settlement. Vienna is the capital city of Austria and is also the site of seven Euro 2008 games including the final. The city is by far the largest in Austria with a population of just under two million and is also the economic and political centre of the country. The city is in the east of the country and is situated close to the Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian borders.

Vienna is known for its food and drink, particularly for its Wiener schnitzel, breweries, vineyards and cafes. The homemade wines and beers are served in pubs known as Heuriger, where visitors can order a sample of Wiener schnitzel, which is nothing more than pounded veal that is coated in flour, eggs and breadcrumbs and then fried to perfection. The cafes around the city are renowned and some date back centuries. Even if visitors do not have a caffeine addiction, do not want to consume alcoholic beverages and certainly don’t want to stuff themselves with fried foods, the city’s Naschmarkt is a permanent market that is filled with fresh fruits, veggies, spices, fish, meats and speciality foods from all over the world.

The Vienna International Airport is the busiest in Austria. When it was built in 1938 it only had one small terminal but two additional ones have been added since. Its runways can handle large capacity aircraft like the Airbus A340 and the airport serves destinations across Europe and Asia. Vienna International Airport is 11 miles (18kms) southeast of the city and has a city airport train that runs every half an hour straight into Vienna city centre to the Landstrasse/Wien Mitte station. Journey time is about 15 minutes and the train costs 9.00 euros one way.

Where to Stay in Vienna

Euro 2008 fans looking to stay in hotels near Ernst Happel Stadium should look at the Hilton Danube which is only 800 metres away. However we recommend that you stay in the city centre for easy access to noth the stadium and the cities bars, restaurants and sights. Why not stay in either the K&K Hotel Maria Theresia or the Altstadt Vienna – both are in TripAdvisors top 10 Vienna hotels and give great access to both the city centre and the Ernst Happel Stadium. To find and reserve Vienna hotels use the MATCHhotels hotel price comparison service to find cheap Vienna accommodation.

About Ernst Happel Stadium

The Ernst Happel Stadium is the largest  football stadium in Austria with a capacity of 53,008. Ernst Happel is the home of the Austrian national football team. The stadium was opened in 1931 and was named the Prater Stadium until 1992 when it was renamed the Ernst Happel Stadium in honour of Ernst Happel following his death. You may like to note that the address is Meiereistraße, Wien, 1020, Austria.

Getting to Ernst Happel Stadium

The Ernst Happel Stadium is in the heart of Vienna’s 2nd District in an area that is known as Prater (stadium was originally named Prater Stadium). When travelling from Vienna city centre to Ernst Happel Stadium you can either take the number 80 or 84A buses which go direct to the stadium. However the easiest way to get to the ground from Vienna city centre is by taking the U1 Subway to Praterstern and then tram number 21 to the stadium.

After the Match

There are many great restaurants and bars in Vienna to keep you occupied during your time there. For traditional Viennese food try Augustinerkeller near the Karlsplatz underground station, it is open until midnight each day and serves numerous hot and cold dishes along with great local wines. For party animals, Adolf Loos is an American bar that serves fantastic cocktails and Porky and Bess is the cities best Jazz club.

Euro 2008 Matches at Ernst Happel Stadium

Match 3 – 08/06 – Group B – Austria vs. Croatia – 18.00

Match 12 – 12/06 – Group B – Austria vs. Poland – 20.45

Match 20 – 16/06 – Group B – Austria vs. Germany – 20.45

Match 26 – 20/06 – Quarter Final – Winner of Group B vs. Runner up of Group A – 20.45

Match 28 – 22/06 – Quarter Final – Winner of Group D vs. Runner up of Group C – 20.45

Match 30 – 26/06 – Semi Final – Winner of Match 27 vs. Winner of Match 28 – 20.45

Match 31 – 29/06 – Final – Winner of Match 29 vs. Winner of Match 30 – 20.45

Euro 2008 Travel Guide

Posted in  Football by David on the February 11th, 2008

<< We did want to put the Euro 2008 logo here but UEFA have warned us that doing so “damages UEFA’s exclusive rights of control over its own trade marks“. We are not sure how publicising the Euro 2008 tournament and brand does this but bow to their legal team’s wisdom. >> 

On Saturday 7th June at 18.00 local time, Euro 2008 gets started when co-hosts Switzerland take on the Czech Republic. Summers must see event consists of 16 teams split into 4 groups in a tournament that consists of 31 matches and ultimately 1 trophy, can Greece pull off another shock and defend the trophy that they won 4 years ago? One thing is of sure this 22 day football festival should not be missed as the top European nations play for the coveted Henri Delaunay trophy. The tournament is split into 4 groups from which the top two teams from each go through to the quarter finals, we have covered each group below so that you have a guide to which teams may fare the best during Euro 2008.

Group A:

Switzerland
Czech Republic
Portugal
Turkey

Saturday, 07 June 2008

Portugal v Turkey, A, 20:45, Stade de Geneve
Switzerland v Czech Republic, A, 18:00, St Jakob Park

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Czech Republic v Portugal, A, 17:00, Stade de Geneve
Switzerland v Turkey, A, 19:45, St Jakob Park

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Switzerland v Portugal, A, 19:45, St Jakob Park
Turkey v Czech Republic, A, 19:45, Stade de Geneve

Group B:

Austria
Croatia
Germany
Poland

Sunday, 08 June 2008

Austria v Croatia, B, 18:00, Ernst Happel Stadium
Germany v Poland, B, 20:45, Hypo-Arena

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Austria v Poland, B, 20:45, Ernst Happel Stadium
Croatia v Germany, B, 18:00, Hypo-Arena

Monday, 16 June 2008

Austria v Germany, B, 20:45, Ernst Happel Stadium
Poland v Croatia, B, 20:45, Hypo-Arena

Group C:

Netherlands
Italy
Romania
France

Monday, 09 June 2008

Holland v Italy, C, 20:45, Stade de Suisse Wankdorf
Romania v France, C, 18:00, Letzigrund Stadium

Friday, 13 June 2008

Holland v France, C, 20:45, Stade de Suisse Wankdorf
Italy v Romania, C, 18:00, Letzigrund Stadium

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

France v Italy, C, 20:45, Letzigrund Stadium
Holland v Romania, C, 20:45, Stade de Suisse Wankdorf

Group D:

Greece
Sweden
Spain
Russia

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Greece v Sweden, D, 20:45, Stadion Wals-Siezenheim
Spain v Russia, D, 18:00, Stadion Tivoli Neu

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Greece v Russia, D, 20:45, Stadion Wals-Siezenheim
Sweden v Spain, D, 18:00, Stadion Tivoli Neu

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Greece v Spain, D, 20:45, Stadion Wals-Siezenheim
Russia v Sweden, D, 20:45, Stadion Tivoli Neu

Quarter Finals:

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Winner Group A v Runner-up Gp B, Quarter Final, 20:45, St Jakob Park

Friday, 20 June 2008

Winner Grp B v Runner-up Gp A, 20:45, Ernst Happel Stadium

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Winner Grp C v Runner-up Gp D, 20:45, St Jakob Park

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Winner Gp D v Runner-up Gp C, 20:45, Ernst Happel Stadium

Semi Finals:

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Winner Q/F 1 v Winner Q/F 2, 20:45, St Jakob Park

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Winner Q/F 3 v Winner Q/F 4, 20:45, Ernst Happel Stadium

Final:

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Winners SF1 v Winners SF2, Final, 19:45, Ernst Happel Stadium