Euro 2008 Travel Guide > St Jakob Park
This guide to Basel and St Jakob Park has been written for football supporters visiting St Jakob Park 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 Basel, Switzerland.
Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland, it is in the north-west of the country on the River Rhine, the city borders both France and Germany and the city has train stations that run into both these countries (Paris is only three and half hours away on the TGV-EST line). The city is noted for its innovative building design, energy efficient way of living and its incredible blend of international culture. It is also dually noted for its old world medieval town centre, which was recognized as a culture centre of the world in recent years.
This visionary city is also known for its place in the business world; particularly the business of pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The city has recently shifted its focus to these two industries which provide an outpour of money that is put right back into the energy efficiency and other pioneering projects.
The Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiberg is the sole bi-national airport in the entire world. It was originally in France but has stretched into neighboring Basel. Because of this overlap visitors must be cautious or they could easily end up in France. The airport hosts several big international headliners including Swiss, Air France, British Airways and Lufthansa. It is recommended that visitors take a train into town or bus transport that is provided by most hotels.
Where to Stay in Basel
There are no hotels near St Jakob Park so it is advised to stay in the city centre as it is only a short commute to the stadium, try either the St Gotthard Swiss Quality Hotel or the Ramada Plaza Basel both are well located and are in also in tripadvisors top 5 Basel hotels.
About St Jakob Park
The stadium is relatively new stadium and was opened in March 2001 with a capacity of 39,000. The stadium has a UEFA 4 star rating (the highest allowed for a stadium of it’s size). The stadium will be extended to have a capacity of 42,500 for the European Championships and shall host 6 games including two quarter finals and a semi final.
Getting to St Jakob Park
The stadium has parking spaces for 680 cars on two different floors, however if taking public transport to the stadium it can be easily reached either by bus, tram or train (the stadium has its own train station).
After the Match
There are plenty of options for you to enjoy a night out in Basel, why not try the Restaurant Stucki Bruderholz for some French food before heading to the Stadtcasino, Barfüssenplatz for a venue that has live music acts along with other bars inside, another bar that should be visited is the Campari bar which has a younger crowd and sociable feel to it.
Euro 2008 Matches at St Jakob Park
Match 1 – 07/06 – Group A – Switzerland vs. Czech Republic – 18:00
Match 10 – 11/06 – Group A – Switzerland vs. Turkey – 20:45
Match 17 – 15/06 – Group A – Switzerland vs. Portugal – 20:45
Match 25 – 19/06 – Quarter Final – Winner Group A v Runner-up Gp B – 20:45
Match 27 – 21/06 – Quarter Final – Winner Gp C v Runner-up Gp D, Quarter Final – 20:45
Match 29 – 25/06 – Semi Final – Winner of Match 25 v Winner of Match 26 – 20:45