Hamburg extends warm hand of welcome to Fulham FC fans

Local authorities in Hamburg have extended a warm welcome to fans of Fulham FC, who will watch their team contest its first ever European final on 12th May.

Local authorities in Hamburg have extended a warm welcome to fans of Fulham FC, who will watch their team contest its first ever European final on 12th May.

In the run-up to the final between Fulham FC and the Spanish side, thousands of English fans are expected to celebrate the occasion in the city centre and in Hamburg's Reeperbahn, the city's renowned entertainment district.

The final will be hosted in the Hamburg Arena at the Volkspark, home of Hamburger Sportverein (HSV), whose team was eliminated by Roy Hodgson's Fulham team in the semi-final. For the last ten years, the Uefa five-star stadium has ranked among Europe's most atmospheric football stadiums. During the Fifa World Cup 2006, the stadium was the venue for five matches.

Ever since Germany hosted the World Cup, Hamburg has been recognised as an international hotspot for football fans. Just a few train stops away from the stadium, visitors to the uefa Europa League Final will have the opportunity to explore the Reeperbahn, Europe's largest entertainment district. The Reeperbahn was originally a somewhat shabby red-light district. However, by the 1960s and 1970s it had turned into a stepping stone for popular culture, with the Beatles as the most striking example. Since the 1990s, the Reeperbahn has turned into one of the world's most vibrating and creative entertainment districts. With hundreds of bars, pubs and clubs, some of Europe's best live music venues and a creative community that comes second to none, the Reeperbahn is definitely the place to go to celebrate the outcome of the final.

But also during the day, Hamburg offers a wide range of tourist highlights such as Europe's largest inner-city port and the highly innovative urban development project HafenCity Hamburg with its historic warehouse district Speicherstadt attached to it. Other points of interest include the work in progress on the Elbe Philharmonic Hall – Hamburg's new landmark – as well as the beautiful Alster lake that is located amidst the buzz of the city centre with its countless shopping opportunities. In Hamburg's trendy, up-and-coming neighbourhoods, North European design blends with an almost Mediterranean flair. On the day following the final, the Queen Mary 2, the world's longest cruise liner, will arrive in the port of Hamburg and will be welcomed by hundreds of thousands of onlookers from all over the world.

Hamburg intends to be remembered by Fulham's fans for more than the football.