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Allianz Arena

ABOVE: The Allianz Arena in daytime. INSET BELOW: At night, the stadium is illuminated in white, red, and/or blue, depending on the match schedule. (FC Bayern's color is red; TSV 1860's color is blue.)

Allianz Arena at nightOf all the football stadiums that were built or refurbished for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Allianz Arena in Munich is probably the most spectacular.

The soccer stadium, designed by world-renowned architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Basel, Switzerland, has a skin of 1,056 fire-resistant membrane "cushions" that are illuminated from behind by 25,344 lights.

At night, the entire stadium glows white, red, blue, or in three alternating colors, depending on whether a match is taking place and which of the two home teams is playing: FC München (red) or TSV 1860 (blue).

The arena is nearly as impressive inside, with 69,901 seats arranged in steep banks to bring spectators as close as possible to the action.

Seats are protected from the weather by a partial roof that admits sunlight and leaves the natural-grass pitch open to the sky.

Allianz Arena stands and football pitch

ABOVE: The interior of Munich's Allianz Arena on a tour day.

On days when no matches are scheduled, you can take a 75-minute Arena View tour (with admission to the FCB Museum) for a modest fee.

The tour includes a film about the construction of the arena, followed by visits to the players' dressing rooms, the player tunnel, the press club, commentators' positions, seating areas, and private boxes.

If you wish, you can buy FC Bayern merchandise at the team's fan shop after the tour.

The tour schedule varies, and published tour times aren't always observed, so check the Tours & Museum page at the Allianz Arena Web site and book a tour online to avoid a wasted trip to the city's outskirts.


  • On your way back into town, get off at the Münchner Freiheit U-Bahn station to explore the lively neighborhood of Schwabing and the English Garden, which is Munich's version of Central Park or Hyde Park. Afterwards, you can continue on foot to the city center.

How to reach the Allianz Arena by U-Bahn:

From the Marienplatz in Munich's city center, take the U-Bahn's northbound U6 line toward Fröttmaning or Garching-Forschungszentrum.

Marienplatz U-Bahn station

See How to Ride the U-Bahn and S-Bahn for information on tickets and trains.

Get off the train at Fröttmaning

. (The journey takes about 20 minutes from Marienplatz.)

Fröttmaning U-Bahn station

Ride the escalator upstairs and follow the arrows toward the Arena.

Allianz Arena sign

Walk across the U-Bahn tracks via the pedestrian bridge.

Fröttmaning U-Bahn pedestrian bridge

Follow the paved paths to the Allianz Arena, which is to the north (or your left) after you've crossed the tracks. The walk takes 10 or 15 minutes.

Allianz Arena path>

As you approach the arena, look for the Eingang or Entrance to the "ArenaTours" and shops. Push your way through the turnstiles, which are unlocked during shop hours.

Allianz Arena entrance

Allianz Arena Eingang sign<

Follow the signs to sections 326-328, where you'll find the FC Bayern Store. Buy your tour ticket in the Allianz Arena shop on level 3 if you haven't prebooked online.

Allianz Arena Markenwelt and Arena Tours

Motorists: For driving directions from Google Maps, click here.

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