Euro 2024: Swiss team in Frankfurt: the real fake guided tour

Welcome to Baseler Platz in Frankfurt, this city that knows how to welcome Swiss tourists.

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It’s a scam. She’ll catch your eye, though. Majestic, well located. But no, the Westhafen Tower does not accept anyone on your roof, perched 130 meters above the bustling Frankfurt. Google presents it as a “tourist attraction,” but that’s a lie. If you want to see Frankfurt from above, the best solution is to go to the Main Tower. This will save you from having to walk around its “little sister” seven times before a guard explains more or less kindly that visitors are not welcome.

In the distance, the Westhafen Tower. Come closer to see, yes. For climbing, no.

In the distance, the Westhafen Tower. Come closer to see, yes. For climbing, no.

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The Westhafen Tower, however, had two advantages over its competitor (which is therefore not one). First, it is located on the route which separates the central station from the stadium where Switzerland will face Germany on Sunday at the end of the group stage of the Euro. Knowing that the objective of the visit is to give you an overview, that’s pretty good. Afterwards? She appears in the setting after crossing the aptly named Baseler Platz.

Frankfurt tries its hand at “Swissness”

Is this where Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and their Basel teammates will come to recharge their batteries before the big duel against the Mannschaft? Or better: is this where they will come to celebrate qualifying for the round of 16? Honestly, no. Besides, make your way if you have planned a stay in the city during the tournament. A thin circle of green grass crossed by a path covered in 20 seconds flat. The place has nothing to offer.

Damien Mollard, the team manager of the Swiss team, explained before the start of the competition that the City of Stuttgart had been particularly enthusiastic about the idea of ​​welcoming the Swiss selection. Frankfurt too, obviously. The proof: in addition to having a Baseler Platz, it has its Schweizer Platz! And there is a little more to see there. As long as we don’t get too fussy about Swiss heritage. One of the main bars in the area is called the “Paris Bar”, the cheese shop there has the French flag on its front and more baguettes are sold than rösti.

On the Swiss square in Frankfurt, a Swiss pharmacy.

On the Swiss square in Frankfurt, a Swiss pharmacy.

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Another problem with this Schweizer Platz: it is not exactly on the station-stadium axis, and requires a detour of a good kilometer. The game against Germany does not start before 9 p.m., so we will have to occupy the day until then. So, before heading towards the stadium, a stroll along the Main is well worth it. Already because the air and atmosphere there are particularly refreshing. And then because it is here that a good part of the city’s monuments are grouped together. Very close to Schweizer Platz is the famous Städel art museum.

A park with a view of the stars

Are you more the type to stroll on terraces and in parks than to count museums on your hunting list? The place you need is two kilometers further on, on the road to the enclosure which will see Germans and Swiss do battle. Following on from a very pleasant multi-sport center where football and field hockey fans rub shoulders, the Rennbahnpark opens. A privileged place to enjoy a corner of nature in an urban environment. And the best spot to watch what’s going on behind the scenes of German football.

The German Football Association has located its campus on the path between the train station and the Frankfurt stadium.

The German Football Association has located its campus on the path between the train station and the Frankfurt stadium.

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The German Football Federation (DFB) left Herzogenaurach (the city of Adidas and Puma) in 2022 to settle in Frankfurt. You will not enter the Mannschaft HQ without authorization, but the exterior grounds are in full view of everyone, possibly with a good pair of binoculars. “If necessary, the DFB has an additional five hectares as an expansion option,” it specifies on its website. Just in case the vastness of its campus isn’t already dizzying enough.

You have almost arrived at Deutsche Bank Park, the sponsored name of the Eintracht stadium. If green spaces make you salivate as much as we do, you will enjoy the location of the enclosure: right in the southern part of Frankfurt’s Green Belt, this protected landscape area which has had its own constitution since 1991. That’s it. throw away, right? Follow one of the paths that wind through the forest, sweep a few branches with the back of your hand and the large path leading to the stadium will appear. It’s time to dream, or not, with the Swiss team.

The Frankfurt stadium, where Switzerland can go to finalize its qualification for the round of 16 on Sunday evening.

The Frankfurt stadium, where Switzerland can go to finalize its qualification for the round of 16 on Sunday evening.

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