Keeping people safe at

UEFA | Euro 2024

Security situation in Germany

Germany’s stable democracy saw a significant shift after the September 2021 election, with Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) becoming chancellor, succeeding Angela Merkel. The SPD formed a “traffic light” coalition with the Greens and Free Democratic Party (FDP), focusing on climate change initiatives and adopting a tougher stance on Russia and China, potentially heightening geopolitical tensions. Despite a robust economy resonating with working-class citizens, the country faces domestic challenges from far-right influences, particularly the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which, despite losing ground, remains a threat to stability, especially in former East Germany.

Germany has negligible risks in political stability, conflict, crime, natural and environmental hazards, health, and local travel. Terrorism risk is low, with concerns linked to both Islamic terror groups and domestic anti-immigration sentiments. Demonstrations and strikes are common but generally peaceful, though far-right and climate-related rallies may turn violent. Police forces effectively manage these events without excessive force.

Risk Assessment

By risk categories: low to high.

CONFLICT
CRIME
HEALTH & MEDICAL
KIDNAP & RANSOM
NATURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL
PERSONAL SAFETY
POLITICAL
TERRORISM
UNREST

The general safety score for Germany is

1/5

NEGLIGIBLE

Berlin will host the final and several other matches in both the group stage and the playoffs. Here is a guide to the security situation in Berlin and what visitors should be aware of.

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Host cities

Stay safe in Berlin

Berlin is generally safe during the day, but public parks should be avoided at night. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag-snatching, is common in crowded areas and tourist spots like Alexanderplatz and Brandenburg Gate. Extremist right-wing youth gangs are active in Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Berlin police are professional and helpful and have English-speaking personnel. In emergencies, dial 110 for police or 112 for ambulance/fire brigade.

Violent crime is rare, but exercise caution after dark, especially in Leopoldplatz, Görlitzer Park, and Kleiner Tiergarten. Protests at Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag can lead to disturbances. Vehicle thefts target luxury brands. Racial violence occurs in underdeveloped areas like Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Terrorism remains a concern with increased surveillance in public areas.

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Stay safe in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is generally safe, but petty theft is common, particularly at airports, railway stations, and tourist spots like Zeilgalerie and Frankfurt Hoch 4. Pickpockets often work in teams using distractions. Violent crime is rare, but women should avoid traveling alone at night, especially near the Hauptbahnhof subway, Elbestrasse, and Taunusstrasse. Large protests can turn violent, especially around Roemer City Hall and Opernplatz, causing travel disruptions. There is a moderate terrorism risk, with threats from groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic Jihad Union. Natural risks include flash floods from thunderstorms and heavy snowstorms disrupting transport services. In emergencies, dial 112.

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Stay safe in Hamburg

Hamburg is generally safe with common sense precautions. Petty theft is opportunistic, often occurring at transport hubs, tourist spots, and large events. Pickpockets and muggers target areas like Spitaler Straße and Mönckebergstraße, often using distractions. Violent crime is rare but occurs at night in poorly lit areas, especially in Herbertstrasse and Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli district. Large protests can turn violent, causing travel disruptions, with frequent clashes at Rote Flora and central Hamburg. There is a moderate terrorism risk, with effective counter-terrorism operations in place. Natural risks include flooding from heavy rain and disruptions from strong winds and snowfall. In emergencies, dial 112.

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Stay safe in Munich

Munich is generally safe with low crime rates, but common sense precautions are necessary. Petty theft is opportunistic, occurring at transport hubs, tourist spots like Marienplatz and Hofbräuhaus, large events, and Oktoberfest. Pickpockets often use distractions to steal valuables. Violent crime is rare but occurs in poorly lit areas at night, particularly near Munich Central Station. Large protests, especially neo-Nazi and anti-NATO demonstrations, can disrupt travel and occasionally turn violent. There is a moderate terrorism risk despite effective counter-terrorism operations. Munich police are professional and English-speaking. In emergencies, dial 112.

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Cologne Stadium (RheinEnergieStadion)

Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena

BVB Stadion Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park)

Leipzig Stadium (Red Bull Arena)

Arena AufSchalke (Veltins-Arena)

Düsseldorf Arena (Merkur Spiel-Arena)

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10 things to keep in mind to stay safe

during UEFA Euro 2024

Stay Informed

Keep up with local news and updates about the tournament, including any security advisories and changes in schedules.

Emergency Contacts

Have a list of emergency contacts, including local emergency numbers, your country’s embassy, and contacts for local friends or family. 

Travel Insurance

Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, theft, and other potential issues.

Crowd awareness

Be cautious in large crowds, which can be targets for pickpockets and other criminals. Stay vigilant and keep your belongings secure. 

Cash and Valuables

Carry only the cash you need and keep valuables secure. Use a money belt or hidden pouch for important documents and money. 

Health Precautions

Stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements. 

Medical Supplies

Carry a basic first aid kit with essential items like bandages, antiseptics, pain relievers, and any personal medications.

Language Basics

Learn a few basic phrases in German, especially those related to emergency situations and asking for help.

Safety Apps

Use safety apps like Safeture that can alert managers, friends or family if you are in trouble.

Stay Connected

Keep your phone charged and have a portable charger. Make sure you have access to Wi-Fi or mobile data.