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Germany – Castles to Caravans

August 21st, 2005 by · No Comments · Accomodation, Football, Travel

It all depends on budget, the amount of time you are expecting to spend at the event [ie. how many games you are attending], and personal preference.

One of the added considerations when attending the World Cup finals is that the location changes when teams progress from groups stages to second round and further. It is often the case that even going into the last group game the venue and city for the next game will be unclear depending on whether your team finishes top of the group, second, or even goes home. All this makes it difficult to plan and book accommodation ahead of the finals and often leads to scrambles as all travelling fans decamp from one city to another.

To add complexity the 2006 group games will be spread around various cities and not the model of having national teams based in a particular city or area during the group stages, so flexibility of accommodation will be paramount.

There are 3 options to ensuring you have somewhere to stay during the tournament. The best option, in our humble opinion, is to book flights and accommodation, and any other services like car hire, as a package with a single operator. This can often be the most economical and the certainly the most convenient approach. We'd recommend Europcar or eBookers but you'll find a range of providers online. The advantage is ease of use and of course having one person to moan at if there are any problems. Make sure you choose a large, well established provider so they have the flexibility to offer you alternatives if anything does go wrong. Booking online with a credit card will also provide the benefit of automatic travel insurance. Most credit cards support it, but best to check.

The second option is the World Cup Accommodation Service [WCAS] established by FIFA. The WCAS is a consortium led by the World Cup Organising Committee and established specifically to provide accommodation during the month of the tournament. WCAS's hotel inventory consists of more than 46,000 hotel rooms spread across the twelve venues. The services provided include an 'accommodation management system' called Check-In 2006 which will help the organisation to provide, what they claim to be, 1.5million room nights in more than 550 hotels. Hotels range from 2 star to 5 star so they promise plenty of flexibility. They provide an online booking service and support the standard guarantees and refund policies although any additional costs of using the service are not clearly explained.

The third option is a trade-off between spending time and saving money. The German tourist industry is, as you'd expect, well organised and well prepared for the World Cup and for the extra strains that the competition will impose on its infrastructure. There is a wide variety of accommodation available ranging from camping to castles [yeah really]. Hotelier organisations and regional and local tourism organizations publish their own accommodation directories online so you can search and make room reservations directly. Travel agencies also work closely with hotels. We have provided some links to help you on your way.

Hotels – http://www.iha-hotelfuehrer.de/home/page_sta_1294.html?spr=e
Castles – http://www.visits-to-germany.com/pages/castle_stays.html
B and B – http://www.bed-and-breakfast.de/index_en.html
Guesthouses – http://www.germany-tourism.de/e/guesthouses.html
Farm Vacations – http://www.landtourismus.de/lt01_liste_englisch.jsp?STARTWERT=0
Youth Hostels – http://www.jugendherberge.de/international/html/index.jsp
Camping & Caravaning – http://www.germany-tourism.de/e/camping_caravaning.html

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