The FUSSBALL ROUTE BERLIN consists of three routes, all of which start at the Brandenburg Gate. The routes lead in three different directions, and each of them runs for a family-friendly distance of about 10-20 kilometers. In addition, two of the routes also have a slightly longer secondary route.
… runs south from the Brandenburg Gate to Tempelhof by way of Kreuzberg. That is, it passes through relatively nondescript housing areas. Yet, that is where many important events in football history took place. This route ends at what used to be Viktoria-Platz (Victoria square) in Mariendorf, but its focal point is the Tempelhofer Feld, which quite rightly can be called the cradle of German football. In terms of content, the focus of this route segment is on the beginnings of football in imperial Germany; a general outlook on football’s future development is, of course, also included. This section of the route has a total of 11 stations and also offers a clear picture of the various phases of Berlin’s development as a city.
The secondary route 1 branches off at the Tempelhofer Feld; its prominent endpoint is the home stadium of the association football club 1. FC Union at the Alte Försterei.
Route 1 and the secondary route 1 are scheduled to open in May 2014.
… runs north/northeast from the Brandenburg Gate to Pankow and along the way crosses the former course of the Berlin Wall several times. Accordingly, in terms of content, the essential focus is on the division of Germany and on the development of football in the years of the Weimar Republic. This part of the football route is the shortest of the three routes, but it includes some of Berlin’s most important sports venues, among them the Poststadion, the site of the former Stadium at the Gesundbrunnen, affectionately called “Plumpe,” as well as the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark. This route ends at the sports field of the football club VfB Einheit zu Pankow 1893 in Schönholz.
The secondary route 2 branches off at the “Plumpe” and ends at the sports field of the association football club 1. FC Lübars, and there this segment of the football route rejoins the former course of the Berlin Wall.
Route 2 as well as the secondary route 2 are expected to open in May 2014.
… runs west from the Brandenburg Gate and ends at the Olympic stadium on the Olympic grounds. This route has a total of 11 stations and includes a variety of sites, such as sports facilities, public squares, and homes. In terms of content, this route segment covers all periods of Berlin’s football history, focusing on football in the former West Berlin and also particularly on football in the years of the Weimar Republic and under National Socialism. Of particular importance in this context is, of course, the entire ensemble of the Olympic grounds due to its complex historical significance and its role in sports policy.