World Cup 2006 Match Cities and Travel Info

Below is general travel information and links for the three cities, Dortmund, Nuremberg, and Kaiserslautern, Trinidad & Tabago played in during the opening round of World Cup 2006. There are also a few links for their base camp in Rotenburg.

You will find links to all the local and regional transit maps as well as each city's official home page. Also there is information about public viewings and fan fests that were held in the host cities.

Immediately below are general links for planning a trip including visa info, T&T consulate locations in Germany, weather information and other general info about getting around.


to top
Visa requirement

T&T passport holders require a visa to travel to Germany. It is known as the "Schengen Visum" and also allows travel to a number of other European states. You must apply in person. Take careful note of the required documents and also bring a photocopy of each. You will need travelers insurance for a minimum of 20,000 TTD and the visa fee is about 300 TTD. When applying allow enough time for a second visit to the consulate or embassy in case they require additional documents.

Port of Spain:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
website: http://www.port-of-spain.diplo.de
website: Visa information
website: World Cup Special section
7-9 Marli Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I.
Tel.: 628-1630/1/2, Fax: 628-5278
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 8. a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

New York:
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
website: http://www.germanconsulate.org/newyork
website: Visa information
871, United Nations Plaza (1st Avenue @ 49th Street)
New York, NY 10017
Tel.: (212) 610-9700, Fax: (212) 610-9702
Visa application hours: Mon to Fri 9. a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Other U.S. Cities:
website: Consulates
website: Visa information

Toronto:
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
website: http://www.toronto.diplo.de
website: Visa information
77 Bloor Street West, Suite 1703
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1M2
Tel.: (001 416) 925 28 13, Fax: (001 416) 925 28 18
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 9. a.m. to 12 noon

Other Canadian Cities:
website: Other German missions in Canada
website: Visa information

Other Countries:
website: Addresses of German missions abroad


to top
Trinidad & Tobago Consular Mission in Germany

In case you lose your passport or otherwise need to reach the T&T government, there are three honorary consuls in Germany.

Zollstockguertel 7
50969 Cologne
Tel: (0221)3604566, Fax: (0221)3605640, E-mail: listner@wifa.de

Raboisen 3
20095 Hamburg
Tel.: (040)2200396, Fax: (040)2206756, E-mail: tnt.consulate@hamburg.de
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Leipziger Str. 16
82008 Unterhaching (Munich)
Tel.: (089)61566636/7, Fax: (089)61566630, E-mail: ingomeyr@novareisen.de
Opening hours: Mon,Tue,Thur 9 a.m to 12 noon, Wed 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


to top
Weather in June

It won't be as warm as T&T! The mean temperatures in June range from about 22C (72F) for the high in the day to 11C (52F) at night. Rain falls 11 days out of the month on average. This works out to anywhere from 70mm to 100mm (2.7" to 4") depending on the region. Pack accordingly or buy a sweater or coat when you get there. Current weather conditions are displayed in the "dashboard" above and are updated every hour.


to top
Getting Around Germany

The two best ways of getting around are by train or by car. The national rail company is known as Deutsche Bahn or "DB". They are running a couple of specials for the World Cup which are detailed on their website. The first is for round trip tickets to one of the 12 host cities and is known as the "Weltmeister-Ticket" and the other is a pass valid for the entire tournament from June 7 to July 11 for travel throughout Germany. This is the "Weltmeister-Pass".

Renting a car can be cheaper and definitely more flexible when traveling with a group. Check your favorite travel sites for deals. If you are from Trinidad or North America you will notice gas (petrol) costs quite a bit more here, but most rentals have more efficient diesel engines which should offset the extra cost. A few tips for driving on the freeways (Autobahn): The left lane is the fast lane. Always move as far to the right as you can for the speed you are going. Always pass on the left, never on the right. It is illegal and other drivers won't expect it. Before pulling out to pass, though, check you rear view mirror for rapidly approaching cars. Once in the fast lane check your rear often. If you see flashing headlights behind you it's time to pull back to the right.

There are numerous route planners on the internet to help you find your way, but we happen to like the two in our Travel links section, because they give you a representation of the actual signs you'll see and tell you where the speed cameras are.

Travel links
deutschland.de germany-tourism.de Route planner
Route planner: mappy.com German rail: bahn.de German rail: World Cup specials
theworldcupingermany.com Camping and Caravanning go-today.com: Germany Vacations
goyellow.de maps/satellite images


to top

Dortmund

Dortmund is the host city for the match with Sweden on June 10 at 6pm (12 noon AST). Dortmund also happens to be the center of the steel pan scene in Germany. Check the links page for more on pan in this city.

Dortmund links
local transit map regional subway & train map mass transit info
Dortmund World Cup info Dortmund Tourism Fan Camp Dortmund

If you are arriving to the city by rail you can reach the stadium from the "Hauptbahnhof" (central train station) by taking the U45 "Strassenbahn" (light rail) to the Westfalenstadion station about 6 stops away. The stadium has recently been renamed Signal-Iduna-Park. (See map below)

Public Viewing

The "Friedensplatz" is situated between the new "Rathaus" (city hall) and the old "Stadthaus" (city hall). There will be a public viewing area here featuring a 60 square meter screen. To get there take the "Stadtbahn" (light rail) lines U41, U42, U45, U46, U47 or U49 to the "Stadtgarten" (City Garden) stop. (see map below)


to top

Nuremberg

Nuremberg hosts the match against England on June 15 at 6pm (12 noon AST) in the newly dubbed easyCredit-Stadion, formerly Frankenstadion.

Nuremberg links
local transit map regional subway & train map mass transit info
Nuremberg World Cup info Nuremberg Tourism Nuremberg city info

To get to the stadium from the "Hauptbahnhof" (central train station) take the S2 to the Frankenstadion station about 13 minutes away. (see map below)

Public Viewing

Large projection screens will serve for the live presentation of World Cup games in the "Volksfestplatz". It is located approximately ten minutes on foot from the Frankenstadion. You can also take the S2 train and get out one stop before the Frankenstadion at the "Dutzenteich" stop or take the number 6 or 9 street car to "Doku-Zentrum". (see map below)

Here is a satellite view taken from Google Earth. Click on the image for a larger version. The other two cities don't have high quality satellite available.


to top

Kaiserslautern

Trinidad will meet Paraguay in Kaiserslautern on June 20 at 9pm (3pm AST).

Kaiserslautern links
interactive city map local transit map regional subway & train map
Kaiserslautern World Cup info Kaiserslautern Tourism Kaiserslautern city info
mass transit info(no English yet)

Getting to the stadium, Fritz-Walter-Stadion, from the "Hauptbahnhof" is just a hill climb away up the "Betzenberg". No further transit is necessary. (see map below)

Public Viewing

A public viewing on the big screen is possible at the "Stiftsplatz". Further World Cup festivities take place around Stiftsplatz, Scheiderstrasse and the Rathaus (city hall). You can get there on foot from the Hauptbahnhof (central station). It's about one kilometer away. You can also take the S12/S112 lines towards city hall (richtung Rathaus). (see map below)


to top

Rotenburg

Rotenburg (Wuemme) will be the base camp for the Soca Warriors during the World Cup. They will be staying at Landhaus Wachtelhof. The city is situated between Bremen, Hannover and Hamburg and is not to be confused with the other Rothenburg (ob der Tauber) down south in Bavaria. See maps below for details of the training facility, "In der Ahe".

Rotenburg links
Rotenburg welcomes T&T Rotenburg city info Landhaus Wachtelhof

To get to Rotenburg by train check the schedule at bahn.de. To get there by car from Hamburg on the A1 take the "Bockel" exit 49 and continue on B71 for 9km. From Bremen on the A1 take the "Stuckenborstel" exit50 and follow B75 for 16km. From Hannover on the A7 take the A27 and then exit at "Verden Nord" exit 25 continuing on B215 for 18km. See the map below or one of the route planner links above for more details.

Below you can see how the "In der Ahe" training facility, the hotel and the train station are situated.

And some further detail and an aerial view of the training facility.


to top