FIFA World Cup 2006: Germany

Updated: June 14, 2006, 9:54 PM ET


Spectacular new Allianz Arena in Munich will host the opening match of the World Cup, on June 9. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The biggest sporting event on the planet returns to Germany, where it was last held in 1974. From the opening match at spectacular new Allianz Arena in Munich on June 9 to the final at Olympic Stadium in Berlin on July 9 -- and around the cities, countryside and beer halls of Germany -- it's sure to be an event of a lifetime for any sports fan lucky enough to attend.

Surprisingly, it's not too late to plan a trip, as tickets and hotel rooms can still be had. Also, so many events and public viewing areas are planned that the atmosphere should be electric even if you can't get into a stadium. Find out more in the stories below.

• The venues: Guides to the 12 host cities and stadiums

Berlin
Cologne
Dortmund
Frankfurt
Gelsenkirchen
Hamburg
Hanover
Kaiserslautern
Leipzig
Munich
Nuremberg
Stuttgart

• Last-minute tickets: It's not too late
Multiple options and tips to get in the game.

• Where the national teams -- and fans -- will be
The Brazilian fans will be in Cologne; the English fans, everywhere.

• Accommodations: Rooms still available
Plenty of hotel capacity, and maybe even a reasonable rate.

• Getting around Germany
Choose from planes, trains and automobiles.

• Where to watch games in Germany? Everywhere!
Public viewing areas, beer gardens, cinemas, even churches.

• Must-see sights in Germany
A German writer runs down his country's top attractions.

ico_orbitz Berlin: Plan Trip | Hotel | Flight
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