Manchester United’s reward for getting past Chelsea is a trip to Germany and a Champions League semi final tie against Schalke. There will be high demand for tickets, flights and accommodation in Gelsenkirchen, so here is all the information you need to make sure you beat the crowd!
Bundesliga outfit Schalke play their home matches in Gelsenkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The nearest airport to Gelsenkirchen is Dusseldorf Airport, which is to the south-west of the city, around 45 minutes away. The club’s stadium, known as the Veltins-Arena under a sponsorship agreement with Veltins brewery, was completed in the summer of 2001 and has a capacity of 61,673 spectators. It is located to the north of Gelsenkirchen.
The all-important date of the first leg away to Schalke is Tuesday 26th April!
Flights and hotels:
You can fly direct from London Stansted to Dusseldorf Airport on Air Berlin Airlines. The flight takes just over one hour to complete and will cost somewhere between £100 and £150. You can also fly from London Heathrow or London Gatwick with British Airways, in addition to bmi and Lufthansa from Heathrow. A flight from Manchester will take in the region of one hour and forty five minutes, and you can fly to Dusseldorf with Flybe, Lufthansa or bmi.
For football fans looking to keep the cost of their Champions League trip low and who are on a tight budget, the two-star Ibis Gelsenkirchen offers great value for guests. Located in the south of the city and a fair distance from the stadium, rooms are available for less than £50 if you book early.
The InterCityHotel Gelsenkirchen offers guests three-star accommodation and is located south of the Veltins-Arena. The hotel has a restaurant on site, and with rooms available from around £50, offers a reasonable stay for people on a medium budget.
For those travellers that have a large budget to enjoy, the four-star Maritim Hotel Gelsenkirchen will fit the bill perfectly. Rooms will cost in excess of £100, but for that you get to use the on-site restaurant, indoor pool and spa, and stay in a prime city centre location.