In the early parts of 2019, it is once again time for German Masters, one of the most popular tournaments amongst players and audience alike on the World Snooker tour. The Sunday final is often attended by a record 2500 snooker enthusiasts in Berlin’s central and iconic Tempodrome venue. It is located a mere 10 minutes walk from famous landmarks such as Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie, and it can be reached via public transport from pretty much anywhere in the city in no more than 30 minutes. The reigning champion is Mark Williams, who beat fellow former world champion Graeme Dott in the 2018 final.
The tournament is being played in the large concert and event venue Tempodrom, right in the middle of the capital near the former no man’s land between East and West Berlin. Tempodrom has been highly praised by players, referees and guests for being the perfect setting for a major snooker tournament. In 2014, top ref Jan Verhaas referred to it as “the best snooker venue in the world, by far“, and in 2015, Shaun Murphy gave it a spot on his personal top three alongside London’s Ally Pally and The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
It’s only a slight 5-10 minutes walk to go to the famous Potsdamer Platz and its various entertainment offers and high rises, and it is also no more than 10 minutes to the equally renowned Friedrichstrasse on which lies Checkpoint Charlie. Right next to Tempodrom is the S-Bahn station Anhalter Bahnhof (local trains), and there are a massive four U-Bahn (Underground) stations within a 10-minute radius, in addition to which there is a lot of bus routes running nearby.
When is German Masters 2019 being played?
The tournament is on from January 30 to February 3, 2019.
Where do I get tickets and how much are they?
Tickets are available from the official ticket provider Eventim (if you’re not great at German, you can click the flag in the top right corner to see the site in English).
Tickets cost from €18,40 for the least expensive seats for a first-round afternoon session. You can also get a 3-day ticket for all sessions Wednesday to Friday, which is really good value for money. All-day tickets for the Sunday final will cost you between €57 and €75, depending on the seating tier.
The popular VIP tickets are quite a lot more expensive, but they also come with a lot of benefits. A VIP Gold ticket for the final (€290) or the semifinals (€238) will give you the best seats in the hall, access to the Players’ lounge and bar, free food and drinks (incl. alcoholic drinks) as well as a bit of merchandise. You can also get a VIP Silber ticket, which gives you most of the same benefits as the Gold ticket but for the three first days of play, at €299. Please note that the links will show you the ordinary tickets for the specific day(s). From there, click “Special tickets” to access the VIP offers.
The somewhat cheaper Bronze ticket includes good seats, a tournament programme, a surprise and a buffet dinner in between sessions.
Where can I stay near German Masters 2019?
Considering its status as one of the most modern and famous world capitals, Berlin is amazingly cheap when it comes to hotels. The Potsdamer Platz area is one of the most expensive ones, though, as most of the buildings there are newly-built. Right across the street from the Tempodrom is Mövenpick, and on the other side of the intersection is the three starred apartment hotel Novotel Suite and the budget hotel Ibis Budget City. Other hotels, including the highrises on nearby Potsdamer Platz, are available from booking.com.
How do I get to Berlin?
Berlin is a major hub with two international airports and frequent connections from most of the world. Try Momondo.com for plane tickets.
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