October 16, 2014

Between the 21st and 22nd of October, the UEFA Champions League will be taking on its third match day, with 16 exciting matches happening across Europe over the two days. If you're planning on making the quick 35-minute journey over the Channel via Eurotunnel Le Shuttle to watch a match, then you'll probably want to find out what else you can do in the stadium's city. From dining on the amazing tapas in Madrid, to sampling delicious treats in Brussels' chocolate shops, there's so much you can get up to after the referee calls the final whistle. To get you ready for your sporty trip away, I've put together a list of the matches I'm most excited about, and what you and your friends can do once the game is over.

Madrid: Atlético v. Malmö

As current UEFA champions, the home of the Real Madrid team is a bustling place to be during match days, making it the perfect time to explore the city of Madrid in all its wonder. After Atlético Madrid and Sweden's Malmö battle it out on the pitch, and if you're in the mood for a little culture, head over to the Almudena Cathderal. This stunning cathedral is just as beautiful outside as it is in, so be sure to wander inside to admire the breathtaking depictions on the stained glass windows, as well as the lush interiors and striking altar.

After enjoying a little sightseeing, enjoy a walk along the Gran Vía; known as the street that never sleeps, it offers tourists a long stretch of shops and restaurants to explore. Take in the amazing, towering architecture, and treat yourself to a little post-game snack at one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Leverkusen: Leverhusen v. Zenit

The little known German city of Leverkusen, which borders Cologne, will be brought to life on the day of the match between the city's home team and Russia's Zenit football club. If you're feeling peckish or in need of a light refreshment after the game, then be sure to pop by Dom Brauhaus. There you can dig into big hearty German meals, drink local beers and relish in the amazing atmosphere.

 Leverkusen Stadium
Leverkusen Stadium

If you'd like to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the Champions League, then make your way down to Leverkusen's Japanischer Garten. It'll almost feel as if you've been transported to another country as you tip toe past the water features, take in the scent of the cherry blossom and admire the spiritual sculptures.

 Japanischer Garten in Leverkusen
Japanischer Garten in Leverkusen

Brussels: Anderlecht v. Arsenal

The Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, will be alive with cheers and chants when Anderlecht and Arsenal come face to face on the 22nd October. Regardless of whether you'll be supporting England's Arsenal, or cheering on Belgium's Anderlecht, you'll be blown away by the amazing atmosphere in this city.

 Brussel's stadium
Brussel's stadium

Fancy learning something new after the game? Why not check out some of Brussel's fascinating museums and galleries, such as the fantastic collection of work at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Belgium, or the array of dinosaur skeletons and artefacts in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

However you decide to spend your time in Brussels, be sure to finish it with a trip to the chocolate shops close to Jardin du Petit Sablon - a truly delicious experience.

 Chocolate
Chocolate

Ready for kick off?

If you're planning to get in with the football action, and want to travel across the Channel to watch your favourite team play, then be sure to board Eurotunnel Le Shuttle for a quick and easy journey. Also, with no luggage limitations, you can bring back as many football shirts and souvenirs as your heart desires.

Photo Credits:
Fulham v Athletico Madrid © Nick
Bayarena Leverkusen © Александр Осипов
Stadion Brüssel © Florian
Godiva. Exclusive Factory Tour & Workshop © Everjean
Japanischer Garten in Leverkusen © sstrick.83

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