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Munich’s packed build-up programme

The pubs will be packed, the hotels are full, and the public transportation system will be pushed to the limits. Let no-one be in any doubt: Munich is buzzing ahead of the Champions League final. Every Bayern fan wants to be there when their heroes in red reach for the European crown, and football fever has gripped the city. An extensive programme of events precedes the big day, as we review here.

Champions Festival at Olympic Park
‘Join the Game’ is the motto of the Champions Festival at the Olympic Park. Starting at midday on Wednesday, UEFA hosts an extensive football, fan and family festival, to which admission is free. The festival ends on Saturday at 8pm.

Each of the four days, to be attended by Champions League final ambassador and FCB legend Paul Breitner, features a different theme. Wednesday is Grassroots Day, incorporating a tournament and training schedule for kids and youths. A Museum of Champions is packed with mementos of great players and clubs, with unforgettable moments from the competition’s history playing on a movie screen in the Champions Theatre. Interactive fields of play provide a test of skill, and musical entertainment comes from a number of live bands. Visit the UEFA homepage for more information about the Champions Festival in Munich.

Women's Champions League final
The first highlight of the week is the Women's Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday at 6pm. Holders Olympique Lyon meet German representatives FFC Frankfurt. Some 30,000 tickets have been sold so far.