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
• 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.