Germany World Cup Victory Parade Route 2014: Most Memorable Moments

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2014

Bastian Schweinsteiger gives the trophy to team manager Oliver Bierhoff during a fan party after the arrival of the German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Germany's World Cup winners have touched down in Berlin. Joachim Low's squad, the first to triumph at the international tournament since the country's reunification in 1990, were understandably greeted by thousands of fans upon their return to Europe.

Visit Berlin confirmed the team's route from Tegal Airport to "fan mile" at the Brandenburg Gate. The tourist website urged visitors to arrive early in anticipation of huge numbers taking to the streets, a rightful piece of advice considering the BBC reports "tens of thousands" arrived in the capital on Tuesday, which "is not officially a holiday."

Here, we take a look through the most memorable moments and images of the day.

The celebrations had begun before the players even stepped foot off their ride home, with the Lufthansa plane rebranded "Fanhansa," as noted by the national Football Association's English Twitter account:

Everybody wants to get their hands on the World Cup trophy. The team's pilots were no different and let Low into the cockpit to spend time with the iconic trophy:

Captain Philipp Lahm, one of many German players who enjoyed a fantastic tournament, led the team off the transportation and into hysteria:

Mario Goetze, the man who netted Germany's 113th-minute winner after coming on as a substitute, appeared excited by the prospect of returning home:

He would, of course, get on a truck that echoes on the impenetrable nature of Manuel Neuer's goal:

Mesut Ozil managed to sneak a quick tweet in among the celebrations, paying homage to those who came to greet the team:

The DFB's official account set the scene outside fan mile's staging area. Who would be the first to enter? Germany's mastermind behind the success led the way, flanked by Oliver Bierhoff:

This is where the party really began to crank up. Players headed to the main stage in a jovial mood, as highlighted by Per Mertesacker's shuffle. Always one to enjoy a joke, Arsenal's "BFG" led the dance routine, noted by Squawka:

Despite being first off the plane, Lahm was among the last to arrive, surrounded by his teammates:

Mats Hummels, a colossus in the heart of Germany's defence, provided one of the day's more artistic shots:

It seems life is currently pretty good for the world champions. Germany's performances slowly improved in Brazil, as Low and his squad gathered momentum through a tough group stage before really hitting their stride. Although Goetze's trophy-winning strike will be remembered fondly, it's the nation's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil that underlined the European side's quality.

Germany can now look forward to an era of success. For now, there's partying to be done.