Football Trips to Germany – Bundesliga
A football trip to the Bundesliga, the most visited football competition in Europe! This means sold out stadiums and an amazing atmosphere at every game. The competition is filled with top international clubs: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04.
In addition to football, Germany offers various sights during your trip. Go on a football trip to beautiful cities such as Berlin or Munich.
Experience the Bundesliga and German football!
Football Trips to Germany – Tips for an unforgettable experience
Beer, bratwurst and crazy fans: important aspects for a football trip to Germany. Continue reading if you are planning a football trip to Germany or you have already booked your trip and it is coming up shortly.
1. Which German teams can you visit?
Of course we offer football trips to the top clubs: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. But we also offer trips to the ‘smaller’ clubs: Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC and Schalke 04. But which club do you want to visit? Below you will find unique aspects that distinguish these German clubs from one another.
A football trip to Bayer Leverkusen is unique because of:
- The creation: The ‘Werkself’ was founded in 1904 through workers of the pharmaceutical company Bayer, which has its headquarters in Leverkusen.
- The Bay Arena: The home stadium of Bayer Leverkusen since 1958. In 2009 the stadium was fully renovated, resulting in a nice balance between old and new.
- Eternal 2nd : Since its founding, Bayer Leverkusen has never won the championship. But the club secured the 2nd place 5 times: in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2011.
A football trip to Bayern Munich is a nice opportunity to:
- To visit the record champion: No club has won the German national championship as many times as Bayern Munich: 28 times!
- To experience top Dutch players: Van Bommel, Roy Makaay and Arjen Robben are famous (former) players. Louis van Gaal was also couch of the team from 2009-2011
- Watch a match at the Allianz Arena: One of the nicest and modern stadiums in Europe. The opening match of the 2006 World Cup and the Champions League Final in 2012 were played here.
Reasons to plan a football trip to Borussia Dortmund are:
- The ‘Gelbe Wand’: The famous short side of the Signal Iduna Park is home to the fanatic fans of Borussia Dortmund. This is where the atmosphere in the stadium is created.
- The youthful team: Borussia Dortmund has a fantastic youth development system, producing star players such as Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Christian Pulisic.
- Signal Iduna Park: With a capacity for 81,360 fans it is the largest football stadium in Germany
Book a football trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach if you like:
- Long Bundesliga History: Borussia Mönchengladbach has played in the Bundesliga since 1965. Since then it has won the Bundesliga 5 times, the DFB Pokal 3 times and the German Super Cup once.
- The colour green: Not only the club’s jerseys are green, the city itself is quite green as well with its large amount of parks and forests. In addition, the lights on the stadium gives off green light.
Reasons why you have to go on a football trip to Hertha BSC are:
- History: Hertha BSc was founded in 1892 and is thus over 125 years old.
- Olympic Stadium: Watch a match in Germany’s most iconic stadium. Built in 1936 during the time of Nazi Germany.
- World City of Berlin: The capital of Germany should definitely be on your bucket list of city trips. Berlin is currently one of the most hip cities in Europe. Additional benefit: Drinking a beer on the street is legal!
A football trip to 1899 Hoffenheim means:
- Visiting a village club: Hoffenheim has a total of 3272 inhabitants. During one of the clubs game, there are more people in the stadium than actually live in the village.
- Admire the work of a young coach: The trainer of the team is Julian Nagelsmann who is (only) 30 years old.
- Rock music during the match: During every home game ‘Engel’ from Rammstein is played on the stadium speakers and for every goal you will hear ‘Sieben Tage lang’ from the Dutch band Bots.
A football trip to Schalke 04 is for fans that are crazy about:
- A colourful nightlife: The nightlife literally takes place underground in Gelsenkirchen. Many old mines now serve to put on light shows.
- A Dutch touch: Youri Mulde and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar are living ledgends in Gelsenkirchen as is former coach Hub Stevens. The supporters of Schalke 04 have a friendship with the supporters of FC Twente.
- A nice atmosphere: The atmosphere in the Veltins Arena, despite the lack of recent success, always good.
During a football trip to Wolfsburg, be surprised about:
- The young city of Wolfsburg: The city is younger than some grandparents as it was only officially founded in 1938.
- Volkswagen: The city and club are inextricably linked to the famous car brand. The stadium is called the Volkswagen-Arena and in the city you can discover everything about the cars in the city.
- The Dutch enclave: Jeffery Bruma, Wout Weghorst and Paul Verhaegh play for the club.
2. What are the most important matches in German football?
Germany is a football country. Even in the second and third Bundesliga the stands are packed with fans supporting their favourite teams. At the highest level there are 7 games that, due to rivalry or the performance of the clubs, are known as top games.
- Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Mönchengladbach (Borussen derby)
- Borussia Dortmund – Schalke04 (Revierderby)
- Borussia Mönchengladbach – Bayer Leverkusen (Rheinland derby)
- Bayern München – Nürnberg (Bayerische derby)
- Bayern München – Vfb Stuttgart (Südderby)
- Bayern München – Schalke 04 (Rivalry)
- Borussia Dortmund – Bayern München (Der Klassiker)
3. What is the best time to plan a football trip to Germany?
- During the Oktoberfest (end of September- October)
During the months of September and October, Germany is under the spell of the Octoberfest. Nowadays, this typical southern German celebration is no longer celebrated in Munich alone, but also in other German cities.
- During the Christmas Period (November-December)
The Germans also create a nice atmosphere during the Christmas Period with the many cosy Christmas markets in the cities. This phenomenon attracts people from all over the world. Who has not heard of the Christmas markets in Cologne and Duesseldorf?
Our tip is therefore, to book your football trip to Germany between September and December, so that you can experience these festivities in conjunction with a visit to a football match.
4. What are German football fans like?
Football is an important part of the German culture. Germans are often described as crazy about football. This is partly due to the success of the German national team, which secured the World Cup title at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The fans of the German national team like to watch their local Bundesliga teams. The Bundesliga has the highest average attendance rates in Europe. The German football fans often organise impressive choreographies to give their team an extra boost.
5. Can I book a stadium tour in Germany?
The German stadiums are quite large compared to stadiums in other countries. Almost all clubs in the Bundesliga offer stadium tours. The prices vary and run to a maximum of €20.
We recommend to plan a stadium tour into your trip agenda well in advance. You can do this at Footballtripsonline or with the clubs themselves. Booking the tour with Footballtripsonline gives you the advantage of being able to choose from a variety of times and you are not dependent on availability.
6. What is the best way to travel to the stadiums?
The football stadiums in Germany can easily be reached using public transport. But you can also easily reach them via car or taxi.
Tip: Do you want advice for your trip specifically? At Footballtripsonline we will happily advise you about how best to reach the German clubs. You can contact us via email or by phone. The websites of the clubs themselves also have detailed descriptions on how best to get there.
7. What do German fans eat at the games?
In a German stadium, there is a variety of food available to choose from. However, there is one real German speciality: the ‘Bratwurst’. The Germans often enjoy their ‘Bratwurst’ with a beer on the side; but an alcohol free drink is also enjoyable with a ‘Bratwurst’.
8. Which German words do you need to know to understand the football language?
Below are some German words you should know when on your football trip to Germany.
Ziel – Goal
Abseits – Off-side
Angreifer – Attacker
Mittelfeldspieler – Midfielder
Verteidiger – Defender
Kapitän – Captain
Trainer – Coach
Schiedsrichter – Referee
Linienrichter – Linesman
Ecke – Corner
Freistoß – Free Kick
Elfmeter – Penalty
Elfmeterschießen – Penalty Shoot Out
Nachspielzeit – Injury time
Mann des Spiels – Man of the Match
Stadion – Stadium