Hockey in Germany

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Ice hockey began in Berlin, Germany during the 1900's, so they named the first German hockey club the Berliner Schlittschuhclub. In 1909, Germany became the sixth country to join the Ligue International de Hockey sur Glace (LIHG). German ice hockey has grown since then and their teams have participated in many international tournaments, which gives Germany a good reputation for excellent ice hockey competition.

Today, hockey is now one of the most popular sports in Germany. The highest league in the country is the premiere Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) and some of the players in this league come to play in the American Hockey League (AHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL) sometime during their professional careers. (A few notable players are listed below.) 

Gain cross-cultural experience and play against strong skating German hockey teams on a tour of Germany. In addition to the passion and the skill for ice hockey, the country has interesting history and art, lush landscapes, and hospitable locals. Sites such as the Dachau Concentration Camp, the Asamkirche, the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera House, Marienplatz, the Theatinerkirche, the Neues Rathaus, and the Neuschwanstein Castle are only a few of what Germany has to offer. Many travelers to German want to taste their chocolate and sausage, see a concentration camp to better understand the country's history, and view the rolling hills of Bavaria filmed in the Sound of Music. On a customized ProActive tour, we can give you an enriching experience of Germany by interacting with local hockey teams and adventuring to the popular sites of Germany you want to see.

 

Notable German Players in the NHL:

  • Dany Heatley: Currently playing for the Minnesota Wild, he represented Team Canada in six World Championships. Former Team- Atlanta Thrashers
  • Christian Ehrhoff: Currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres, Ehrhoff spent many years playing professional hockey in Germany. Former German Team- Krefeld Penguins
  • Dennis Seidenberg: Currently playing for the Boston Bruins, he began his career in the DEL and bouncing between the AHL and the NHL. Former Team- Philadelphia Flyers
  • Marcel Goc: Currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Goc has played for Team Germany in many international tournaments. Former Team- Florida Panthers

  

 

Snapshot Itinerary


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Nuremberg Exploration

 

AM: Begin the morning with a guided walking tour of the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, one of Germany's beautiful, historic castles. Travel south to Munich for a guided tour of the BMW Factory.

PM: Check into the Sportschule Oberhaching (Bavarian Olympic Sports Center) and have an evening hockey practice.

(Sleep in Munich)

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Fully-Guided Bike Tour

 

AM: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a light morning practice before starting the day's events.

PM: Lunch and Bike Tour of Munich (11:00 - 4:00). During the tour, you'll visit a number of Munich's most famous sites including the English Garden, the Asamkirche, the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera House, Marienplatz, the Theatinerkirche, the Neues Rathaus, the Weihenstephan brewery, and many more off the beaten path gems of the city.

(Sleep in Munich)

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Investigate German History

 

AM: In the morning, play Game 1 against a local German team in their home rink.

PM: In the afternoon, visit the Dachau Concentration Camp, an eye-opening and educational experience that is vital to understanding Germany's past and present. Enjoy some free time in the evening for shopping in Munich.

(Sleep in Munich)

 

Gustav's Corner: German Expertise

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