Hockey in Switzerland

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The love and passion for ice hockey in Switzerland can date back all the way to the early 1900's when the first Swiss Ice Hockey Championships were held in 1908. Today, the Swiss Ice Hockey Association's top tier league, the National League A, is the most popular and highest attended hockey league in all of Europe. National League A team, SC Bern, has the highest attendance figures in Europe, averaging 15,818 fans supporting the team on home games. The league has teams from both the French speaking and German speaking regions of Switzerland. 

The Swiss national team is considered one of the best in the world with the men ranking 7th and the women ranking 5th. Although they have not found much success in recent years, they still have won 4 gold, 6 silver, and 9 bronze medals in European Championship history.

ProActive Hockey tours in Switzerland not only include games against the tough competition throughout Switzerland, but also a cultural experience that will stay with you much longer than the action on the ice. Teams will get the opportunity to tour throughout the country's top attractions and enjoy stops at the many famous sites in the nation's capital, Zurich. Other locations include the mountainous Jungfrau region, the beautiful city of Geneva, and the St. Gallen region. A tour of Switzerland can be easily paired with the surrounding countries of Germany, Austria, Italy, or France.

Notable Swiss Players in the NHL:

  • Jonas Hiller: Currently playing for the Calgary Flames, Hiller has won Switzerland's Championship three times. Former Teams- HC Lausanne, HC Davos, Anaheim Ducks
  • Reto Berra: Currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche, Berra is a famous Swiss goaltender. Former Teams- ZSC Lions, HC Davos, SCL Tigers, Calgary Flames
  • Raphael Diaz: Currently playing for the New York Rangers, Diaz began playing in the NHL in 2011. Former Teams- EV Zug, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks
  • Yannick Weber: Currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks, Weber played for the SC Langenthal of the National League B. Former Team- Montreal Canadiens 
  • Mark Streit: Currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, Streit began his hockey career in the Swiss Nationalliga A. Former Teams- HC Davos, ZSC Lions, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders

  

 

Snapshot Itinerary


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Explore Geneva

 

AM: Relax by Lake Geneva in the morning before leaving for a guided tour of the city. See sights including Geneva's old city, Reformation Wall, Jet d'eau, Palais des Nations, CERN Laboratory, and Switzerland's Modern and Contemporary Art Museum. Travel to Mont-Salève for some hiking to see the 360 degree view of Geneva.

PM: In the evening, play game one against a local Swiss hockey team and enjoy some bonding time with the team after.

(Sleep in Geneva)

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Investigate Zürich

 

AM: Today we will introduce you to Switzerland's largest city, Zürich, focusing our attention on the historic Altstadt area for our morning walking tour. We'll begin at Münsterhof. Along the way, we'll see the best of old Zürich including Fraumünster, the views from Lindenhof, the WasserkircheWeinplatz, both the Rathaus and Rathausbrücke.

PM: After lunch, we will split the group up a bit and allow you to pursue individual or small group interests more in depth. This may include visits to additional cultural sites such as churches or theaters, a visit to an art or history museum, or any other niche interest.

(Sleep in Zürich)

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Switzerland's Beach

 

AM: Head East to Romanshorn to visit Lake Constance, a beautiful, large lake that Switzerland shares with Germany and Austria. 

PM: Spend free time in the afternoon exploring the waterfront. It is possible to paddle boat, wind surf, swim, take a boat cruise, and canoe on the lake. You may also enjoy souvenir shopping, relaxing by the water, or try some local food at a restaurant.

(Sleep in Rorschach)

 

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