When you think of a football road trip to Germany, you think of the Bundesliga and its incredible atmospheres. Not only does Germany boast some of the best stadiums in the world but they also have some of the most passionate supporters in football. With that passion comes unbelievable atmospheres, and an unforgettable experience for any travelling football fans. What are the best footballing atmospheres in Germany? Here is our list:

 

1. Borussia Dortmund – Signal Iduna Park

Usually named in many lists of the world’s best footballing atmospheres, Dortmund’s home fits 81,360 passionate supporters emblazoned in their famous yellow and black colours. Anyone who has ever visited Dortmund will always take away with them the spine-tingling passion of the “yellow wall”. 24,454 fans transform the largest freestanding terrace in Europe into a wall of black and yellow flags and banners to support their team. Current Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp cried when he waved goodbye to the Dortmund fans in 2015. It is a must-see experience for every football fan.

 

2. Bayern Munich & TSV 1860 Munich – Allianz Arena

At the Allianz Arena, you get a purpose-built modern football stadium that was designed to create an incredible atmosphere. Bayern fans have been spoilt with success in recent years, so the crowd in there is more in expectation of victories rather than needing to be the 12th man. However, the beauty of the Allianz Arena is that there are two teams who call it home. For a different type of atmosphere, third tier side 1860 Munich have an incredibly passionate support, who create quite a noise at home matches.

 

3. Schalke – Veltins Arena

Any stadium with a retractable roof can create a cauldron-like atmosphere inside. Schalke’s 62,271 strong Veltins Arena is a sea of blue and white every single week, even during bad spells. The noise they generate is something to behold, especially when a Ruhr derby takes place against Dortmund or Bochum. The fans are also properly fuelled, with a 3 mile beer pipeline running throughout the stadium.

 

4. Borussia Monchengladbach – Borussia-Park

Housing some of the most die-hard supporters in Germany, the Borussia-Park holds 54,000 supporters every home game. Its fans not only place their passion in the terraces but also in decisions about the club. Monchengladbach fans dictated that the stadium had to be built with standing areas for at least 15,000 of its capacity. The standing areas are the focal point for the wall of noise you’ll experience here.

 

5. Hamburg – Volksparkstadion

When it comes to passion for a football club, Hamburg bring it in their droves quite literally on match day. The Volksparkstadion is based at the outskirts of the city rather than in the centre like most grounds. Their 57,000 seater stadium is a UEFA Elite ground because of its incredible facilities, but most remember the noise that reverberates around this fantastic arena.

 

6. Eintracht Frankfurt – Commerzbank Arena

Frankfurt’s impressive 51,500 seater stadium has the largest retractable roof of its kind in the world. Because of its sheer size, the noise created by their supports bounces right back around the area during those bad weather days. With a huge video cube situated in the middle ensuring nobody misses anything, fans have an experience to remember at the Commerzbank Arena.

 

7. St Pauli – Millerntor Stadion

St Pauli are considered the world’s favourite cult club and are on everybody’s recommended list of football teams to watch. Their fans are considered anarchists in terms of how they support their team, but not in a violent way. Their supporters like to make their home games feel like a genuine event rather than just another league game. You will experience the usual football chants about their team, but St Pauli fans will also sing about current political issues as well. They also love their rock music too. You can expect the likes of AC/DC and Motorhead over the tannoys to fire up the crowd.

 

Football Road Trips have a selection of packages that will take you to the best atmospheres German football has to offer. We also visit Belgium, France and Holland as well! Plan your next European football away day for a birthday, stag do or corporate event by getting in touch with us today!

 

The Germany squad has a rich history of success and a strong collection of famous teams in their national league, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund being two of the most recognisable. If you are thinking of taking a road trip to the land of steins and frankfurters, such as Dusseldorf, Cologne or Mönchengladbach, then you might want to look out for some of the nation’s best players. We’ve picked our top five German players from across Europe to look out for this season.  

 

1. Thomas MÜller

Müller has been a regular starter in the Bayern Munich side in recent seasons and has continued to perform. He became a national favourite after scoring five goals and providing three assists in their World Cup victory in 2014. Despite his goals drying up over the past two seasons, his assists have shot up. With the introduction of Robert Lewandowski to the Bayern side, he isn’t their first choice striker, but he has adapted his game and produced goals for the big man. Last season he produced 16 assists in the Bundesliga – his highest ever haul. However, his scoring ways could be back this season as he has already netted two goals in his first two games.

 

 

2. Toni Kroos

Having been a key part of Real Madrid’s double Champions League success this man is one of Germany’s all time great midfielders. He is not well-known for his prolific goal scoring or assist providing as he tends to sit in the middle of the park and set up the play from deep. Although Germany had a very dismal World Cup run in Russia, Kroos was one of the few to shine after scoring deep into injury time against Sweden to gain them three points. Can Kroos help Madrid to another trophy this season?

 

3. Timo Werner 

A young rising star in the German ranks, Werner has made a name for himself in recent seasons as Leipzig’s front man. In the 16/17 season he netted a personal best of 21 times in 31 games helping them to their highest ever Bundesliga position. In addition to this sizzling league success he was joint top scorer in the 2017 Confederations Cup. His performances have helped him gain a place in the national team and he looks to be the perfect replacement for Mario Gomez. Werner is just one of many emerging youth stars set on taking their nation back to the glory of 2014.

 

4. Julian Draxler

Draxler has been on the scene for a number of seasons having emerged at Schalke, before moving to Wolfsberg and now playing for Paris St Germain. He is a creative, nimble, attacking midfielder that brings a spark to his team when he plays. He is yet to replicate his 12/13 season where he scored ten goals, but he has moved to much more star-studded teams where he plays a more of a team role. Now playing alongside Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe it can be harder to break into the side and make as much of an impact. This doesn’t take away from the fact that this player has real quality and could walk into most teams in Europe.

 

5. Leroy Sané 

A player that has really shone under the management of Pep Guardiola over the last couple seasons and was a massive influence in their Premier League title campaign. He managed to bag himself 10 goals and 15 assists last season earning him the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Despite this amazing feat he was left out of the Germany squad for Russia 2018, a mistake in the eyes of many fans who saw their team bow out in the group stage. So far this season he has been a victim of Pep’s midfield rotation and has only made appearances from the bench. This has left people questioning whether he has a future at the club or if he would be best suited to move elsewhere for regular game time. It seems a real waste to keep his talent sitting on the bench when he too would be welcomed into any other club in Europe.

 

Whether your next football road trip is to Germany, France or Holland we have the perfect package for you. From stag dos to corporate football away days we’ve got you covered. Just get in touch with us to see what packages we have to meet your needs and bring you an unforgettable away day experience.

 

The Dutch league has produced some of the world’s greatest players and an incredible style of football over the years and that is still true today. A mixture of attacking football, young stars, and old legends are what await the fans of Eredivisie this season making Holland a favourite for football away days. We have put together the five reasons for what makes this league one of the best in Europe and why it should be top of your list to visit.

 

 1. Goals 

What gets you off your feet at a match? Goals! This is a major reason why you should put Holland’s Eredivisie at the top of your away day visit list. With an average goals per game ratio of 3.34 this league produces the most goals on average out of all the other top European leagues (Belgium First Division A – 3.1, England’s Premier League – 2.92 and France’s Ligue 1 – 2.73).

The vast number of goals is largely down to the big emphasis on attacking, expansive football which has recently began to replace more pragmatic approaches that some managers adopt in the Premier League. Due to the lack of investment in Eredivisie compared with the PL and the other top European leagues the entire league is competitive with the handful of title contenders still having to battle for every point in their chase for silverware. Like any league they have bookies favourites to win. This year Ajax and PSV are set to battle it out for the crown. However, Feyenoord look to be in the mix for a Champions League spot after the return of a Dutch legend in January.

 

2. VAR 

The biggest innovation in football for decades will be introduced to Eredivisie this season after its success in Russia this summer. VAR has, at times, caused more controversy than it has stamped out but it can certainly keep the commentators busy and the fans talking. Overall, during its use at the World Cup it was effective in stopping bigger, physical teams from holding players in the box, particularly on set pieces.

VAR allows referees to stop the game and take a second look at potential incidents should they or their assistants be unclear or poorly positions to see it. Fans have called for it to be introduced into the top leagues but many have held off. Eredivisie could lead the way in how league matches are officiated. Nonetheless, it will certainly bring big drama to games and be a hot topic of conversation throughout the season.

 

3. Young Talent 

The Dutch league has long been the scouting ground for top clubs in Europe with Ajax seemingly raided every season of its top players that they have cultivated since youth. However, because of this many young and hungry players choose the Eredivisie to make a name for themselves. The league itself is very competitive and unpredictable meaning that if you are a young player with bags of talent you can make a big splash here and put yourself on the radar of scouts.

A few young stars worth looking out for this season include: Matthijs de Ligt a very promising centre back who is now on the radar of several big clubs. Luckily, Ajax were able to retain his services – for this season at least. Hirving Lozano made a big impact in Russia this year with incredible performances for Mexico against Germany and South Korea. This left winger has pace and quick feet making him, no doubt, a huge part of PSV’s title hopes this year. Finally, another winger but playing on the right for Ajax is 21 year old David Nernes. He is another one to keep an eye on as is he continues to perform we could see him sign for a top club in the coming seasons.

 

4. Dutch Legends 

Eredivisie is well documented regarding its development of youth players, particularly Dutch players. However, this season will see two Dutch legends return to the league for full seasons. The first is Daley Blind who completed a move back to Ajax after four fairly average seasons with Manchester United. He is still a fan favourite in Amsterdam and you will certainly hear them singing his name on his return this season.

The other is a true legend in football not just in Holland. The mighty RVP (Robin van Persie), who almost single-handedly helped Manchester United lift the Premier League when he signed from Arsenal in 2012 and scored 26 goals and help create a further 15. He will always be remembered for his incredible diving chipped header at the 2014 World Cup against Spain. Just take a second to enjoy that again. This season he lines up for Feyenoord who will be buoyed by his talents staying within their ranks. With five goals and one assist in 12 games in the league after joining in January, it shows that age is just a number and class is permanent.  

 

5. Unpredictability

One of the best things about this league is its unpredictability. Due to there not being the difference in squad value that there is in Premier League, such as when Burnley play Manchester City, it means that any team can get a result and no one is ever written off.  This factor mixed with the number of goals scored in this league makes it a top pick for a football away day. With Eredivisie you just never know who will win, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats all season long.

 

 

With all this in mind it’s hard to see how an away day to Holland can’t be a priority when you’re planning your next trip. Be it a stag do or corporate football away day we have packages to suit your needs. Contact us today to see what amazing experiences we have to offer.

The question has been popped and the best man has been selected, so now the planning for the big day has truly begun. Yes, we are talking about the Stag Do! It is the biggest job that could ever be bestowed on a man and you know that you have to get it right for your friend’s sake. Will it simply be a night on the town, a weekend of activities, a lads holiday, a football stag do or a classic stag weekend to Amsterdam? Whatever you decide, the groom deserves a stag do that he will never forget.

As stag do ideas are becoming more and more elaborate, it can be hard to keep on top of everything for the big event. Don’t panic, as Football Road Trips are here with our top tips on how to plan the perfect stag do.

 

1. Select a date

The all important date will be the day your stags will be counting down to in their calendars. For this reason, it is vital that you select a date where everybody is available. You don’t want the big day to clash with other events or weddings. The date selection also brings up the dilemma of when you would like to watch your favourite team, such as Dortmund, play. Should you watch them during a season opener, a winter game or an end of season clash where they could be chasing for the league title? Whatever the date, get as many of your stags together as possible but always remember it is the groom’s plans that you need to bear in mind the most.

 

2. Find the perfect location

The groom may have some big ideas of where he might want to go, but a best man must pick the perfect destination. The groom might remember a good night out in town or an activity somewhere nearby, but what about a trip to Europe? With Belgium, France, Germany and Holland in a reasonable distance, savouring the delights of European beer and football would certainly be considered perfect. If you book your stag do with Football Road Trips, you will not only take in one perfect location but two or three different countries. It’s what we do best!

 

3. Consider the budget

No stag do should break the bank for all participants, but a groom deserves the time of his life and for that you may have to a pay a little extra. Our incredible, once-in-a-lifetime football trips start from £589 per person, with bespoke packages available and DIY trips can be put together if required. Once you know how many stags you’ll have on your trip, submit your requirements online here and the experts will let you know how much it will cost. This is perfect way for all budgets and persons to be considered.

 

4. Manage your stags accordingly

Now, we know your lads can get a bit rowdy on the night itself which is very much allowed and encouraged! However, they need to get themselves organised so everything is completely arranged ahead of the stag do. It is up to you as the best man to manage all of the events of the trip. Making sure your stags pay on time is vital as any hassle over payments will be embarrassing for any groom. You will also want to make sure that all of your payments are paid securely. Football Road Trips is a member of the Travel Vault which allows us to offer our customers that piece of mind when booking with us, and you can book knowing your money is safe and your trip secure.

 

5. Consider every detail of your stag party

Once you have got your tickets to watch Royal Antwerp, Lyon or Hamburg, it is time to consider the little details that make a stag party one to remember. Stag do games and challenges are always fun little additions that keep the beer and banter flowing. You will also want to think about whether or not you will you insist on a dress code or fancy dress – but why wouldn’t you?!

How about turning your football trip into a Play & Watch trip, where you and your stags take on other groups in a football tournament before watching the professional game. You also want to make sure all transport arrangements are sorted. What about a luxury Mercedes Sprinter kitted out with Playstation 4’s and a beer fridge? That’s what you can get with your football stag do weekend with us, which will definitely be one to remember!

 

6. Keep your mates in the loop

Make sure you keep in contact with everybody in your group. Maybe you have decided on a change of leaving destination or that you have changed your trip to go to Bruges, Rotterdam and Paris because of the budget. Create a WhatsApp or Facebook group to make it easier for everyone to stay in the loop. Just remember to keep the groom away from all of your secret plans!

 

7. Let the experts plan your big weekend

Why not take all of the stag do stress away from yourself? Draft in the experts to create your bespoke football stag do weekend. Football away days aren’t the easiest to organise but we at Football Road Trips are the experts in this field. All you have to do is contact us with the dates of your stag do, where you want to leave from and your budget per person and we will give you a proposed itinerary for free within 48 hours. How is easy is that? By doing this you will feel relieved knowing the perfect stag do weekend will be arranged for you, and you can relax and enjoy it along with the rest of your mates!

Football Road Trips are experts in creating bespoke football packages for stag weekends. Contact us today to find out more about our football stag dos.