We look at a variety of the most popular school team hockey destinations in Europe focusing on the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Europe is one of the best destinations to take a hockey tour as you get to experience a variety of different cultures from different countries without having to travel long distances. Throughout Europe you can explore an abundance of historical cities and towns that have multiple attractions that can keep you busy for days.
Why go on a hockey Tour to Europe?
- Experience a variety of different cultures
- Play some of the top hockey clubs in the world
- Short travel distances throughout Europe
- Reasonably priced destinations
- Get to experience a Hoofdklasse or EHL Hockey match
- Explore some of the oldest cities in the world
What to do in Europe?
Play hockey matches against some of the top hockey clubs in the world or have a coaching session with a European professional coach. This is also the perfect opportunity to watch a professional hockey match in the Hoofdklasse, German Hockey Liga or EHL League .
Take a city tour of some of the oldest cities in Europe, experience a canal boat tour in Amsterdam or take a cycling tour in the Netherlands which is a Dutch tradition.
Attractions worth visiting in:
- Amsterdam- Anne Frank Museum, Rijks Museum, Vincent van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience
- Utrecht- The Dom Tower and Railway Museum
- The Hague- The International Criminal Court and the Binnenhof
- Antwerp- Grote Makt and Museum aan de Stroom
- Brussels- The Grand Place and Saint Michel Cathedral
- Berlin- Pergamon Museum and the Memorial of the Berlin Wall
- Cologne- The Kolner Dom and the Lindt Factory Museum
Best time to travel
It is recommended that teams tour during March and April, towards the end of the European hockey season just after the really cold weather or during September and October which coincides with the start of the hockey season in Europe.
There are many reasonably priced return ticket airlines flying to most major cities in Europe. Easy transfers throughout Europe can be done via luxury bus, plane or train services.
Preferred airlines that have affordable tickets include Qatar Airways via Doha, Emirates via Dubai and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
A hockey tour to Europe is always an eye opener experience for South African groups and schools as you get to see a hockey culture that has been developed. Teams get to see how hockey is played at a professional level in Europe with high intensity matches played in front of large crowds.