Learn more about our most obscure rugby destination & the origins of German Rugby.
Rugby Union was first introduced to Germany in the 1850s by British students studying at the University in Heidelberg - The city is still the major powerhouse of German Rugby today.
Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Deutschland, Heidelberg is surrounded by vast expanses of forest & famed for its incredible half-ruined Castle that dates back to the 12th Century.
Heidelberger Ruderklub (HRK 1872) was founded in 1872, is the oldest German rugby club & one of two professional clubs in Germany. Today, there are four Heidelberg Clubs competing in the Rugby Bundesliga, the top level of Rugby in Germany - HRK 1872 , SC Neuenheim, TSV Handschuhsheim & RG Heidelberg. Heidelberg is home to both the National Rugby Stadium & the Deutsche Rugby-Sportmuseum.
Did you know?
HRK 1872 actually qualified for the 2018/2019 European Challenge Cup alongside the likes of Harlequins & Ospreys.
The German side beat Timisoara Saracens of Romania to secure their place in the major competition. The club is bankrolled by soft drinks mogul Hans-Peter Wild, who also has a controlling stake in French Club Stade Francais. European Rugby deemed this unacceptable to have both teams compete, so sadly ejected HRK from the competition.
Away from Rugby, Heidelberg is a real sporting city. No fewer than 124 sports clubs exist across 21 municipal sports facilities, 49 sports centres and two outdoor and three indoor swimming pools.
Heidelberg is located 80km south of Frankfurt Airport. With many connections across Great Britain, this will be the best bet for rugby teams to get to the city both efficiently and affordably.
We recommend rugby teams stay at the Meininger Hotel in Heidelberg. Opening in early 2019, this modern, budget-hotel provides an ideal environment from which to launch your assault on the hot-bed of German Rugby.
For more information on our Rugby Tours to Heidelberg & across the rest of Germany, please don't hesitate to get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org