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May 16, 2019, 3:23 PM

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Last weekend we spent three nights in the lovely city of Heidelberg, a great base from which to tick these two grounds as the match tickets (printed at home) also cover transport to the genues We flew from Manchester to Frankfurt with Lufthansa and then competed the journey by train, changing at Mannheim.

Sat 11 May

Hoffenheim 0 Werder Bremen 1
Bundesliga Adm 41 euros Att 30150
Free magazine and free folded A4 match info sheet.

Described on here many times, the Rhein-Neckar Arena can be reached by train to Sinsheim then free supporters bus, or to Sondheim Museum/Arena and a ten minute walk. An out of town location, there's plenty of car parks and food outlets, and no stadium card needed inside as they actually take cash. As a newish build, sightlines are good and there's plenty of legroom. There's a couple of club shops outside the stadium, and smaller ones inside.

Hoffenheim blew their chance to get into the European places, conceding on 39 minutes and never really looking likely to overturn the deficit. Not one to write home about but the visiting fans, many of who were in amongst home supporters were in fine voice.

Sunday 12 May

Sandhausen 0 Arminia Bielefeld 3
Bundesliga 2 Adm 28 euros Att 7453 Free A4 mag.

A much more entertaining game which again saw the home team failing to secure the points they needed, this time to preserve their BL2 place. After a bright start from Sandhausen, the visitors took the lead against the run of play after 15 minutes and scored a second on 42 mins. A third followed midway through the second half to win at a canter.

I took the train from Heidelberg to St Ilgen Sandhausen station (a six minute journey) where free buses were waiting to take train travellers on the ten minute drive to the Hardtwald, where football has been played since 1951. As the club have progressed up the leagues, so the ground has been developed accordingly. Although a bit 'meccano-ish' in some parts, the place has character and its good to see three separate standing terraces in use. The small club shop is next to where the free buses pull up and there's also a trailer selling merchandise nearby. Plenty of food available (cash taken) with the Feuerwurst living up to its name.

Being accompanied by Mrs Colpic, I didn't get chance to take in any lower level games but I would heartily recommend a visit to Heidelberg. There's plenty to occupy a couple of days with the Bergbahn up to the castle, and the 'Philosophers Walk' over on the other side of the Neckar being popular attractions. The Altstadt has numerous bars and restaurants, and a couple of microbreweries - Vetter (home of the infamous Vetter33 at 10.3%) and Kulturbrauerei, both serving traditional German meals, if you can get a table. The downside to Heidelberg is the number of tour groups wandering around, even in early May.

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