Where can I play handball in Germany?
Did you know that handball was invented in Germany as a women’s game? That was 1917. The men got their version of the game in 1920. Since then, handball has remained very popular with the Germans. The German national handball team has been involved in all world handball championships and has won the title three times. So it’s definitely worth watching a handball game in Germany.
During the season, games take place on weekends. You’ll meet thousands of enthusiastic fans and maybe even make new friends.
For most Germans, handball is the second most popular sport after football. Every weekend, thousands of enthusiastic fans visit the games. Smaller cities are equally enthusiastic about their local teams.
Where to watch
There is a handball stadium in each of the larger cities, and it is very likely that there will also be a handball stadium in a smaller city. The most popular is the SAP Arena Mannheim, which hosts around 15,000 fans. Ice hockey games are also played there. There is also the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg. It is home to the handball Bundesliga team of SC Magdeburg and is home to around 8,000 fans.
You can also follow the Handball Bundesliga news to see where the top teams are playing. Top 5 teams include:
1. THW Kiel with around 174,000 fans
2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen with around 139,000 fans
3. Foxes Berlin with around 128,000 fans
4. SC Magdeburg with around 104,000 fans
5. SG Flensburg-H. with around 103,000 fans
Even better if you can see the national team in action. The Germans know very well how to cheer on their teams. In the stadium there is usually thunderous applause and of course mockery of the opposing team.
Where to buy tickets
Tickets can be found on www.wecando.app and they usually cost less than €15 per piece.
What you should bring
The German stadiums are very relaxed about what you can bring in. Almost all fans will walk in with a few cans of beer. The favourite is white beer with white sausage. You can also bring your own snacks and drinks.
Don’t forget to wear a T-shirt of your favorite handball team. You can buy such T-shirts online for 25 to 40 €. The atmosphere is always festive, regardless of the outcome of the game. Either way, it’s an experience that you should have done at least once in a lifetime.