bundesliga.com has produced this handy guide to what to see and do before or after any visit to a TSG 1899 Hoffenheim home fixture…
Sinsheim is only a small town of just over 35,000 inhabitants located in the heart of the densely-populated Rhine-Neckar rural area of Baden-Württemberg – a home to over half a million inhabitants scattered across a metropolitan area which has largely maintained its countryside allure. Hoffenheim, by the way, is only a small part of Sinsheim with just over 3,000 residents. Nearest airports are Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Before the recent emergence of one of the Bundesliga's most modern powerhouse, Sinsheim was already on the map for its Car & Technology Museum, home to one of the few remaining Concorde aeroplanes in the world. There are over 3,000 exhibits from all areas of technical history on display while the museum is also home to a spectacular IMAX 3D cinema – the morning before a game will probably not be enough to see it all!
Just 20km away from Sinsheim (pictured) is one of Germany's most picturesque towns, Heidelberg. Home to Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, the city is one of Germany's most popular destinations for tourists. Indeed, it is estimated that over 80% of employment in the city is fuelled by tourism. It is also home to a thriving student community at one of Germany's most prestigious universities.
Constructed between 2007 and 2009 to accommodate the meteoric rise of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the is currently the most modern structure in the Bundesliga. Access could not be easier due to its location just off one of Germany's busiest traffic arteries, the A6 motorway, and connected to the railway network with the S-Bahn station Sinsheim-Musem/Arena just a 15-minute walk away. The entire project was funded by SAP founder Dietmar Hopp.
The aforementioned student population makes Heidelberg the most popular destination for lively nightlife, but the whole region is bursting with options to boost the economic performance of an area nicknamed the Silicon Valley of Europe. There is always plenty of other sport going on in the region too with Mannheim home to one of Germany's most successful ice hockey teams and the nearby Hockenheimring staging not only an annual F1 race, but frequent other motorsport events, too.