I bet you have not seen many travel blogs about Krefeld!
It is a city of 235,000 very close to Düsseldorf and Duisburg. I traveled there and back by train from Köln, which takes about 45 minutes on a DB Bahn regional express.
My visit was 100% for ice hockey. Like ERC Ingolstadt, Krefeld EV plays in the DEL – the top German professional league. As an Ingolstadt fan when I was visiting the city regularly over 6 years, it is something I have missed in the years since those visits stopped.
In that time I have often thought of a short trip back to Germany to see a game or two, but their games at the right times and places have never coincided with my ability to make the trip. Finally it worked out as part of my F*ck Brexit escapade in Brussels and Köln.
They have a great arena – small like the one in Ingolstadt – but with more seating than in Ingostadt. The sport is not a cheap option for a DEL game and my prime location seat cost me €48.50. A standing ticket costs only €17.60, on the other hand.
Good (basic) food and beer are part of the fun at German games, and I enjoyed my Bratwurst and Pilsener before the game. Then I enjoyed Currywurst and more Pilsener at the second break. The beer was not as good as in Ingolstadt, needless to say, but compared to the chemical cocktail you would get in a British arena, it was nectar. Food and drink are also much cheaper than in a British arena, which makes up for the higher ticket prices.
It was a close game, with Ingolstadt edging it 2:1. I was happy. The locals were not.
As for the rest of the city, my experience is limited to the taxi ride from the city centre to the arena (about 2 miles) and the walk back. My impression was of affluent, leafy suburbs contrasting with a slightly grimy inner city. That description to apply to so many cities, of course. The architecture was very different to what I am used to from Bavaria.
I suspect they do not get many visitors – around the station I could not find any visitor information either in general, or – what I was looking for – public transport routes and how to buy tickets.
ⓒ iain taylor, 2019