A Perfect Base

Germany 2018

STOKE CITY will be treading on a well-trodden path this week as they become the latest of a number of high profile teams to have made use of Herzlake’s impressive training facilities.

Gary Rowett, his staff and players arrived in Northern Germany on Monday afternoon to begin a six-day long training camp in the region, where they will continue to prepare for the new campaign with twice daily training sessions and three friendly encounters.

The Potters will be based at the Romantik Hotel Aselager Muhle which is in a remote location around a 1 hour 20 minute journey away from Bremmen, the city in which the side flew into from Manchester.

A plethora of top European sides have based themselves at the hotel in recent years including Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, German sides FC Schalke 04, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach as well as the Polish national side.

The hotel is one of a select few in the country to boast its own FIFA standardised training pitch, meaning the squad won’t face a commute into training each morning.

It also houses a well-equipped gymnasium, an indoor swimming poor and fitness area as well as a huge indoor tennis centre, which is designed to double up as an indoor football training facility.

Herzlake itself serves as one of five small municipalities in the Emsland district in Lower Saxony, together with Bookhof, Felsen, Neuenlande and Westrum.

Its idyllic location means the Potters are in relatively close proximity to the venues for each of their friendly encounters.

The Obi Stadium, which plays host to the side’s fixture with Bochum on Wednesday, is 45 minutes away whilst the Hansch-Arena in Meppen, which houses next Saturday’s three-team tournament, is an even shorter 15 minute journey.