#EuroAwayDays: Boomschakalakas and beers in buzzing Dortmund

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The original hipster club, Borussia Dortmund have grown a world-wide following to add to their incredibly passionate regulars at the Westfalenstadion, creating a daunting, heartfelt and emotion-driven atmosphere Liverpool will soon experience.

But enough about the football, we’re here to tell you all about Dortmund the City, and it’s a good thing too as there’s a lot to be said for this Ruhr hub in western Germany.

Liverpool fans have only been to what is often called a ‘green metropolis’ once before, back in 2001, but it was destiny that Jurgen Klopp should return so soon.

So while the Reds go in search of an away goal at the Signal Igunda Park, here’s where to go during your #EuroAwayDays trip…

Food

Vegetarians may not be so keen on Germany’s carnivorous cuisine, but it’s a treat for meat eaters, and places like Pfefferkorn are a testament to the best of German food.

Regularly topping charts for Dortmund’s top grub, few can match Pfefferkorn’s steak quality. Coupled with a glorious interior, you’ll do well to find a better steak dinner in Germany or elsewhere!

For something a little less heavy, Nhy Star serves up some excellent Vietnamese cuisine at very reasonable prices. Give the shrimp pho a try.

Drink

For the full German works, head to Hovels Hausbrauerei.

A micro-brewery in the centre of town, Hovels also serves traditional dishes in a wonderfully relaxed and quintessentially German setting. A few lazy hours will fly by.

If for some reason you’ve come to Dortmund and want cocktails instead, Sausalitos and Domicil will quench that cocktail thirst, while the Boomschakalaka rum-fest at Aussie bar Bam Boomerang is one worth writing home about.

But back to the beer, and if you want to enjoy some fine German beverages in a pretty unique location, then Linie 403 is the one for you.

Located in the heart of town, this cosy venue is an old tram. Yep. You heard.

Nightlife

If you fancy spending an evening with good beers, decent food and the big screen for the big game, then Brauhaus Wenkers is the place for you.

A favourite with football fans, the home brewed beers are a favourite. You can even order a keg to your table.

You’ll want to bring your best moves to Dortmund, and heading FZW and Diskothek Village, with the latter playing the tunes until 6am.

But if a more quirky scene is your thing, the underground Marlene Bar will treat you a night like no other.

Culture

After 98 per cent of Dortmund’s City centre was destroyed during World War Two, the centre you see today features a variety of architectural styles.

One of the city’s most recent attractions is the German Football Museum. Opened only last October, it features a host of exhibitions, including the original ball from the 1954 World Cup final when West Germany beat Ferenc Puskas’ all-conquering Hungary.

Art fans will enjoy the Museum of Art and Cultural history (Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte). Originally the Dortmund Savings bank, inside now resides a host of historic works, and the venue has displayed pieces from the likes of Eduoard Manet in the past.

There’s also the operahouse, with a quirky 1960s design to give your Instagram profile a boost, while the observation decks on the Florianturm provide great views of the city.

Picture taken on December 18, 2008 shows parts of the western German city of Dortmund's city centre with the Signal Iduna Park stadium (R). AFP PHOTO DDP / VOLKER HARTMANN GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read VOLKER HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, with the Florianturm piercing into the low-cloud in the background.

St Reinold’s Church in the town centre is also worth a visit. Rebuilt after damage in the War, the church dates back nearly 800 years and its spire marks one of Dortmund’s major skyline attractions.

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