A Whirlwind Football Getaway

It seemed like a crazy idea when we first thought about it, getting tickets to one of the biggest rivalry matches in the Bundesliga, spending less than 48 hours in Germany and flying home. It was good fun though! We made it to the airport after work on Friday with no major delays and boarded our flight to Düsseldorf. We caught a late night train to Dortmund and managed to get there 5 minutes after the last tram left, and finally caught a cab to our hotel at 1:30 am.

After sleeping in a bit, we found a coffee shop that had bagels and the most delicious coffee drink I’ve probably ever had. Then it was time to hit the Christmas markets. After a bit of shopping and wandering, we had some mulled wine and even tried the grog (it’s rum mixed with hot water, I don’t really recommend it) and some lunch and headed to the match.

The atmosphere at the BvB game did not disappoint! The constant singing (and heckling of the rival team) was entertaining and the game was exciting. Dortmund scored 4 goals in the first half but unfortunately the opposing caught up in the second half for a draw result. Post match, we sampled some local food and beer and met some friendly Dortmund fans before making our way back to the hotel.

On Sunday, the Christmas markets were closed due to a national holiday, so we visited the National Museum of Football, which was built with the profits from Germany hosting the World Cup. The museum was really well done, interactive and almost all exhibits were in English. It covered how football became prevalent in Germany, then traced it through the world wars and the reunification of east and west Germany and the founding of the Bundesliga. Then it was back to Düsseldorf for our flight back to Manchester.

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  1. What a whirlwind getaway indeed. It’s amazing what you managed to enjoy during your time away – well done!

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    1. Thanks, won’t be attempting a trip that short again but it was fun!

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  2. Hilary says:

    How fun to be able to just fly over the Germany for the weekend! Looks like you had a great visit with plenty of Football and even some Christmas fun too! #farawayfiles

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    1. We did, it was a hectic weekend but a lot of fun!

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  3. Steve 46th says:

    As a Dortmund fan, I’m glad I watched that match at home, where only my neighbors heard me scream while they lost their four goal lead.

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    1. Ahh I know, such a disappointing second half!!

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  4. Ha! How cool! We need to see a Bundesliga match! A good rivalry game is always amazing to experience – they can get a little hectic here in Copenhagen. So much so that the last time they played each other in town, the rival fans weren’t allowed to buy tickets! Thanks for the heads up on the grog. It doesn’t exactly have an appetizing name! Ha! But, when in Dusseldorf I guess? Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Happy New Year from Copenhagen, Erin

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    1. We figured we would give the frog a try, at least now we know! Sports rivalries are so much more intense here, but it makes the games more interesting I suppose. Happy new year!

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  5. Brittany says:

    What a blast! I’m envious of that coffee.

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