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.