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This summer I had the pleasure of visiting Dortmund, Germany with Rail EuropeΒ via Thalys. I had never been to Germany before but this was definitely a great trip. I spent most of my time here walking the streets, eating food, exploring places I had never been to, and just taking in all the German culture.

I probably would not have heard of Dortmund right away if it weren’t for the stop on Thalys. I am so happy I know about it now because I would go back in a heartbeat! The people were incredibly friendly and hospitable, the food was to die for, the art and music scene are amazing, and the city was easy to manage as a foreigner.

Here are my photos that prove Dortmund should be on your bucket list!

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Brats, fries and currywurst!
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Farmers market finds
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Dortmund
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Art at Dortmunder U
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Tree lined streets
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Beautiful buildings
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Ice cream crepes!
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Dortmunder U
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Pizza train
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Street musicians
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German beer
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Outdoor garden
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Farmers market
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Dortmund
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Lamb stew
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Farmers market
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Street art
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Dortmund as a tiny planet
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Street art
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Gelato
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More flowers!

Additional Items:

  • Taking the train to Dortmund was very easy – the station is easy to manage as well.
  • The city is pretty flat – so bring your walking shoes
  • Public transportation is easy to use
  • Metro available
  • Plenty of street food of all kinds

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Rail Europe and Dortmund Tourism Board. As always, opinions are my own.Β 

26 thoughts

  1. Your food photos are KILLING me. I love German food so some currywurst and stew would reaaally hit the spot right now. I’ve been to Essen and Dusseldorf but never Dortmund (so close!). I think it’s incredible just how different Northern and Southern Germany are. Though I’m very biased towards Bavaria, I have to admit you make Dortmund look very appealing.

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  2. if you plan to visit my lovely hometown, you are always welcome to contact me to answer your questions or to plan your visit. I’m a born “Dortmunder Jung” who hosted B.A and pHD students from the DAAD for several years here. I’d love to help everyone to explore my beloved hometown!
    Dennis
    streika@yahoo.de

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  3. Whoo, the place I’ve been born and raised. If you go there, make sure to step by at “Wenkers” at the Old Market Square (very close to the church in the top picture), and have a “TrΓΌbes” (a misty beer) with a “Salzkuchen mit Mett und Zwiebeln” (warm round roll with caraway and coarse salt, spiced ground pork and topped with diced onions) as a snack.
    If there is something I am really missing in my Michigan exile, that it is.

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  4. When you are in Dortmund again, look at soccer from BVB09 (www.bvb.de) and the soccer stadium. The people in Dortmund are positive crazy when BVB ist playing – it’s not a normal day, it’s like a very special holiday. Best regards from Dortmund, Germany.
    Gabi

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  5. Hello. I’m from Dortmund. It’s nice to see this pictures here. First if you don’t eat your Currywurst at Wurst Willi you did your biggest mistake. πŸ˜‰ Second it seems that you were only in the City. If you like Parks we got the Rombergpark, the Westfalenpark with the Florian and the Fredenbaumpark with the Big Tipi. If you like water we got the PhΓΆnix See which is manmade on an Place where fromerly was a Steel Manufactury. And so much more to discover. And you should visit Dortmund when Brussia is playing at home or in a final match. You will never forget it.

    Best regards
    Melanie

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