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Arsenal fans’ guide to Borussia Dortmund

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

While our International Ground Guide is undergoing some maintenance, we thought we’d provide our usual service of advice and information for travelling supporters in brief blog form.

Once up and running again our ground guide will cover all manner of information from travel options to hotel advice, eating and drinking suggestions to practical tips on getting around, along with safety and security advice and anything else we think will be of use to travelling supporters. 

In the meantime, while the below might not necessarily have all the information you’ll be after if you’re heading out to Germany, we’re always available to help – just drop us an email if you have any questions.

We’ll do our best to find out what you need to know, either from our own vast experience in covering England and Wales games abroad, or from our friends at Football Supporters Europe.

As with all of our guides, if there is anything missing from the following pages that you need to know then feel free to drop us an email and we’ll do our best to find it out for you.

The Stadium

The stadium is located to the south of the city centre, around 4km away from the main station. There is a direct U-Bahn (tube) line to the stadium – U45 to Westfalenstadion stop, from where the ground is a short walk away. The stadium is well signposted from the Autobahn (the A45, from where you need to head for Dortmund Sud and exit at the B45 junction).

The Westfalenstadion (or Signal Iduna Park to give it its sponsored name) is famous for its Yellow Wall, the largest standing terrace in Europe. Obviously Uefa regulations don’t allow for standing at European matches, but you’ll still find one of the biggest and noisiest venues in European football awaiting you. 

About the City

There is a very thorough website dedicated to tourism in Dortmund. The site is available in German and English, and it contains very useful information for people planning a trip to Dortmund for either a business trip or a holiday.

For a detailed tourist map of Dortmund go here.

The main tourist sights include:

•    Reinoldikirche, a Protestant church (c. 800 AD)
•    Petrikirche, a Protestant church, the building of which dates from the 14th century. It is famous for the huge carved altar (known as “Golden Miracle of Dortmund”), from 1521. It consists of 633 gilt carved oak figures depicting 30 scenes about Easter. 
•    Marienkirche, a Protestant church originally built in 1170-1200 but rebuilt after World War II. The altar is from 1420.
•    U-Tower, former Dortmund Union brewery, now a museum
•    Florianturm, (Florian television tower)
•    Westphalian Industrial Museum Zollern Colliery, an Anchor Point of ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage
•    Haus Bodelschwingh (13th century), a moated castle
•    Haus Dellwig (13th century), a moated castle partly rebuilt in the 17th century. The façade and the steep tower, and two half-timbered buildings, are original.
•    Altes Stadthaus, built in 1899 by Friedrich Kullrich
•    Romberg Park Gatehouse (17th century), once a gatehouse to a moated castle. Now it houses an art gallery.
•    RWE Tower (120 metres high skyscraper — the tallest in Dortmund)
•    Opernhaus Dortmund, opera house built in 1966 on the site of the old synagogue which had been destroyed by the Nazis in 1938.
•    The major art museums include the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte and the more recent Museum Ostwall.

Eating and Drinking

What came first – beer or Pfefferpotthast (pepper beef stew with onions)? Nobody really knows, but one thing is for sure: you can’t leave Dortmund without trying both these Dortmund specialities which are served in restaurants and traditional bars on Alter Markt and along Wallring, the road around the city centre. 

Here are some recommended restaurants you might want to check out:

Brauereiausschank Zum Alten Markt  – Traditional trappings and old Westphalian specialities from around €13 are the order of the day at this brewery-owned city-centre beer hall. Found at Markt 3.

Brinkhoff’s No. 1 – Similar to Zum Alten Markt but more opulently dark and with a menu that ranges from Matjes herring to €12 Schnitzels and €15 steaks. Opening time: Daily 11am– midnight. Found at Markt 6.

Esquina Central –  Laid-back, intimate Kreuzviertel tapas bar (from €2.50). Daily from breakfast onwards. Found at Kreuzstr. 69.

Kitchen Club – Bright, busy canteen-style neighbourhood restaurant with good-value mains including plenty of veggie options, from around €7. Found at Saarlandstr. 102.

Ristorante Il Golfo  – Don’t be misled by the slick decor or wine-bar trappings, for this is essentially a solidly traditional Italian place. Open until 2am most nights. Found at Rosental 12.

Café Ferdinand – Spacious, informal, modern neighbourhood café-bar in the Kreuzviertel, with affordable salads, meat and fish dishes for around €13–14. Found at Liebigstr. 23.

Subrosa Gneisenaustr. – Battered, kitschy opulence, live bands and football on TV are the attractions of this studenty Nordstadt bar. Found at 56, Nordstadt.

Limericks Irish Pub (Kampstrasse 45, 44137 Dortmund, +49 231 160175) This Irish Theme bar is a few minutes walk from the main station, literally cross the road and up the steps and you’re right outside. The usual Guinness and Irish style pub grub is on offer, as well as live music at weekends. One of the livelier spots in the city.

Uncle Tom’s (Arneckestrasse 76, 44130 Dortmund, +49 231 4774303). Typical American furnished bar in the Kreuzviertel where you can get some of the best cocktails in town and a lot of American style food.

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