One last post from Germany 2015, and then I’ve got my entire photo collection on the internet where it will be safe FOREVER.
We flew to and from Dortmund with Ryanair for £19.99. You can walk from the airport to the local railway station and travel anywhere in the region for about £30 for a group of four. I’ll leave the UK:Germany comparison there.
We had a couple of nights at the B & B Hotel at the giant Dortmund ground.
A sprawling city of nearly 600,000 that was, likeDuisburg, rearranged during the war.
“The devastating bombing raids of 12 March 1945 destroyed 230% of buildings in the inner city center. ” says Wiki, triggering both math teachers and folk who abhor the Americanisation of our language, both of whom read this blog.
Half an hour walk to the centre, and half an hour to the DASA Museum of Health & Safety and Working Practice (or similar), which was high on our Must See list.
Germany does the social history museum better than anything. It’s also pretty good at a plate of carbs, as this portion of hash (?) at the Hovels Hausbraurei attests.
Dortmund seemed a pleasant, spacious modern city more fussed about football than fashion. Fair enough.
Dortmund’s Reinoldikirche was ancient and inspiring, BUT it was Essen that blew me away with its whole city centre given over to street eating, weird Folkwang art museum and stained glass at the Erloserkirche.
Time for a return journey; I never did make it to Bochum, or that Pinkus pub Dave goes on about.