In August, I had the opportunity to be the first time in Dortmund. In the meantime, I was able to check in what “condition” is my German. Basically, I am not using the language since 5 years and I think it would be useful to go back for a refreshing course to the best ever Goethe Institute. I tried many courses and only this one gives you real knowledge.
Now let’s get back to the travel itself, probably you are wondering if it’s worth to go there and if yes, for how long? In my opinion, generally it is beneficial to travel, because it broadens horizons of an individual and opens our mind. Dortmund is a very small town and I will share with you in this post my subjective impression about it.
Restaurants and food in Dortmund
Unfortunately, I must say that Dortmund disappointed if it comes to food. There are of course also some pluses, but we will talk about them a little bit later.
For me Germany was always a symbol of ecological way of life and healthy biological food. Of course it costs more, but at least you have options and are free to choose what you want. Therefore I was very surprised that in cafes and restaurants there was available exclusively white sugar (even brown sugar could not be found at any place).
Also my good intentions to eat some very healthy breakfast didn’t work, basically whole wheat bread, organic, vegan or vegetarian cuisine didn’t gain there too much popularity. The choice is very simple, you can have sweet bread with jam or some cooked eggs, cheese and ham – I had to choose the option nr 1, because I do not eat meat. Generally, in the city center I could not find even one place, where I could eat a nutritious vegetarian meal.
The pros are that if you like eating sweet snacks and generally sweets, than Dortmund will seem heaven to you. You can even find there a very good Italian ice-cream in the center. They serve pancakes there too, and something similar to waffles. I noticed that Germans mainly order some small beverages, fries, or salads in the city, perhaps it is not common there to eat outside the home. Therefore restaurants do not have in menu much to offer, I suspect that is dictated by the local preferences, which I definitely could not understand. :P Apart from small snacks and totally unhealthy things – even a simple salad was served with a ton of colorful sauces, there are only meat dishes available. Unfortunately, vegetarians and vegans have a lot of fatigue to find a good meal. Fortunately, there were bars with Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, which although offered dishes with vegetables, unfortunately did not taste half as good as by my favorite places in Warsaw. Well, but I am truly grateful, that I had choice and for this reason I am very happy :)
Fresh and healthy vegan diet is essential for me, therefore I am sad that we had no choice where to eat good, healthy, and above all tasteful food.
What to visit?
The prettiest district, is like I already mentioned – the center of Dortmund. There you can also find a St. Peter church, which looks very simple, not only outside but also inside. However, it seems to me that this building adds some charm to the city. If you plan some shopping, it is a really good idea, because you will find many shopping malls here. Yes, Primark is also there ;)
It also worth walking small streets around the city, which I liked much more than the city center. During visiting here and there, I found a cozy bakery and tried very delicious German pastries. As I said, sweets taste good here, however I am not a fan of sugar.
Impressions and conclusions
My conclusion is that Dortmund is ideal city of shopping & football, there are crowds tourists and this atmosphere is not in my style. I like beautiful and quiet places, where I can feel the atmosphere of the city, such as, eg. Amsterdam, places in Sardinia or Paris. However, I someone likes crowds, doesn’t pay attention to food and loves shopping this city will be perfect place for a weekend adventure.