Dortmund football breaks
Watching Borussia Dortmund live is surely one the biggest, most powerful and emotional occasions you can experience as a football fan. They have been one of Europe's most popular destinations among supporters enjoying football breaks in recent years.
That is, in no small part, because of their renowned arena. Signal Iduna Park - or the Westfalenstadion, as traditionalists prefer to call it - is a mecca for football fans worldwide.
Signal Iduna Park
Supporters come from all around the globe to see, hear and feel the amazing atmosphere that always exists at Dortmund's matches. The club has the highest average attendance in Europe and almost always fills the arena with the maximum capacity of 80,000 spectators.
More than a third of them are housed in the stadium's Section Z, the stand-up section where up to 30,000 supporters decked in the club’s yellow and black colours form the famous ‘Yellow Wall’. Check out the awesome tifos that appear across the vast terrace before every home game.
On a matchday the atmosphere reaches fever pitch shortly before kick off when the whole ground joins in, scarves aloft, with the footballing anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ - the classic battle song that the club shares with Liverpool and Celtic. It’s a spine-tingling moment for any football supporter.
Borussia Dortmund were founded on December 19, 1909 and experienced their first heyday in the 1950s when two of the club's eight league titles were claimed. The next golden era came in 1995–1997 when BVB lifted two more championship titles and also managed to win the Champions League after beating Juventus in Munich.
In the 21st Century there have been three further league titles for the club that are often seen as the main challengers to the mighty Bayern Munich. This period also saw manager Jürgen Klopp take the side to a second Champions League final, in London – but sadly they lost to rivals Bayern.
German Football Museum
There is another must-visit in Dortmund on a matchday. The Deutsche Fussballmuseum is located on Königswall right next to the central station. In this excellent museum, German football history is depicted in an innovative and imaginative way with interactive exhibits and lots of nostalgic calling photos.
On one floor you’ll get the full lowdown on the national team’s extraordinary achievements and honours over the decades – including a debate over whether the ball crossed the line in the 1966 World Cup Final!
Meanwhile a second floor covers the domestic scene, and the many developments through the decades that has seen the Bundesliga become one of the world’s favourite football leagues.