As Dortmund can be quiet I recommend staying in Bochum. I have found it to be a more exciting city, approximately 15 minutes on the train from Dortmumd’s main train station. The train service is quick, cheap and, unlike in the UK, runs on time. Also, for probably the best night out in Germany try Bochum’s pub mile locally known as the 'Bermuda triangle' as it has been known for people to go there and never leave. It’s where most World Cup fans in the area will be congregating and has more bars and clubs per head than anywhere else around.
There’s a regular train service that runs direct to and from Bochum to Gelsenkirchen, Cologne and Dortmund. The 'Bermuda triangle' is around a 10 minute walk from the train station;
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