Dortmund is a city in the Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany. Its airport is home to several low-cost airlines (easyJet, Wizzair, Air Berlin) and serves mainly national and European travelers. There are shuttle buses between the airport and central station. Neighboring cities include Bochum, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Münster, and Köln (Cologne). The local Christmas Market is one of the largest in Germany and hosts one of the largest Christmas trees in the world (in fact a collection of many smaller trees). It’s open from late November to just before Christmas. Football club Borussia Dortmund are former European Champions and one of Germany’s top clubs in the Bundesliga. The city center is a walkable shopping mile with lots of stores. The Thier-Gallerie is Dortmund’s first mall. In a traditional pub drinking beer, try a “Salzkuchen mit Mett” (caraway-spiced roll with seasoned mincemeat and onions) or a “Mettende” (smoked sausage with spicy mustard). Dortmund is home to some famous breweries – don’t miss out, drink a “Stösschen” in any of the old fashioned pubs. This beer specialty is served in a small glass and can be drunk in about 2 draughts.