10 tips for Dortmund


Dortmund is one of the cities in the middle of the Ruhr area. More than 600,000 people live in the city in North Rhine-Westphalia. Dortmund is very easy to reach by train, plane or car.

Tip 1: The view from the Florianturm

The Florianturm is the television tower of Dortmund. Similar to the television tower in Berlin on Alexanderplatz, it is an important landmark of the city. The tower rises about 208 meters in the Westfalenpark. The Florian Tower has a viewing platform, a restaurant and a café. Visitors only have access to the observation deck. The restaurant and café have been closed but can still be rented for events. The viewing platform is open from Wednesday to Friday from 14:00 to 18:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 20:00. The lift ride to the top costs 2,50 Euro. Children from 6 years must pay. Therefore, visitors have a very special view over the city.

View over Dortmund at night

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Tip 2: The Dortmund U

The Dortmunder U is probably one of the most famous landmarks of the city. Behind it is a high-rise building that was once built as a brewery. Meanwhile the building is part of the university and is used as a museum. In the course of its redevelopment, the Ostwall Museum settled here. There is a restaurant on the top floor. From here you have a good view not only of the whole building but also of the surrounding area. Today, the Dortmunder U is generally regarded as a kind of creative centre, which above all forms a space for different art styles.

Tip 3: A shopping stroll through the Krugerpassage

The Krugerpassage is more than just a shopping centre. Rather, it is a passage with history. The shops are located in the midst of a beautiful architectural atmosphere. Various shops await visitors with special offers. The passage was built in the neo-Renaissance style. The Krugerpassage was rebuilt after its destruction. Even today it is still a popular destination for visitors to the city.

Tip 4: The moated castle Haus Bodelschwingh

The Bodelschwingh house is a particularly beautiful building near Dortmund. The monument is built in the style of the Renaissance. Today the building is partly occupied by the family of Innhausen and Knyphausen. Some rooms are rented out as residential or business premises. Therefore, the building can only be visited on Open Monument Day. But also the outside view provides some moments to marvel at. The complex consists of the manor house, a fortress and the beautiful castle park. A walk through the park is especially beautiful in summer. The special feature of the plant is that it is partly surrounded by water.

House Bodelschwingh in Dortmund

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Tip 5: The Hohensyburg

The Hohensyburg is a ruin. The castle is located on the outskirts of the city. Today’s monument was destroyed as early as 1287. However, the floor plan is still recognizable today. Once two towers adorned the castle walls surrounding the main building. In the ruins of the castle there is a war memorial, which today commemorates the victims of the World Wars. Further up on the Syberg there is another monument. At about 245 m there is a monument to Emperor Wilhelm I. On the hill there are further statues of Bismarck, among others. A hike to the Syberg is worthwhile in any case. Here you get to know a different side of the city and can also learn some history.

Tip 6: Visiting Zollern colliery

Dortmund was once an important coal location. Zollern colliery was once a coal mine. Today it only serves as a museum and can be visited by visitors. Coal was mined in the mine from 1899 to 1955. Today, it is mainly the machine hall and the historical conveyor technology that can be visited. Visitors can thus imagine what it was like to work at the colliery. The area is also used again and again for various events such as piano festivals or splendor meetings of the carnival. There are also various areas in the colliery for children to discover and explore for themselves. Zollern colliery is only one part of the industrial museums of the region. Other institutions belong to the association.

Zollern colliery

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Tip 7: A visit to Dortmund Zoo

The Ruhr area is a very urban zone and is characterised by only a few green areas. Dortmund’s zoo forms a contrast to this. About 1240 animals live on an area of about 28 ha. A full day should be planned for a visit to the zoo, as the park is divided into several areas. However, the main focus is on the South American animal species. The tour is possible between 9 am and 6.30 pm (in summer). In winter the zoo closes at 4.30 pm. The entrance fee for adults is 8 euros.

Tip 8: The most important museums of the city of Dortmund

Dortmund is not only an industrial location, but also has a lot to offer culturally. There are many museums in the city, which offer different thematic focuses. Among the most important museums exhibiting works of art are the Dortmunder U and the Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte. The Museum of Natural History offers visitors a kind of mine and a large aquarium with freshwater fish. Among the more unusual museums are the German Cookbook Museum, the German Football Museum, the Dortmund Brewery Museum, the Local Transport Museum and the Giraffe Museum. Many visitors also choose DASA – Arbeitswelt exhibition again and again. The main focus here is on working in technical professions. Another interesting museum is the Binarium. The Deutsches Museum der digitalen Kultur was not opened until 2016 and contains exhibits relating to technical developments over the past 20 years.

Tip 9: A tour through the old town of Dortmund

Dortmund also has a beautiful old town. On a stroll through the city the Old Market is a must. Here the path leads along the historic city centre of Dortmund. Around the square are the historic eagle’s pharmacy, various restaurants and cafés and a fountain. The Old Market Square is used again and again for city festivals. Especially in summer, the Old Market is a popular meeting place for tourists and residents of the city. The square leads directly to Hansaplatz. On the Hansaplatz the weekly market takes place and here are also further shopping possibilities like Karstadt. Dortmund is also considered one of the cities with the most Romanesque churches. Among the most important are the Reinoldi Church, St. Mary’s Church, St. Peter’s Church, St. John’s Provost’s Church and the Church of the Cross. On a walk through the city you will definitely come across several churches.

Tip 10: The Westfalenstadion (Signal Iduna Park)

The city of Dortmund does not only stand for culture and industry. The city is also shaped by the football club Borussia Dortmund. The Westfalenstadion (today Signal Iduna Park) is not only an important meeting point for football fans. Germany’s largest football stadium is also a popular destination. Guided tours can be booked. Occasionally, events such as concerts take place in the stadium. Of course, the stadium can also be visited for a football match.

Westfalen Park

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The city of Dortmund is always worth a visit. The city has much more to offer than you can see in the previous tips. Before the visit, it is advisable to obtain some information in order to be able to draw up a plan, which should definitely be visited. To get to know as much of the city as possible, a city tour or a city walk is worthwhile. Here the most important stations are passed.

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