Top 10 Activities not to be missed in Dortmund

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Dortmund is a German city in northern Germany, the most important city in the Ruhr region. It is best known for its industrial tradition, excellent beers and its soccer team, Borussia Dortmund. Badly damaged by the bombing of World War II, it was rebuilt and modernized, converting former industrial plants into museums or structures for activities and leisure.

Today it is a modern and avant-garde city, full of life and surrounded by greenery.
As you can imagine, there are so many things to do, between sports, nature, museums and historical squares, so here is a ranking of 10 things not to miss in Dortmund.



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  1. Old market
  2. Deutsches Fußballmuseum
  3. Signal Iduna Park
  4. Westenhellweg
  5. St. Reinoldi Church
  6. Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte
  7. Binarium
  8. Westfalenpark
  9. Florianturm
  10. Phoenix Lake

1 - Alter Markt

The Alter Markt is the heart of Dortmund's historic center. In German "alter markt" means "old market" and this was precisely the place where the inhabitants gathered, starting in the 12th century. Today it is surrounded by restaurants, nightclubs and stores, but it has not lost its role as a meeting point, where tourists and locals alike gather for a beer with friends. In fact, on the two opposite sides of the square, two of the city's most important breweries are located, the Wenkers am Markt, where you can taste their own beers and order half a meter or a whole meter of beer, and the Pfefferkorn's No. 1 Am Markt, an elegant brewery / pub that offers two beers on tap from its own production. As you can imagine, here in Dortmund, as in the rest of Germany, beer is a real institution.

In December, however, the square becomes the setting for one of the most beautiful markets in all of Germany, with stalls selling chocolates, hot drinks, handicrafts and Christmas decorations.



  • 750 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof main station, 10 minutes on foot; also accessible by subway U41, U45, U47, U49 from Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to Kampstrasse stop, travel time 6 minutes - get directions
  • always accessible
  • free access

2 - Deutsches Fußballmuseum

Soccer, like beer, is a real institution in Dortmund. This is the home city of one of the strongest teams in the German league, Borussia Dortmund, and is home to the Deutsches Fußballmuseum, the German Football Museum. Whether you are a lover of the sport or not, you should give this interactive museum a chance.

Here we review the history of German soccer and its contribution to this sport, the most followed in the world. Inside you will find a Hall of Fame, with all the most important and strongest players of the German league. Outside, however, there is also a kiosk where you can eat an excellent currywurst or a sausage sandwich with fries while having a beer sitting on the sun loungers and a small field to have fun making two shots on goal.

But this is not just a simple museum, it is also a real meeting point for the inhabitants of Dortmund, since so many events of different kinds are organized among them, but always with soccer as the protagonist.


  • 120 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 2 minutes walk - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays
  • 17.00 full, 14.00 reduced, free for children under 6 years; if purchased online total 15.00, discounted 12.00

3 - Signal Iduna Park

In Dortmund, whether you are a soccer lover or not, the Signal Iduna Park is a must-see. This arena is the home of Borussia Dortmund and can accommodate up to just over 80,000 people. Here you will also find the museum dedicated to the team and a huge store on two floors with lots of designer items, from jerseys and sweatshirts to soft toys for the little ones, from magnets to various kitchen utensils. All strictly yellow and black, the team's colors.

The stadium can only be visited by participating in one of the many tours that are organized every day: you will find the two-hour-long BVB-Tour Adrenaline Booster, the one-hour-long BVB-Tour Express and also private tours. The tip is to book your participation online now. During the tours you will be accompanied by a guide who will take you through the conference room, the changing rooms, the area where the journalists sit during the matches. In addition, you will also walk through what is the smallest tunnel in Europe from which the players enter the field and you can experience the thrill of being in the "Yellow Wall", the stands of the German Ultrà.



  • 3.4 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 40 minutes on foot; accessible by train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park station, travel time 10 minutes; or by subway U45 from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof stop to Westfalenhallen U stop; travel time 20 minutes - Get Directions
  • The one- or two-hour tours run from 10:00 to 18:00, you can choose which one to join by booking directly on the official website
  • tour from 15,00 €; All prices can be found on the official website.

4 - Westenhellweg

Westenhellweg is Dortmund's shopping street. With a length of 750 meters in the heart of the historic center, it is considered one of the busiest shopping streets in all of Germany. It starts at Ostenhellweg, where the large St. Reinold's Church is located, and continues westward, cutting the old town in half. And, walking along it, you will realize for yourself why: tall multi-story buildings, stores of all brands, budgets and types, clothing, jewelry, bookstores, watches, household goods, soccer stores.

Stroll along the street and enjoy a few hours of shopping, either among the most famous and well-known brands throughout Europe, even in Italy, or in the department stores where you will find mainly German products, or sit in one of the various bars and clubs that you will find for a break.

  • 350 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 5 minutes on foot - get directions
  • always accessible
  • free access

5 - St. Reinoldi Church

St. Reinoldi's Church is a Lutheran Protestant church and, according to its foundation date, is the oldest church in all of Dortmund. It is dedicated to Reinold, also known as Renaud de Montauban, the patron saint of the city.
The first church was built in the Ottonian era, what we see today is a late Romanesque style church with some Gothic influence. The point where it is located is the intersection between the old commercial street of the city, what is now called Westenhellweg, and the road that went from Cologne to Bremen, passing through Dortmund.

Inside this three-nave church, you can admire works of art and objets d'art that have survived thousands of years of wars, looting and religious changes, such as the wooden statue of the patron saint Reinold, located on the north side of the choir entrance. The relics of the saint, however, have been lost.


  • 800 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 10 minutes walk; accessible by subway U41, U45, U47, U49 from Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to Kampstraße stop, travel time 10 minutes - get directions.
  • Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00, Sunday 13:00 - 18:00
  • free admission

6 - Museum for Art and Cultural History

The Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, or Dortmund's museum of art and history, consists of five different museums under one roof: in these exhibitions, visitors can admire works ranging from antiquity and prehistory to 20th century and modern design. The Art Deco building that houses the museum was built by Hugo Steinbach in 20 and converted to its current function in 1924.

Highlights of the collections on display include: a late Roman coin chest, a Romanesque triumphal cross, the Gothic Madonnas by Corrado von Soest, the Renaissance cabinet and the Picture Gallery with exhibits from the 18th and 19th centuries. But not only that, inside you can admire different collections of paintings, furniture and sculptures, contemporary design works, graphics and photography, as well as textiles and other archaeological finds.

  • 350 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof main station, 5 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 and Thursday and Friday from 11:00 to 20:00, closed on Mondays.
  • free admission for permanent exhibitions, price varies for temporary exhibitions, depending on the type of exhibition; free audio guide service.

7 - Binarium

The Binarium opened in Dortmund in December 2016 and is a technology museum focusing on computers and game consoles. The purpose is to show the technological evolution from old computers to today's consoles. But not only: the purpose of the museum is also to allow nostalgic people to reuse old consoles and video games, so beloved in their youth, and to bring new generations in touch with what everyday life was like a few years ago.

The exhibits are organized in different areas and cover almost the entire development of the PC and console era. You will find vintage computers, game consoles, pocket calculators, games and software, handheld devices and video games on display. Whether you are a technology lover or not, this is definitely a must-see in Dortmund.

  • 4.7 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 10 minutes by car; Also accessible by train from Dortmund Hauptbanhof station to Dortmund-Huckarde Nord station, journey time 10 minutes.
  • Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays
  • full price € 8,00, reduced price € 7,00, free for children under 6 years old

8 - Westfalenpark

The Westfalenpark is a huge park in the south of the city and thus establishes the largest green space in Dortmund. It extends over 500,000 square meters and many different activities are possible within it. It is also ideal for an afternoon with the family and your children, as it has several playgrounds and a museum for children, my world! Kindermuseum.
In addition, another perfect activity for the little ones is the little train, which will take you to the discovery of the park.

You will also find a huge rose garden, with more than 3,000 types of roses, which is also used as a stage for numerous concerts and events, such as the Juicy Beats or the Festival of Lights.
There is no shortage of animal transport facilities, large tree-lined avenues perfect for jogging even on the hottest days, and cafés and restaurants for relaxing after a day's work.

  • 3.3 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof main station, 43 minutes on foot; can also be reached by subway U45 or U49 from Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to Westfalenpark U stop, travel time 16 minutes - Get directions
  • daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • 3,50, free for children under 6 years old

9 - Florianturm

Florianturm is located near the Westfalenpark, the 220-meter television tower and one of the symbols of the city. It is open to visitors, who can climb the observation deck, which offers an incredible 360° view over Dortmund.

The tower was built and inaugurated in 1959 and subsequently renovated between 1989 and 1999. Inside there is also a panoramic restaurant, which turns back on itself. It is 137 meters high and makes two turns per hour. An alternative way to have lunch or dinner and enjoy a spectacular view. The observation deck, on the other hand, is 141 meters high.

  • 2.9 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof main station, 38 minutes on foot; can also be reached by subway U41, U45, U47, U49 from Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to Markgrafenstraße stop, travel time 13 minutes - Get directions
  • Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 18:00, Friday from 12:00 to 18:00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 12:00 to 20:00, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • 2,50, free for children under 6 years old

10 - Phoenix Lake

The Phoenix Lake, in German Phoenix See, is located in the southern part of the city, in the district of Hörde, which since 1929 is part of Dortmund. But what makes this lake so unique is that it is one of the best examples of redevelopment of a former industrial area. This large lake, in fact, lies above the area that was once occupied by the Thyssen steel plants. Today it has become one of the most visited attractions in the city.

A whole range of water sports are available here, except swimming, which is strictly forbidden, while bike and hiking trails have been built along the shores. This is the perfect place to spend a few hours playing sports or with your family.

  • 5.5 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 13 minutes by car; can also be reached by subway U41 from Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to DO-Hörde Bf stop, travel time 27 minutes, or by train from Dortmund Hauptbanhof station to Dortmund-Hörde station, travel time 24 minutes - Get Directions
  • always accessible
  • free access

Plan your stay in Dortmund: information on flights, hotels and tours

Dortmund is a beautiful city, very safe and has a lot to offer to those who decide to visit. Flights from Italy can be expensive, so the solution could be to put Dortmund into an itinerary starting from another city, such as Cologne, which is only an hour and a half away by train.

In terms of housing, the best solution is to look for a hotel or b & b in the historic center, to be close to the attractions found in this area, or nearby at the Hauptbanhof, so you can easily reach places like Signal Iduna Park, Westfalenpark or Phoenix See.


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