10 Must-See Attractions in Dortmund

Dortmund is a German city in northern Germany, the most important in the Ruhr region. It is best known for its industrial tradition, excellent beers and its football team, Borussia Dortmund. Severely damaged by the bombings of the Second World War, it was rebuilt and modernized, converting old 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 historic squares, so here is a ranking of the 10 things to see absolutely in Dortmund.


  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
  11. User questions and comments

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, since the th century, gathered. Today it is surrounded by restaurants, clubs and shops, but it has not lost its role as a meeting point, where both tourists and locals gather to have a beer with friends. In fact, on the two opposite sides of the square, they are located two of the most important breweries in the city, the Wenkers am Markt, where you can sample their own beers and order half a meter or a whole meter of beer, and Pfefferkorn's No. 1 Am Markt, an elegant brewery / pub that offers two draft beers of 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 of one of the most beautiful markets in all of Germany, with stalls of chocolate, hot drinks, handicrafts and Christmas decorations.

  • 750 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 10 minutes on foot; also reachable by metro U41, U45, U47, U49 from the Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to the Kampstrasse stop, travel time 6 minutes - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free access

2 - Deutsches Fußballmuseum

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

Here we retrace the history of German football 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 in the German league. Outside, however, there is also a kiosk where you can eat an excellent currywurst or a sausage sandwich with fries while sipping a beer sitting on the deck chairs and a small field to have fun taking two shots on goal.

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

  • 120 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 2 minutes walk - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays
  • full € 17,00, reduced € 14,00, free for children under 6 years; if purchased online full € 15,00, reduced € 12,00

3 - Signal Iduna Park

In Dortmund, whether you are a football lover or not, Signal Iduna Park is a must see. This stage 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 t-shirts and sweatshirts to soft toys for the little ones, from magnets to various kitchen utensils. All strictly yellow and black, the team colors.

The stadium can only be visited by taking part in one of the many tours that are organized every day: you will find the BVB-Tour Adrenalin Booster of two hours in duration, the BVB-Tour express lasting one hour and also private tours. The advice is to book the participation online already. During the tours you will be accompanied by a guide who will take you to see the conference room, the changing rooms, the area where journalists sit during the matches. In addition, you will also walk through what is the smallest tunnel in Europe from which players enter the field and you can experience the thrill of being on the "Yellow Wall", the grandstand of the German Ultrà.

  • 3,4 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 40 minutes on foot; reachable by train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park station, journey time 10 minutes; or by metro U45 from the Dortmund Hauptbahnhof stop to the Westfalenhallen U stop; travel time 20 minutes - Get directions
  • the tours, lasting one or two hours, run from 10:00 until 18:00, you can choose which one to take part by booking directly on the official website
  • tour starting 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 Church is located, and continues west, cutting the historic center right in half. And, walking along it, you will realize for yourself why: high-rise buildings, shops of every brand, budget and type, clothes, jewelry, bookstores, watches, household items, football stores.

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

  • 350 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 5 minutes walk - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free access

5 - St. Reinoldi Church

The Church of St. Reinoldi 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-Romantic style church with some Gothic influence. The point where it stands is the intersection between the old commercial street of the city, what is now called Westenhellweg, and the road that led from Cologne to Bremen, passing through Dortmund.

Inside this three-nave church, you can admire works of art and objects of art that have survived thousands of years of wars, looting and religious changes, such as the wooden statue of the patron 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 on foot; reachable by metro U41, U45, U47, U49 from Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to Kampstraße stop, journey time 10 minutes - Get directions
  • Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 13:00 to 18:00
  • free admission

6 - Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte

The Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, or the Dortmund museum of art and history, it consists of five different museums under the same roof: in these exhibitions, visitors will be able to admire works ranging from antiquity and prehistory to the 20th century and modern design. The Art Deco building that houses the museum was built by Hugo Steinbach in 1924 and was converted to its current function in 1978.

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

  • 350 meters from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 5 minutes walk - 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, the price varies for temporary ones, based on the type of exhibition; free audio guide service

7 - Binarium

The Binarium opened in Dortmund in December 2016 and is a technological museum focused on computers and game consoles. The purpose is show the technological evolution from old computers to today's consoles. But not only: the purpose of the museum is also to allow nostalgics to be able to reuse the old consoles and video games, so loved during their youth, and to bring new generations into contact with what a few years ago was everyday life.

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

  • 4,7 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 10 minutes by car; also reachable by train from Dortmund Hauptbanhof station to Dortmund-Huckarde Nord station, journey time 10 minutes - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays
  • full € 8,00, reduced € 7,00, free for children under 6 years

8 - Westfalenpark

Il Westfalenpark is a huge park in the south of the city and thus establishes the largest green area in Dortmund. It covers an area of ​​500.000 square meters and inside you can really do many different activities. It is also ideal for spending an afternoon with the family and with your children, as it has several play areas and a children's museum, my world! Kindermuseum.
In addition, another perfect activity for the little ones is that of the little train, which will take you to the discovery of the park.

You will also find a huge rose bush, with over 3.000 types of roses, which is also used as a venue for many concerts and events, such as the Juicy Beats or the Festival of Lights.
There is no shortage of an area equipped to carry animals, large tree-lined avenues perfect for jogging even on the hottest days and cafes and restaurants to relax after a day of work.

  • 3,3 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 43 minutes on foot; also reachable by metro U45 or U49 from the Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to the Westfalenpark U stop, journey time 16 minutes - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 23: 00
  • € 3,50, free for children under 6

9 - Florianturm

Florianturm is located near the Westfalenpark, the 220-meter television tower, as well as one of the symbols of the city. It is open to visitors, who can go up on the viewing platform, which offers an incredible 360 ​​° view over Dortmund.

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

  • 2,9 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 38 minutes on foot; also reachable by metro U41, U45, U47, U49 from the Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop to the Markgrafenstraße stop, journey time 13 minutes - Get directions
  • Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 18:00, Friday from 12:00 to 18:00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 12:00 to 20:00, closed on Monday and Tuesday
  • € 2,50, free for children under 6

10 - Phoenix Lake

Lake Phoenix, in German Phoenix See, is located in the southern part of the city, in the district of Hörde, which since 1929 has been 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, is located above the area that was once occupied by the Thyssen steel plants. Nowadays it has become one of the most visited attractions in the city.

A whole range of water sports can be practiced here, except swimming which is strictly prohibited, while cycling and walking paths have been built along the banks. This is the perfect place to spend a few hours in the name of sport or with your family.

  • 5,5 kilometers from Dortmund Hauptbanhof central station, 13 minutes by car; also reachable by metro 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: info on flights, hotels and tours

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

As for 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 close at the Hauptbanhof, so you can easily reach places like Signal Iduna Park, Westfalenpark or Phoenix See.

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