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Excursions from Dortmund: the best day trips around Dortmund

Dortmund is a German city located in northern Germany, in the Ruhr area. It is famous above all for its football team, Borussia Dortmund, for the excellent beers and for the industrial tradition that characterizes it. Its strategic position and excellent rail links allow you to visit the beautiful neighboring areas. So here are some tips on best day trips around Dortmund.

Index

  1. Essen
  2. Dusseldorf
  3. Münster
  4. Colonia
  5. Bonn
  6. Bochum
  7. Duisburg
  8. Krefeld
  9. Wuppertal
  10. Aachen
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Essen

It is a city not far away, just 34 kilometers away. You can reach it in 45 minutes by car or by the direct train which will take you directly to your destination in just 24 minutes, with departures every 20 minutes.

The city is not very interested in tourist flows, it is an example that everything can change, if there is the will to do so: from the gray factory town and mainly industrial, today it has become the greenest city in all of Germany thanks to an excellent environmental requalification program.
The main attraction of the city is the Zeche Zollverein, a Unesco World Heritage Site. We are talking about the old coal mine on which the economy of the city was based, which since the Middle Ages has played a purely commercial role as a mining center. The site includes various areas, such as the Red Dot Design Museum, the Ruhr Museum, the Zollverein cruises and much more.



  • Range: 34,8 km
  • 34,8 kilometers, reachable in 45 minutes by car or by direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Essen Hauptbahnhof station, journey time 24 minutes (€ 16,50) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; the Zeche Zollverein is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00
  • prices vary according to the areas you want to visit, you can find all the information on the official website

2 - Düsseldorf

It is located west of Dortmund, which is 65 kilometers away. You can reach the city in just over an hour by car or taking the direct train from Dortmund central station and in about 50 minutes you will have arrived at your destination.

A city where tradition and modernity blend together: you will find yourself walking between squares of medieval origin contrasted with buildings of the modern era. Unique and a little extravagant, it is known for being there German capital of fashion and also offers a lot from a cultural, architectural and musical point of view. In your day of sightseeing you cannot miss Burgplatz, the main square where many famous monuments are located, and the Rheinturm, from which you can enjoy a splendid view. Also treat yourself to a nice and relaxing one walk along the Rheinuferpromenade, the pedestrian area that runs along the entire bank of the Rhine, from the parliament to the port area.



  • Range: 65,5 km
  • 65,5 kilometers, reachable in 10 hour and 58 minutes by car or by direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Düsseldorf main station, journey time 19,50 minutes (€ ) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; the Rheinturm is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 00:00 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00
  • the entrance to the Rheinturm costs € 9,00, children under 6 years enter for free
  • Düsseldorf: By Segway along the Rhine Düsseldorf: German tour through the old town and beer tastings

3 - Münster

It is a small German town located north of Dortmund, 55 kilometers away. Reaching it is very simple: either by renting a car or taking the direct train from Dortmund station. In both cases the travel time will be just under an hour.

It is a beautiful German city on a human scale, with a great university life thanks to the presence of one of the most important universities in Germany. During the Second World War, due to bombing, almost the entire historic center was destroyed, but fortunately rebuilt very quickly. Start your visit by strolling in the Prinzipalmarkt, the huge pedestrian area, surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance style houses. Among the things to see absolutely cannot miss the Domplatz, where the cathedral of Münster is located, built between 1225 and 1264 in Romanesque and Gothic style.



  • Range: 55,8 km
  • 55,8 kilometers, 55 minutes by car or by direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Münster station, journey time 55 minutes (€ 16,50) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; the cathedral is open on Sundays and holidays from 6:30 to 19:30 and from Monday to Saturday from 6:30 to 19:00
  • the entrance to the cathedral is free, the guided tour costs € 3,00
  • Münster: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour Experience Münster in just 60 minutes

4 - Cologne

It is the fourth largest city in Germany and is located 82 kilometers from Dortmund. You can reach it in about an hour and a quarter by car or, best solution, by direct train which connects the city to Cologne Central Station in a journey of one hour and 10 minutes.

City of ancient origins, which date back to Roman times, during the Second World War it was almost completely destroyed by bombing and the reconstruction work began immediately after the end of the war. During your day trip, you absolutely must start the itinerary from its imposing cathedral, dedicated to Saints Peter and Mary. Inside you will find the reliquary chest, the largest sarcophagus in Europe, which houses the relics of the Magi. Then enjoy a nice walk through the Old Town and, if you are a chocolate lover, we recommend you visit the Imhoff chocolate museum.


  • Range: 82,8 km
  • 82,8 kilometers, reachable in 13 hour and 10 minutes by car or by direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Köln Hauptbahnhof station, journey time 19,90 hour and minutes (€ ) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; the cathedral is open from November to April from 6:39 to 19:30, from May to October from 6:00 to 21:00, Sundays and holidays from 13:00 to 16:30; the Imhoff Chocolate Museum is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays in January, February, March and November
  • the entrance to the cathedral is free; Entrance to the Imhoff Chocolate Museum costs € 12,50 from Monday to Friday, € 13,50 on Saturdays and holidays
  • Discover Cologne: KölnCard Cologne: Panoramic City Cruise

5 - Bonn

Another important German city, located just south of Cologne. It is 105 kilometers from Dortmund, about an hour and 20 minutes by car. Or you can take the direct train from Dortmund, arriving at your destination in just under an hour and a half.

Located on the Rhine, it was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990, date on which, with a small majority, the title of capital passed to Berlin. Today it is one of the most important cities in the country and for twenty years now, after no longer being the capital, it has begun to invest in its cultural and tourist side, thus offering those who visit it some very interesting attractions. Among these, the Poppelsdorf castle, built between 1715 and 1753 and which today also houses the botanical garden of the University of Bonn, and the Beethoven's house, museum dedicated to the famous composer who was born in the city.


  • Range: 105 km
  • 105 kilometers, reachable in 20 hour and 23 minutes by car or by direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Bonn Hauptbahnhof station, journey time 21,90 hour and minutes (€ ) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; Poppelsdorf Castle is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00; Beethoven's house is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00
  • admission to Poppelsdorf Castle is free; entrance to Beethoven's house costs € 9,00
  • Bonn: One and a half hour cruise Bonn: 90 minutes of historical entertainment

6 - Bochum

It is an important city in the Ruhr area. It is located 19 kilometers from Dortmund and reaching it is very simple: by car in about 25 minutes of travel, which could become more due to the big traffic in some hours of the day; or, best solution, by train, which runs every 20 minutes and will take you to your destination in just 10 minutes.

Despite its post-industrial appearance, Bochum is considered the cultural capital of the Ruhr. Still far from the major tourist flows, the city offers numerous museums and a lively nightlife. A real institution is the German Mining Museum, the largest mining museum in the world. Here you can explore the tunnels and for a moment experience what the miners feel and, after the visit, you can enjoy a beautiful view from the viewing platform. Another incredible museum is the Bochum Railway Museum, housed in a First World War railway depot, one of the few still intact. With around 120 vehicles, you can relive the history of Germany from this point of view from 1850 to today.

  • Range: 19 km
  • 19 kilometers, reachable in 25 minutes by car or by direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Bochum station, journey time 10 minutes (€ 14,50) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; the mining museum from Tuesday to Friday 8: 30/17: 00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10: 00/17: 00, closed on Mondays; the railway museum from March to November from Tuesday to Friday and on Sundays and holidays 10: 00/17: 00, closed on Mondays and Saturdays
  • mining museum is € 6,00; admission to the railway museum is € 8,00

7 - Duisburg

It is a large German city which lies west of Dortmund, just 53 kilometers away. To reach it you have two alternatives: rent a car and drive for 50 minutes, or take one of the many direct trains taking only 39 minutes.

La città arises at the point where the Rhine and Ruhr rivers meet. Twelfth largest city in Germany, it holds a record: its inland port is the largest in Europe. Furthermore, this area is the most fascinating and picturesque of the whole city, a place with a lively commercial and residential center, full of initiatives for leisure and relaxation. Between museums and attractions, you absolutely cannot miss the Tiger & Turtle and the Landschaftspark, two of the most visited attractions in the city.

  • Range: 53,4 km
  • 53,4 kilometers, 50 minutes by car or direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Duisburg Hauptbahnhof station, journey time 38 minutes (€ 19,90) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; the Landschaftspark is always accessible; the Tiger & Turtle is always accessible
  • admission to the Landschaftspark is free; admission to Tiger & Turtle is free
  • 2 hours Duisburg Segway Tour or VIP Segway Tour

8 - Krefeld

It is located between Duisburg and Dusseldorf, about 69 kilometers west of Dortmund. To reach it you can rent a car and in about an hour's drive you will have arrived at your destination or you can opt for the train from Dortmund to Mülheim station, where you have to change and take the direct train to Krefeld. In all, including the exchange rate, it will take you just over an hour.

It is a city with very ancient origins: the current district of Gelle corresponds to the ancient camp of Gelbuda founded for the Roman legions during the Roman Empire. Today it is a beautiful city full of parks and green areas, which change their color yellow and red during the autumn, giving the tourist who visits it an almost fairytale atmosphere. One of the most visited attractions is certainly the Linn Castle, now home to the archaeological museum, built more than 900 years ago. This is also a good starting point to start discovering the city and its beautiful medieval center, which will surely take you back in time.

  • Range: 69,9 km
  • 69,9 kilometers, reachable in an hour by car or by train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Mülheim (Ruhr) Hbf station, where you will have to change and take the direct train to Krefeld station, journey time one hour and 10 minutes (€ 26,50) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; Linn Castle is open from April 1st to October 31st from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, from November 1st to March 31st from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00, always closed on Mondays
  • the entrance to the archaeological museum costs € 5,00, the visit to the castle and the hunting lodge € 6,00; cumulative ticket for all areas of the castle and the textile museum costs € 8,00

9 - Wuppertal

It is located southwest of Dortmund, from which it is 40 kilometers away. Reaching it is really very simple: either in 40 minutes by car, or take the direct train, arriving at your destination in just under half an hour.

Although it is not a city yet off the tourist trail, it is well known in Germany thanks to its own suspended monorail railway, the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn. You absolutely must try this experience and this different means of transport than usual. Walking and wandering around the city, you will find that the various districts are very different from each other: this is why Wuppertal is born from the union of many small municipalities in a single center.

  • Range: 40,8 km
  • 40,8 kilometers, reachable in 40 minutes by car or by direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Wuppertal Hbf station, journey time 35 minutes (€ 16,00) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn is open every day from 5:30 am to 23:30 pm
  • a single ticket on the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn costs € 2,50, the day ticket € 6,60; the KombiTicket Zoo, or the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn day ticket + admission to the Zoo costs € 15,00

10 - Aachen

It is located on the border with Belgium and Holland. To visit it in the day you will have to get up early enough, as it is 141 kilometers from Dortmund. By car it will take you just under two hours, by direct train to Aachen Hauptbahnhof stationinstead, 2 hours and 20 minutes, as it transits and stops in important cities such as Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Cologne and this will take you some time.

The original name in German Aachen, is a city with a very important history behind it: fu the seat of the court of Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor.

Walking through the streets of the city and the historic center you will feel like you are stepping back in time. In one day, you can't miss a visit to the Aachen cathedral and the Palatine chapel inside. Built between 786 and 804 at the behest of Charlemagne himself, it is also the place where the Emperor was buried after his death and his remains are still preserved inside. Another interesting building is the Rathaus, the Gothic-style town hall. The square it overlooks in winter becomes the reference point for the Christmas markets.

  • Range: 141 km
  • 141 kilometers, reachable in an hour and 50 minutes by car or by direct train from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof station to Aachen Hbf station, travel time 2 hours and 20 minutes (€ 31,00) - Get directions
  • the city can always be visited; the cathedral is open from January to March every day from 7:00 to 18:00, from April to December every day from 7:00 to 19:00; the town hall is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00
  • the entrance to the cathedral is free, to take part in the guided tours you must contact the Dominformation near the cathedral; entrance to the town hall costs € 6,00
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