What to see in Dortmund in 3 days

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Martí Micolau

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Dortmund, a German city in northern Germany, it is the most important in the Ruhr region. 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.
It is best known for its industrial tradition, the historic center and its breweries and its football team, Borussia Dortmund. And in this itinerary we want to dedicate every day to one of these three characteristics.
So here are some tips and information on what to see in Dortmund in 3 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Dortmund cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Deutsches Fußballmuseum

As a first day you will get to know the first of the three strengths of this city: his great passion for football. The attachment to this sport and its team can be seen and felt throughout the city, already from the square in front of the central station, where there is a mural that reads "Willkommen in der Fussballhauptstadt", or "Welcome to the capital. of football ".

Before starting, have breakfast at the Nur Pastanesi Dortmund Hauptbahnhof, located on the station square, near the Deutsches Fußballmuseum.
It is an interactive museum will take you through the history of German football and its contribution to this sport. Inside you will find a Hall of Fame, with all the most important and strong players of the German league. Even children can have fun playing in the area reserved for them. Here many events are organized of different nature between them, but always with football as the protagonist.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, it is closed on Mondays. The full ticket € 17,00, the reduced one € 14,00, while admission is free for children under 6 years old. If purchased online, the full ticket costs € 15,00, the reduced one costs € 12,00 - book online

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Signal Iduna Park

For lunch, we advise you to stop at the outdoor kiosk of the Deutsches Fußballmuseum, where you can taste an excellent currywurst, a typical German dish, or a sandwich. In addition, you will have a small field to enjoy taking two shots on goal. On average you will spend a maximum of € 10,00 per person.

After having lunch, it's time to head to one of the most famous places in the city, we're talking about the Signal Iduna Park, the stadium of Borussia Dortmund. To reach it it will take you 10 minutes by train. Or you can opt for the U45 metro to the Westfalenhallen U stop, about 20 minutes. In both cases the ticket will cost you € 2,80.
Whether or not you are a football fan, the stadium is really a must see, has a very special structure and can accommodate up to just over 80.000 people at the same time! It can only be visited by taking part in one of the many tours which are organized every day: you can choose between the two-hour BVB-Tour Adrenalin Booster, the one-hour express BVB-Tour, or a complete football tour in Dortmund. Tickets start at € 15,00.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center

Once the visit is over, we recommend that you return to the historic center for dinner. At 400 meters from Signal Iduna Park there is the Stadion metro station, where you can take the U46 line and get off at Reinoldikirche station, in the center. And, to already have a taste of what will be the second day, we suggest you stop for dinner at the Zum Alten Markt, a place in the main square. Here you can choose between different traditional German dishes and taste the delicious beers produced by the restaurant, even in the half-meter or one-meter formula, where you are offered different blonde and red beers. On average you will spend about € 20,00 per person.

Once dinner is over, make one walk in the historic center, you will have a small preview of what we want to propose for the second day.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,9 km / 1 h 15 min
  • Places visited: Deutsches Fußballmuseum (€ 17,00), Signal Iduna Park (€ 15,00), historic center (free)
  • Football tour in Dortmund Dortmund: German Football Museum
  • breakfast at Nur Pastanesi Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (Get directions); lunch at the outdoor kiosk of the Deutsches Fußballmuseum (Get directions); dinner at Zum Alten Markt (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Westenhellweg, Alter Markt

The second day will be dedicated to the discovery of the historic center and its beer tradition, a real institution in the city. But before starting, we recommend that you have breakfast at Cafe Bernstein, with excellent coffee and pastries.

Let's start the day by going to the discovery of the Westenhellweg, the 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.

Before reaching the end of the street, you will pass near theAlter Markt, the heart of the historic center. It is surrounded by restaurants, clubs and shops and is a real meeting point, excellent for having a beer with friends. In fact, on the two opposite sides of the square, there are two of the most important breweries in the city, Wenkers am Markt, where you can taste their own beers, and Pfefferkorn's No. 1 Am Markt, an elegant brewery / pub that offers two draft beers of its own production.

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

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, St. Reinoldi Church, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte

For lunch, stop at Wenkers am Markt. Among the beers, choose those produced by the brewery, really excellent. For food, an entire page of the menu is dedicated to schintzel, offered in different variations. On average you will spend € 20,00 per person.

Just 160 meters from the brewery is the beautiful St. Reinoldi church, the oldest. It is a Lutheran Protestant church and is dedicated to Renaud de Montauban, the patron saint of the city. It consists of three naves, inside there are works and objects of art, such as the wooden statue of the patron saint. Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Sunday from 13:00 to 18:00, admission is free.
We also recommend that you visit the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, the museum of art and history, five different museums under one roof. In these exhibits there are works ranging from prehistoric times to the 20th century and modern design. The museum is located in the Art Deco building which was built by Hugo Steinbach in 1924 and was converted to its present function in 1978. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays and Friday from 11:00 to 20:00, while it is closed on Mondays. Admission to the permanent collections is free.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center

For dinner we advise you to stop at the HANS IM GLÜCK Burgergrill & Bar, a modern restaurant, very particular and characteristic inside, where you can eat excellent burgers with fresh products. Many different proposals and variations with about € 15,00 per person.

After dinner, you have the whole evening ahead of you. The city center is full of clubs that stay open late and has a really lively nightlife, you certainly won't get bored. Between pubs and the trendiest clubs, there is really plenty of choice.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 23 min
  • Places visited: Westenhellweg (free), Alter Markt (free), St. Reinoldi church (free), Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (free)
  • breakfast at Cafe Bernstein (Get Directions); lunch at Wenkers am Markt (Get Directions); dinner at HANS IM GLÜCK Burgergrill & Bar (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Westfalenpark, Florianturm

On the last day you will discover the industrial tradition of the city and how, thanks to a great urban and environmental requalification work, has become a green city.

The first stop of the day is the Westfalenpark, a huge park in the south of the city which constitutes the largest green area. To reach it, you can take the U45 or U49 metro from the Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop and get off at the Westfalenpark U stop. The cost of the ticket is € 2,80.
Once you arrive at the park, have breakfast in one of the many cafes completely surrounded by greenery, such as Cafe Durchblick. The park extends for 500.000 square meters, inside you will also find a huge rose garden, with over 3.000 types of roses, also used as a venue for many concerts and events, such as the Juicy Beats or the Festival of Lights. Admission costs just € 3,50 and is open every day from 9:00 to 23:00.

Inside the park there is also the Florianturm, the 220-meter television tower, one of the symbols of the city, from which you can enjoy an incredible 360 ​​° view over Dortmund. It is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 14:00 to 18:00, on Fridays from 12:00 to 18:00, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12:00 to 20:00. Admission costs € 2,50.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Phoenix Lake

For lunch, we recommend stopping at the Spaten Garten, inside the Westfalenpark. You will find excellent beer, good food and an excellent quality / price ratio, you will spend around € 15,00 per person.

Head to Phoenix Lake. Almost 5 kilometers away from the Westfalenpark, you can take bus number 453 or 456 or metro U41 to reach it. The cost of the ticket is always € 2,80 per trip.
Lake Phoenix, in German Phoenix See, is located in the district of Hörde, which since 1929 has become a full part of the city.

But what makes this lake so unique is that it is one of the best examples of redevelopment of a former industrial area: this in fact, is located above the area that was once occupied by the steel plants of Thyssen. 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. They are also organized numerous tours to discover every corner of the lake.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Phoenix Lake

For dinner, we recommend staying on Phoenix Lake, which in the evening gives life to a beautiful show of reflections on the water, thanks to the lights of the streets and houses. There are so many places that directly overlook the lake and will allow you to dine with a truly suggestive view. We recommend the Pfefferkorn NY Steakhouse, a restaurant open until 22:00 where you can taste excellent meat dishes. On average, you will spend between € 20,00 and € 25,00 per person.

After dinner, we advise you to enjoy a nice walk around the lake and maybe, temperatures permitting, to stop for an ice cream in the many ice cream parlors present. Then, to return to the center, just take the U41 metro from the DO-Hörde Bf stop and, after 17 minutes, get off at the Dortmund Hauptbahnhof stop.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,4 km / 1 h 7 min
  • Places visited: Westfalenpark (€ 3,50), Florianturm (€ 2,50), Phoenix Lake (free)
  • Dortmund Green Segway Tour of Phoenix Lake Segway Tour
  • breakfast at Cafe Durchblick (Get Directions); lunch at Spaten Garten (Get directions); dinner at Pfefferkorn NY Steakhouse (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Dortmund cost

Dortmund, like most German cities, has an average living cost similar to that of Italy, if not slightly higher. The part that will affect your budget the most will be the food: on average in a restaurant you rarely spend less than € 20,00 per person.
Even the means of transport are not cheap, as a single ticket costs € 2,80, so you should organize your travels well and consider whether to buy the day pass or the 48-hour pass. Let's see together how much does a weekend in Dortmund cost based on the itinerary we have proposed:

  • Costs to eat: about € 40,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 35,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 30,00 per person for the whole weekend
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 50,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 20,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Dortmund: from € 360,00 per person (flights and transfers excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Dortmund: the best month is September, the temperature is between 12 ° and 20 ° and the rainfall is less than the rest of the year. The best season is summer while winter is the worst, with low temperatures and 15 to 20 rainy days - more on when to go to Dortmund
  • the airport is located 13 kilometers east of the city. To reach the center you can take the shuttle bus, € 9,00 each way, which in 25 minutes goes to the bus and train station, or the taxi (about 15 minutes, € 30,00)
  • the best area is the old town, even better near the Dortmund Hauptbahnhof. So you will be close to all the attractions of the center, and from the station you can easily reach other attractions
  • Getting around: the historic center can be explored on foot; to reach more distant attractions there is an efficient transport network, which includes metro and buses. For both, the single ticket costs € 2,80, the 4-journey booklet € 10,50, the daily pass € 7,10 and the 48-hour pass € 13,50 - more info on how to get around Dortmund

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