What to see in Dortmund in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Dortmund is a German city located in northern Germany, the most important in the Ruhr region. It is famous, both in the country and abroad, for its industrial tradition, beers and its football team, Borussia Dortmund. It is a modern and avant-garde city, full of life and surrounded by greenery.

There are so many things to do and see, between sports, nature, museums and historic squares, but if you only have one day to visit the city, here are some tips and on what to see in Dortmund in one day.


  1. Dortmund day itinerary: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Dortmund: Afternoon
  3. Dortmund day itinerary: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

Dortmund day itinerary: Morning

1 - First stage: St. Reinoldi Church

Start this day in beautiful Dortmund. The time available is short and in this itinerary we want to recommend the most characteristic places, which will make you understand the essence of this city in a single day. Before starting the tour, enjoy a good one breakfast with a hot coffee or tea and a freshly baked brioche at the BackWerk, a baker that opens from 6:30 am during the week and is right next to the first attraction of the day, the Church of St. Reinoldi.

La St. Reinoldi Church is a Lutheran Protestant church and is the oldest church in all of Dortmund. It is dedicated to Reinold, the patron saint of the city. 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, important works of art are preserved, such as the wooden statue of the patron Reinold, located on the north side of the choir entrance. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 13:00 to 18:00, admission is free.

2 - Second Stage: Deutsches Fußballmuseum

The second stop of the morning is the Deutsches Fußballmuseum, the German football museum. Football is a real institution in Dortmund, thanks in part to the popularity of Borussia Dortmund, one of the strongest teams in Germany. Leaving the station and proceeding towards the center, near the football museum, you can see a mural that says "Willkommen in der Fussball Hauptstadt!" "Welcome to the capital of football!". For this reason, we really recommend a visit to this interactive museum, which traces the history of German football and its contribution to this sport, the most followed in the world.

The museum is located right outside the Dortmund Hauptbahnhof, the central train station, and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays. The entrance ticket costs € 17,00, the reduced one € 14,00, while children under 6 years enter for free. If you buy the ticket online, however, you will pay the full one € 15,00 and the reduced one € 12,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 13 min
  • Places visited: St. Reinoldi Church, Deutsches Fußballmuseum
  • Dortmund: German Football Museum
  • Where to have breakfast: BackWerk, in Friedhof 1, Dortmund - Get directions

One day itinerary in Dortmund: Afternoon

1 - First stage: Westfalenpark

Once your visit to the Deutsches Fußballmuseum is over, head to the Westfalenpark. Reaching it is very easy: from Dortmund Hauptbanhof station take the U45 or U49 metro and get off at Westfalenpark U stop, travel time 16 minutes. The single ticket costs only € 1,75.

Il Westfalenpark is a huge park in the south of the city and co-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 full of cafes and restaurants and we advise you to stop by lunch at Spaten Garden, a brewery located right inside the park. Here you can taste typical German cuisine accompanied by a good beer. As for prices, an average of € 15,00 per person is spent.

And once you've finished your lunch and recharged your energy, you can start exploring this beautiful park. Here you will 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 areas equipped to bring animals and playgrounds for children, large tree-lined avenues perfect for jogging even on the hottest days.

2 - Second Stage: Florianturm or Signal Iduna Park

Once the tour of this immense park is over, we advise you to get on the Florianturm, the TV tower of Dortmund, 220 meters high, one of the symbols of the city. Here visitors have access to a viewing platform which offers aincredible 360 ​​° view over the whole city. Having only one day to dedicate to Dortmund, this is definitely a great solution to be able to have a general look and to enjoy a magnificent view.
The cost is very low: only € 2,50, free for children under 6. Florianturm is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 14pm to 00pm, Fridays from 18pm to 00pm, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12pm to 00pm, closed on Mondays and on Tuesdays.

Alternative proposal: if you are a great football lover, instead of climbing the Florianturm we recommend you visit the SIgnal Iduna Park, the stadium of Borussia Dortmund. The stadium can only be visited with one of the tours that are organized: you will find the BVB-Tour Adrenalin Booster lasting two hours, the BVB-Tour express lasting one hour and also private tours. The advice is to book already online. During the tours you will 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". For costs, timetables and reservations you can rely on the official website: https://event.bvb.de/eng

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,8 km / 1 h 1 min
  • Places visited: Westfalenpark, Florianturm / Signal Iduna Park
  • Football tour in Dortmund
  • Where to have lunch: Spaten Garten, inside the Westfalenpark, at Buschmühle 100, Dortmund - Get directions

Dortmund day itinerary: Evening

1 - First Stop: Dinner, Alter Markt and historic center

Whether you have opted for the Florianturm or for a visit to Signal Iduna Park, to return to the historic center you just need to take the U45 or U49 metro from the Westfalenpark U stop, the one where you got off to reach the park, and get off at the Dortmund Hauptbanhof stop.
From here, head towards the historic center andold market, the central square which is 750 meters from the central train station. Here we advise you to stop at price at the Zum Alten Markt, a restaurant with typical German cuisine. On the menu you will find different traditional dishes and you can taste the excellent beers produced by the restaurant itself. As for prices, you will spend on average € 20,00 per person.

Once dinner is over, we recommend that you enjoy one walk through the historic center, starting fromold market, the heart of the center. In December the square, and the whole city, become the setting of one of the most beautiful markets in all of Germany, with stalls of chocolate, hot drinks, handicrafts and Christmas decorations.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 26 min
  • Places visited: Alter Markt and old town
  • Where to dine: Zum Alten Markt, in Markt 3, Dortmund - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to go: from a climatic point of view, the best period is from April to October, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall low; in December, however, the atmosphere is particularly suggestive thanks to the presence of one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in all of Germany
  • Getting around: the center is not very extensive and is easy to get around on foot, to reach the most distant points there are both the train and the U-Bahn, or the metro
  • Clothing: the weather changes quickly, as do the temperatures. The best thing is to dress in layers and always have a small umbrella and a sweatshirt with you
  • Online booking: If possible, plan ahead and buy attraction tickets online, as you will go to save, as in the case of the German Football Museum, or you will be sure to have a seat on the tour, as in the case of the Signal Stadium tours Iduna Park

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Phoenix Lake
  2. Westenhellweg
  3. Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte
  4. Binarium

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