Top 10 Best Things to Do in Dortmund, Germany

What is Dortmund Germany known for?

Haus Dellwig by Raenmaen via Wikipedia cc

Bucket List: Top 10 Best things to see and do in Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund is a historically industrial town and the largest town in Westphalia. It is also famous for the Borussia Dortmund football team, attracting tourists for its dedicated football facilities. Also, there are many best things to do in Dortmund, Germany, from visiting industrial sites turned to museums and beautiful parks.

So to add to your to-do list, here are the 10 best things to do in Dortmund, Germany.

Altes Stadthaus

Altes Dortmunder Stadthaus by IgnisFatuus via Wikimedia cc
Altes Dortmunder Stadthaus By Lucas Kaufmannderivative work:, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

The Old Town of Dortmund features one of the finest models of Neo-Renaissance architecture, the Altes Stadthaus. Constructed in 1899 by the German architect and famous master builder Friedrich Kullrich, today Altes Stadthaus has become a famous landmark representing Dortmund City. It features an eagle emblem at the peak of the gable and consists of old and new red sandstone on the façade, making it stand out in the town.

German Football Museum

German Football Museum by Lucas Kaufmann via Wikipedia cc
German Football Museum By Lucas Kaufmann – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Another outstanding piece of architecture, the German Football Museum or DFB-Museum, is one of the most extraordinary museums recommended for soccer fans. Established on Oct 23, 2015, DFB-Museum is a dedicated national museum for football in Germany. Apart from its great architectural façade, the facility features German football history and innovative exhibitions using 3D films.

St Reinold’s Church

St. Reinold's Church, Dortmund by Lucas Kaufmann via Wikipedia cc
St. Reinold’s Church, Dortmund By Lucas Kaufmann – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 de, cc

Built back in the Ottonian era from 1250 to 1270, the St. Reinold’s Church is considered one of the oldest Lutheran protestant churches in Dortmund, Germany. The structure is located at the heart of the city on a peaceful plaza, featuring late Romanesque style with a Gothic choir.

Westfalenpark

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Westfalenpark Sonnensegel By Itti – selbst fotografiert von Itti, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

One of the best parks and recommended tourist spots for excursions in Dortmund, the Westfalenpark is one of the largest public parks in Europe, measuring 170 acres. The park features a German Rosarium with over 3,000 various kinds of roses and hosts several events and concerts. During the winter season, it turns into a wonderland ideal for family gatherings.

LWL Industrial Museum Zollern

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LWL Industrial Museum Zollern Machine Hall By Arnoldius – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Situated in the northwestern suburb of Bövinghausen in Dortmund, the LWL Industrial Museum Zollern is known as the “Mansion of Labour,” serving as testimonies of industrial history in Germany. The huge complex is a beautiful piece of industrial architecture, featuring high-quality exhibitions of a mining facility and an ideal place for learning.

Hohensyburg

Ruin of Hohensyburg castle, on the site of the Sigiburg by Erich Ferdinand via Wikipedia cc
Ruin of Hohensyburg castle, on the Sigiburg By Erich Ferdinand, CC BY 2.0, cc.

Hohensyburg Castle is a ruin of a Saxon Hillfort located near the River Ruhr and merges the River Lenne. According to archeologists, the site was inhabited as early as the Neolithic time. The historical landmark was built by Westphalian Saxons, featuring a picturesque view of nature, and an ideal place for walking and relaxing.

Dortmund U

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The U-Tower or Dortmunder U By Dankersen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

The Dortmund U was a significant building in town; the Dortmund U was a former brewery and the first high-rise structure ever built in Dortmund, Germany. Today, the building caters to arts and creativity, featuring 20th and 21st century 21st-century housed in the Museum Ostwall. In addition, it serves as a research and study center for the public, focusing on art, media, and modern-day culture.

Haus Dellwig

Haus Dellwig by Raenmaen via Wikipedia cc
Haus Dellwig Von Raenmaen – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

Wasserschloss Haus Dellwig is a must visit attraction located at Lütgendortmund district. The moated castle served as an ancestral home for the Dellwig family until 1727 and was pre-owned by noble families. It features a manor house and bailey and one of the massive and significant structures in town. At present, the castle hosts various exhibitions about Dortmund’s history.

Dortmund Zoo

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Dortmund Zoo By Mathias Bigge – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

If you’re traveling in town with family, especially kids, the Dortmund Zoo is the perfect place to go. The facility is a zoological garden that opened its door in 1953, specializing in caring for and reproducing South American species such as Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, Meerkat, Red Panda, and Tamandua.

Florianturm

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Florianturm By Riessdo from Dortmund-Husen – Florianturm, CC BY 2.0, cc

To see Dortmund in panoramic view, head to the town’s landmark and telecommunications tower, the Floriantum. The TV tower was constructed in 1959 and was the first tallest freestanding structure back then in Germany. Florianturm is located near Westfalenpark, featuring an observation deck 720 feet high.

References

  • Dearsley, (2020), 12 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Dortmund, Planetware
  • 25 Best Things to Do in Dortmund (Germany), The Crazy Tourist

Our Top Hotel Picks for Dortmund

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Dortmund – Located in a residential area known for Westfalenpark’s mondo Mio! Museum & TV tower, plus Kaiserbrunnen shops. The hotel is also 2 km from Botanischer Garten Rombergpark and 4 km from the German Football Museum.
  • Limehome Dortmund Sudwall – Located in a busy area known for shopping malls & restaurants, the Concert Hall & the German Football Museum.

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