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Dortmund
Travel Guide

Dortmund

Known as Westphalia’s green metropolis, this thriving city in western Germany is similarly renowned for its fine breweries and fashionable soccer club.

Located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Dortmund is one of the largest cities in the region, one of the oldest cities in the west of the country and one of the best known, and best loved, cities in Germany.

When you arrive in Dortmund, your eye is immediately drawn to the towers that line the cityscape with particular attention to one. The Florian Tower is the city’s famous TV and telecommunications tower, built in 1959 and reaching a height of 720 feet (220 meters), once the highest freestanding structure in the country.

Other skyline highlights include the towers of Reinoldikirche, Marienkirche and Petrikirche, gems of medieval architecture which hark back to the city’s heritage. Head to Marienkirche to see a one-time Protestant church, originally constructed in the 1100s, but rebuilt after the Second World War. Or opt for Petrikirche to take in a famous carved altar, the “Golden Miracle of Dortmund,” almost 600 years old and depicting 36 Easter scenes using 633 gilt carved oak figures.

While you're in Dortmund, don't forget the cultural scene. Get dressed up to enjoy popular social spots such as the Konzerthaus and the Opernhaus Dortmund. The latter was built in 1966 on the site of an old synagogue, destroyed by the Nazis in the 1930s, and now hosts a range of performances. You can also head out during the day to experience Dortmund's impressive museums and art galleries.

Despite the city’s history as an industrial center, with extensive coal and steel milling conducted within the city limits for a century, Dortmund is regarded today as a green haven, described by some as Westphalia’s “green metropolis.” Nearly half of the area that makes up Dortmund’s territory is made up of waterways, woodland, farmland and other green spaces—so make sure you go for a stroll.

Spacious parks around the city such as Westfalenpark and the Rombergpark are well worth a visit. Head to Westfalenpark to enjoy Rosarium, a rose garden boasting more than 3,000 species, or travel to Mergelteichstrasse to visit Zoo Dortmund.

It's this impressive blend of lush greenery and high culture that makes Dortmund such a captivating city.

Where to stay in Dortmund

Hotel Excelsior
Hotel Excelsior
4 out of 5
Lange Straße 1, Dortmund, NW
The price is ¥5,154 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Located in Innenstadt-West, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Westenhellweg Street, Signal Iduna Park, and Westfalenhallen. Westfalenpark Dortmund is 2.1 mi ...
4.2/5Very Good! (59 reviews)
Inexpensive but decent
"Convenient location just minutes away from the station, rooms are clean but those looking out on the street are bit noisy. Overall good value for your money."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Hotel Excelsior
a&o Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
a&o Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
2 out of 5
Königswall 2, Dortmund, NW
The price is ¥5,278 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Located in City-Ost, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Orchestra Center NRW and within 3 mi (5 km) of Signal Iduna Park and Westfalenhallen. Westfalenpark ...
3.7/5Good! (353 reviews)
not bad, affordable
"It's ok for the price, not far from the train station"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

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Dorint An den Westfalenhallen Dortmund
Dorint An den Westfalenhallen Dortmund
4.5 out of 5
Lindemannstr. 88, Dortmund, NW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,762 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Innenstadt-West, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westfalenhallen and Signal Iduna Park. Westfalenpark Dortmund is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...
4.4/5Excellent! (232 reviews)
"Very comfortable and clean. Needed extra blanket and heater, was immediately provided."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Dorint An den Westfalenhallen Dortmund
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa Vera
Villa Vera
4 out of 5
Kaiserstr. 151, Wetter (Ruhr), NW
The price is ¥12,607 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Located in Alt-Wetter, this villa is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Bachviertel and within 6 mi (10 km) of FernUniversität in Hagen and Theater Hagen. Elbershallen and ...
4/5Very Good! (8 reviews)
Celebrate an anniversary
"Stayed at this hotel at the end of an anniversary celebration in Europe. Very helpful staff, who accommodated our late check-in. Convenient and quite location outside of Dortmund. Modern bath with hot tub!"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2017

Villa Vera
Paradies in Dortmund
Paradies in Dortmund
3.5 out of 5
Pässchen 5, Dortmund
The price is ¥7,983 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Hombruch, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of DASA Working World Exhibition, Signal Iduna Park, and Westfalenhallen. Westfalenpark Dortmund ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"Für einen kurzen Aufenthalt ist es gut. Internet funktionierte nur in einer Ecke des Schlafzimmer sonst kein Handy Empfang da die Unterkunft Souterain ist. Klappe des Mülleimers verschmutzt. Der Empfang lief reibungslos und sehr nett."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Paradies in Dortmund
Ferienwohnungen Paris London New York
Ferienwohnungen Paris London New York
3 out of 5
Im Schellenkai 5, Dortmund, NRW
Located in Scharnhorst, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Schwansbell Castle, Luenen City Museum, and St George Church. St Marien Church and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
It was a pleasant stay
"It is worth returning. Cozy and nice!"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

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Reviews of Dortmund

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Aug 23, 2019

Most people were surprised that we were even there ! The funniest thing was being asked “ Why Dortmund “? We spent two weeks following my sons soccer team, every club was amazingly nice to us. The people are very nice

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2019

I am from DO. Some nice areas of you know where to go. Other zones are a bit dull.

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