Visiting Dortmund - What to See and Do
(Dortmund Airport DTM, Germany)
Despite the fact that Dortmund was a large coal mining and steel-producing town, it is one of Germany's greenest modern cities. Nowadays, the mines have been closed for quite some time and steel factories no longer chime their characteristic rhythms. However, beer manufacturing is still as strong as ever, and locals couldn't be prouder.
A history of trade led to Dortmund's development prior to the industrial revolution. Shopping is still an important attraction within the city today, especially around the central district's Shopping Mile. For sightseeing, begin at the former city wall ringroad, then travel on foot to uncover breathtaking masterpieces of pre- and post-war architecture.
To experience one of the greatest sights in the city, visitors can join up to 67,000 other spectators at a Borussia Dortmund football match. Alternatively, laze about in the wide choice of parks, sample the finest brews in the city, or dance away the night-time chills in a trendy techno club. Finding something to do in the city is never an issue.
Ten things you must do in Dortmund
- Dortmund is blessed with dozens of medieval structures, but none quite match the beauty of St. Reinoldi Church. Despite being severely damaged during the Second World War, this church was rebuilt in Romanesque style. Exploring the grounds and interior of the building are recommended. The church is famous for its big bells - six steel bells to be exact.
- The Museum Ostwall is extremely easy to find, as it rests within the Dortmund U-Tower - this is the building with a big U on it! Boasting a plethora of modern pieces of art from around Germany and Europe, this contemporary art museum will dazzle art lovers. Sculptures, paintings and sketches make up most of the art work population here.
- The most recognisable landmark in the city is the Florian TV Tower (Florianturm). Jutting more than 200 metres / 656 feet into the sky, the tower is the perfect spot to sightsee all that this beautiful city has to offer. If tourists are feeling peckish, then there is a revolving restaurant resting below the double-decker observation deck.
- Encompassing the Florian TV Tower is the city's most remarkable inner-city green space, Westfalen Park. Whether tourists visit for a concert or just to get some weekend recreation under the belt, the 'lungs of downtown Dortmund' will not disappoint. The Rose Garden located inside the park is first-class, attracting couples as a romantic relaxation spot.
- Dortmund was built on the back of industrialisation and beer production. Since the former no longer applies, the city's beer industry is the most significant historical feature of the city. Therefore, spending a few hours in the Brewery Museum is a must. Tourists don't have to be beer lovers to enjoy the tour, although there are frequent beer tasting stops throughout the brewery.
- If tourists are after excitement, suspense and exhilaration, then head to Westfalen Stadium (Westfalenstadion), which is otherwise known as Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund's Bundesliga team plays from here, and the city absolutely loves them! Get in on the action by joining up to 80,000 spectators for a game of invigorating Bundesliga football.
- Embrace the vibrant culture of the city along the Westenhellweg, the premier pedestrian lane in the city. A range of shopping options and restaurants can be found along the street. Alternatively, rest at one of the many cafés, enjoy a coffee and people-watch the locals going about their day. This is a perfect spot to rejuvenate those tired, tourist legs.
- If visitors experience Dortmund in the holiday season, they are in luck. The Christmas Market is home to the world's largest illuminated Christmas tree, in addition to some 300 stalls offering a world of candy, souvenirs, gift ideas and more. This market is found in the heart of the impressive Old Town district.
- Dortmund is entrenched in industrial history, standing as one of the most important cities during the height of the European industrial revolution. Visitors can explore a themed museum to find out more about the city's role in this era of local history. Known as the Westphalian Industrial Museum Zollern Colliery, it depicts a major point along the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
- Romberg Park is the ideal spot for a half-day adventure in Dortmund. The park contains a long list of attractions, including an arboretum, botanical garden, several greenhouses and various stone monuments. It almost feels like a taste of England here in north-western Germany. The park is open daily, giving tourists plenty of time to experience it.