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DortmundGermany

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

Rombergpark Botanical Garden

Phoenix-West

Even though there aren't top sights in Phoenix-West, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Westfalenpark Dortmund. Jump on the metro at Rombergpark U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Phoenix-West

Top Hotels in Dortmund

Hotel Unique Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
Hotel Unique Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
4 out of 5
Hoher Wall 38, Dortmund, NW
The price is CA $90 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in the heart of Dortmund, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Westenhellweg Street, Signal Iduna Park and Westfalenhallen. Westfalenpark Dortmund ...

3.9/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
This is a 3 star hotel

"Nice hotel but doesn't live up to the expectations of a four star hotel. In a four star hotel I expect the following: - Good wifi - Fridge/minibar in room - Extra pillows - Coffee/tee in room This hotel has none of that or at least not in our room."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2020

Hotel Unique Dortmund Hauptbahnhof
Hotel Excelsior
Hotel Excelsior
4 out of 5
Lange Straße 1, Dortmund, NW
The price is CA $78 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Located in the heart of Dortmund, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Westenhellweg Street, Signal Iduna Park and Westfalenhallen. Westfalenpark Dortmund ...

3.9/5Very Good! (776 reviews)

"Great location 10 minutes from station would definitely use again"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

Hotel Excelsior
Hampton by Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See
Hampton by Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See
Fassstrasse 3, Dortmund, DE
The price is CA $124 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Situated in Dortmund, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Westfalenpark Dortmund, Signal Iduna Park and Westfalenhallen. German Cookbook Museum and Florian ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (270 reviews)

"Nice location near lake. No restaurant at hotel but several nearby."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2020

Hampton by Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See
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.

Vacation Rentals in Dortmund

Limehome Dortmund Südwall
Limehome Dortmund Südwall
3.5 out of 5
Südwall 17, Dortmund
The price is CA $70 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Dortmund, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dortmund Opera House and Westfalenhallen. Signal Iduna Park and Westfalenpark Dortmund ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)

"Modern apartment-like space that’s close to the city center, but far away enough from the hustle and bustle. The door opening situation can be a little weird, but it’s pretty secure. Feels like a home away from home. I recommend it, especially if you’re in town to catch a Dortmund game. Close to ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2020

Limehome Dortmund Südwall
Paradies in Dortmund
Paradies in Dortmund
3.5 out of 5
Pässchen 5, Dortmund
The price is CA $87 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in the suburbs, this holiday home is within 3 miles (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
Do Aparts
Do Aparts
4 out of 5
The price is CA $133 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Located in Nordmarkt-West, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Steinwache Memorial and Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Signal Iduna Park and ...

3.2/5 (23 reviews)

"Nice Apartments for groups and families! The apartment is very in the city center."…"

Reviewed on May 19, 2019

Do Aparts
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.

Popular places to visit in Dortmund

Thier-Galerie
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Thier-Galerie

Spend hours shopping in stylish boutiques and snacking in numerous food outlets at one of central Dortmund’s sleekest and most popular shopping malls. 

DASA Working World Exhibition
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DASA Working World Exhibition

Learn about the history and future of labor around the world with multimedia exhibits and hands-on activities in this technical museum for visitors of all ages.

Rombergpark Botanical Garden
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Rombergpark Botanical Garden

Stroll through the arboretum and manicured gardens of one of Europe’s largest botanical parks to see grand old trees, rare plants and tropical flora.

Top things to do in Dortmund

Düsseldorf : Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight
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Düsseldorf : Your 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight

CA $256
Per adult
The transporter
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The transporter

CA $30
Per adult
Skip the Line: German Football Museum in Dortmund Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: German Football Museum in Dortmund Admission Ticket

CA $24
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The Instagrammable Spots of Münster with a Local
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The Instagrammable Spots of Münster with a Local

CA $52
Per adult
Superior Private Transfer from Dortmund City to Cologen City
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Superior Private Transfer from Dortmund City to Cologen City

CA $82
Per adult
Surprise Walk of Münster with a Local
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Surprise Walk of Münster with a Local

CA $52
Per adult

Reviews of Dortmund

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 4, 2019

It is a mid-size German city in a former industrial area. It is much nicer than I expected but it is sort of sterile.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jul 25, 2019

Very quiet city where everything closes at 8 and you barely see people on the streets after that specially during the week days

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

May 27, 2019

I did an internship here in 1994. The city centre looks worse than I remember it.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 17, 2019

It was my first time in Dortmund and I have never been here before, I specifically went there because my friend lived there but I wish I would’ve made more time to see the sights of this place there seems to be a good energy there :)

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