Dortmund

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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

ibis Dortmund West
ibis Dortmund West
3 out of 5
Sorbenweg 2, Dortmund, NW
The price is CA $53 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Lütgendortmund, this eco-friendly hotel is 2 mi (3.1 km) from DASA Working World Exhibition and within 6 mi (10 km) of Signal Iduna Park and Westfalenhallen. ...
3.7/5 Good! (272 reviews)
"I liked everything"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2021

ibis Dortmund West
Leonardo Hotel Dortmund
Leonardo Hotel Dortmund
4 out of 5
Am Burgwall 13, Dortmund
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $71 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Innenstadt-West, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Orchestra Center NRW, Thier-Galerie, and Westfalenhallen. Signal Iduna Park is 2 mi (3.3 km) ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (49 reviews)
"This an amazing hotel with perfect location"

Reviewed on Dec. 20, 2021

Leonardo Hotel Dortmund
Hotel Excelsior
Hotel Excelsior
4 out of 5
Lange Straße 1, Dortmund, NW
The price is CA $55 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Located in Innenstadt-West, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Westenhellweg Street, Thier-Galerie, and Westfalenhallen. Signal Iduna Park is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff, if hotel could provide fridge,and a tea kettle that would make customers more happy, I would recommend this hotel for value for the money,reasonable price good comfort"

Reviewed on Aug. 5, 2021

Hotel Excelsior
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Limehome Dortmund Südwall
Limehome Dortmund Südwall
3.5 out of 5
Südwall 17, Dortmund
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Innenstadt-West, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dortmund Opera House and Westfalenhallen. Thier-Galerie and Signal Iduna Park are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (27 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
Located in Hombruch, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of DASA Working World Exhibition, Signal Iduna Park, and Westfalenhallen. Helmut-Koernig-Halle ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (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
Wohnung nahe Phönixsee
Wohnung nahe Phönixsee
3 out of 5
Lenninghausstraße 3, Dortmund, NRW
The price is CA $484 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Aplerbeck, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Westfalenpark Dortmund, German Cookbook Museum, and Florian Tower. Thier-Galerie and Westfalenhallen ...
3.5/5 Good! (2 reviews)
"Alles in Ordnung. Sehr sauber, gut eingerichtet. Wir waren zufrieden."

Reviewed on Nov. 8, 2019

Wohnung nahe Phönixsee
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