Dortmund Travel Guide

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Dortmund Things to Do

  • Provost Church

    This is the only Roman Catholic Church in the city, built as a small Dominican monastery in the 14th-15th century, but enlarged later on. After the WWII bombing, it was reconstructed in the 1950s. A lot of art treasures have survived and can be admired in the church, including altarpieces and statues.Opening times: Mon: 10 am - 7 pmTue, Thu, Fri: 9...

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  • St Peter's Church

    The original Protestant church was built at the beginning of the 14th century, but was rebuilt twice due to its destruction, in the 18th and 20th centuries. The church is famous for its Flemish carved altar consisting of 633 oak figures, showing 30 Easter scenes. The altar's been protected by a glass wall since 2008.Opening hours: 11-17...

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  • St Reinold's Church

    Built around 1250, this Lutheran Protestant Church is 1 of the oldest churches in Dortmund. It's dedicated to the city's patron saint, Reinold. The 112m-tall tower, also known as the Miracle of Westphalia, was completed in the 1450s. Unfortunately, it was damaged in WWII and had to be reconstructed. Today's tower is 104m high and can be visited....

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  • St Mary's Church

    Built in the 12th century, this Protestant church is the oldest one in Dortmund. The altar is from the 15th century. The church was rebuilt after WWII.Opening hours: 10am-noon & 2-4pm Tuesday-Friday, to 1pm Saturday

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  • Westphalian School Museum

    This museum houses 1 of the largest collections of school furniture and things which can take you back in time, even to the 16th century. Opening times: Tue-Sun 10-17, closed during the summer holidays, Christmas and New YearAdmission fee!

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  • The new city hall

    This not very impressive modern building is in fact the new town hall. It's a place where the parliament meets and where the mayor's offices are. Different exhibitions are also organised on the ground floor.

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Dortmund Restaurants

  • Alex!

    Thank god we asked the girl in the hostel where to eat. It was a Sunday so everywherre was closed and we had hours to kill, it was wet and damn cold and she recommended Alex.It was packed and no wonder, they had an all you can eat buffet for 11.90 euros.We stayed in there for 3 hours and after 7 platefuls were stuffed and satisfied to head to the...

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  • Linus Café Restaurant

    One Saturday in April 2013 we had a late lunch in this restaurant which we discovered by chance as it is tucked away in a courtyard at the back of the Propstei church.The café, restaurant, lounge is quite big and the tables are well distributed. Service was friendly. The restaurant is known for its food and a fair few tables were already reserved...

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  • Panoramic drink

    Obviously this is not the best restaurant in Dortmund, nor the cheaper, but it's different. You may sit and have your drink or meal, while the city is passing before you, in a constant and gentle rotation.

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  • Cotton's Café

    We came here in November 2008 to take a break from shopping. Even at that time of the year there was still outdoor seating with heating elements, but we prefered to sit inside. I revisited this café in October 2012. The large outdoor seating on a no traffic square had some blankets.I had an Earl Grey tea and an apple strudel with ice cream and...

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  • Excellent Traditional German Fare

    We wanted traditional German fare and were not disappointed. We had the Schweineledchen "Markipfanne", which was the house special pork loin with sausage and potatoes, and the Mrs had the rather tasty Spargel, local fresh white asparagus. All this was washed don with a tasty Pilsner and came to around €35.

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  • Excellent Beer & Schnitzel

    This is another fine establishment that you will find in Am Markt. The Pfefferkorn restaurant is part of the bar and so as we were getting hungry, we decided to eat as well.We hadn't had a Schnitzel on our visit yet and so it was time that was addressed.Friendly staff, excellent beer and tasty Schnitzel. We obviously started with two Brinkhoff'x...

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Dortmund Nightlife

  • For a summer night

    Beer, football, beer.What else in Dortmund, besides work?Well I had the luck of a pleasant night in the park, with a musical show in the beautiful stage by the lake. It's very interesting, watching the performance and feeling the touch of nature all around you. I don't know where to find the scheduling of the performances, and, if it is available...

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  • Watch a movie

    Behind the railway station in Dortmund you will find the Cine Star film palace which houses several cinema halls. The draw back is that all the film are dubbed into German. Still I watched the last two James Bonds there.

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  • Nighttime

    Sweet Jesus, if your thinking of going to Dortmund for a lads w/e think again, apart from watching some prety entertaining football this w/e (2-4 to Wolfsberg), we really struggled to find anything to do. We had a great w/e but there are far better cities in Germany to go than Dortmund, give it a wide berth. Godspeed

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Dortmund Transportation

  • Easy access!

    The so-called Stadtbahn Dortmund network, opened in 1984, consists of 8 lines, 4 of which pass through the main station (U41, U45, U47 and U49).

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  • From the airport

    Take the Bus 440 to Aplerbeck and then the U47 to Dortmund Hbf. It's only 2,50 euros compared to 7,50 euros by the Airport Express Bus (in July 2014).

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  • Dortmund Main Station

    I arrived in Dortmund on an InterCityExpress (ICE) train from Hannover, which took one hour and thirty-eight minutes. I left two days later, also on an ICE train, this time bound for Frankfurt am Main.Both of these trains were more or less on time, which unfortunately is no longer the norm for German trains.Overseas visitors to Germany are often...

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Dortmund Shopping

  • Karstadt sports

    This is my favourite shop in Dortmund. A whole building full of sports clothings and other sport items. Often a bargain is to be found here.On the ground floor there is a big screen where they show football games. Well, I only ever visited the shop on Saturdays so I don't know about the other days.

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  • Looong shopping street

    Dortmund has a long pedestriansed shopping street, the Westenhellweg. Here you can buy all you want. In December you find a huge Christmas tree and a Christmas market around this area too.

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Dortmund Local Customs

  • Garten

    I don't know if it is common elsewhere, but not in Portugal. Th local municipality owes some terrains outside town, that rents in very small fractions to agricultural... amusement. My sister-in-law had one, and her husband's pleasure showing each growing been or carrot was remarkable. The small properties are prepared ( by the renters) for a day...

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  • Protest in Dortmund

    I happened to be in Dortmund on a day when demonstrations were being held in cities all over the world to protest the power of the banks and financial markets over peoples and governments.Despite high levels of poverty and unemployment, Dortmund is not (yet) particularly known as a hotbed of protest, nor is Dortmund much of a banking center....

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  • Big Santa Welcomes Visitors

    During Christmas market season, visitors to Dortmund will be greeted by Santa Claus. This tall figure (hard to estimate from my photos but 3 m at least) is standing on top of the stairs opposite the central station, on the way into the city centre. The sign in his hand announces the Christmas market.The steeple in the background, by the way,...

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Dortmund Tourist Traps

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    by rainerbuse Written Feb 14, 2003

    The Adlerturm - part of the medieval town wall, rebuilt the way it was centuries ago.
    Except that nobody knows what it did look like originally. The foundations are there in the ground and they ARE genuine, but all the rest was built from two medieval drawings that are both less than an inch big and don't even agree on details, like number of windows etc.
    The whole thing is about as genuine as Cinderella's castle in Disneyworld.

    Unique Suggestions: keep your eyes closed.

    Fun Alternatives: try one of Dortmund's churches. They at least are genuine. My tip is the Marienkirch right in the city centre.

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Dortmund Off The Beaten Path

  • Mohne Lake

    Not far from town, a pleasant place away from the concrete and the busy streets, this dam creates a lake very attractive to water sports or just only a picnic.

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  • Mine head tower

    From the U-Tower near the main station I started cycling straight north and soon came to the Fredenbaumpark and the Natural History Museum.Behind the Natural History Museum they have set up an old Mine Head Tower, moved from somewhere else entirely, as the beginning of an outdoor exhibit on the history of mining in this area.This tower was served...

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  • Bicycle routes in Dortmund

    For anyone staying more than a day or two in Dortmund, I think it would be very worthwhile to invest in a proper cycling map or at least buy or print out some of the tourist office publications showing bicycle routes to points of interest in various districts of Dortmund.Since I had only one day I just rode around more or less at random through the...

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Dortmund Sports & Outdoors

  • Borussia Dortmund - PSV 1-1

    Goal where scored by Jan Koller in the 10th minute and the equalizer by Arnold Bruggink in the 47th minute.

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  • Signal Iduna Park - Westfalenstadion

    The home of Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund.Germany's largest stadium and has a capacity of 81,264.The stadium was originally built in 1965 and called the Westfalenstadion. It changed name, due to a sponsorship deal, to Signal Iduna Park on 1st December 2005.I went to the stadium in April 1997 for the UEFA Champions League Semi Final 1st leg, BVB...

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  • MARATHON IN THE RUHRAREA

    NOW MORE AND MORE YOU LL HEAR AND SEE THAT THE PEOPLES TRAINED FOR THE BIGGEST PARTY OF SPORTS IN OUR AREA --- ON THE 17th APRIL -- THE FIRST AND ONLY TWINMARATHON WILL START . ONE STARTING POINT IS DORTMUND USUAL FOR CLOTHES FOR RUNNERS

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Dortmund Favorites

  • Black walls

    The strongest impression caught in my first visit to Dortmund was the black colour of many buildings. I know that coal was dominant in the old times, butt for someone used to the white dominance in our Mediterranean houses, it was almost a shock.Interesting the contrast with the "always" white curtains in all windows.

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  • Love parade

    In 2008 the Love parade was celebrated in Dortmund. Originally the love parade is known from Berlin where it first drew hundreds of thousands techno music freaks. These days the love parade takes place in the Ruhrgebiet, each year in a different city.There is a rhino left over from this event. You will find it when you come out of the main...

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  • Soccer World Championship rhinos

    These cute rhinos of the countries that played in the soccer world championship in Dortmund can be found near the Friedensplatz and the Adlerturm. Of course, I was very pleased to see the Swiss rhino there too.

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