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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

Dorint An den Westfalenhallen Dortmund
Dorint An den Westfalenhallen Dortmund
4.5 out of 5
Lindemannstr. 88, Dortmund, NW
The price is $80 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (233 reviews)
"Very comfortable and clean. Needed extra blanket and heater, was immediately provided."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Dorint An den Westfalenhallen Dortmund
Ringhotel Drees
Ringhotel Drees
4 out of 5
Hohe Strasse 107, Dortmund, NW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $126 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Innenstadt-West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Helmut-Koernig-Halle, Signal Iduna Park, and Westfalenhallen. Westfalenpark Dortmund is 1.2 mi ...
4.3/5Excellent! (91 reviews)
Fantastic
"Great staff and a really nice room. Brilliant location for both the city and Westfalenstadion."

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Ringhotel Drees
Bleckmanns Hof
Bleckmanns Hof
3 out of 5
Wesseler Straße 6, Werne
The price is $101 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 3
Situated in Werne, this country house is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Stone House, Kapuziner-Kloster, and Werne Golf Club. Open-Air Theater is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) ...
3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)
"Chambre confortable bien que sans charme intérieur. Extérieurs cependant sympathiques. Il ne faut pas être dérangé par les odeurs de ferme extérieures, mais on ne sent rien en intérieur. Cuisine minimaliste mais ça dépanne. Hote très accueillant."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Bleckmanns Hof
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.
White House Deluxe Castrop Rauxel
White House Deluxe Castrop Rauxel
3 out of 5
Westerholtstraße 28, Castrop-Rauxel
The price is $61 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Habinghorst, this apartment building is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Westphalian State Theater and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Henrichenburg Boat Lift. LWL Industrial ...
3.4/5Good! (7 reviews)
"We were greeted by the host who met us nicely. He made us feel comfortable and homely. However, when he was about to leave he said something which kind of put us off. He asked us to give him Euros 150 deposit as part of security and that he or his house keeper will pay us on the day we'll leave. ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

White House Deluxe Castrop Rauxel
Villa Vera
Villa Vera
4 out of 5
Kaiserstr. 151, Wetter (Ruhr), NW
The price is $116 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 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
Ferienwohnung Frankenhäuser
Ferienwohnung Frankenhäuser
Schwerte, North Rhine-Westphalia
Situated in Schwerte, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Marienkrankenhaus Schwerte – Schützenstraße and within 6 mi (10 km) of Markischer Golf Club ...
Ferienwohnung Frankenhäuser
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.

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