Dortmund has been the center of the country’s steel and coal industries, a heritage that is celebrated in several museums and attractions.
It is also known for its football team, Borussia Dortmund.
How to spend 1 day in Dortmund Germany
In this 1-day itinerary in Dortmund, discover the main attractions of the city.
Day 1 in Dortmund
Start the day by visiting Zeche Zollern, an abandoned coal mine famous for its impressive architecture, exhibit highlights include details on the conditions faced by workers as well as numerous artifacts and machinery.
Head into the old city center and visit the Markt, which houses shops and galleries, as well as cafes and restaurants. Also visit St. Reinoldi, a church with a 104-meter tower.
The Westfalenpark is another attraction in the city, a park home to numerous attractions such as the Fernsehturm.
Located 2.5 km (1.6 miles) from Westfalenpark is the Phoenix See, a lake built in the former ThyssenKrupp steelworks area.
Things to see
- Zeche Zollern
- Westfalenpark Dortmund
- PHOENIX See
Sights in Dortmund
The Westfalenpark is a popular green area in Dortmund. It is home to the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), known by the locals as Florian.
The park is also home to the Deutsches Rosarium, an exhibition with more than 2.600 flower types.
An der Buschmühle 3, 44139
The Reinoldikirche is a church with a tower of 104 meters that dominates the urban landscape of Dortmund.
It´s worth visiting the top of the tower for amazing views of the city.
Ostenhellweg 2, 44135
3. Alter Markt
The Alter Markt is a pedestrian area with many stores, galleries, cafés, and restaurants.
Highlights of the area include the Altes Stadthaus and the City Hall Dortmund.
Alter Markt, 44137
4. Zeche Zollern
The Zeche Zollern is located in Bövinghausen, a suburb in Dortmund.
It was projected in 1898 as a model colliery.
It is famous for its impressive architecture, especially the red brick facades of its buildings.
Grubenweg 5, 44388
The Hohensyburg is an old castle complex. The ruins date back approximately 1100.
Hohensyburgstraße 202, 44265
6. Altes Hafenamt
The Altes Hafenamt is a building that shows the history of the port.
Sunderweg 130, 44147
7. Signal Iduna Park
The Signal Iduna Park is a football stadium. The stadium is one of the most famous football grounds in Europe and it is Germany‘s largest stadium.
Strobelallee 50, 44139
8. Phoenix See
The Phoenix See is located 4 km from the center of Dortmund.
It is one of the largest urban development projects in the country. The lake was built in the former ThyssenKrupp steel mill area.
Phoenix See, 44263
9. Dortmunder U
The Dortmunder U was opened in 2010. This former factory has been transformed into a center for creative and artistic activities.
Where to stay in Dortmund
1. Radisson Blu Dortmund
©Radisson Blu Dortmund
The Radisson Blu Dortmund is close to one of the largest urban parks in Europe.
The hotel has 190 rooms. Certain accommodations include a sitting area for your convenience.
An der Buschmühle 1, 44139
2. Mercure Dortmund Centrum
Best Hotels in Dortmund – ©Mercure Dortmund
The Mercure Dortmund Centrum is located 130 meters from the Friedenplatz, close to the Stadtgarten Station.
The hotel has 125 rooms equipped with a safe, and a work desk.
Olpe 2, 44135
3. Holiday Inn Dortmund
Best Hotels in Dortmund – ©Hodiday Inn Dortmund
The Holiday Inn Dortmund is located near the Hauptfriedhof Station and about 6 km (3.7 miles) from the city center.
Rooms are modern and equipped with a flat-screen TV, and a coffee maker.
Moskauer Str. 1, 44269
4. Hampton By Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See
©Hampton By Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See
Located near the Phoenix See, Hampton By Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See offers cozy and modern accommodations.
Rooms are equipped with a TV and a coffee maker.
The hotel has a gym.
Faßstraße 3, 44263 Dortmund, Germany
Shopping Streets in Dortmund
In the city center, you will find several shops. The Westenhellweg is one of the most popular and visited shopping avenues, you will find a mix of department stores and specialty shops, as well as numerous cafés, and restaurants.
Malls and Department Stores in Dortmund
1. Karstadt Dortmund
Karstadt is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.
The company features brands like Cacharel, Clarins, Coach, Desigual, Estée Lauder.
Westenhellweg 30-36, 44137
2. Galeria Kaufhof Dortmund
Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.
The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.
Westenhellweg 70-84, 44137
3. Shopping Thier Galerie Dortmund
The Shopping Thier Galerie is located 550 meters from Theater Dortmund.
Brands: Armani Jeans, Adidas, Mango, Marc O´Polo, Pandora.
Westenhellweg 102 – 106, 44137
Plan your Trip
Dortmund has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Essen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn.
Essen – 38.2 km (23.7 miles)
Düsseldorf – 39.9 km (43.4 miles)
Cologne – 96.7 km (60.1 miles)
Bonn – 124 km (76.8 miles)
Koblenz – 201 km (125 miles)
Frankfurt – 221 km (137 miles)
Dortmund Germany Map
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