Dortmund Germany: 1-day Itinerary

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.

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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
  • Reinoldi
  • Markt
  • Westfalenpark Dortmund
  • PHOENIX See

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Sights in Dortmund

1. Westfalenpark

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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 

2. Reinoldikirche

Reinoldikirche

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

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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

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

5. Hohensyburg

Hohensyburg

The Hohensyburg is an old castle complex. The ruins date back approximately 1100.

Hohensyburgstraße 202, 44265 

6. Altes Hafenamt

Altes Hafenamt

The Altes Hafenamt is a building that shows the history of the port.

Sunderweg 130, 44147

7. Signal Iduna Park

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

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.

Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137

Where to stay in Dortmund

1. Radisson Blu Dortmund

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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.

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An der Buschmühle 1, 44139

2. Mercure Dortmund Centrum

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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.

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Olpe 2, 44135

3. Holiday Inn Dortmund

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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.

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Moskauer Str. 1, 44269

4. Hampton By Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See

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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.

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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, 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.

Distances

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)

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See also

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