Dortmund

Travel Guide

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

stays design Hotel Dortmund
stays design Hotel Dortmund
3 out of 5
Paderborner Str. 79, Dortmund, NW, 44143
The price is £55 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Dortmund. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (206 reviews)
"I am regular customer and this the only hotel what are we using."

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2022

stays design Hotel Dortmund
Radisson Blu Hotel Dortmund
Radisson Blu Hotel Dortmund
4.5 out of 5
An der Buschmuehle 1, Dortmund, NW, 44139
The price is £98 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Dortmund. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (749 reviews)
Would not stay again
"The hotel was ok. We arrived late at night after a long drive to find that the restaurant was shut and by the time we had dropped the bags at our room and returned the bar had shut. The whole hotel is running on a skeleton crew, so nothing is available. We were hungry after 500km of driving and the ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel Dortmund
NH Dortmund
NH Dortmund
4 out of 5
Koenigswall 1, Dortmund, NW, 44137
The price is £73 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Dortmund. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (689 reviews)
"Enjoyed the large room. Close to train station and city centre .The breakfast was great"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2022

NH Dortmund
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.
Limehome Dortmund Südwall
Limehome Dortmund Südwall
3.5 out of 5
Südwall 17, Dortmund, 44137
The price is £81 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Dortmund. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a bath or shower. Popular attractions Westfalenhallen and Signal Iduna Park ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (31 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 22 Feb 2020

Limehome Dortmund Südwall
TM Aparts
TM Aparts
4 out of 5
Münsterstraße 101, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, 44145
The price is £91 per night from 21 Jun to 22 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Dortmund. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and a TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.3/5 (24 reviews)
"Nice Apartments for groups and families! The apartment is very in the city center."

Reviewed on 19 May 2019

TM Aparts
Boardinghouse Living28
Boardinghouse Living28
3.5 out of 5
Heimbrügge 5a/b, Dortmund, NRW, 44359
The price is £105 per night from 21 Jun to 22 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Dortmund. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Westfalenhallen and Signal Iduna ...
1/5 (1 review)
"Hallo, die Reise hat aufgrund von Coronafällen in unserer Gruppe nicht stattgefunden. Am Donnerstag, den 12.05. teilte man mir mit, dass aufgrund Buchung über Expedia kein Rücktritt möglich sei. Hierzu hätte ich gerne eine Rückinfo, ansonsten war dies die erste & letzte Buchung von mir über Expedia. ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Boardinghouse Living28
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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