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Dortmund [3] is a city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany.

Alter Markt

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Dortmund airport (IATA: DTM) is home to several low-cost airlines (easyJet, Wizzair, Air Berlin) and serves mainly national and European travellers. There is no direct train or tram connection to the airport, but there are shuttle buses between the airport and Dortmund central station or Holzwickede Station.

  • From and to Central Station: A non-stop shuttle-bus can be found in front of the main railway station. The journey lasts 25-30min and costs €8.50 per passenger (children aged 6-14: €2; younger children free). This bus service is not covered by a travelcard.
  • via Aplerbeck The 440 bus travels past Aplerbeck U (15 minutes) where passengers can change to the U-bahn U47 which will go to the Hauptbahnhof via the major S-bahn/U-bahn hub, Stadtgarten. The total journey is approximately 45min. Tickets cost €2.60 (as of January 2016) or a travelcard can be used. This service runs half hourly from the airport.
  • From Holzwickede Station: A bus service (€3/passenger, €2 for children ages 6-13), runs regularly about every 15 minutes between 05:00 and 23:00. The trip to the terminal building takes c. 5 minutes. Alternatively you can walk directly (1.5km).
  • By taxi: currently costs around €25 to the City Centre. Drivers operate on the meter, if they don't, get a different taxi!

By train[edit]

Dortmund's central station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) is the junction of many railway lines in Germany.

  • Deutsche Bahn [4]

By bus[edit]

The bus station is right behind of the train station. Many direct connections to cities all over Germany and Europe. [5]

By car[edit]

Dortmund can be reached using the motorway (Autobahn) A1, A2, A40, A42, A44 and A45, as well as the (Bundesstraßen) B1, B54 and B236

Get around[edit]

Public transport[edit]

Dortmund is part of the VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr) a cooperation of the regional transportation companies, giving easy access to public transportation in the whole Ruhr District in S-Bahn, regional trains, subways and busses.

Dortmund's central station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) is the junction of the national railroad system with the city subway system und the regional train system. From here you can easily get transport into the center or any suburb via subway and bus. It is also easy to go to the neighbouring cities like Bochum, Essen, Düsseldorf, Münster, Köln (Cologne), Wuppertal and the rest of Northrhine-Westphalia and Germany by different regional or national train-lines.

See[edit][add listing]

Visit the television tower Florian. Take a ride on the H-Bahn.

  • Westfalenstadion (Signal-Iduna Park), Strobelallee 50. Home of the football club 'Borussia Dortmund', biggest stadium in Germany, voted by the 'Times' newspaper as the best stadium in the world, Highlight of the city. Besides the football matches every second week, they offer a 90 and a 120 minutes long tour, but even just from the outside it is magnificient. Note: Getting a ticket for a match via an official way is almost impossible if you are not a member. You can always get tickets for much much higher prices on the internet or on the black market in front of the stadium on matchday. Prices are between the official and the internet price.
  • Zoo Dortmund, Mergelteichstr. 80, +49 0231/50 - 28581
  • Rosarium (Deutsches Rosarium VDR), Westfalenpark - An der Buschmühle 3, Tel. +49-231-50-26100 or -26116, Fax +49-231-5026111. This rosarium has a collection of more than 3000 rose species.
  • Hohensyburg Popular destination in the south of Dortmund, Ruins of the Syburg (year 1100) Vincke-Tower and a beautiful view over the Ruhr Valley from the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial (end of 19th century)
  • Reinoldikirche* Marienkirche Churches in the city of Dortmund


  • Westpark
  • Westfalenpark
  • Rombergpark
  • Fredenbaumpark


  • Museum of Art and Cultural History [6] (Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund), Hansastraße 3, 44137 Dortmund, Tel +49 231 50-2 55 22, Fax +49 231 50-2 55 11). – The Museum building is an old art deco-style municipal savings bank. Apparently the oldest museum of its kind in the Ruhr district and tells the story of everyday life in Dortmund and the rest of Germany for the past 300 years.
  • Museum am Ostwall [7], Ostwall 7, Tel. +49-231-5023247, Fax +49-231-5025244. – This museum hosts art objects from the 20th & 21st centuries.
  • Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde) [8], (Münsterstraße 271, Tel. +49-231-5024856, Fax +49-231-5024852.)
  • German Cookery Book Museum (Deutsches Kochbuchmuseum), An der Buschmühle. Tel. +49-231-5025741.
  • Steinwache’ Memorial and Museum (Mahn- und Gedenkstätte ‘Steinwache’) [9], (Steinstr. 50 , 44147 Dortmund, Tel +49 2 31 50-2 50 02) – The former police station and Gestapo headquarters just north of the central railway station. Hosts the permanent exhibition ‘Resistance and Persecution in Dortmund 1933-45’.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Christmas Market in Dortmund is one of the largest in Germany and host of the largest christmas 'tree' in the world (in fact a collection of many smaller trees). It is open from late November.
  • Borussia Dortmund [10] are former European Champions and one of Germany's top football clubs in the Bundesliga.
  • Fan Hall Dortmund [11]
  • Westfalenhallen Dortmund [12]

Buy[edit][add listing]


The center of the city is a shopping mile with impressive stores on everything from clothing and shoes over books and media to electronics or jewelry, stretching along the Hellweg, the Rheinoldi-Church in its center, the Thier-Gallerie is also becoming very popular now, it's Dortmund's first mall and one of the largest privately financed buildings in Europe!

Around the big shopping mile the "Hellweg" are a lot of typical "Bierhäuser" and a lot of departments like Saturn, Karstadt (3), Kaufhof and C&A.

Other big Shopping Miles are in the centers of the parts of Dortmund. So a lot of them are around the Hellweg for example in Brackel or Wambel.

Eat[edit][add listing]

If you find yourself in a traditional pub drinking beer and you need some food to accompany your beverage it is the best idea to ask the innkeeper for a "Salzkuchen mit Mett" or a "Mettente".

The "Salzkuchen" is a bagel-like, caraway spiced roll with seasoned, raw ground pork and onions. The "Mettente", a smoked sausage, normally comes with spicy mustard.

A wide range of different kind of fast food can be found on 'Brückstraße', lot of vegetarian food, Döner Kebab, Burgers, Pizza and so on. On the weekends your best bet for a late night snack.

Also you can eat some sausages in one of the typical "Bierhäuser" or in one of the big restaurants.

  • nastraj, Leopoldstr. , [0] 231 / 4862
  • Eiskaffee Roma, Neugasse, [0] 231 / 4863
  • Mykonos, Schönstr. , [0] 231 / 17195
  • Hellas7, Alte Gasse, [0] 231 / 4127
  • Zum Goldenen Anker, Lorchheimer-Str, [0] 231 / 22734
  • Bacchus, Ringstr., [0] 231 / 24687
  • Dilo, Eichenweg, [0] 231 / 29018
  • Drei Groschen Keller, Allers Weg, [0] 231 / 15318
  • Vetter, Promenadeplatz, [0] 231 / 7732
  • Schneider, Breisacherstr. , [0] 231 / 22514
  • Golden Tweenis, Tiergarten, [0] 231 / 23785
  • Brinkhoff, Leisberg, [0] 231 / 72
  • Pamukkale Grill, Luisenstr. 36/Dudenstr., [0] 231 / 163324 City South, Famous Döner Restaurant on the way to Westfalenhalle
  • Janka's, Braunschweigerstr. 22, [0] 231 / 8404606, French inspired food, a bit more expensive (around 50 Euro per person for 3 courses, wine and tips) but excellent quality.


  • Kartoffel Lord, Gerberstraße 1 (city center), has tasty Soy-Burgers, Wraps with soy-"meat" and filled potatoes. Many vegan options as well. But beware: The sign at the entrance says "vegetarian cuisine" but the menu contains some dishes with killed sea animals. (example: "Krabben" means crabs or prawns)

Drink[edit][add listing]

Café-Bar at Prinzessenstrasse

Dortmund is home of some world famous breweries and you would therefore miss something if you haven't tasted at least some of its "liquid gold".

  • Drink a "Stösschen" in any of the old fashioned pubs. This beer specialty is served in a small glass and can be drunk in about two draughts. The portion varies from innkeeper to innkeeper. Is best relished with a "Salzkuchen mit Mett" (see Eat)


  • Caicco, Kronprinzenstr. 140, Tel./Fax +49-231-9961557.
  • Happy Happy Ding Dong
  • Hövels Hausbrauerei [13] (Hoher Wall 5, 44137 Dortmund, +49 231 914547) This bar is part of the local Hövels brewery, for those seeking a more authentic local watering hole. The locally brewed beers are on offer, and some great pub grub is served too.
  • Boomerang Australian pub.
  • Platz an der Sonne', student bar with special prices each day in the week, Wednesdays beer (0.4l) for 1.50 Euro.
  • Sissi King Kong


  • Domicil [14] (Hansastr.7-11, 44137 Dortmund) One of the best jazz clubs in Germany and repeatedly voted as one of the "100 best places to listen to jazz" by New York Down Beat Magazine.
  • FZW
  • Nightrooms
  • Oma Doras (formerly known as Hösels)
  • Prisma
  • Anton's Bierkönig [15] (Bissenkamp 11-13, Dortmund) Hilarious! Lots of beer and young people.
  • Spirit Rock, Metal, Heavy Metal, Pop Rock. It's got a reputation for cheap drinks like 1EUR/beer and excellent Fußball ("Kicker"). You'll meet some of the best players there.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Dortmund City Hotel, Silberstrasse 37-43 44137 Dortmund, 02 31 477966, [1]. checkout: 11:00. Very pleasant hotel and staff. Extremely nice rooms, and central.  edit

Hostel Ruhgebiet [16], 8-bed-dorms from 17€, located in the Kreuzviertel, one of Dortmund's most vibrant areas with many bars and restaurants

  • NH Dortmund, Königswall, 1. D-44137 Dortmund, +49.231.90550, [2]. 4* hotel located in the heart of the city. The hotel offers 190 bedrooms and suites, a sauna, fitness area and the ideal location. Rooms from 63€.  edit

Stadthotel Drees [17], 4* city hotel, friendly staff, supernice owners, reasonable prices, near to Westfalenhallen, Westfalenstadion and City

Mercure Grand Hotel Dortmund An Den Westfalenhallen [18] (Lindemannstrasse 88, 44137 Dortmund, (+49)231/91130 ) This 4 star hotel is South of the centre (about 15 to 20 minutes walk, or around 7 Euro in a taxi) but very handy (less than 5 minutes walk) for the Westfalenhallen (Exhibition Centre) and the football stadium.

Mercure Hotel Dortmund City [19] (Kampstrasse 35-37, 44137 Dortmund, (+49)231/58970 ) This 3 star hotel is in the centre of the city, less than 5 minutes from the main station and a few minutes from the main shopping street.

Ibis Dortmund [20] (Märkische Strasse 73, 44141 Dortmund) This Ibis is South of the centre, around 10 to 15 minutes walk away. It is only 1km from the Westfalenhallen and the football stadium.

  • Savoy Hotel, Haupstr, [0] 231 / 1367
  • Kaiserhof, Neugasse, [0] 231 / 15451
  • Carlton Hotel, Kumlbacher Str., [0] 231 / 10855
  • Hotel President, Jahnstr. , [0] 231 / 24690
  • Quality Hotel, Schönfeldstrasse , [0] 231 / 24706
  • Colour Hotel, Alter markt, [0] 231 / 2784
  • Colour Hotel, Kaulbachstrasse , [0] 231 / 18698
  • Concord, Pfaffengrund, [0] 231 / 18897
  • Hotel Union, Nymphenburgerstr., [0] 231 / 29998


Dortmund Tourist and Information Office [21], Königswall 18a, Tel. +49-231-18999222, Fax +49-231-18999333, [email protected]

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