Positioned within the North Rhine-Westphalia area of the nation Dortmund proudly boasts its standing because the nation’s soccer hauptstadt. Nonetheless, this former industrial large additionally has a lesser recognized aspect the place you possibly can uncover a nice various cultural scene, stunning inexperienced areas to loosen up in cool hip neighbourhoods just like the Kaiserviertel plus there’s a unbelievable food and drinks scene. On this information to the finest issues to do in Dortmund, you’ll get a really feel of what this metropolis has to supply, from its unimaginable soccer and industrial tradition, to the most effective locations to eat & drink in Dortmund.
A preferred leisure spot within the metropolis is the broad swathe of greenery comprising Westfalen Park. Masking an expanse of 70 hectares it is among the largest internal metropolis parks in Europe. Among the key locations to go to contained in the park embody the Florianturm or the TV and Radio Tower, dwelling to the German Rose Society. The Kaiserhain pond, the Forest-of-the-Mills pond with its central open air stage are different locations to go to. The park is strewn with stunning flower beds, fountains, geese, many sorts of birds and wildlife. A super place to hike, experience a bicycle or just benefit from the serenity of nature on a park bench.
Tackle: An d. Buschmühle 3, 44139 Dortmund
The Florianturm is a key spotlight of a visit to Westphalen Park and is the landmark TV and Radio Tower. In-built 1959, on the time it was the very best free standing construction in Germany, standing tall at 720 ft. It has a building design resembling a concrete chimney, with a tapering prime. At numerous ranges alongside the tower there are numerous options, like a revolving restaurant, higher and decrease remark decks and operation rooms. It’s the good place to realize an aerial view over Dortmund.
Tackle: Florianstraße 2, 44139 Dortmund
3. Museum Ostwall
The current dwelling of Museum Ostwall is a seven storey tower, often known as the U-Tower. It’s the museum of contemporary and up to date artwork in Dortmund. The museum’s assortment was began within the 1940’s and was moved to the present location round 2010. Among the treasures of the gathering embody work, sculptures, pictures and objects of curiosity. Items from the gathering that aren’t to be missed embody works from Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, August Macke and Alexej von Jawlensky. The Gröppel Assortment is one other museum spotlight. Graphics from Joan Miró, Chagall, Dali and Picasso, additionally grace the museum.
Tackle: U-Dortmund, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse 2, 44137 Dortmund
4. Brewery Museum Dortmund
The Brewery Museum of Dortmund is a museum devoted to the historical past of beer brewing in Dortmund, a practice that dates again to the nineteenth century. Beer tastings and excursions can be found. The museum is open all days besides Monday, though museum excursions happen on Sundays. Among the attention-grabbing displays on provide embody the prospect to view classic brewing gear and curios from the heyday of beer making. Classic beer dispensers that allotted a beer a day to manufacturing unit staff, bottling machines , packaging and outdated commercials are all on show. Dortmund was the house of greater than 30 breweries with the glory days of beer making taking place within the 1950’s. Anybody within the course of and historical past of constructing beer, will discover this an enlightening expertise.
Tackle: Steigerstraße 16, 44145 Dortmund
5.Deutsches Fussball Museum
A very good place to start out your footballing pilgrimage is the Deutsches Fussball Museum in Dortmund. This huge shrine to the nation’s ardour and obsession is a spot of pilgrimage not just for German soccer followers. Inside a futuristic constructing subsequent to the Hauptbahnhof is an emotional multimedia and generally interactive tribute to the sport and Germany’s position in shaping its historical past. Study stars reminiscent of Franz Beckenbauer, relive historic matches or fancy your self a commentator. The treasure chamber holds replicas of the 4 World Cups and three European trophies received by the Mannschaft (Germany’s nationwide staff). On-line tickets are a few euro cheaper.
Tackle: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 44137 Dortmund
6. Stadium tour on the Sign Iduna Park
Should you can’t get tickets to a Dortmund sport, the subsequent neatest thing is to get a tour of the stadium, the Sign Iduna Park. The Sign Iduna Park on Strobelallee is Germany’s largest soccer stadium with a capability of precisely 81,365. The stadium is sometimes called the “temple of German soccer” because of the proximity to the pitch, the acoustics because of its full roofing and the distinctive ardour the followers within the Ruhr have for the attractive sport.
The excursions assist you to have an in depth have a look at the stadium’s amenities which can be in any other case off the bounds. These embody the VIP areas, tunnels that result in the pitch, membership museum, press room, and extra. The stadium tour can also be an opportunity to to witness the southern terrace, often known as the “Gelbe Wand”, “Yellow Wall” the place 24,454 followers make themselves heard on this stand.
These excursions are run at particular occasions of the day. Regardless that there isn’t a particular have to register for the excursions prematurely, it’s higher that followers do the identical if they’ve particular requests. All of the tickets might be bought on-line and it isn’t potential to decide on a date when matches are held. One can anticipate the tour to final for round 90 minutes within the primary model, whereas it could lengthen to 120 minutes within the PLUS model.
Tackle: Strobelallee 50, 44139 Dortmund
7. Discover industrial heritage on a skywalk tour by way of Phoenix West, a former metal works in Dortmund
For over 160 years, the economic complicated of Phoenix West was an icon for the town of Dortmund and the area of North Rhein-Westphalia, whose economic system was based mostly on coal and metal. Metal manufacturing in Dortmund ended with the closure of Phoenix West in 1998 and Phoenix East in 2001. The previous blast furnace works are a reminder of Dortmund’s wealthy industrial historical past.
You may get pleasure from wonderful views of the complete Phoenix West industrial heritage complicated and the dramatic Dortmund skyline, because of a 26-meter-high metal footbridge constructed over the outdated blast furnace gasoline line. You can even see the stadium, the Florian Tower in Westfalenpark and in addition the Bergmann brewery. The Skywalk and the complete Phoenix-West plant are at the moment solely accessible as a part of guided excursions. Guided excursions happen on fastened dates, the variety of contributors is proscribed. Tickets might be bought from the town of Dortmund’s tourism portal. The present worth for a tour is 15 euros per individual, however expertise has proven that the excursions are at all times booked out rapidly.
The place to eat and drink in Dortmund
8. Head to Dortmund’s Kreuzviertel
When you have time to kill earlier than the sport and wish to get a snapshot of what native life is in Dortmund, positively make a while for Kreuzviertel which lies on the best way to stadium. It’s a vibrant neighbourhood brimming with hip cafes and eating places, a number of unbiased retailers plus a very good focus of bars.
We stopped by kieztortchen, a cute cafe with a really good outside terrace which serves actually good truffles plus nice espresso.
Should you’re searching for a present with a distinction, then the idea retailer Unterhaltung is a good place to drop by. You’ll discover a complete vary of things right here, from designer baggage and rucksacks to espresso desk books, candles, native natural chocolate, craft beers and gin – you’ll be spoilt for selection.
We didn’t have time for meals however locals advisable Babuschkas Kitchen (Kreuzstraße 69, Dortmund) for his or her hearty Ukrainian meals, from pancakes with totally different fillings to dumplings and borscht all served in vivid, cheerful interiors.
9. Tip: Take pleasure in a snack and/or a beer at Bergmann Brewery in Phoenix West
Dortmund and beer. It’s like foot and ball or fish and chips. Dortmund was as soon as dwelling to a number of breweries which earned it the moniker ‘Bierstadt’. Whereas the folks of Dortmund now not spend their month-to-month wage packet on the pub, beer nonetheless performs an necessary position within the metropolis. Whereas there was a marked decline in breweries, in 2005 a brand new unbiased brewery was born that now dominates the scene in Dortmund: Bergmann beer.
Matching the Ruhrpott DNA, the beer is marketed with the slogan ‘Laborious work, sincere reward‘. Whereas the miners are now not right here, the tradition of the feierabend after-work beer continues to be widespread which is why Bergmann constructed a brewery proper subsequent to the outdated blast furnace plant on PHOENIX West in Hörde.
As a customer, you cannot solely participate in excursions of the pitch-black painted brewery – and naturally have a sip or two. There’s additionally a meals truck on web site Thursdays by way of Sundays .
This publish was produced with the type assist of Germany Tourism and Ruhr Tourismus GmBH however all views, opinions are totally my very own.