Explore Dortmund - Things to do in Dortmund, Germany | Germany Travel Blogs
Updated: May 28
I have a special association with the city of Dortmund. I have lived more than 6 months in dortmund during my student life.
I have also met my husband for the first time in Dortmund. I’m totally in love with the vibes of the city and it will always stay in my heart.
Dortmund is considered a city of Students. There are a lot of local and international students living here but still the city isn’t international at all. The city is famous due to its BVB Football club.
In this blog, we will share how to explore Dortmund like a locals:
Best way to explore Dortmund Centrum is to go out of Dortmund from the Main exit of Dortmund Central station. The station and the surroundings are always full with crowd.
When you go out, you need to cross the road and you can find Bibliothek in front of you and on the right side you can find the Football Museum.
The Museum has a unique Architecture and presents Germany football history. The museum has many artefacts like the football used in the 1954 World Cup final. The museum also displayed Germany's World Cup trophies on the first floor. The basis ticket price is € 10. Check here for more details
If you cross the road in front of Dortmund train station, you can find the stairs and if you walk straight from the stairs. You can find yourself in Westenhellweg. It’s a long Pedestrian and has a famous shopping street in Dortmund.
The Pedestrian has almost all the famous local and International brands.The Pedestrian also has a shopping mall called “Thier- Galerie”. The pedestrian is always full of people busy shopping.
St. Reinoldi Church:
The St. Reinoldi Church is near Ostenhellweg. The church has been visited by people everyday.
It’s highly suggested to explore the old town of Dortmund by foot. The surrounding of the Church is really happening.
There are lots of cafes and restaurants and the big square near the Church. In the summer, it’s the best place to hangout and enjoy the sun in outdoor sittings of ice cream cafes. The church is well connected with the Public transport (U-bahn and buses).
Signal Iduna Park:
Signal Iduna park is a home ground of the famous BVB club. The stadium was constructed for the purpose of hosting the World cup of 1974. Since then, the stadium has hosted many World cup and club matches.
How to reach to the Stadium:
The stadium is located in South of Dortmund and around 3 KM away from Dortmund Central Station. The stadium is highly accessible with Public transport.
You can take a Regional train and it takes around 5 minutes to reach the Stadium. Or you can also take U-bahn and get off at Westfalenhallen and walk for 5 minutes to the stadium.
Whenever there’s a match of Borussia, the city is fully packed with the fans. They are always people on the streets after the match and celebrating the success.
How to buy a ticket:
The tickets sell out pretty quick after the start of the general sale. You can buy the ticket from Borussia Dortmund games, sales points in Dortmund and BVB fan Club shop at the stadium.
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The lowest price of the ticket is for the Standing cost around €17 and increases depending where you want to sit.
There’s also a stadium tour which includes the visit to the dressing room, Players’ tunnel, VIP area and Borusseum club museum and trophy room.
The Phoenix lake is an artificial lake and located in the Horde neighbourhood of Dortmund. The lake is the best place to enjoy the summers.
The summer outdoor market also set up during the summers selling artistic pieces. You can also do Paddle boating in the lake.
There are many restaurants and cafes located on the Lakes. The Horde is well contacted with Public Transport.
From the Central station, you can either take a Regional train or U-bahn. The surrounding lake has a beautiful resident colony.
Restaurants in Dortmund:
The Brückstrasse in Dortmund has lots of Halal Restaurants and cafes and provides many options to eat and take away. I have lived in Dortmund for almost 6 months and tried almost all the restaurants. The restaurants are also open till late night.
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The Döner places are even open until 3 AM. Few of my most favorite restaurants are below:
The best halal burger in Dortmund is Roasters. They have different options with Chicken and beef but my favorite is Chilli Chicken.
It's chicken with Cheddar cheese, Jalepanos and Salad.
American Pan Pizza:
Another best place to eat Halal is American Pan Pizza. They have best deep pan pizzas and also offer pasta and Lasagna.
Alex has the best desserts, waffles, crepes and coffee.
Shisha Places in Dortmund:
If you are looking for the Shisha cafe with a terrace view, IROOM is the place to go. It’s located around 500 meters away from the Dortmund Central station. They also have good options of cocktails and smoothies.
Medusa has the best Shisha in Dortmund. It’s also located near Dortmund Central station. It has a good ambience but often gets fully crowded during weekends.
Mato is located near Brückstrasse. The cafe has both indoor and outdoor sitting and it’s a small cafe but offers good shisha and cocktails.
Events to Attend in Dortmund:
Street Beach Festival:
In July, For three days - the area in front of famous Dortmund U turns into a Caribbean oasis with big stages and performances. The party is full of music and food and really worth attending.
Medieval Festival in November:
Dortmund turns into a small medieval town in Oct to November for a week and offers the best experience of a Medieval town. Read our blog on Medieval Festival in November
Dortmund Christmas Market:
Dortmund has the longest Christmas tree and offers one of the best Christmas festivities in the region of NRW. Read our blog on Dortmund Christmas Market.
You can also do a day trip from Dortmund to Dusseldorf and Cologne to enjoy the night-life.