The Museum of Art and Cultural History is a delight for every history, art and design enthusiast. The museum takes its visitors step by step through the centuries and shows them paintings, furniture, handcrafts and all sorts of collections from the dawn of time until the 21st century. You can even feel the historical importance of the museum itself when you stroll and gaze in awe with all the artifacts. The museum was formerly a deposit bank, built in 1923.
Museum Am Ostwall is a modern and contemporary art museum with a permanent collection boosted by temporary exhibitions. One of the styles of art that the museum focuses on is Fluxus, which is the connection between art and life. You can expect to see works by expressionists Dieter Roth, Martin Kippenberger and Anna and Bernhard Blume. They also showcase an impressive collection of works by the Russian Alexei von Jawlensky.
Steinwache Memorial and Museum is a museum that documents persecution and resistance during the Nazi regime. Established in a former police station that, under the Gestapo, was known as ’’West Germany’s Hell’’ because of the torturing of the opponents of the Nazi regime. The museum exhibits documents, photographs and even the interior of the prison cells to give an impression to its visitor.
The Zollen Collierly is a fascinating insight into coal mining and the lives of Dortmund’s colliers. The collier was the first technical building that was of international importance in Germany. The exhibition will takes you in the world of rough working conditions, and teaches you about the stories of the men and women who worked there during the 20th century.
You cannot come to Dortmund without tasting at least a sip of their beer. Prepare to get thirsty by taking a tour that consists of learning about the interesting history of industrially brewed beer in Dortmund, and follow the production of beer itself. You can even see beer caps, old advertisements and the vehicles in which the beer was distributed.
The oldest church in Dortmund, dating from the 13th century is named in honour of the city’s patron saint, Reinold. Climb more than 200 steps to the bell-tower for fabulous views over the city. Not only the view is spectacular, in the church you can also discover artifacts which have been preserved since the Middle Ages. One of the most famous artifacts is the wooden sculpture of Reinold from the 14th century.
Dortmund’s TV tower, 212 metres high, and located in Westfalenpark. At one point in time, it was the tallest building of Dortmund. The views will show you the impressive views of the Westfalen Park and the city itself. Take the lift up towards the sky, eat and have a drink in the revolving restaurant and stroll around the 70-hectare park.
This museum is all about history, technology and work combined together in one building. It gives you a peek into the world of how work has changed during the ages. Live the life of a pilot, construction worker or a doctor for a day. No, it's not just reading of signs, it's a museum that focuses on the interactive part as well. There are a lot of simulators, such as a helicopter and airplane, which will give you the feeling of being in control of the machine.
If you like football, this is the place to visit for an exciting game. Signal Iduna Park opened in 1974 and holds 80,720 (25,000 standing) spectators. You can buy your ticket for Borussia Dortmund games online or by phone. You can also discover the Signal Iduna Park with a stadium tour accompanied by a guide. The tour includes the players’ tunnel, dressing rooms, VIP areas, mixed zone, stadium prison and Borusseum club museum. The tour takes about 60 minutes.
Westfalenpark is a green oasis where you can relax and enjoy your time. This is a great place to stroll around, or why not have a picnic? It is also where the Florian Tower is located with a 360 degree panoramic view. Besides the tower, one of the highlights are the rowing boats and the pedal boats. In the park you can also practice sports like soccer and beach volleyball.
For great city sightseeing, take the Dortmund CityTour hop on-hop off bus which includes a guided tour. You can discover Dortmund from the top deck of a red double-decker bus. One trip takes about 100 minutes, but you choose when to get off. There are twelve stops which include interesting facts, figures and stories from Dortmund´s past and present.
Dortmund Concert Hall is a well-designed building and a feast for the eyes. It opened its doors in 2002 and ever since world-famous artists have been queuing up to give their performances. Here you can listen to all kinds of music, from classical to modern and even jazz.
The Children's Museum Mondo Mio is a magical place where everyone can enjoy their time by learning, touching and participating. This is a journey where the kids can discover various cultures of the world and explore how people live on other continents. Unusual and interesting musical instruments and toys made of recycled rubbish are also displayed in the museum. There are also plenty of unusual and exciting exhibits to explore!
Pfefferkorn offers German and International food, traditional-style. The restaurant has a nice interior with lots of paintings, plants and wooden tables. Dishes you can enjoy are such as pork schnitzel "Cordon Bleu", rib-eye steak and Chicken breast "Don Alfredo". The restaurant is extremely careful of the origin of its products. For example, they only use beef of the highest quality from the USA and traditional dry-aged beef from Ireland.
Il Golfo is one of the few Italian restaurants which offers customers traditional dishes and grappa, served by Italian waiters. A couple of their all-time favourite dishes are the deep fried zucchini flowers and the anchovies bruschetta. The restaurants is loved by the Dortmund locals who appreciate the authenticity and quality of the food. The friendly staff and owner most certainly contribute to the marvellous atmosphere.
If you want to go to a popular pub restaurant run by a former player of Borussia Dortmund, Hoppy's Treff is the place to visit. Dieter Kurrat offers solid, simple German dishes, as well as a tête-à-tête to share his glorious football stories. A bit of advice, Hoppy's Treff explicitly states that you shouldn't show up in a Schalke outfit, otherwise you might be mocked through the entire night!
Zum Alten Markt is a small and cosy restaurant, with a traditional German interior that dates back 400 years. The restaurant is known for refined Bavarian and international cuisine with a modern twist. They are known for the impeccable quality of their freshwater fish, which includes salmon, speckled trout and catfish. On Sunday they serve traditional Bavarian Weißwurst with Händlmaier mustard and a Karnoll pretzel. It can't get more German than that!
Casa Mendoza's vision is to focus on traditional Spanish cuisine with dishes such as Pata Negra, Calamares Fritos and Chorizo Borracho. One of the reasons why the quality of the food is superb, is because of the chef, Antonio Mendoza. He has even created some of his own signature dishes, which have become favourites among its customers. Two of those dishes are the Tartar de a Receta de la Mama, and his own version of paella.
You can let your imagination run free at Mongo's. This restaurant has an exotic and diverse all-you-can-eat buffet. Choose the ingredients you like from the fresh food bar and the chefs will prepare your creation in front of you. Here you can mix different types of vegetables with a wide variety of meat or seafood, combined with a flavoursome sauce.
Sausalitos is not just focused on the traditional Mexican cuisine, but also offers a special Californian twist! The vision of the restaurant is to create dishes that are a melting pot of diverse cultures. This is something that you can definitely see if you take a look at the menu: queso y tomato quesadillas, traditional chili and, of course, multiple variations of the mojito.
If you would like to eat a juicy steak, head over to Rodizio Steakhouse. This South American restaurant serves a wide selection of traditional steak dishes all the way from Argentina. Through daily delivery from South America, the chef guarantees you the best quality that you can find.
With a great location on the square, this restaurant and pub provides a great view from the terrace. Inside you can find a warm atmosphere with a vintage touch. They even have their own brewery, which you can make use of by ordering a local beer. You can also eat traditional German dishes, a few examples are the Wiener schnitzel and röstkartoffeln.
Uncle Tom's offers the charm of the southern United States and traditional American dishes and drinks. The food is inexpensive and the menu has a wide variety of meals, everything from steaks to barbecued chicken wings to salads. Make sure the get here with an empty stomach, the staff serves huge portions!
From starters to desserts; the menu lists nearly everything the Greek cuisine has to offer. Whether you are craving fresh vegetables, roasted meat or fish, you will find it at Taverna Athen. The restaurant is decorated in a traditional Greek style with wooden tables and the iconic white/blue walls.
La Paz is located just a few minutes away from the Dortmund Concert House and serves traditional Spanish food, tapas and other Mediterranean delicacies. The atmosphere can be described as modern but with a cosy touch. This is a great place to relax with a glass of Spanish wine and enjoy mouth-watering dishes like clams in garlic and white wine sauce.
The restaurant and pub Brauhaus Wenkers is located in the city centre and has a great vibe. On the menu you will find local German specials like bratwurst with sauerkraut and roasted pig with coleslaw. During summer time you can have your dinner on the lovely outside terrace.
Sometimes all you need is a cup of coffee or tea with a snack. Look no further, Flayva Coffee & Tea Lounge has everything that your heart desires. From a White Velvet Macchiato to a Fresh Mini-Ingwer tea, they are known for their creative concoctions. Children are also more than welcome, they have a special play area for the kids to enjoy. Complete your drink with one of their original specials, such as a Ginger Cinnamon Cookie or freshly baked Orange Brownies and you're ready to face the rest of your day!
Bagels. If there has to be one word to describe Cafe Asemann, it's bagel. Every kind of bagel and everything that you want with it - they have it. One of the more basic bagels that is the one with scrambled eggs. If you want to try something less common, order the curry hänchen bagel with an Indian curry. They are also well-known for their very own mix of coffee beans.
It's impossible to be grumpy in the morning when you had breakfast at this little cafe. Fresh coffee, homemade cakes and delicious savoury dishes. Combine all of this with a cosy atmosphere and you will feel at home right away! It's one of the favourite cafes of the Dortmund locals, which says a lot. They recommend the savoury spinach cake.
The philosophy of this cafe is that everything that is homemade, doesn't only taste better but its also healthier. OmaRosa only offers products that have been made from scratch at the bakery. That's definitely something that you can taste when you take a bite of one of their delicious snacks and take a sip of their coffee. Vegans, do to worry. The cafe offers products which are suitable for vegans, or people who just happen to enjoy the combination of vegan ingredients.
Imagine the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. When you step foot in the Neues Schwarz, you will be intoxicated by that smell. The cafe roasts and grinds the coffee beans on its own, and makes sure that the beans are of the highest quality. If you fell in love with their coffee, you can even take their coffee beans back home.
Cupcakes, cakes, and chai lattes, craving for these sweet treats? Cafe Creme is the place to go. If you visit during breakfast and lunch, chances are that the place will be packed because of the popularity that the cafe rightfully deserves. Their most popular cake is the homemade egg liqueur cake. In the mood for a cupcake? Try the banana toffee cupcake, you can never go wrong with that one.
One of Dortmund's smaller cafes, Cafe Chokolat is praised for its hot chocolate. There is no powder or chemical substance involved, just chocolate, milk, sugar and a few secret ingredients. Of course there are plenty of cakes, savoury dishes and a variety of beverages to choose from.
Shopping can make you hungry, that's a given fact. Don't want to stroll too far away from the shopping area but still want a good meal? Visit Linus, a cafe that has German traditional dishes such as flammkuchen and schnitzel, along with Italian risotto and Japanese soups. A perfect time to visit Linus is during brunch. From sweet to savoury, they have every dish that your stomach desires!
Who wouldn't want to have a bite to eat at a cafe which is translated to 'Beautiful Life'? Schönes Leben is a bistro which focuses on the Mediterranean part of the world. You can expects a huge variety of pastas, bruschetta and quiches. Remember to save some room for their scrumptious cakes!
If you are a fan of 90s music, you're in luck. This club is famous for playing the golden oldies all through some nights of the week. Nightrooms is a huge place with three dance floors and two lounge areas. The prices of the drinks are not too high compared to other clubs, so do take advantage.
Had enough of DJs? Visit Domicil, which identifies as a live music and jazz bar and club. On the ground floor you will find their bar and lounge, with a selection of classic cocktails and countless spritz varieties. Obviously, you can also order a famous German beer. You can find the club on the first floor and dance all your worries away!
This is a simple and fun bar where you are guaranteed to have a great time. If you do not have a specific plan regarding the evening, then HappyHappyDingDong is a superb start for a pub crawl. Every Thursday and the first Saturday of the month you can go and sing your heart out at karaoke.
Dress to impress is the philosophy of this club! At Diskothek Village there is always a party going on, and there is always a vibration which lifts your spirits immediately. Check out if there is a special event on, put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to stay up all night.
With a name like Daddy Blatzheim, the club has to be impressive. It definitely lives up to the hype, from hip hop to international hits and rock and roll, the club has it all. You can enjoy all sorts of live performances by the hottest artists at the moment. The club is located above the Schürmanns restaurants, so get a bite to eat and go on and dance.
If you prefer to go and do your shopping at malls, this is the perfect place for you. GALERIA Kaufhof sells everything that your heart desires, they offer a variety of women and men's wear, electronics, interior design pieces, shoes from brands such as G-STAR, Diesel, Michael Kors and much more.
The Thier-Galerie is an inner-city shopping centre with room for about 160 shops and restaurants. The range of brands is amazing, and you have a wide selection of international stores like Hollister, Superdry or Vila, as well as German brands such as Liebeskind and Hallhuber. So come and enjoy your shopping experience.
A paradise for shoe lovers, that is how you can best describe the store. They have everything in terms of shoes and accessories for men and women, and a great concept for finding the right pair in size and style. Selling items of brands such as Converse, Nike, Birkenstock and Tommy Hilfiger.
Heimatdesign acts as a presentation platform for young designers from the region. With exhibitions and collaborations, Dortmund and the Ruhrgebiet shall be established as a settlement for creative design ideas. In the store, fashion items, bags, photography and many accessories are sold.
Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Dortmund’s airport is located 13 km east of the city at Flughafenring 11. There are regular bus services running between the airport and the city bus station (located opposite the main train station). The journey time is around 25 minutes. The first bus from Dortmund departs at 4.30am; the last bus departs at 10pm. A current bus timetable can be downloaded from the airport website. Look for "airport express" (the airport shuttle refers to the connection with the local railway station). An alternative, but slower route is to take the city bus 440 at the airport and then change at Aplerbeck station for the U47 metro. There is also a 5-minute bus shuttle service connecting the airport with the local railway station, Holzwickede. From here you can catch a regular train into Dortmund. Trains run approximately 8 every hour. The buses run at 15-20 minute intervals. Children under 6 travels free of charge. Taxis take around 15 minutes for the journey to and back from the airport. Dortmund can also be reached via airports in nearby large cities such as Cologne and Dusseldorf.
Dortmund has a transport system befitting a contemporary city: buses, streetcars/trams (the S-Bahn), the metro or city train (U) and the monorail, the H-Bahn, at the university. It is the company DSW21 who is primarily responsible for bus and rail service in Dortmund. You can buy your ticket at kiosks, shops, travel agencies and lottery outlets. You can also get around easily by foot in the city centre.