Things to do in Dortmund
You may recognise Dortmund as home to one of the best football teams in the world, Borussia Dortmund. As expected, football is very much a passionate point for the city – but its gritty identity was carved out long before, as a major producer of steel, coal and beer.
Dortmund has also fostered a creative culture, meaning fascinating museums are dotted around the city covering everything from modern art and working life to – of course – football.
Football in Dortmund
The huge success of the local team, Borussia Dortmund, has made the city into a perfect destination for football fans. Locals and tourists alike regularly flock to see them play – and what better place than the Westfalenstadion to accommodate them all?
Holding more than 81,000 people, it’s the biggest stadium in the continent. Tour the stadium and view the southern terrace – famously known as the ‘Yellow Wall’ – which is the largest terrace for standing spectators in European football.
Alternatively, soak up the atmosphere in all its glory by attending an unforgettable match. The city’s passion for the game makes it a fitting destination for the German Football Museum, where you can marvel at The World Cup and European Championship trophies alongside other famous memorabilia.
Beer in Dortmund
Dortmund is one of Germany’s largest beer producing cities, having churned out pints of the good stuff since the 13th century. Tour the Brewery Museum and its original copper kettles while learning about the entire brewing process. Enjoy the city’s favourite beverage the traditional way by popping into a Kneipe (or pub, in English) near the Alter Markt and order something unique to the city: a Stößchen. Beer is poured into a small glass – usually around 0.2 litres – for a quick burst of refreshment before continuing with your day. If you’re parking up for a while, make sure to order a Salzkuchen, a local delicacy of a bagel-like roll with caraway seeds filled with raw, seasoned pork mince and onions.
Museums in Dortmund
The German Football Museum and Brewery Museum are just the beginning of Dortmund’s museum scene. While once a major brewery, the Dortmunder U has now become a centre for art and creativity, and features the work of local and regional artists, filmmakers and photographers.
You can find the Museum Ostwall there, a contemporary space displaying major pieces from the Expressionism Movement. The DASA museum is uniquely based around the world of work, featuring typewriters and early computers alongside interactive simulations, a ghost train and mini digger.
Another must-visit is the Zeche Zollern, an old colliery with stylish Art Nouveau elements that houses an exhibition exploring the social and cultural history of the Ruhr industrial region.
Parks in Dortmund
Dortmund’s parks are far from boring stretches of open space. Spanning a huge 175 acres is Dortmund’s largest city park, the Westfalenpark. The land is kept in pristine condition, especially the German Rosarium, which houses 3,000 varieties of rose. The towering 212-metre high Florianturm TV tower sits on the south side of the park and offers 360-degree views across both the park and city – you can even find a revolving restaurant at the top. In the summer, jump on the cable car for a ride around the park or browse antiques and hand crafted creations at the flea market.
Alternatively, the Rombergpark Botanical Garden is one of Europe’s largest botanical forests and makes for a fantastic afternoon walk. Stroll along the meandering waterways and exotic plants and stop off at one of the four flourishing greenhouses before settling down with a picnic.
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