Accessibility in Dortmund: Day trips for everyone

Steep slopes, uneven paths and steps pose major challenges for older people, small children and people with walking difficulties. How, for example, can a wheelchair user climb stairs alone? Even when the steps have been climbed with help, the next challenges await; doors that are too narrow, parking spaces that are far away or exhibits that are too high to be seen.

Tested for accessibility

Frontage of the German Soccer Museum in Dortmund.
© DORTMUNDtourismus The treasury of German football.

It doesn’t have to be like this, says Dortmund. Everyone should have access to the attractions of the city! That is why many tourist destinations have been designed to be accessible or at least partly accessible. These include Dortmund airport and the tourist information office near the central station. Many popular spots such as the German Football Museum and the Dortmund Theatre have been tested and given the nationwide “Travel for all” seal. The seal system also certifies hotels and restaurants.

Other accessible attractions in Dortmund

Empty Signal Iduna Park.
© DORTMUNDtourismus The "temple" rests...

Germany’s largest football stadium, the BVB stadium, offers regular wheelchair-friendly tours once a month. In addition, some tour operators, such as Stadtkernobst and Borsigplatz VerFührungen, offer special, wheelchair accessible city tours and you can even sail on PHOENIX See Lake in Dortmund in a wheelchair, as the club, Sail Together, offers inclusive sailing trips.

Accessibility on busses and trains in Dortmund

Of course, everyone should also be able to use public transport in Dortmund. For this reason, bus stops are now being made accessible. Severely disabled persons may use public transport free of charge with a token from the local authority. For people who use rollators, the transport company DSW21 offers special rollator training courses.

Special highlight: You can also travel through Dortmund in a wheelchair on the double-decker sightseeing bus!

Accessible excursion destinations in Dortmund

Zollern Colliery

Dortmund U Tower (cinema, Ostwall Museum, HMKV)

Museum of Art and Cultural History (MKK - The Museum for Kunst und Kulturgeschichte )

German Football Museum

Dortmund Concert Hall

DASA

Hansa Coking Plant

Brewery Museum

Dortmund Theatre


Did you know?

  • Dortmund regularly hosts the inclusive sound festival, “DiS”, which includes music, theatre, cinema and exhibitions.
  • In 2019, ADAC Westfalen and its partners organised the first “Accessibility on the move” day in Dortmund, during which accessible attractions were presented and issues relating to tourism and accessibility were discussed.
  • There is also a deaf theatre club in Dortmund.