Three awesome autumn outings in and around Dortmund

Lots of sun and autumnal tones throughout the whole of Dortmund: full of golden autumn promise. We have put together a few tips for excursions for you to enjoy in Dortmund in autumn! 

Fantastic views at Hohensyburg

"Kaiser-Wilhelm"-monument at the Hohensyburg
© DORTMUNDtourismus "Kaiser-Wilhelm"-monument at the Hohensyburg during sunset.

Hohensyburg, with the Kaiser-Wilhelm Monument and castle ruins, is one of the most popular destinations for an excursion round here. Looking out over the lake below, you get a fantastic view over the Ruhr Valley and some of the towns nearby. In the autumn, the whole landscape is even more idyllic and it’s a great place to watch the sun go down over the Ruhr in the early evening. This year, right next to the medieval castle ruins, the kiosk has opened up for business again, so you can enjoy snacks and drinks at tables up to at least until the end of October. Check out (only in German) to find out if it’s open the day you are heading out there. But there are loads of great restaurants and cafés nearby anyway and not forgetting the well-known casino as well.

Idylle Pur im Rombergpark

Green trees hemline the lake in the Botanical Garden Rombergpark.
© DORTMUNDtourismus Lake in the Botanical Garden Rombergpark.

Admittedly, the Rombergpark is one of our favourite places for a walk at any time of the year in Dortmund. In the summer it’s a lovely place to keep cool in the shadow of the huge trees, and on quiet winter days it’s great to while away the day down by the idyllic lake. But the Rombergpark is at its most beautiful in autumn, when the trees are slowly changing from green to red and the sun shines through the tops of the trees in the late afternoon. If you start feeling hungry on your long walk along the many paths in the park, pop into Café Orchidee for a piece of cake and a coffee.

Industrial heritage at Zeche Zollern

Colourful leaves on trees on an avenue in Dortmund's suburb Bövinghausen.
© DORTMUNDtourismus Golden Autumn in Dortmund

The first time you step into the LWL Industrial Museum Zeche Zollern, it’s difficult to believe that this was once a place where people really grafted. The miners brought coal up to the surface from over 600 metres down. Nowadays you can find out all about the history of the pits and mining in Dortmund here. In the grounds of the former coalmine, there are lots of gardens which look particularly good in autumn. The woods and hiking routes around Dortmund-Bövinghausen are also very inviting for a stroll or long walks.

Go to the LWL website to get detailed info about opening times and prices.