A bucket list for Dortmund

What? Are you off to Dortmund? Some people might tell you it’s a bit of a grim place somewhere in the Ruhrpott, where there’s not much to do except watch the chimneys smoking or see BVB kicking a ball about. Don’t worry, there’s so much to see and do in Dortmund and there aren’t any chimneys anymore either. Check out this list of some of the best sights to see in Dortmund. You’re sure to find something interesting.

Panorama view of the Westfalenpark with TV-tower.
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The Westfalenpark was first opened as part of the Federal German Garden Show back in 1959. Colourful flowerbeds, 2,600 types of roses in the “German Rosarium”, some great playgrounds and Florian the television tower all await you. Take the elevator to the top of Florian for a fantastic view over Dortmund and the Ruhr Region.

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Fans walking in front of Signal Iduna Park to attend the football match.
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Signal Iduna Park

The Signal Iduna Park stadium was first opened in time for the football World Cup in 1974 and was then known as the Westfalenstadion. The stadium is Borussia Dortmund’s home ground. You can go on a guided tour (with an English audio guide) of the whole stadium or check out the Borusseum – the BVB museum on the north-western corner of the stadium.

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An Alpaka in the zoo of Dortmund.
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Dortmund Zoo

The Dortmunder Zoo is the cheapest and most parklike in the Ruhr Region. And there are loads of different animals here, for example: meerkats, penguins, giraffes, kangaroos, seals and rhinoceroses. There’s also a fab tropical house with fish, snakes and other reptiles. Dortmund is also known as the world capital for anteaters!

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Light installation with beer glasses on the Dortmunder U
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Dortmunder U

The Dortmunder U is a centre for the arts and culture right in the middle of town. The “Flying Pictures” art installation at the top of the tower can be seen from far and wide. The U is also home to the Museum Ostwall, a restaurant, a club and a great glass-fronted viewing platform – and yes, there is an elevator.

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Frontage of the German Soccer Museum in Dortmund.
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German Football Museum

In the German Football Museum right outside the main station you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about the history of the sport in Germany. There are special areas for the national team and for club competitions. Highlights include the Hall of Fame, the 3D cinema and the section devoted to the 2014 World Cup victory.

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A wide passage in the exhibition in the DASA.
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The way work in factories used to be so hard, the importance of health and safety today and what it looks like in an airport tower - you can find out about all of these at the DASA World of Work Exhibition. There are loads of things to try out for yourselves – a perfect place to visit with children, too.

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Panorama of the PHOENIX lake during sunset.
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PHOENIX See lake

The PHOENIX See lake has been created on the site of a former steelworks. Although the areas along the banks of the lake were only opened up to the public in 2011, it has already become one of the most popular places for locals to go out for a walk in Dortmund. Lots of restaurants, cafés and great viewing points, too.

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Sunset behind the "Kaiser-Wilhelm"-monument at the Hohensyburg.
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Hohensyburg is quite a way outside the city centre. At the heart of this beautiful park and woodland area with amazing views over the Ruhr river valley, you’ll find some picturesque medieval castle ruins (Charlemagne woz here) and nearby there’s an imposing monument to Kaiser Wilhelm, a viewing tower, a mini-golf course, a casino and lots of restaurants. Great walks too.

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Front of a building in Zollern Colliery with a winding tower in the back.
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Zeche Zollern colliery

At the LWL Industrial Museum Zeche Zollern you can find out all about the history of mining in a beautiful setting. On this site of a former pit, many of the buildings - like the machine hall with its Jugendstil entrance – have been restored authentically. You get great views from the top of the pithead tower as well.

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Your view from the rack onto the lake in the Botanical Garden Rombergpark.
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The Rombergpark botanic gardens are well worth a visit at any time of the year. The park was created back in 1927 in the style of English landscaped gardens and has been enchanting its visitors ever since. Highlights include the cherry blossom avenue, the green houses and the beautiful lake.

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