Sports events, tournaments, leagues and races – you can see it all in Dortmund.

Nail-biting excitement, the agony and the ecstasy – sport is great fun to watch. With its multitude of clubs and sporting events, Dortmund offers plenty of opportunities to experience exciting moments on the court, on the track or indoors.

As a sports spectator you get your money’s worth in Dortmund at any time of the year. If you like to watch other people perform, choose your favourite sport and just come by. There’s always something going on somewhere, and after all, every athlete enjoys being cheered on.

From swimming competitions to ice hockey: sport for all seasons

The sports year begins in Dortmund with the New Year’s Run around PHOENIX See lake. On the first Sunday in the year hundreds of people grab their running shoes and take to the shores of Dortmund’s popular lake.

And the great thing is that there is plenty of space for everyone. If you don’t want to take part in the run, you can also just stroll around the lake and cheer on the runners, before retiring to one of the many friendly cafés and restaurants by the lakeside.

Triathlon at PHOENIX See lake

No swimming! Many locals lament the fact that swimming is not allowed in Dortmund’s PHOENIX See lake But there is an exception to every rule: Every second year the lake is open for swimmers. The catch is that athletes also have to cycle and run afterwards!

The PSD Bank Triathlon takes place every year alternately at Fredenbaum and Lake Phoenix. If you are visiting Dortmund at the end of June, take time out to watch the triathletes while you enjoy an ice cream – or better still: stand by the track and cheer them on.

The biggest indoor football tournament in Germany

At the end of the year, Dortmund’s soccer enthusiasts play the year out in style. On the last weekend in December, the preliminary round of Germany’s biggest indoor tournament for amateurs, the Dortmund City Indoor Soccer Championship, takes place. In sports halls all over the city, clubs fight it out for places in the next round, which takes place at the beginning of January, before the final round in mid-January.

Football fans visiting the city shouldn’t miss the final round. The atmosphere is fantastic, and the matches are exciting and fast-paced.

Racing, dressage and show-jumping: Dortmund is an equestrian city

Horse racing. Two horses are racing each other on the turf in a nip-and-tuck race.
© Stefan Reinke Award "Großer Preis der Wirtschaft", horse racing ring.

One of the highlights of the beginning of the sports year is the Signal Iduna Cup in the Westfalenhalle. The world's top show-jumping and dressage riders compete here over four days. The tournament has a long tradition and is a wonderful spectacle.

There is also plenty of outdoor equestrian sport to enjoy. The racecourse in the Wambel district has exciting race meetings all year round, even in winter. As the track has turf for the summer and a sand track for the winter. To make sure you don’t freeze in winter, the main grandstand of this traditional racecourse is glassed in.

Championships and league games in Dortmund

Dortmund’s sports venues are often home to national and international championships. After its renovation, the Helmut Körnig Halle, for example, will be the venue for the German Indoor Athletics Championships, alternating every second year with Leipzig.

In addition, many German and European Championships of various sports are held in Dortmund. Recently, wrestlers battled it out in Dortmund to find their Junior Champion.

  • The women’s handball national league takes place from the beginning of September to mid-May. The BVB women represent Dortmund and are strong contenders in the league.
  • The BVB men’s table tennis team are also high up in the second division of the national league. The season of this high-speed sport runs from September to April.
  • The tough guys of the Dortmund Giants are in the top division of the North Rhine-Westphalia American football league. Their season goes from April to September, followed by the playoffs.
  • The season also starts for the Dortmund Eisadler (Ice Eagles) in September when the ice hockey state league begins.
  • How about some baseball? The Dortmund Wanderers play in the second division of the national league, which runs from the end of March to the end of the summer.
  • From September to April the tall guys of the SVD 49 Dortmund basketball club are on the court. The former second league team now plays in the regional league.
  • Dortmund is the home port of the flagship of the German rowing scene. The German men’s eight train at the Olympic base in Dortmund. Although the guys are often on tour for training camps or international regattas, there is always a lot of rowing traffic from spring to autumn on the Dortmund-Ems canal, where the rowing centre is located.