For many football (soccer) fans and those that live outside of Germany’s borders, the city of Dortmund is synonymous with the Borussia Dortmund football team. But the largest city in Germany’s Ruhr valley formerly powered by heavy industry has evolved into a high-tech manufacturing area with an exciting cultural heritage in recent times. As such, if you find yourself in Dortmund or are planning a visit here you may be wondering what it holds in store in terms of attractions and things to do. -With that in mind, here are 4 of the best attractions and things to do in the wonderful city of Dortmund:
1. Watch a Match at Signal Iduna Park
A good way to enjoy your weekend if you’re a sports fan is to attend a Borussia Dortmund match in their atmospheric Signal Iduna Park home. Borussia Dortmund are an exciting team that has achieved phenomenal results in the German football league despite having to compete against the financial might of Bayern Munich, the league’s top team based in Germany’s capital. Dortmund’s achievements include a Bundesliga title in recent years and their exciting brand of football has won many hearts in world football and put their home city on the map for sure.
However that’s not all Dortmund are famous for as their fans have made the gigantic Signal Iduna Park a fortress through the wall of noise they generate in support of their club. This makes the Signal Iduna Park a must visit for any sports fan just for the atmosphere alone, while tours of the stadium are also available.
2. Hohensyburg Castle
If architectural heritage is more of your thing then you’ll love Hohensyburg Castle. Set in a serene woodland, the castle ruins are a popular attraction for their imposing memorial to the war and the scenic views they afford visitors. And if you’re concerned about getting around there is no need to worry as the city is serviced by adequate public transport links. You can also opt for a private airport shuttle in Dortmund to make your journey that much easier if you so wish. As such, Hohensyburg is an architectural monument well worth a visit for its long and interesting history since it was built in 1100 of Ruhr sandstone.
3. Florian Tower
Dortmund is also home to another architectural wonder in the Florian Tower, which at 140 metres tall gives visitors to Dortmund great views of the city. A lift takes you all the way up to the viewing platform where you can check out Dortmund and the surrounding countryside from a bird’s eye view.
4. Check out Dortmund’s Museums
For a city best known for its football team, Dortmund sure has a rich cultural heritage just waiting to be discovered. A good way of doing this is by visiting any of the several Museums located in the city. From the Brewery Museum, which is a must for every beer lover, to the city’s Museum of Art and History, there is something of interest for everyone in the city’s museums. Dortmund is also home to the DFB Museum where Germany celebrates its successes in international football, and the Binarium speciality Museum.
No matter what your purpose for visiting Dortmund is, or your interests, the city sure is packed full of top attractions and things to do for visitors. The list above is a great starting place and can also include Dortmund Zoo for those with young families and animal lovers.