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Best Tourist Attractions in Dortmund for Euro 2024 Travelers

Located in the western part of Germany, Dortmund is one of four 2024 Euro host cities in North-Rhine Westphalia, the most populous state in the country, alongside Cologne, Dusseldorf, and Gelsenkirchen. Having reached its peak during the Industrial Revolution, Dortmund has a more modern feel than the more classic Cologne and Dusseldorf, although you will find buildings from the Renaissance era around Marktplatz Square, the city center.  

Dortmund is also unique with its dominance of the local football club – Borussia Dortmund. It’s fair to say that Dortmund is Borussia, and Borussia is Dortmund. The legendary football club is the symbol of the city and Dortmund’s main tourist attraction (more on that later).

Top Places to See in Dortmund

1. Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

Capture the special atmosphere of Dortmund’s impressive stadium by visiting the changing rooms, the player tunnel and the famous “yellow wall.” If you are football fan and interested in watching a Borussia Dortmund match in place, check out our tips.

2. Borusseum

Founded in 1909, Borussia Dortmund has won eight Bundesliga titles, the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1966 and the Champions League title in 1997. In the last 20 years, Borussia has become one of Europe’s most exciting football clubs thanks to its attacking style of play while developing many of the best players in the world, Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland, and Jude Bellingham, among others.

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At the Borusseum, located at the stadium, you will experience the history of the team from 1909 to today, with exhibits, stories and photos from the Black and Yellow team’s exciting history.

3. German Football Museum

Experience the history of one of the most decorated teams in football history at the German Football Museum. Together with exhibits on football under National Socialism in the 1930s and 1940s, under the Communist regime and its international success, you will learn about the sport’s economic, social and cultural significance.

For tickets and information, click here.

Distance from the stadium: 3.1 km to the north.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 15 minutes 9-minute drive
  • Walking: 41 minutes
  • Driving: 9 minutes

4. Dortmunder U

As for Dortmund’s city attractions, the Dortmund U-Tower is the city’s most recognized building. Completed in 1927 and operating as a brewery until the 1990s, the high-rise serves as a center for arts, culture and creativity.

Inside the building, you have the Ostwall Museum is the place to go if you want to see modern and contemporary art.

The Dortmunder U is only a 6-minute walk from the German Football Museum, so it’s a great opportunity to mix football with culture on the same day.

For more information, click here (German only).

Distance from the stadium: 2.9 km to the north.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 20 minutes
  • Walking: 38 minutes
  • Driving: 8 minutes
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5. Zollern Industrial Museum

Delve into Dortmund’s industrial past by visiting this impressive mine-turned-museum, located some 11 km (a 13-minute drive) from the stadium. The museum’s immersive tours will walk you through the industrial history of Dortmund. Witness the harsh working conditions of early twentieth-century labor and follow the path coal took from deep in the underground mine to the surface.

For tickets and information, click here.

Distance from the stadium: 11.2 km to the northeast.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 56 minutes
  • Driving: 16 minutes

6. Hoesch Museum

Make the Hoesch Museum another stop in your journey of Dortmund’s industrial history. Named after the largest steel mill operated in Dortmund, here you’ll follow the development of the iron and steel industry between the mid-19th century and today. And it only takes 30 minutes to get to the stadium with public transportation.

Distance from the stadium: 5.5 km to the north.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 28 minutes
  • Driving: 16 minutes

7. DASA Working World Exhibition

Explore the past, present, and future worlds of work in this huge 13,000-square-meter museum. At the Working World Exhibition, you will examine the relationship between people, work, and technology and gain valuable insights into how to improve the world of work. Could be useful when you get back home.

For tickets and information, click here.

Distance from the stadium: 4.2 km to the west.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 30 minutes
  • Cycling: 14 minutes
  • Driving: 7 minutes

The DASA museum and the Zollern Industrial Museum are located in the western part of Dortmund, so if you’re interested in visiting both attractions, you better do it on the same day. 

8. Phoenix de Lumières

Phoenix Halle, a former gas treating plant, is home to these immersive digital exhibitions dedicated to important artists, past and present. The center is located southwest of Signal Iduna Park, 30 minutes by public transportation.

The exhibitions change over time, but you can find Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dalí, and Gaudí among the featured artists. Having been to a similar exhibition in France, I can heartily recommend it! 

For more information and tickets, click here.

Distance from the stadium: 4.6 km to the southwest.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 23 minutes
  • Cycling: 11 minutes
  • Driving: 8 minutes

9. Brewery Museum

Until some 40-50 years ago, Dortmund was the world’s second-largest beer-producing city, proclaiming itself “Europe’s No. City of Beer.” And even though its glorious beer-making days are long gone, beer is still the main source of pride and joy for the locals right after the BVB football club.

The Brewery Museum is located in the northern part of Dortmund in the former Hansa Brewery., The guided tours will take you through the city’s rich beer history and show you how they brewed it in Dortmund. Last but not least, you will enjoy beer-tasting sessions to test your newly acquired beer expertise.

For more information, click here (German only)

Distance from the stadium: 5.5 km to the north.

Getting to and from the stadium

10. Westfalenpark

Westfalenpark is the largest park in Dortmund and a perfect place to relax and soak in some nature before the game or on an off day. Stroll between the sculpture garden, the Japanese garden and the rosarium, and climb to the top of the next attraction.

Distance from the stadium: 3.8 km to the west.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 26 minutes
  • Cycling: 10 minutes
  • Driving: 8 minutes
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11. Florian Tower

Get a full panoramic view of the city and its surroundings atop the telecommunication tower built in 1959, and which stands 220 meters tall.

Distance from the stadium: 3.8 km to the west.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 24 minutes
  • Cycling: 6 minutes
  • Walking: 27 minutes
  • Driving: 5 minutes

12. Rombergpark Botanical Garden

Dortmund’s second-largest park is home to the largest botanical garden in Germany and one of the largest in the world. It covers a total area of 68 hectares and contains 200-year-old trees as well as rare subtropical plant species.

Distance from the stadium: 3.3 km to the south

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 17 minutes
  • Cycling: 9 minutes
  • Walking: 25 minutes
  • Driving: 6 minutes

13. Dortmund Zoo

While you’re in Rombergpark, it’s worth visiting the city zoo. It houses some 250 species, including many indigenous to South America.

Distance from the stadium: 5.3 km to the south.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 22 minutes
  • Cycling: 12 minutes
  • Driving: 11 minutes

14. Phoenix Lake

This human made reservoir was built on what was once a steel plant. Today, it offers a great place for walking, biking and just relaxing. It is also an ideal starting point for your excursion into the industrial culture of the Ruhr area.

Distance from the stadium: 5.8 km to the west.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 17 minutes
  • Cycling: 16 minutes
  • Driving: 12 minutes

15. Hohensyburg Castle

On an off day, you can take a day trip to some of the beautiful places surrounding the city. One of the things Germany is famous for as a tourist destination is its castles. Dozens of castles and palaces are spread along the many lakes in Germany, often offering breathtaking views and a romantic, fairytale-like atmosphere.

Hohensyburg is a medieval castle located only 12 km to the south of the stadium overlooking the Hengsteysee reservoir on the Ruhr River. But Hohensyburg Castle is not only for the ruins aficionados and history buffs. Mixing the old with the new, the place features a mini-golf course and a casino, open all year round.

Distance from the stadium: 5.8 km to the west.

Getting to and from the stadium

  • Public transportation: 1 hour
  • Cycling: 38 minutes
  • Driving: 17 minutes

Dortmund for Euro 2024 travelers – Summary

Hope you enjoyed our Dortmund tourism guide for those traveling for the Euro 2024. Since more events are bound to happen during the tournament, keep updated online and in tourist information centers.

Check out Dortmund’s tourism portal and the official UEFA Euro 2024 website.