Looking for inspiration for a weekend in Dortmund? Read our tips below on the things to do in Dortmund, Germany plus a sample weekend itinerary, where to stay, how to get around, and the best restaurants to try!
Dortmund is a city in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region. It is the third-largest region in Germany after Cologne and Dusseldorf. It is famous for its numerous historical buildings and strong cultural history. The city has long been the center of Germany’s coal and steel industries, a heritage that is celebrated in a variety of excellent museums and attractions. Dortmund is also home to Borussia Dortmund, a successful club in German football.
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3 Day Weekend Trip Guide to Dortmund, Germany
DAY 1 – Weekend Guide to Dortmund, Germany
Your trip to Dortmund won’t be complete if you will not visit the German Football Museum. You will see trophies and other memorabilia on display when you come inside this museum. You’d definitely enjoy your day trip.
After a trip to the Football museum, it’s recommended to go on a trip to an art museum like Dortmund U. It is very easy to see because of the letter ‘U’ on top of the building. Inside, you will see paintings date back to the 20th-century.
DAY 2 – Weekend Guide to Dortmund, Germany
This massive garden has a lot of attractions that you will surely enjoy. You won’t get bored as you walk through this large garden. Just don’t forget to bring your camera for an Instagram worthy photos!
If you love history and if you love seeing historical places, then this place is a must-visit. In Hohensyburg, you will see the ruins of a medieval castle and it’s on top of the Ruhr Valley. It means you have to hike to get to the top of the valley. You will not only enjoy the view, but you will also enjoy other activities that await you on top. What an awesome experience!
DAY 3 – Weekend Guide to Dortmund, Germany
On your last day, it is recommended to visit a market! And Alter Markt is the perfect one to go to while you’re in Dortmund. It’s a marketplace for almost 900 years. Imagine going shopping in a market this old!
Where to Stay in Dortmund, Germany
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Where to Stay in Dortmund if you’re a backpacker
Pension Haus Baron 5 Dortmund is located in Dortmund, within 10 km of Dortmund U-Tower and 11 km of DASA. The property is non-smoking and is set less than 1 km from Zeche Zollern. At the guest house, the rooms are equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Pension Haus Baron 5 Dortmund also feature free WiFi. All guest rooms feature a wardrobe. The nearest airport is Dortmund Airport, 25 km from Pension Haus Baron 5 Dortmund.
Single Room with a price of €25 per night, taxes and charges may vary, but with free cancellation.
This centrally located hostel in Dortmund is 800 m away from the Dortmund Main Station. It is open 24/7 and offers free WiFi access. The hostel offers continental breakfast and guests can also book a lunch and dinner buffet. Guests can also visit the bistro on-site, enjoy their time in the courtyard, at the traditional skittles-style bowling alley, billiard room as well as in the table tennis room. DJH Jugendgästehaus Adolph Kolping features both rooms with a private bathroom and rooms with a shared bathroom. In addition, this property also has 7 conference rooms which can be used for various events and meetings.
Single Bed in Male Dormitory Room (or Female Dormitory Room) with a price of €31 per night, taxes and charges may vary, with breakfast included, and it’s non-refundable.
The a&o Dortmund Hauptbahnhof offers rooms with private bathrooms, a 24-hour reception and great transport links throughout the city. Free WiFi is available in all rooms and public areas. The rooms at the a&o Dortmund Hauptbahnhof include a seating area and a hairdryer. All rooms can be reached by elevator. The a&o Dortmund Hauptbahnhof offers a breakfast buffet and a lobby bar. There is also a games room with table football and billiards. Guests can enjoy satellite TV broadcasting various sports channels in the lobby and bar.
Single Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room with a price of €32 per night, taxes and charges may vary, add €7 for breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
Where to Stay in Dortmund if you’re on a budget
Hotel In der Meile is set in Dortmund, 4.4 km from DASA and 5 km from Zeche Zollern. The property is around 7 km from Westfalenhallen, 7 km from Signal Iduna Park and 8 km from Dortmund U-Tower. The hotel offers a German restaurant as well as free WiFi. At the hotel, all of the rooms are equipped with a wardrobe, a TV and a shared bathroom. Guests at Hotel In der Meile can enjoy a continental breakfast. The nearest airport is Dortmund Airport, 19 km from Hotel In der Meile.
Single Room with a price of €40 per night, taxes and charges may vary, but breakfast is included, with free cancellation.
Ibis budget Dortmund West is located in Dortmund, 3.7 km from Zeche Zollern and 9 km from DASA. With a garden, the 1-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The hotel has newspapers and a fax machine and a photocopier that guests can use. At the hotel, the rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at ibis budget Dortmund West. The nearest airport is Dortmund Airport, 23 km from ibis budget Dortmund West.
Twin Room with a price of €56 per night, taxes and charges may vary, add €7.50 for breakfast (optional), and it’s partially refundable.
Design Apartments 2 is located in Dortmund, within 2.1 km of Thier-Galerie, Dortmund and 2.4 km of Westenhellweg Shopping street. The property is close to the shopping and pedestrian area, Church of St. Reinoldi and Marien Church. The property is non-smoking and is situated less than 1 km from Brewery Museum Dortmund. All rooms are fitted with a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, and a desk. At the guest house in the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. The nearest airport is Dortmund Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
Standard Twin Room with a price of €45 per night, taxes and charges may vary, and free cancellation.
Where to Stay in Dortmund if you want Luxury
This completely non-smoking 4-star hotel, built in the style of a traditional country estate, is located 5 km from Dortmund’s city center. The nearest underground station is 80 m away. The tastefully furnished rooms of the Parkhotel Wittekindshof are comfortable and well-equipped with free WiFi. You can also book a breakfast buffet at the hotel. The Wittekindstube restaurant offers Westphalian dishes and local beer specialties, while the WiDU restaurant with terrace serves light, international cuisine, and fine wines. Dortmund Exhibition Centre is 3 km away.
Comfort Single Room with a price of €158 per night, taxes and charges may vary, add €16 for breakfast, and free cancellation.
Just 100 m from Dortmund-Lütgendortmund S-Bahn Train Station, the country-style Hotel Specht offers hearty seasonal cuisine. Free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas. The homelike rooms at the Hotel Specht feature cable TV, a work desk and a private bathroom. You can also enjoy a drink in the well-stocked bar with Sky TV. The nearby S-Bahn train station connects you directly to the center of Dortmund, and it is 11 km to the Dortmund Trade Fair. Dortmund Main Station is 13 km away, and free on-site parking is provided.
Comfort Single Room with a price of €200 per night, taxes and charges may vary, add €10 for breakfast, and free cancellation.
LivInn Hotel is set in the Dortmund City Centre district in Dortmund, 200 m from Westenhellweg Shopping street and 300 m from the Museum of Art & Cultural History. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. They offer free WiFi throughout the property. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. All rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Parking is available on-site for a fee. Thier-Galerie, Dortmund is 300 m from LivInn Hotel, while Dortmund U-Tower is 400 m away. Dortmund Airport is 11 km from the property.
Single Room with a price of €399 per night, taxes and charges may vary, add €10 for breakfast, it’s free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
List of restaurants that you can try while in Dortmund, Germany
Known for its great bake potatoes. Kartoffel Lord serves Middle Eastern and Persian.
- 11:00am-12:00am (Sunday)
- 11:00am-1:00am (Monday-Thursday)
- 11:00am-4:00am (Friday-Saturday)
Address: 44135, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Gerberstr. 1, 44135 Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
The gourmet cuisine in this restaurant ranges from Thai gai phad met mamuang, a spicy chicken, cashew and rice dish, to gnocchi with sage, prosciutto, and cherry tomatoes.
Operating hours: 6:00pm-11pm (Sunday-Saturday)
Address: Immermannstraße 39, 44147 Dortmund, Germany
Namu is a Korean restaurant located in Dortmund. You’ll get to eat modern Korean dishes and traditional delights of Asian cuisine.
Operating hours: 5:00pm-11:00pm (Tuesday-Sunday) and 12:00-3:00pm (Tuesday-Saturday)
Address: Olpe 14, 44135 Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
If you love burgers, this place is for you! It offers classic burgers.
- 3:00pm-11:00pm (Sunday)
- 12:00pm-11:00pm (Tuesday-Friday)
- 3:00pm-12:00am (Saturday)
Address: Kaiserstr. 92, 44135 Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
It mainly serves German cuisines and ‘Gourmet’.
Operating hours: 6:00pm-10:00pm (Wednesday-Sunday)
Address: Hermannstr. 164, 44263 Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
These are the places you can stay in, restaurants you can visit, and things you can do in case you’re planning to have a weekend trip to Dortmund, Germany. Not only you will experience the best in Germany, but you can also have a memorable and comfortable trip. Not convince? Book a flight and prepare for a blast as you visit this European country.
How to go to Dortmund, Germany from the UK
Via Ryanair: (one way)
*From London Stansted to Dortmund Airport
Ticket Price: £45.89
Via Easyjet: (one way)
*From London Luton to Dortmund Airport
Ticket Price: £46.36
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