The city of Dortmund is the 8th largest in Germany located close to the river Ruhr, which flows through the city. This intriguing city is unspoilt by tourism and perfect for those wanting to explore areas of Germany that are a little more off the beaten track. Visitors to Dortmund are likely to enjoy a more authentic cultural experience than they would in other, more touristy German cities. Those with an interest in history will be spoilt for choice as the city is home to a range of historical buildings and ruins. There’s also plenty to discover for those on a winter getaway, as the city hosts and annual Christmas market – one of the biggest in Germany. The market has over 300 stalls selling a range of food, toys, sweets, clothes and jewellery.
Hatchback – perfect for urban driving and navigating through narrow city streets.
Driving in Dortmund
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Important things to note
You can only park on the right hand side of the road when parking on the street. One way streets allows parked cars on both sides of the street. Always observe parking regulations to avoid getting a parking fine or being clamped.
Vehicles are permitted to overtake trams that are in motion on the right. Vehicles must give right of way to trams and passengers either boarding or alighting a stationary tram.
It is mandatory to drive with a warning triangle and reflective jacket in the vehicle at all times, in case you break down.
Highlights & Hotspots
For foodies, the German Cookbook museum is an excellent place to go and learn all about the evolution of cuisine and cooking technology during the 1960s.
What was once Dortmund’s famous Brewery is now a fantastic museum and, in many eyes, the city’s cultural hub. The upper floors house the collection of works of artworks. The top floor offers fantastic views of the city, which are free to enjoy from the top-floor café.
Families will enjoy taking a trip to the Dortmund Zoological Gardens where you’ll discover a range of species. The most popular attraction is the anteater exhibit, which always draws a huge crowd.
For a more peaceful way to enjoy the afternoon, why not take a relaxing stroll in Westphalia Park? This plush, green space is the ideal place to have a picnic. During the summer the Rose Garden is in full bloom, with over 3,000 species of the rose flower coming into blossom.
Dortmund Airport is located approximately six miles from the centre of Dortmund and is accessible via the A559 motorway.
The airport is one of the busier in Germany, serving the entire Ruhr region. During public holidays, air traffic can be a little heavier than normal, having an impact on road traffic levels around the site.