21 photos that prove Dortmund, Germany should be on your bucket list!

This summer I had the pleasure of visiting Dortmund, Germany with Rail Europe via Thalys. I had never been to Germany before but this was definitely a great trip. I spent most of my time here walking the streets, eating food, exploring places I had never been to, and just taking in all the German culture.
I probably would not have heard of Dortmund right away if it weren’t for the stop on Thalys. I am so happy I know about it now because I would go back in a heartbeat! The people were incredibly friendly and hospitable, the food was to die for, the art and music scene are amazing, and the city was easy to manage as a foreigner.
Here are my photos that prove Dortmund should be on your bucket list!


Brats, fries and currywurst!


Farmers market finds




Art at Dortmunder U


Tree lined streets


Beautiful buildings


Ice cream crepes!


Dortmunder U


Pizza train


Street musicians


German beer


Outdoor garden


Farmers market




Lamb stew


Farmers market


Street art


Dortmund as a tiny planet


Street art




More flowers!

Additional Items:

  • Taking the train to Dortmund was very easy – the station is easy to manage as well.
  • The city is pretty flat – so bring your walking shoes
  • Public transportation is easy to use
  • Metro available
  • Plenty of street food of all kinds

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Rail Europe and Dortmund Tourism Board. As always, opinions are my own. 



    • October 3, 2016 / 7:50 am

      haha I can’t tell you how many of my friends were like “GET CURRYWURST!!!!”

  1. October 4, 2016 / 2:49 am

    The wurst was enough to convince me! And those heirloom tomatoes look so good, I can eat several in one sitting. I’ve never heard of this place, but would love to explore!

    • October 4, 2016 / 5:58 am

      I hadn’t either but it’s very easy to access on the train! Go on a Saturday when the farmers market is up so you can score some tomatoes!

  2. October 4, 2016 / 5:56 am

    Those crepes look delicious!! I love the street art! Especially the boom box! And…..now I need one of those beers lol <3

  3. October 4, 2016 / 6:30 am

    I’m officially convinced to go! I was drooling over the ice cream crepes because I love sweets. The flowers at the market looked so lovely and fresh! They looked like they smelled great too!

    • October 4, 2016 / 11:12 pm

      Yes I loved the farmers market – it was so beautiful!
      I am a sweet addict. I think I search out the best sweets haha

  4. October 4, 2016 / 7:44 am

    Just updated my bucket list thanks to you.Am drooling over the sausages and crepes.

  5. October 4, 2016 / 8:19 am

    That ice cream crepe and Gelato sold Dortmund for me. A green city is always a pleasure to be in. Will definitely keep Dortmund in mind.

  6. soumna
    October 4, 2016 / 8:19 am

    That ice cream crepe and Gelato sold Dortmund for me. A green city is always a pleasure to be in. Will definitely keep Dortmund in mind.

    • October 4, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      If I can justify ice cream for breakfast – its probably going to be on a crepe 🙂

  7. natalietanner
    October 4, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    What wonderful photos for daydreaming! This makes me want to visit. I’m very curious about the bell…what is the story on it?

    • October 4, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. The church is the oldest protestant church in Dortmund and the bell was destroyed during the second world war. They leave it as is out front as a symbol of peace

  8. October 4, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    I’ve never been to Germany, but it was always on my bucket list. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Spain, and some of these photos look like photos I took in Spain. Interesting! I can’t wait to get there one day.

    • October 4, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      I think you are right – Spain and Germany do have similarities. I guess I might say that for a lot of Europe though as well. I hope you get to visit <3

  9. October 5, 2016 / 12:22 am

    I have never been to Germany but here is so much to love here! I particularly like the art and food pics. One to consider for next time!

  10. October 5, 2016 / 7:16 am

    Your food photos are KILLING me. I love German food so some currywurst and stew would reaaally hit the spot right now. I’ve been to Essen and Dusseldorf but never Dortmund (so close!). I think it’s incredible just how different Northern and Southern Germany are. Though I’m very biased towards Bavaria, I have to admit you make Dortmund look very appealing.

  11. October 5, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    oh wow. i didn’t know that dortmund was so pretty – and i am from germany. i guess i should go very soon. thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Dennis
    November 25, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    if you plan to visit my lovely hometown, you are always welcome to contact me to answer your questions or to plan your visit. I’m a born “Dortmunder Jung” who hosted B.A and pHD students from the DAAD for several years here. I’d love to help everyone to explore my beloved hometown!

  13. Alfred
    November 25, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Whoo, the place I’ve been born and raised. If you go there, make sure to step by at “Wenkers” at the Old Market Square (very close to the church in the top picture), and have a “Trübes” (a misty beer) with a “Salzkuchen mit Mett und Zwiebeln” (warm round roll with caraway and coarse salt, spiced ground pork and topped with diced onions) as a snack.
    If there is something I am really missing in my Michigan exile, that it is.

  14. November 25, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    When you are in Dortmund again, look at soccer from BVB09 (www.bvb.de) and the soccer stadium. The people in Dortmund are positive crazy when BVB ist playing – it’s not a normal day, it’s like a very special holiday. Best regards from Dortmund, Germany.

  15. Melanie
    November 26, 2016 / 12:22 am

    Hello. I’m from Dortmund. It’s nice to see this pictures here. First if you don’t eat your Currywurst at Wurst Willi you did your biggest mistake. 😉 Second it seems that you were only in the City. If you like Parks we got the Rombergpark, the Westfalenpark with the Florian and the Fredenbaumpark with the Big Tipi. If you like water we got the Phönix See which is manmade on an Place where fromerly was a Steel Manufactury. And so much more to discover. And you should visit Dortmund when Brussia is playing at home or in a final match. You will never forget it.
    Best regards

    • Sally
      December 26, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Hi Melanie.. I’m in Dortmund for couple of weeks, I went to RombergPark & phönix see only & haven’t tried Geman Cuisine.. . Do you mind giving me some tips? Appreciated! Merry Christmas 🙂

  16. Sally
    December 26, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    I”m in Dortmund now & planning my upcoming days here. I love it. Merry Christmas ?

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