11. Get contemporary at Museum Ostwall The place to come for a slice of contemporary culture in Dortmund, this museum is dedicated to art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Permanent exhibitions include Expressionism and a look at the experimental Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 1970s, while the past fifty years are also well-represented with names like Wolf Vostell, Joseph Beuys and Martin Kippenberger on display.Opening times: Sat to Weds 11am – 6pm, Thurs & Fri 11am – 8pm (closed Mondays).Location: Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse 2. Price: (Permanent collection) Adults €5, Concessions €2.50. Temporary exhibitions may charge more. 2. Uncover past glories at Zollern CollieryWhilst now it’s a hi-tech hub, Dortmund was once a giant of steel and coal. Get a handle on faded glories of the industrial Ruhr region, with a visit to this LWL (Landscape Association of Westfalen-Lippe) Museum in a former colliery. Zollern Colliery, more closely resembles a stately home, with an elaborate red brick frontage and doorway that’s worth the visit alone for Art Nouveau enthusiasts. Behind the grand facade lies a different story about the hard realities of life down the mine, with sensory exhibits and interactive activities for the kids.Opening times: Tues to Sun & public holidays, 10 am – 6 pm.Location: LWL-Industriemuseum, Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage, Zeche Zollern, Grubenweg 5.Price: Adults €4, Children €2. 3. Pay your respects at SteinwacheFind some historical context at the particularly moving Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Steinwache memorial museum. On the site of one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious prisons, the Steinwache houses an exhibition about Dortmund during the Third Reich, honouring the 66,000 people incarcerated here between 1933 and 1945, many of whom were tortured and killed. Guided tours are available if you book three weeks ahead – telephone 0231-50-25002.Opening times: Tues to Sun & public holidays, 10am – 5pm.Location: Steinstr. 50 Price: Donations welcome. 13. Visit the German Football MuseumCan’t get enough of the Bundesliga? Germany is world-renowned for its premier football players and this museum dedicated to the beautiful game is a must for any soccer fan. The museum effectively builds the same sense of excitement you get on match days, greeting visitors with its huge outdoor LED displays, footballing mementos from famous matches of years gone by and, of course, a recording of the German national anthem. The exhibitions are well-laid-out and tell the story of German football at national and international levels, and brings things right up to date with information on how Germany nurtured home-grown talent in more recent times, leading to a spectacular win at the Rio World Cup in 2014.Opening times: Tues to Sun 10am – 6pm.Location: Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1. Price: €12. How to get to DortmundRyanair and easyJet run non-stop flights to Dortmund from London Stansted and Luton airports respectively, with a flight time of around 1 hour 15 minutes. Dortmund Airport, also known as Wickede Airport, is a fairly small airport 13km from the city centre. Alternatively, you can fly into Dusseldorf Airport and travel onward to Dortmund (around 1 hour by train); this gives you more flight options from the likes of Manchester and Birmingham airports.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Take it slow at Wasserschloss Haus RodenbergSat in quiet Aplerbeck just outside of Dortmund (catch the U-Bahn to Aplerbeck station), the foundations of this picturesque building go back to the 1200s, but it was later transformed into a seventeenth century ‘water-castle’. It’s defensive moat remains, enclosing pretty gardens and the gabled manor house that now houses an adult learning centre and a restaurant. Settle with a stein under the linden trees of the beer garden and watch the rest of the world rush by.Opening times: Sun to Sat 11.30am – 12am.Location: Rodenbergstraße 36, Aplerbeck. 15. Take a trip to CologneGet to know a rather different Rhineland at Cologne, the oldest city in Germany and founded by the Romans, no less. A gilded skyline of spires, a medieval Aldstadt and one very famous Christmas market have all made Cologne a popular city break destination in its own right. If you’re coming from Dortmund, it’s just an hour and a half on the train, leaving you plenty of time to explore the gorgeous Gothic Kölner Dom (cathedral), see some top-grade artworks by the likes of Rembrandt and Monet at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and cruise along the Rhine with a glass of local Riesling in hand. Read more about beautiful Cologne, in our guide to the best things to see and do. 7. Eat at the Alten MarktIf you’re looking for somewhere old school to go for a pint and a bite to eat, head to Zum Alten Markt in the city’s old market square, also a pleasant spot for al fresco drinking on warmer days. Pay homage to hearty German fare by tucking into pfefferpotthast (spicy beef and onions stuffed in a roll daubed with mustard) and get stuck into a Hövels Original, or three. There’s a good atmosphere when the football’s on and don’t miss the Markt’s moose, which escaped from Dortmund Zoo in a blizzard in 1957, but sadly got hit by a brewery truck. The moose lives on, appropriately watching over beer drinkers in this traditional German hostelry.Opening times: Mon to Thurs 10am – 1am, Fri 10am – 3am, Sat 9am – 3am, Sun 11am –11pm.Location: Markt 3. 4. Be a culture vulture at Konzerthaus DortmundTake in some high-brow entertainment at the magnificent Dortmund Concert Hall. There are regular classical concerts by the likes of the Berlin Philharmoniker, as well as more contemporary music shows. Book your tickets online or at the box office and grab a pre-show drink at the Stravinski restaurant – they also have an affordable lunch deal every day for €7.15 (see the menu for today’s special). 12. Go outdoors at HengsteyseeHengstey Lake is a reservoir on the Ruhr river, between Dortmund, Hagen and Herdecke and makes for a perfect day trip from Dortmund. Flanked by the Ardey Mountains to the north, the woodlands in this area are known for their bird and waterfowl populations, while out on the water itself, you can canoe, sail and pedal(boat) to your heart’s content on a summer day. There are cycle and hiking tracks running for 6.5km around the lake, and serious cyclists can take the trail all the way up to the Emperor Wilhelm monument at Hohensyburg. It’s in the mountains, so you may be out of puff when you reach the top, but the reward is an incredible view of the confluence of the Ruhr and Lenne rivers running into the reservoir. 8. Admire St. Reinold’s ChurchRestored in the 1950s after suffering severe bomb damage during WWII, St. Reinold’s has represented the spiritual heart of Dortmund since the first church was built on this site, way back in the tenth century. You can still admire its medieval Romanesque style, with its long lancet windows and dome-and-spire bell tower, originally built in 1443. There are regular organ recitals on Wednesdays at 6pm and expect a flurry of concerts and events in 2017 to mark the 125th anniversary of the Dortmund Bach Choir. 10. Refresh in the RombergparkDortmund’s Botanischer Garten Rombergpark is a tranquil nineteenth century arboretum and botanical garden, designed with romantic landscaping in mind, complete with carefully placed lakeside lodges to pause for a spot of contemplation. Its greenhouses are chock-full of flora from all over the world, and the bloom of colour and greenery in the spring and summer provide a welcome contrast to the industrial vibe of downtown Dortmund.Opening times: The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The plant nurseries are open (April to Sept) Sat, Sun & holidays 10am – 6pm; (Oct to March) Sat, Sun & public holidays 10am – 4pm.Location: Am Rombergpark 49B. Price: (For the plant nurseries) €2.50. 5. Go shopping on KleppingstraßeAs the saying goes, Saturdays are for shopping, and if you’re a sucker for retail city breaks, then you’re in luck. Dortmund is the fourth most popular shopping destination in Germany (after Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt) so max out your cards on the Kleppingstraße, the perfect place to pick up an impressively expensive gift for that special someone back home, or yourself. 14. Go carting at DASA – Arbeitswelt AusstellungBrought the kids for a weekend break? Take them to this playful, hands-on museum about how humans and technology interact, and they’ll soon be scrambling into (virtual) heavy-goods trucks and helicopters, chatting to robots and having a go on the ‘DASA-Drom’, a hectic cart ride through a mocked-up warehouse that’s a lot more fun than it sounds.Opening times: Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm.Location: Friedrich-Henkel-Weg 1-25. Price: Adults €8, Reduced (6-17yrs/students/disabled) €5. 9. Climb the FlorianturmGet an introduction to the city from on high, at Dortmund’s landmark Florian Tower. Standing over 140 metres tall in the Westfalenpark, the viewing platform offers sweeping 360 views over the urban sprawl and surrounding countryside. You won’t even have to make the climb yourself, as the lift will do all the hard work for you, but be prepared for queues in the summer.Opening times: Weds to Fri 2pm – 6pm, Sat, Sun & holidays 12pm – 8pm.Location: Westfalenpark, Florianstraße 2.Price: (Park and tower) €5.50 until 6pm, €4 after. Search for flights to Dortmund1. Visit WestfalenstadionTo most football fans, the name Dortmund means just one thing. Borussia Dortmund, who reached the final of the Champions League in 2013, where they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the first ever all-German final. Step into one of the top attractions in Dortmund, the mighty Westfalenstadion (or Signal Iduna Park, to give it its official name) and you’ll appreciate why it’s known as ‘Bundesliga’s opera house’. This famous stadium boasts a whopping 80,000 capacity; 25,000 of the seats are in the Südtribüne (South Bank) – the largest terrace in Europe. If you’re in Dortmund for a longer break, take the stadium tour, including a visit to the stadium prison.Opening times: Tours between 11am and 6.30pm on non-match days; (see website for times and dates).Location: Strobelallee 50.Price: Adults €12, Concessions €8.