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Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

1. Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Signal Iduna Park, home to the famous German football team BVB. Your tour will start at Foyer West, where an instructor will explain to you how the tour works. They will send you on your way to the western tribune. This is a self-guided tour, meaning you will explore the stadium on your own, following the instruction signs. Throughout the route, you will learn more about the stadium, the club, and the players. The expected duration of the tour is 60 minutes. A tour highlight includes the "mix zone", the area where rival teams meet each other for the first time. The player's cabins, the player tunnel, and of course the actual field are also awaiting you to explore. While you are not allowed to step onto the field or touch the grass, you are allowed to sit on the coach's bench, breathing in the BVB spirit.

Dortmund: Guided Historic Furnace Pipeline Skywalk

2. Dortmund: Guided Historic Furnace Pipeline Skywalk

On this guided tour, discover Dortmund from the unique vantage point of the blast furnace pipeline walk. This paved path atop the Phoenix West furnace plant sheds light on the city's industrial development while offering views from 64 meters in height. Hear about the history of the furnace plant.  Your tour begins at the foot of the bronze "Hüttenmann" sculpture on Phoenixplatz. Climb the 99 steps to reach the furnace plant's skywalk. Learn about the industrial legacy and the stories of everyday work at the plant, which has been designated as a site of historical preservation since 2002. Next, follow the path to the end of the skywalk. There, you'll reach the western blast furnace 5 and ascend more steps to reach the full height of 64 meters. Admire Dortmund's landmarks and the surrounding attractions: Lake Phoenix, the Florianturm, and the Signal Iduna Park.

Dortmund: German Football Museum

3. Dortmund: German Football Museum

In this modern exhibition with around 1,600 exhibits, embark on a fascinating journey into the past and experience football history in all its facets and with all your senses. Meet the world champions of 2014 in the 3D cinema, and become a commentator yourself in the reporter's cabin. On the small playing field in the multifunctional arena, the little ones can prove that they can kick a ball just like the adults. The spectacular scenography will unite fans and referees, amateurs and professionals and women's and men's football. Discover an interactive world of adventure for young and old alike at the German Football Museum.

WelcomeCard Ruhr incl. Local Transport and Museums

4. WelcomeCard Ruhr incl. Local Transport and Museums

Discover the Metropole Ruhr in your own time with the WelcomeCard Ruhr. Each card is valid for either 24, 48 or 72 hours and includes two components: · • Local transport ticket: Each WelcomeCard includes a local transportation ticket that allows you to use public transport (bus and train). Depending on the option selected it will be usable for 24, 48 or 72 hours. **************************************************************** Details about attractions: All attractions are included, regardless of which option you select. You can visit some attractions free of charge, by showing your WelcomeCard Ruhr at the entrance. Others will grant you a 50% discount from the regular entrance price. Please see this list for details. Free of charge, single admission: • Aquarius Wassermuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Binarium, Dortmund • Camera Obscura, Mülheim an der Ruhr • DASA - Arbeitswelt Ausstellung, Dortmund • Denkmalpfad Zollverein, Essen • Deutsches Bergbau - Museum, Bochum • Domschatz, Essen • Gasometer, Oberhausen • Grafschafter Museum im Schloss, Moers • Haus Ruhrnatur, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Jüdisches Museum Westfalen, Dorsten • Kunstmuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Kunstquartier, Hagen • Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord - Tour de Ruhr - Hüttenführung, Duisburg • Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord - Tour de Ruhr - Hinter verschlossenen Türen, Duisburg • Ludwiggalerie Schloss, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs, Solingen • LVR-Industriemuseum Peter-Berens-Bau, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum St. Antony Hütte, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum Textilfabrik Cromford, Ratingen • LWL Römermuseum, Haltern am See • LWL-Freilichtmuseum, Hagen • LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte, Hattingen • LWL-Industriemuseum Schiffshebewerk, Henrichenburg • LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern, Dortmund • LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche-Nachtigall, Witten • LWL-Museum für Archäologie, Herne • Maximilianpark, Hamm • Mülheim erleben - Erlebnistouren, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Museum Kloster Kamp, Kamp-Lintfort • Nationales Naturmonument Kluterthöhle, Ennepetal • Nordsternturm, Gelsenkirchen • Red Dot Design, Essen • Reeser Personenschiffahrt, Rees • Ruhr Museum, Essen • Ruhrschifffahrt Weiße Flotte, Mülheim an der Ruhr • RVR Besucherzentrum Hoheward, Herten • RVR Naturforum Bislicher Insel, Xanten • Schalke Museum, Gelsenkirchen • Schloss Horst, Gelsenkirchen • SiegfriedMuseum, Xanten • Stiftung Eisenbahn Museum, Bochum • TerraZoo, Rheinberg • Tierpark & Fossilium, Bochum • Umspannwerk, Recklinghausen • Vroom.Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen • Zeiss Planetarium, Bochum • Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst in der Lindenbrauerei, Unna 50% Reduction on the original ticket price: • Movie Park Germany, Bottrop • Variete et cetera, Bochum • Stadtrundfahrten, Gelsenkirchen • GOP Variete-Theater, Essen • Theater im Depot, Dortmund • Geheimdepot, Dorsten • Salzgrotte, Oberhausen • Bochumer Symphoniker, Bochum

Schwerte: Ruhr Area Segway Tour

5. Schwerte: Ruhr Area Segway Tour

After your safety briefing, put on your helmet, safety vest, and audio receiver. Begin with your experienced tour guide in Liethstraße and drive past the Rohrmeisterei, which was formerly a pumping station for the drinking water supply and is today center for culture and good food. Along the Mühlenstrang, go through the nature reserve in the Ruhraue. Head for two highlights of the Route Industriekultur. The former Schwerte-Ost railway repair works and the listed Kreinberg housing estate, which was the works housing estate for railway workers. Return through the Kirschbaumumsiedlung, where the annual cherry blossom and light festival takes place in Graf-Diederich-Straße. Segway over cobblestones into the historic city center of the old Hanseatic city.

Dortmund Green Site Segway Tour

6. Dortmund Green Site Segway Tour

After your safety briefing, put on your helmet, safety vest, and audio receiver. Begin with your experienced tour guide at in the green areas of Phoenix Park. From there drive along to the Botanical Garden Rombergpark and the Schondelle stream. Pass Dortmund Zoo, come to the district Lücklemberg, cross the Bolmke, the city-near nature reserve, and drive along the Emscher.

Dortmund Introductory Segway Tour

7. Dortmund Introductory Segway Tour

Combine an environmentally friendly way to have fun with discovering the cultural highlights of the city. Follow the path through the sports attractions of Dortmund in the Southern part of the city. See the Multipurpose Arena Westfalenhallen and the football stadium Signal Iduna Park. Visit the track and field arena Helmut-Koernig-Halle, which is part of the Olympic Training Centre Westphalia, and the open-air swimming pool Volksbad, which is listed as a historic monument and located south of the stadium Rote Erde. 

Dortmund: Smartphone City Scavenger Hunt Game

8. Dortmund: Smartphone City Scavenger Hunt Game

Turn your trip to Dortmund into scavenger hunt expedition with this smartphone tour. Head to destinations like Friedensplatz and Hansaplatz to interact with sights using location-based games. Download the app on your smartphone and head to the starting point of the game near the Westentor U-Bahn station. Simply press 'start' to begin your adventure. Enjoy the fountains in Stadtgarten park, the curved roof of the Stadttheater, and the stately squares of Friedensplatz and Hansaplatz.  Find out information at each location by completing a task. Learn about topics like the old tradition of brewing in Dortmund. Once you have completed all the tasks, you will receive a summary of your game and a code to collect your award.

Dortmund: Exciting Self-Guided Outdoor-Escape-Game

9. Dortmund: Exciting Self-Guided Outdoor-Escape-Game

Become a detective with an outdoor mystery game and experience the beauty of the city of Dortmund. Explore places like the famous Westfalenpark, the German Soccer Museum, and many more. Download the app and follow the instructions to set up your Dortmund murder mystery. Learn about a fictional case and solve riddles and black stories to find the culprit. Head into the city center, turn on your app and follow the clues. As you walk, hear a fictional story about a missing person. The victim is a former police officer and bestseller author who has disappeared along with his script. Follow the app to various locations to solve this mysterious case. At different locations, you will get access to some audio files or reports related to the criminal case and the missing author. You will meet his friends, listen to witnesses and read or listen to police reports. Maybe you will find out what happened and also get ahold of his script. Uncover the hidden gems of Dortmund during the game. Play with your friends and solve riddles anytime with your team. 

Dortmund: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Game for Romberg Park

10. Dortmund: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Game for Romberg Park

Turn Romberg Park in Dortmund into your playing field with this smartphone game. Immerse yourself in this interactive experience as you communicate with the game through n encrypted messenger service. Solve puzzles to unlock information and collect an award at the end of the game.  Download the app on your smartphone and head to the starting point of the game. Simply press 'start' to begin your adventure through this tranquil greenspace. Walk down small paths to uncover hidden parts of the park.  Feel the thrill of answering tricky questions as you make your way to the lake or the Rombergpark Botanical Garden. Master all the tasks in the game to receive a summary of your game and a code that will allow you to unlock your digital reward.

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What people are saying about Dortmund

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 517 reviews

So the self-guided tour is worthwhile for children as well as for adults. You can look around at your leisure and take some nice photos. To see the changing room, players' tunnel and bench is a highlight. The nice service staff completes the thing.

Really enjoyable experience, most of it is in English as well which is helpful when you don’t know German! Would definitely do it again.

wir hatten einen sehr schönen vormittag. mit pausen haben wir knapp über drei stunden gebraucht.

It was really a great feeling to be inside the stadium and visit the changing room.

For the football lovers. This is a stadium to die for