Flights to Dortmund
Located in the west of Germany, in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, the city of Dortmund is an attractive destination with attractions for tourists all year round.
Dortmund Airport (airport code: DTM) is only 10 kilometres away from the city. Unfortunately there is limited service for flights to Dortmund when coming from Johannesburg. The only regular flight to Dortmund that you can get is with Iberia and it makes connections in Madrid and Palma de Mallorca. If you fly to Antalya in Turkey, you can then get a flight to Dortmund with Onur Air, Sky Airlines or SunExpress. Swiss Air and Turkish Airlines both have 1 stop flights to Antalya from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Dortmund:
Dortmund is a very nice city that has many parks and open spaces, giving it the nickname ‘the green metropolis’. The cityscape combines a number of characterful historic buildings with modern creations, and there are museums and shops to enjoy here too.
Though some of Dortmund’s historical architecture was lost around the time of the Second World War, there are still a number of older buildings to see. The Reinoldkirche is thought to be the oldest standing church in Dortmund and was built between 1250 and 1270. The church is recognisable by its tower and spire which were added after the original construction.
The Reinoldkirche is just off the Old Market Square of Dortmund. This is a popular meeting place in the centre of the city and has a selection of older buildings surrounding it, and during the summer you’ll find cafes with tables and chairs spilling out onto the square.
Contrasting the historical architecture is the towering Florianturm. This is a TV tower that was built in 1959 as an attraction for a Dortmund horticultural show and it stands 219.6 metres high. There are two observation decks and a revolving restaurant, making this a popular attraction in Dortmund, and of course there are fabulous views from up the top.
Museums in Dortmund
Dortmund has two art museums: Museum Ostwall, and the Museum of Art and Cultural History. The former features modern and contemporary art, while the latter covers a much wider range of art periods and forms from Expressionism through to the present day. The cultural side to this museum covers the past 300 years of cultural life in Dortmund and Germany as a whole.
Dortmund is also home to a permanent exhibition titled Resistance and Persecution in Dortmund 1933 to 45 and this can be found in the old police and Gestapo headquarters. The museum is called Steinwache Memorial and Museum.
Dortmund Christmas Market
From late November through the Christmas period you can come to Dortmund and visit one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. There are many different stalls set up, selling some great gifts as well as Christmas decorations and more, plus Dortmund Christmas Market is famous for having the largest Christmas tree in the world!
When Should You Visit?:
Like most of Germany Dortmund has a mild climate and rainfall throughout the year. The warmest months are from June to August when you can expect average highs of between 20 and 22C, though unfortunately there are summer showers to contend with too as June and July are two of the wettest months of the year. A visit to Dortmund in spring or autumn will give you less rain and pleasant temperatures, or if you’re coming for the Christmas Market, wrap up warm as average lows can be around freezing.