A complete guide to where to stay in Dortmund, Germany (including the best Dortmund hotels near the train station and the city centre).
Dortmund is situated in North Rhine-Westphalia and it’s the 8th largest city in Germany. The city is a very important industrial centre.
Dortmund Airport is a base for low-cost companies like EasyJet, Eurowings, Ryanair and Wizz Air. This makes the city very attractive starting point to explore the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. You can easily reach Aachen, Cologne, Essen, Bonn and many other cities.
During my trip to Germany, I used Dortmund as a starting point to get to Cologne. Cologne is only about an hour and a half journey away. I spent 2 days in Cologne, one in Brühl and travelled back to Dortmund the day before my flight.
The flight was very early in the morning. I had to be at the airport at about 06:00 AM, so I searched for a hotel on a walkable distance from the Central train station. Also, I needed accommodation with a 24-hour reception desk.
Most popular hotel in Dortmund
In a hurry? Looking for a nice hotel in the city centre of Dortmund, near the train station?
Then check out NH Dortmund – it’s the most popular hotel, because of its strategic location.
Very convenient location, just a short walk to the Central train station. Perfect for sightseeing or catching an early train. Also, you can reach Westfalenstadion football stadium in less than 20min with the U-Bahn!
Why book – 2min walk to the train station, spacious modern rooms with comfy beds, 24-hour front desk
Where to stay in Dortmund – the best area
No matter if you plan to spend a few days or just the day before your flight, the best location to stay is right in the city centre, close to Dortmund Hbf. In this way, you can reach your hotel in less than a few minutes when arriving by train.
Moreover getting to the airport early in the morning is no problem at all. There is a regular shuttle between the Dortmund Airport and the Central train station.
If you’re visiting the city for the Christmas markets, this area is the best option for you. The Christmas market is right in the heart of the city centre.
Benefits of staying near Dortmund train station
- the best location for sightseeing and convenient transport links
- easy access to Dortmund Airport (the AirportExpress connects the train station and the airport)
- you can reach Westfalenstadion football stadium in less than 20min by public transport
- plenty of restaurants and shops around
Best places to stay in Dortmund City Centre
This hotel combines classic and progressive design to create a cosy atmosphere. Its location is more than convenient, less than 100m away from the Hauptbahnhof. The Grey Design Hotel is the perfect place for a quick overnight stay.
Why book – next to the train station, complimentary coffee and tea, baggage storage, 24-hour front desk
Boutique 102 is a 4-star hotel featuring an elegant design. It’s just a short walk from the Central train station. The hotel is a great base for exploring the city centre or hitting the shops.
Why book – 200m from the train station, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage
Great central location, ideal for sightseeing, shopping and the Christmas markets. Cosy rooms with nice design and comfortable beds. Excellent breakfast with high-quality products and amazing coffee!
Why book – 200m from Westenhellweg shopping street, cosy modern rooms, luggage storage
Modern elegant hotel, conveniently located at a walking distance to the Central train station and the Old Town. Westfalenhallen exhibition grounds and the Stadion Signal Iduna Park are just a short ride on the U-Bahn. Plus, the hotel features a nice wellness centre with Finnish sauna, foot bath and a relaxation room.
Why book – next to the Old Town, free Sky movies and Sky football, 24-hour front desk
Best things to do in Dortmund
Church of St. Reinold
Visit the Church of St. Reinold (Reinoldikirche), the oldest extant church in the city.
Take a walk in nature
If you want to spend a few hours in nature, go to Westfalenpark, Rombergpark or the Zoo. I had only half a day in the city so I decided to visit Westfalenpark.
The park is located on the outskirts of the city, but you can reach it by U-Bahn. Westfalenpark is enormous with extremely beautiful gardens, lawns and fountains. In the Rosarium, you can find about 2600 different species of roses from all over the world.
Westfalenpark is known for its telecommunications Florian Tower (Florianturm), named after St. Florian. There is a revolving restaurant at 137.46m and an observation deck at 141.88m.
If you’re visiting the city in December, don’t miss the Christmas market. It’s not only one of the biggest in Germany, but its Christmas tree is worth seeing. The tree is 45 metres high and it’s made from smaller spruce trees. It’s one of the largest Christmas trees in Germany!