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There are numerous Dortmund parks that are sure to delight both the nature buff and city dweller.
Dortmund Zoological Gardens
With 250 different species and 1,800 individual animals, the Dortmund Zoo is high on the list of Dortmund nature attractions. Many of its animals hail from South America but you’ll also find camels, giraffes, sea lions, otters and big cats. Don’t miss the anteater exhibit. The Great Anteater is the symbol of this zoo and one of its prize attractions.
The Westfalenpark is a beautiful spot — a welcome oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s a popular place for picnics and sunbathing with the locals. Tourists are sure to flock to this Dortmund park’s Rose Garden, which features 3,000 different flowers.
The highlight is perhaps the 209 m (685 ft) TV tower, Florianturm. From the top, you can get a lovely panorama of the park and enjoy lunch or dinner at the revolving restaurant.
The century-old trees are the real draw of this Dortmund nature park. The other popular attraction is a large Indian teepee (tipi), which was a part of the Expo 2000. There’s plenty of family fun here, with playgrounds, ponds, jogging tracks, a music stage and “crazy golf.”
If you’re searching for some untouched natural beauty in Dortmund, go no further than Wischlingen Park. Trees, fields and a lake offer tranquility and relaxation and the green grass simply begs for you to have a picnic on it. There’s no price for admission and it is centrally located in downtown Dortmund.
The Volksgärten is a public Dortmund park that provides winding walking trails, ponds and green lawns for sunbathing and picnicking. You’ll find them in the suburbs of Lütgendortmund, Mengede and Bövinghausen.
The Romberg family created this garden back in 1820. It has since grown into a park and botanical garden. The lake and a wide variety of rare and uncommon trees and flowers are the must-sees of this pretty place.