Dortmund sightseeing combines the best of old and new. There’s several old churches from as far back as the 1100s and old market squares from the medieval times. But don’t miss the modern Dortmund, epitomized by the soaring RWE skyscraper and the Florianturm TV tower.
St Peter’s Church, known as Petrikirche to the locals, is a highlight of Dortmund’s religious architecture. This 14th-century church was heavily damaged during the Second World War and rebuilt from 1954 to 1957 with a spire added in the early 1980s. But the interior is even more impressive.
The carved wooden altar is known as the “Golden Miracle of Dortmund.”
St. Mary’s Church is another popular Dortmund sight. It was also destroyed during the war and rebuilt in the 1950s. Its altar was designed by the city’s premier artist, Conrad van Soest. His painting is considered a highlight of medieval art.
This 13th-century church is dedicated to Dortmund’s patron saint, St. Reinold. One of its main attractions is the Bell Tower. After climbing the 207 steps, you will be treated to lovely panoramas of Dortmund from the viewing platform.
Dortmund is the home of the international gas company RWE. The company’s skyscraper is Dortmund’s tallest at 120 m (394 ft). Ever climbed it up?
Old Market Square
The Old Market Square is at the heart of the city. It was once the main meeting point for traders and craftsmen in the 13th century. The Bläserbrunnen Fountain was added in 1901 as a water hole for the city’s animals! These days, you’re more likely to find street-side cafes with outdoor seating for a leisurely lunch.
The Florian Tower or Florianturm is a TV Tower that has become a landmark for the city of Dortmund. Ironically, the TV tower is named after the patron saint of gardening. It is the fourteenth-highest structure in Germany today and used to be the highest at one point.