The Westfalenpark in Dortmund is one of the most attractive parks in the Ruhr region. The grounds have hosted the Federal Garden Show three times (most recently in 1991). The 220-metre-high Dortmund TV tower stands in the centre of the park. There are many small attractions and sights in the park for which, all in all, a visit to Westfalenpark is definitely worthwhile. Nearby are two other superlatives: the famous Westfalenhallen and the Signal Iduna Park football stadium, the largest football stadium in Germany.
The Florianturm (Television Tower Dortmund)
At a height of 220 metres, the Florianturm was the tallest building in Germany for a short time after it was built in 1959. At a height of about 140 metres there is a viewing platform that can be reached in just over half a minute by a high-speed lift. A few metres below is a luxury restaurant (revolving restaurant).
Attractions in Westfalenpark
A park railway runs through the 75-hectare park. A chairlift (500 metres long) also runs through the Westfalenpark.
The German Cookbook Museum does not charge admission. The museum exhibits old cookbooks, but also kitchen utensils and cookers from different eras.
One of the highlights in the Westfalenpark is the German Rosarium, a collection of 3000 species of roses. This is, of course, particularly interesting at flowering time in spring and summer. A well-known rose festival takes place in June.
But the real attraction of the park are the many ponds, trees and meadows. Due to the enormous size of Westfalenpark, you can always find a quiet spot even on a warm summer day with thousands of visitors. A large part of the park is a nature reserve.
Gastronomy in the Westfalenpark
At least 10 restaurants, cafes and snack bars provide food and drink in Westfalen, with a variety of offers and price levels.
One of the most exclusive restaurants in the Ruhr area is the revolving restaurant on the TV tower with dishes such as “Fillet of parrot fish on curry pak choi”. If you want to treat yourself to an absolute luxury restaurant, this is the place to go. However, you have to reckon with about 100€ per person for a 3-course menu with drinks.
Recommended for the smaller wallet is the Backhaus (see picture). It is a bakery with delicious fresh bread from the stone oven. You should also try the vanilla pastries.
Opening hours Westfalenpark 2022
Due to its size, the park has a total of seven entrances with different opening hours. All are open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., some much longer. You can always leave the park through the turnstiles.
The opening hours of the Florianturm are slightly different. The tower is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday the Florianturm in Westfalenpark is only open in the afternoon from 2pm to 6pm, on Friday 12pm to 6pm. Opening hours on weekends and public holidays are much longer, from 12 noon to 8 pm.
Status of opening hours Westfalenpark summer 2017.
Admission prices Westfalenpark 2022
Admission to the park costs €3.50. In combination with the lift ride up the Florianturm, admission costs €5.50. Children under 6 can enter the park for free, older children, students etc. pay an entrance fee like adults.
If you buy the ride up the Florianturm at the tower separately, the fare in 2020 is €2.50, 50 cents more than with the combined ticket.
All prices refer to the year 2022. Other information on this page may not be as up-to-date.
Directions to Westfalenpark
It takes at least half an hour to walk from Dortmund city centre. The underground (lines 45 and 49) go to the grounds (the stop is called Westfalenpark).