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Witnessing a live Borussia Dortmund match is an unforgettable experience. The Westfalenstadion (also known as Signal Iduna Park) is the largest stadium in Germany, holding up to 81,365 people when Dortmund plays. The team also posts the highest average attendance of any football club in Europe. The club’s slogan is “Echte Liebe”, which translates to “True Love” in English – the feeling you’ll get when you see the Westfalenstadion. Outside of the beautiful arena, you’ll have a chance to see top players in action. The list includes Erling Haaland, Marco Reus, Jude Bellingham, and Donyell Malen. If you are keen to watch a game in Dortmund, FootballBreak has got you covered.
Dortmund is the perfect destination for a city break, with mild summers and chilly winters, each season offers a unique experience. As the eighth-largest city in Germany, you can expect to find all you need for a great football trip; including beer halls, history, and a strong local culture.
We’ve tracked down the best tips for you, ensuring your football trip to Dortmund goes as pleasantly and smoothly as possible. From insider tips on the Westfalenstadion football stadium, to great advice on exploring the wonderful city of Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund plays their home games at the Westfalenstadion (or Signal Iduna Park). The uncovered stadium can hold 81,365 spectators, following renovations completed in 2018.
The atmosphere at the Westfalenstadion during Borussia Dortmund games is unrivalled. Dortmund fans are known as some of the loudest in Europe. So, if raw passion is what you’re aiming for, you won’t be disappointed.
Gate opening times are dependent on the match, so you will need to consult your ticket. The club makes this clear in their terms and conditions.
Signal Iduna Park is located in the Innenstadt-West district within the Dortmund city centre. It is about four kilometres away from the Dortmund Central Station. This makes it an easy commute for anyone staying in the city, especially as the public transit system is easy-to-use and consistent.
There are five ways you can get to the stadium:
By Car to Westfalenstadion
Driving to the stadium to watch a Borussia Dortmund match is an option. Like at some other German stadiums, there is a parking area with over 10,000 spaces. You will need to purchase a ticket to use this space. If spaces are sold out, there is also an option to park at TU Dortmund University and use the free shuttle services to get to the stadium.
Going to the stadium by car is the method we least recommend. Although there is ample parking space, traffic congestion is something to be expected at all event venues.
By Metro to Signal Iduna Park
There are two underground lines that head to the Westfalenstadion – the U45 and U46. When you use either of these two lines, you need to get off at the “Westfalenhallen” stop. As you get off, you will already see the stadium; you just need to walk for about five minutes to get to it.
By Bus to Borussia Dortmund
The 450 bus line stops at “Westfalenhallen” – the same stop as the metro. So, once you get off, you will be within walking distance of the stadium. So, there is not too much to worry about.
By Bike to the Stadium
As the stadium is located in the city, it is possible to cycle to the Westfalenstadion if your hotel is close by. The bike trip should be around 10-20 minutes if you are located around the inner city area.
Signal Iduna Park Address
Signal Iduna Park
44139 Dortmund, Germany
To give you an idea of which tickets you should purchase for the best seats in the Westfalenstadion for your football trip: the stadium is subdivided into six categories, including standing seats and the VIP area.
The sides in the Westfalenstadion are:
If you’re booking your football trip with us, you’re ensured tickets from category 1 to 2 inclusive at all times. Tickets are subdivided into a number or categories. See the picture.
Once you’ve booked your football trip to Signal Iduna Park and received your match tickets, your ticket will display what’s below. Here’s a brief explanation of how the football tickets for Borussia Dortmund work.
Block (section) – this is the section of the stadium you need to enter from. As there are multiple entrances to the stadium, you need to ensure you use the appropriate entrance to get to your seat quickly. So, pay attention to this number.
Reihe (row) – as stated, this term translates to row. It means which row you will be seated in.
Platz (seat) – this number refers to the seat you will be sitting in. the final thing before kick-off is finding the right seat. Pay mind to your number so you do not accidentally walk past it!
FootballBreak does not sell individual ticket match tickets. You can, of course, come to us for the complete football trip.
No football trip to the Westfalenstadion is complete without booking a tour of the stadium. During the tour, you’re taken through this club’s fantastic past. Compared to other football stadium tours in Europe, it really is unique.
The tour features a guide, but also an audio player you can use while you walk around the stadium. You follow a pre-determined route for 120 minutes with opportunities to move freely in some areas.
Highlights of the tour include a walkthrough the Südtribune and the home dressing room, a chance to sit on the substitute bench, and a look at the media centre. Tours are available almost everyday except matchdays. The tour’s operating hours are between 10am and 6pm. Final admission is 17:30pm.
A tour costs between €9 and €11 depending on the day of the tour. Children below 18 may qualify for concessions. Generally, this means that the ticket price is lowered to €6
Before attending a Borussia Dortmund match, it’s nice to go for a bite to eat and a drink in the area surrounding the Westfalenstadion. Unlike the Allianz Arena in Munich, the Westfalenstadion is located in near the city centre of Dortmund. So, there are a couple of places where you can soak in the atmosphere before heading to the game, including:
Strobels is a bar and grill located within walking distance from Signal Iduna Park. They’ve got a good menu of items for fans looking for a few quick snacks and beers before the game.
Or a more substantial meal for people who are slightly more peckish. Some traditional German foods to try out include pretzels and currywurst.
At the Rote Erde Beer Garden, you can get some yourself a fresh pilsner and some snacks before the game starts. You also get a chance to experience a unique part of Borussia Dortmund history when you visit this beer garden. It used to be where the team played before they built the Westfalenstadion.
Borussia Dortmund was formed in 1909 by a group of young men who were unhappy with the local church club. So, unlike some other clubs, the club has a long list of founders as opposed to just a handful of people.
Originally, the parish priest in charge of the church club tried to break up the formation of the new team, but he failed to do so. Although the name “Borussia” translates to Prussia in Latin, the name actually comes from a nearby beer brewery that had the same name.
Initially, the team played in blue and white uniforms, but in 1913 they adopted the black and yellow that they’re famous for today.
Although the club nearly went bankrupt in their early days by signing too many professional footballers, they managed to stay afloat. Since then, they have grown into one of the top teams in Europe.
Initially, the club played without any real logo for about thirty years. Finally, in 1945, Dortmund created their first logo. The BVB stands for Ballspielverein Borussia and “09” stands for the year the club was formed.
Since its formation, the club’s logo has changed four times. The most recent update occurred in 1993. The core part of the logo – the BVB 09 – has remained unchanged since its initial version in 1945.
Der Alte Markt directly translates to “The Old Market”. It is one of the oldest city squares in the city, with suggested roots as far back as the 9th century. This area is often used for festivals, including the Dortmund Christmas market.
St. Reinold’s Church is the oldest existing church in Dortmund. It was built between 1250 and 1270. Although damaged several times throughout the centuries, it has been restored to its former glory with a tower reaching over 100m. With the church taking a strong place in the old market square, walking in for a short visit is simple.
Hohensyburg is the ruined castle present at the site Sigiburg – a Saxon hillfort. It was claimed by famed Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne in 772 and 775. So, if you love history from the Middle Ages, do yourself a favour and pay a visit to this historical landmark.
If you are a fan of international football, you will probably get a kick out of visiting the DFB-Museum. Opened in 2015, the museum documents all the history of the German national football team, including all the successes and failures.
Westfalenpark is a public park near the Westfalenstadion. Notable for having over 3,000 different types of roses on display, the park is must-see for anyone who loves nature. In addition, events, such as concerts and flea markets, are occasionally hosted at the park allowing for more exciting opportunities.
The hotel we stayed at (IBIS Dortmund City) was great, lovely staff, nice bar and breakfast and room small but nice, clean and suffice. Match tickets high up in stadium but still a great view and wonderful atmosphere. LOvely city, 2 nights and saw lots and walked loads - great food, expecially at the "Thier Am Markt" and the bar "Wenkers Bar" in Amt Markt.
Tip: Explore the city in full, soak up the culture, drink the local beer and eat the local food...and talk to to the locals!!
I was concerned about using FootballBreak as i hadn't heard of them before. However, I needn't have worried. The overall experience was smooth and trouble free. Everything came exactly when they said it would, the flights were on time and the hotel was clean and tidy. The tickets were at the hotel upon our arrival and the football match was incredible. Dortmund is renowned for its atmosphere and we really were blown away!
Tip: Not a big city for partying. There are, of course places to have a drink but if you are looking for a holiday to enjoy nightlife Dortmund is not the best.
Charlie on a mission.
Hotel much, much better than the reviews would have you believe. We had a refurbed room on the 7th floor and it was lovely. But - there were plumbing problems which were not dealt with and which, we suspect, the staff were well aware of. So avoid room 721. Stadium was great though tricky to find the right entrance and we had to check in my small rucksack. Seats were impossibly high, steep stairs to them and and no hand rails. Not for me and I was prepared to forgo the match rather than climb to the sears. The steward was lovely and organised a swap for some lower seats with two very kind fans. Impressed at the way the tickets arrived without any fuss and how things worked generally. Just wished we we had been able to stay in Dusseldorf which is a brilliant city, much more to do and see than Dortmund - and taken the train to the stadium.
Tip: Lots of good places to have breakfast on the station - one minute's walk - at half the price of the hotel's breakfast price. It's a 40 minute walk to the stadium and at least 15 minutes to get in, so leave in plenty of time. The city is quite dull but the people are lovely, very friendly and kind. Don't eat in the square - poor quality and over priced. Bus tour very interesting, much more so than most and well worth doing if you have time. Learned a lot about the city's heritage and industry - far more informative that other similar tours we've done. Hotel bar does not belong to the hotel (!) so be aware it's closed on Sundays . . .
We had a great time at the stadium. Our seats were pretty good and we could see well. I think the whole package was probably over priced given what I later learned about hotel cost and ticket prices but I was happy to have assured seats well in advance. Dortmund was lovely and easy to get around, the food and atmosphere was perfect.
Tip: Go early, the trains get packed beyond full. Don't be afraid to walk a little ways instead of waiting for the Stadium train.
I was a little suspect first of all of booking the trip with a company I had just found online but there wasn't any need to worry because everything was exactly as planned and described in the email regarding the trip, I could not of asked for a better package deal, service, flights hotel and match day tickets.
I have been to a fair few grounds around Europe and always wanted to go to watch borussia dortmund because of its famous yellow wall, forget any other ground I would recommend any football fan to go watch a game at the signal iduna park it is incredible. The yellow wall is impressive and they can make some serious noise and they jump up and down constantly which looks amazing, anyone that doesn't no about the yellow wall I would seriously recommend them to look it up. The atmosphere from start to finish was the best I have experienced even when dortmund was losing 2-0 it was noisy but the place erupted when they scored twice to get a draw.
Getting to and from the hotel to the stadium was simple, the underground basically takes you straight to the door. Booking through footballbreak.co.uk couldn't be easier it's simple and quick with no hassle it makes sense to book through this company, i've recommend it to my family and friends and will be booking with them again and again, they offer a great service I emailed them a couple of times and got a rapid reply answering all my questions.
Dortmund as a city didn't seem to have much of a night life but there's plenty to do during the day I will be going back, highly recommend going to watch borussia dortmund and use football break.co.uk.
Tip: Use the underground it will take you from hotel or town centre straight to the ground. Get there early as the queues to get in can get very big. You need a card to buy food and drink inside the ground but you can buy when inside.
The city itself was abit dull but the hotel was very good, right in the heart of the city and 10 min walk from the underground station, the game at signal iduna park was unreal the atmosphere was out of this world and the fans were great. Also did the stadium tour which was well worth it, you can either do it in german or english, paid €10 euro's and you can purchase tickets in the borusseum on the 2nd floor in the club shop. I would definitely go back again for the football the fans and the atmosphere was different class altogether.
Tip: Visit the westfalen park up tower amazing views over dortmund.