6 days in Cologne & Dortmund Itinerary

6 days in Cologne & Dortmund Itinerary

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6 days in Cologne & Dortmund Itinerary

Start: Cologne
1
Cologne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dortmund
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Cologne

2
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kolner Dom and Aachen Cathedral (Dom). Do your shopping at Konigsallee and Altstadt. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cologne: Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem), Sengbachtalsperre (in Solingen) and Burg Eltz (in Wierschem). There's more to do: examine the collection at Chocolate Museum and explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip itinerary builder site .

If you are flying in from Mauritius, the closest major airports are Düsseldorf Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport, Dortmund Airport and Weeze Airport. In October in Cologne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Dortmund.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Dusseldorf, Sengbachtalsperre, Aachen Cathedral, Eltz Castle, Reichsburg Cochem
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Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral

3
nights
Dortmund

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a stroll around Gasometer Oberhausen and then take an in-depth tour of LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at CentrO, then steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, then identify plant and animal life at Bergehalde Grosses Holz, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at German Football Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dortmund trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cologne to Dortmund in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Dortmund

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Oberhausen, Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Bergehalde Grosses Holz, LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten
Highlights from your plan
German Football Museum ©
German Football Museum
LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten ©
LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten

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