4 days in Dortmund & Cologne Itinerary

4 days in Dortmund & Cologne Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Dortmund
— 1 night
Drive
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Cologne
— 2 nights
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Dortmund — 1 night

Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Marienkirche.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dortmund driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Dortmund is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Dortmund, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, expect nights in Dortmund to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cologne.
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Cologne — 2 nights

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Koelner Zoo and then get in on the family fun at Phantasialand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, then snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne online vacation planner.

Getting from Dortmund to Cologne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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