German Football Museum (Deutsches Fussball Museum)
Divided into three sections, exhibitions at the German Football Museum are inspired by the game, and tickets offer full access. The First Half chronicles the numerous victories of the national teams—both men’s and women’s—with an impressive display of trophies, as well as some interesting commentary on football during different periods of Germany’s political history. The Second Half focuses on the various teams, fan culture, and football’s social significance, while the basement exhibition Extra Time lets fans loose on a football pitch.
Things to Know Before You Go
Plan to spend around two hours at the museum.
Purchase your tickets in advance for the best prices.
Visitor facilities include a gift shop, a bistro, a bar-restaurant, and coin lockers.
The museum is wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The German Football Museum is located in Dortmund, a short walk from the city’s main train station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof). Regular trains run from cities such as Dusseldorf, Cologne, and Munster.
When to Get There
The German Football Museum is open daily except Mondays, and last entry is an hour before closing. It’s worth driving past in the evening hours to see the building at its most impressive—the illuminated LED facade appears to glow against the night sky.
Things to Do in Dortmund
In addition to the German Football Museum, Dortmund has a number of family attractions. Pack a picnic and head to Westfalen Park, or take a Segway tour of the Romberg Botanical Gardens. In nearby Oberhausen, visit the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre or SEA LIFE® Oberhausen, with Germany’s largest shark-breeding center.
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