Perfect for the view

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by missj1981 on July 8, 2011

At the end of May 2011 we went to Dortmund and we had perfect weather. The goal was actually to visit a restaurant in the evening, but we decided to also spent the afternoon at the Westfalen Park and drove to the Florianturm, the television tower in the city of Dortmund.

The tower is easy to reach. By car coming over the B54 following the signs to car parks which you have to pay and are around the park. When there are events in the Westfalenhallen it can be difficult to find a place but when we went we had no problems.

The park entry fee: Adults 3 € per person to pay but from 18 h you only pay € 1.50. Sometimes there are discounts tickets available which you can ask at the counter! Unfortunately when we were there we had no such luck.

The tower was built on the occasion of the National Garden Festival in 1959, so the tower is relatively new. It was 219, 6 m high when it was built but now it’s only 208,56 metres and serves as a lookout but also as a television tower. It’s operated and owned by the German Radio GmBH which is a subsidiary of the Deutsche Telekom. The tower was built of steel and concrete and has been restored twice in 1996 and 1998. At around 140 metres there are two viewing platforms which gives visitors a view over the city of Dortmund.

In the tower are still a few stations active as the media group RTL, ZDF and WDR and some more. There was a bungee platform in 2000 but due a fatal accident it was dismantled in 2009. All the way at the top you have a restaurant.

After a leisurely stroll through the park, we arrived at the tower. You pay and go up there. The trip is accompanied by a staff member and is not as quite as fast as we recently witnessed in Munich. The elevator is not really slow but we expected it to go a bit faster. It leads to the first platform and the second platform can be reached by stairs.

The view from the platform is great! You can see many attractions as the stadium, a mine and the Sauerland. What I only missed were a few signs telling you what everything was. On the platform it was quiet cold and windy, so you should really wear a jacket.

A brief experience, which is worth it. If you're in the park and have no height problems you should go up. Of course only in perfect weather you have clear visibility.
Florian Tower (Florianturm)
Westfalen Park
Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia

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