Day Trip: Borussia Dortmund “Signal Iduna Park” Stadium tour

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My home base for the day was the city of Cologne which is the train station with the most connections in the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany (which consist of other football cities such as Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Schalke etc).

Cologne HBF (the main station in Cologne) and also one of the most confusing train station I've ever visited

Cologne HBF (the main station in Cologne) and also one of the most confusing train station I’ve ever visited

DIRECTIONS from Cologne

The trip from Cologne to Dortmund will take approximately 1 hour 40 mins. Not to be confused with Dortmund HBF (the main train station), the nearest station is Signal Iduna Park station and you need to change train at HBF.

What ticket to buy?

A one-way trip to Dortmund will cost a whopping EUR23 per person using a normal ticket.

However, DB Bahn have a special regional pass called “SchonerTag NRW ticket” which gives the holder unlimited train travel in the North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) region (which includes both Dortmund and Cologne). The pass cost EUR 28 (for one person) and EUR 41 (for up to 5 person – yes you read that right. The trip becomes cheaper when you have more people going).

Pass Name: Schoner Tag NRW Ticket

Validity: Unlimited travel within NRW from 9am to 3 am (of the following day)

Price: EUR 28 (1 person), EUR 41 (up to 5 people)

Where to purchase : Any DB Bahn machine in the station

Read this link for more details

The train schedule and necessary connections can be checked at DB Bahn website here: DB Bahn

How and where to buy ticket to the stadium tour

When I went in May 2015, you cannot purchase the ticket to the stadium tour online in advance. The ticket have to be purchased at Borusseum (Borussia Museum) which is a building connected to the stadium. The tour will also start from Borusseum.

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Walkway to Borusseum (after taking elevator up)

Inside Borusseum

Inside Borusseum (free entrance)

However, when I checked the website in September 2015, it seems that there is an online purchase system set-up for the ticket. Can’t review on how reliable the online ticketing is since I didn’t get to try it. Price for 1 adult ticket is EUR12. There might be changes to the price but the info and link to buy the ticket is here : BVB Stadium Tour Official

There is only one session for English tour which starts at 1.40pm for a maximum of 40 people (check website for any updated schedule). Do come a bit earlier especially on a weekend if you want to secure a spot without any online purchase.

On the day that I went, the U21 BVB team was having a match in the field beside the stadium. It gives a bit of sneak peek of the matchday atmosphere. However, as the U21 team shares the same changing room as the main team, it means that no player changing room visit for the day. 😭😭

The tour instead starts from the press conference room (which is usually only for PLUS arena tour -but since we couldn’t go to the changing room they gave this as compensation).

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Press conference room where we can pretend that we’re important

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View of the pitch from the seat opposite the famous “Yellow wall”

Press interview hall , where players usually hold post match interviews

Press interview hall , where players usually hold post match interviews

View of player tunnel. According to our guide it's the narrowest player tunnel in Bundesliga. Purposely left small to create a sense of togetherness

View of player tunnel. According to our guide it’s the narrowest player tunnel in Bundesliga. Purposely left narrow to create a sense of togetherness

Player bench which I swear have the comfiest chair. No wonder they always look so comfortable sitting there

Player bench which I swear have the comfiest chair

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View of the stands from the pitch. Small note, if you are planning to go to FC Bayern’s stadium visit, you are not allowed on the pitch/player bench

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View from the “Yellow Wall” seats

At the end of the tour, you will be led to the exit which “coincidentally” nearby the entrance of the Fanshop. The fanshop is just outside the stadium so most probably you’ll see it when you reach the stadium anyway.

The fanshop sign

The fanshop sign

Store displays inside the fanshop

Store displays inside the fanshop

All in all, the stadium tour is definitely a recommended experience. Even for non-fans, I would think that everyone would be impressed with the level of passion and love the fans have for BVB. I can feel that even our stadium tour guide was a big fan of Borussia Dortmund by the way he explained about the importance of the fans’ support in their success.

Personally, I love BVB but Bayern have always been my No. 1 team. However, Allianz Arena felt more like a commercialize stadium where the FCB logo can easily be changed to another team if there is a need to. But here you can really feel the spirit of BVB.

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