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Borussia Dortmund Home Stadium. Unger
Borussia Dortmund Home Stadium. Unger
Haus Rodenberg. Photo Anneke Wardenbach
Haus Rodenberg. Photo Anneke Wardenbach
Schloss (Castle) Bodelschwingh. Beckstet
Schloss (Castle) Bodelschwingh. Beckstet
Harbour and view of Church, Dortmund
Harbour and view of Church, Dortmund
WILO Headquarters. Photo Niklas Bildhauser
WILO Headquarters. Photo Niklas Bildhauser
Mahnmal Bittermark Memorial. MbDortmund
Mahnmal Bittermark Memorial. MbDortmund
Photo Dortmund Agency, Stefanie Kleemann
Photo Dortmund Agency, Stefanie Kleemann
Opera House at Night. Anneke Wardenbach
Opera House at Night. Anneke Wardenbach

Dortmund Information

Dortmund is the eighth largest city in Germany located on the Ruhr River in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The port of Dortmund is the largest European canal port and the city is known as Westphalia’s “Green Metropolis” because of its spacious open green spaces, parks and woodlands.

In 885 Dortmund started a small village named Throtmanni, which was destroyed by a fire and Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa in 1152 rebuilt the town where it became an Imperial free city. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Dortmund was a major centre for coal and steel production, which still shows today as global industrial companies like Thyssenkrupp, Wilo and Signal Iduna are headquartered in Dortmund.

The skyline of Dortmund is divided between modern architecture mixing with a blend of medieval style. The highest building in Dortmund is the modern RWE tower with the St Marien Church also displaying its historic view of the city. The Florianturm television tower also dominates the skyline and a great building to see is the U-Tower the former Dortmunder brewery now turned into a museum.

Other great museums to see include the Museum am Ostwall, the Museum of Natural History. German Cookery Book Museum, Steinwache Memorial and Museum and the Museum of Art and Cultural History that is the oldest museum in the Rhur district dating back over 300 years.

Nature lovers will enjoy Westfalen Park, Romberg Park and Fredenbaum Park with a wonderful display of fauna. To see some animals the Zoo Dortmund is located at Mergelteich Street.

As the city is home to the Borussia Dortmund football team, one of the most successful clubs in Germany, you may want to see a live game at the Signal Iduna Park stadium that is the biggest football stadium in Germany.

Dortmund also has one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany and hosts the world’s largest Christmas tree.

For more holiday information on the city of Dortmund you may also want to see the government website Dortmund Tourismus

Skyline of Dortmund and Ruhr River at Night. Photo by Holger H
Skyline of Dortmund and Ruhr River at Night. Photo by Holger H
Inside the Concert Hall in Dortmund. Photo Joseph Lehmkuhl
Inside the Concert Hall in Dortmund. Photo Joseph Lehmkuhl