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Dortmund, located in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, is the eight-largest city in Germany. Since time immemorial, Dortmund was deemed the main industrial city of the Ruhr Region, made famous by its coal mines, steel manufacturing plants and beer breweries. Now, the city, home to around 600,000 people, has entered a new economic and cultural era. Dortmund is crossed by the Emscher River, and has the largest European canal harbour, which connects it with the North Sea.

Due to the fact that more than half the territory of Dortmund is comprised of green zones (parks, bodies of water, meadows, lawns, squares, etc.), the city is considered to be the North Rhine-Westphalia’s Garden of Babylon. Both locals and city guests like to spend their free time here. The largest green space is called the Westfalenpark, and has an impressive restaurant, built 209 metres above the ground. Since it opens up on a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings, the restaurant is very popular among tourists. The Romberg and Fredenbaum parks are excellent for picnics and other recreational activities, while those who like to sunbathe usually gather in the Solendo Beach, situated in Dortmund’s harbour area. For families with little children, a visit the city zoo wouldn’t go amiss.

Football Stadium Dortmund
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Football Stadium Dortmund

Dortmund has deep-rooted sports traditions. One of the most famous European sports clubs – Borussia – has been the city symbol for a long time. Dortmund also has one of the largest football stadiums in the country. The city often hosts various large-scale sporting events, such as ice-hockey championships, international horse riding tournaments, etc. Those who like to exercise themselves can choose from an array of different sports – from badminton to football, and basketball to martial arts. Sports sessions take place in sports clubs and other grounds, which are more than abundant here. Mountain bike tracks, swimming pools, rock climbing walls, ice skating arenas, indoor skiing tracks, golf courses – active recreation enthusiasts will find everything they may possibly desire here.

Beer has been brewed in Dortmund since 1239. Today, the six main breweries of the city make about 700 million litres of this drink every year. Most city locals hold the period between 1950 and 1970 – when the city was held to be the European beer capital – to be the most important time for beer making. The Dortmund Brewery Museum reveals the history of brewing beer in the Ruhr Region from the Middle Ages to the present day.

While in Dortmund, be sure to try the local Stoschen beer which is usually served in a small glass that can be emptied in two gulps. If you decide to stick with the tradition of having some special, uniquely spiced sausages and cabbage along with your beer, you’re certain to order many of the small glasses…

People visit the Old Town
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People visit the Old Town

The noisy downtown area of Dortmund, with its many small shops, cafés and restaurants, is the real business card of the city. The old Market Square, where merchants used to trade in medieval times, is now an excellent pedestrian zone.

Dortmund has many museums which do a great job at displaying the city history and its path to becoming an industrial centre. The Museum of Natural History, giving us a glimpse into the evolution of Earth, exhibits the different ores and minerals that were excavated during recent centuries. The Museum of Art and Cultural History shows how the people of Ruhr lived from prehistoric times to the 20th century. And the Hoesch-Museum, situated in a big, old steel factory, is dedicated to the steel industry, which evolved in the region over centuries.

Dortmund - city in Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr Metropolitan Region)
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Dortmund - city in Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr Metropolitan Region)

The city also has its own cultural and entertainment traditions. An especially large number of people come here for the Christmas fairs and the country’s tallest Christmas tree. The annual Museum Night and the especially famous Cocktail Night both happen here in September. During the night, the merry crowds can use several special public transportation routes. In the summer, many people come to Dortmund to see the Light Festival and the city’s many musical events.

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