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Looking for information about business location Dortmund? Planning to spend a few days in Dortmund and not quite sure what to do and what to see? Well, you've landed at the right site: The official Dortmund city information system.


Magnifier: Click to enlarge The "Alter Markt" in Dortmund is the historical center of the city. It is located in the south of the shopping street "Westenhellweg".
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Like almost no other German city, Dortmund has seen enormous change in recent years. The former "steel city" developed into a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis, acquiring renown all across Europe as an innovative location for technological development.

But the biggest city in the Ruhr Valley also scores with a wide range of possibilities in the cultural and sporting sector, with extensive greens and a high quality of life.

Take the whole family on an outing to Dortmund – what a great idea! Even young tourists can find a load of activities that are sure to please. What about travelling back in time to the Ice Age? Perhaps a visit to Walter the orang-utan or Sandra, the giant anteater? The largest tepee in the world is also surely a great destination.

Everyone knows the BVB. And that’s a good thing! However, Dortmund has much more sports to offer than football. There are unlimited opportunities to participate in athletics here.

Culture enthusiasts will revel in Dortmund. Be awed by virtuoso concerts. Experience incredible intensity at the theatre. Discover the media art of the future. Dive into a world of coal, coke, and collegiality.

Business travellers will find everything they need in Dortmund for effective and successful work. Surrounded by one of the densest European motorway networks, with several airports, hourly ICE, IC, and EC trains, as well as excellent public transportation, Dortmund is at the centre of fast connections.

Leisure & Culture

Picture: Karl-Rainer Ledvina

Zoo Dortmund

About 1,500 animals in 230 species live in the Dortmund Zoo. more...

Urban Management

City-Concept-2030 throws a look at the future

How will the future of Dortmund's city in the areas of retail, restaurants, offices, culture, leisure and housing look like? more...


World premiere

New ballet gala "The Magic Mountain"


After three years of preparation, many rehearsals and intense exercise, "The Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann celebrates on Saturday, November 8th in Dortmund Opera House premiere. more…

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Musical Jesus Christ Superstar - A complete success


The crowd celebrated the premiere with standing applause immediately after the final cycle. The premiere on 19th October was a complete success. A few rest tickets for the next shows are available but you should be fast. more…

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Halloween Special: Creative carving with U-Tower

Danny Gießner carves for Halloween artful objects in the pumpkin. Last year Gießner has created a view of the Zeche Zollverein as a pumpkin-lantern. Each year, the templates become more complicated. For 2014, you can see the beautiful Dortmund U-Tower on the big orange pumkin.

Picture: Danny Giessner

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Dortmund's Museums

Art, technology and science

Preview: Webcam "Friedensplatz"


Take a look at Dortmund's City Centre

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo

Town Twinning

Dortmund's international partners

Picture: Gerd P. Müller

Concert Hall

Venue of international reputation

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