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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".

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

Zoo Dortmund

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

Campaign Launch

Image Campaign "Amazing Dortmund - One City Great Opportunities"

The city of Dortmund has for the occasion of News Year's Reception 2015 officially launched their new image campaign "Amazing Dortmund - One City Great Opportunities" more...

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Westfalenhallen celebrates 90th birthday


On November 28th 1925 a new chapter was opened in the German and European event history. About seven months after the start of the construction, the first Westfalenhalle opened. more…

Lights Christmas Market

Medieval Spectaculum in Dortmund


For the first time in Dortmund will take place from November 26th to January 3rd the fantastic "Medieval Lights-Christmas Market" with more than 100 stalls at Fredenbaumpark. more…

Christmas 2015

117th Dortmund Christmas market opens its doors


Finally its here: The Dortmunder Christmas market is open and invites with more than 300 stalls around the largest Christmas tree for a relaxing stroll. more…

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25 years German-Japanese Association

Dancing, singing and Ryukyu Karate were on the program of the well-attended ceremony on the 25th anniversary of the German-Japanese association on November 22nd at the foreign Intercultural Academy gGmbH.

Picture: Auslandsgesellschaft NRW

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