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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".
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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.

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Zoo Dortmund

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


Image Campaign "Dortmund - full of surprises."

The city of Dortmund has for the occasion of News Year's Reception 2015 officially launched their new image campaign "Dortmund - full of surprises." more...


Signpost for refugees

Signpost indicating refugees the way to Hacheney


Different ways to find to the initial reception of the city of Dortmund in Hacheney at the Glückaufsegenstraße 60 - more signpost will help in the future. more…

Campaign launch

Image Campaign "Dortmund - full of surprises."


The city of Dortmund has for the occasion of New Year's Reception 2015 officially launched their new image campaign "Dortmund - full of surprises." Furthermore a new website for the campaign was launched. more…


International weeks in the “Intercultural Academy”


From the 16th January to 1st of February will be held the first international weeks in the “Intercultural Academy” in Dortmund. The program ranges from concerts and festivities to political speeches. more…

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New Ballet: The Magic Mountain - by Xin Peng Wang

After "Hamlet", "The Dream of the Red Chamber" and "Tales from the Vienna Woods" Dortmund ballet director Xin Peng Wang turns himself to another work of world literature, artistic monument and historical document. One Hundred Years of World War I, this is no cause for commemoration, but to think. What madness has led to this? What mood must people be so excited to go to death as in 1914?

In magical pictures Xin Peng Wang makes the world of the fin de siècle rise again and throws x-ray vision into the depths, lurking behind belles aesthetics. The Magic Mountain - a world goes out of breath.

After the world premiere on November 8th, more performances are going to be presented in the new year.

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Winterlights 2014/2015

From 6th of December to 11th January illuminate 15 light art with arround 100 light objects the Westfalenpark.

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