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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

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Theatre Festival

The festival of independent theatre "Favoriten"


The festival of independent theatre "Favoriten" presents from 25th October to 1st November "Favoriten 2014" productions, workshops, plays and exhibitions in various performance venues. more…


The Harlem Gospel Singers at the Konzerthaus Dortmund


This winter, Queen Esther Marrow's The Harlem Gospel Singers Show returns to the stages of Europe. On January 5th, 2015 the queen will be seen at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. From September 22nd starts the presale. more…

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Westfalenhalle presents fair "Dortmund Herbst"

From 1st to 5th October the Westfalenhalle is a place to discover a colorful shopping and experience world. A total of five days, nine fairs with exciting entertainment for the whole family. As a visitor you can shop, test, enjoy, participate and take the opportunity to inform yourself extensively by numerous experts. Furthermore you can take advice on various topics.

The "Dortmund Herbst" connects regional exclusivity and high purchasing power. Over half of the visitors are from Dortmund or close surroundings, but also a number of visitors is travelling greater distance to visit the fairs.

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Micro!Festival 2014

In August at the "Friedensplatz" street artists and musicians from all over the world showed their kind of art.

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