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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...

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...


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Final shoe from Götze presented at Football Museum

With the left shoe Mario Götze scored the winning goal 1:0 in the World Cup final in 2014. Now the shoe will be presented at the German Football Museum in Dortmund. An anonymous benefactor has provided the valuable sample. more…

Public wireless access

Free WiFi for the city of Dortmund


In the future the Dortmund City intends to propose comprehensive and free Wi-Fi network for the whole City. DOKOM21, Dortmunds local provider, provides the infrastructure and works with hotspots. more…


Dortmund tour-calendar 2015 published


The calendar with the Dortmund-tours of the first half of the year 2015 is now available. Varied, interesting and sometimes unusual is the tour program for the first half of the year. more…

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HOLIDAY ON ICE with a new show PASSION

With glamor and excitement to the new season: From 22nd to 25th of January 2015 HOLIDAY ON ICE presents the new show "PASSION" in the Westfalenhalle.

The brand new production allows the viewers an unprecedented exclusive look behind the scenes at HOLIDAY ON ICE. Connected with the popular mix of traditional elements, stunning special acts, moving music and modern technology, this show presents a whole new emotional highlight in their 70-year existence. PASSION takes the audience on a journey that is shaped by the experiences of each figure skater. Inspired by the dreams and experiences of the HOLIDAY ON ICE ensembles, this production reflects the history from a newly discovered passion of skating, as a child.

The show PASSION combines stunning figure skating with stirring music and modern art elements, thereby the show is setting new standards in the over 70-year-old HOLIDAY ON ICE history. Until February 2015 the new production is touring with over 110 performances nationwide through 13 cities.


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Dortmund's international partners

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Concert Hall

Venue of international reputation


Dortmund's Museums

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Sustainability Award 2014

Dortmund masters the structural change impressive.

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