Dortmund has a lively and versatile cultural life and a million ways to spend your time. Whether it is the opera, road shows, treasures of the Middle Ages or economic history – you name it, Dortmund has got it. The Westphalian metropolis has something to cater for every taste.
Dortmund is a city of cultural energy and variety. Embedded in the Europe's largest arts & cultural landscape - in the Ruhr, that is - Dortmund's arts & culture scene is a byword for dynamism and innovation. Dortmund sees such energy as an opportunity and is shaping up as a centre of music and art.
Contemporary museums such as the Museum Ostwall for 20th century art, privately and municipally owned art galleries, theatres, the opera house and the richly varied music scene from jazz session to philharmonic concert… all living proof of Dortmund's cultural diversity.
One of the symbols of new Dortmund is the new Concert Hall, the Philarmonie für Westfalen. The excellent quality of its acoustics and architecture provide the basis for a range of concerts of international standing.
Other important input to cultural life in our town comes from the independent community of theatre people, artists, musicians and authors. Indeed, one of Dortmund's trademarks in this respect is the committed way the independent scene and the more established cultural bodies work together on joint projects.
The Dortmund Westfalenhallen programme is always well worth checking out for international pop shows, rock concerts, operas and sports events.
Meanwhile, if it's a bit of a thrill you want, Hohensyburg Casino (DE) is the place (set in beautiful surroundings too). Let Lady Fortune tempt you to have a flutter. Or simply enjoy the restaurant's culinary delights.
Beach volleyball in Westfalenpark
Picture: Benito Barajas
Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces. Spacious parks - Westfalenpark, for example - invite you to go for a jog or tarry awhile on a bench.
Other green highlights in Dortmund include: Dortmund Zoo and Romberg Park Botanical Gardens with a unique collection of foreign trees and shrubs. Also recommended: long walks on the city outskirts past Dortmund's chateaux and moated castles.
Dortmund has a world-wide reputation for professional sport. But there is a whole range of sports for the enthusiastic "amateur". The Signal-Iduna-Park (DE), home to the seven-time German football champion Borussia Dortmund, is only a stone’s throw away from the Westfalenhallen. One of the most modern stadiums of the Bundesliga (the German national league), it can accommodate more than 80,000 people.
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