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Quick Facts
Government City of North Rhine-Westphalia
Currency Euro (EUR)
Area 280.31 km2
Population 601,350(2017 est.)
Language Official:German
Religion n/a
Electricity 230V/50Hz (Europlug, Type F, & Schuko plugs)
Time Zone UTC+1/+2

Dortmund [14] (Low German: Düörpm; Latin: Tremonia) is a city with a population of about 600,000 in the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany. It is in the middle part of the state and is considered to be the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the Ruhr area with some 5.21 million (2017) inhabitants.


Dortmund in five words: Honest, adorable, rough, cosmopolitan, ever-changing.

The city popping up first when people think of the Ruhr valley and that's no surprise. Being the largest Ruhr City, it is also the third largest by population after Cologne and Duesseldorf and the geographical center of the State North Rhine-Westphalia . Worldwide the City is foremost know for Beer (pale export/lager beer called Dortmunder) and the famous sports club "Ballspielverein Borussia 09", Borussia Dortmund or BVB fort short. However, the city is so much more than the reputation (Football, Beer and Industry) and has itself no need to shy away from the Cities on the Rhine. And yes, the city is no classy beauty and rough at first glance, though pretty honest, adorable and cordially at the second.

Founded around 882, Dortmund became an Imperial Free City. Throughout the 13th to 14th centuries, it was the "chief city" of the Rhine, Westphalia, the Netherlands Circle of the Hanseatic League. After the Thirty Years' War the city was destroyed and decreased in significance until the onset of industrialization. The city then became one of Germany's most important coal, steel and beer centres. Dortmund acquired the nickname Stahlstadt ("Steel City") in the 19th century, when it became the world center of steel production. Consequently the city was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany during World War II. The devastating bombing raids of 12 March 1945 destroyed 98% of buildings in the inner city center. This bombing raids with more than 1,110 aircraft was a record to a single target in World war II.The region has adapted since the collapse of its century long steel and coal industries and shifted to high technology biomedical technology, micro systems technology and also services.

In 2009, Dortmund was classified as a Node city in the Innovation Cities Index published by 2thinknow and is the most sustainable city in Germany. In November 2017, according to a study by data of German National Statistics Office, the National Employment Agency, Mercer, Handelsblatt, Numbeo and Immowelt, Dortmund was ranked on position seven as the most livable cities in Germany for expats. In September 2017, the New York Times praised the city of Dortmund, which has adapted since the collapse of its century long steel and coal industries and shifted to high technology biomedical technology, micro systems technology and also services as the hidden star of structural change with a good quality of life for employers. According tothe 2017 Global Least & Most Stressful Cities Ranking Dortmund is one of the least stressful cities in the World. It's ranked on place 27th out of 150 between Copenhagen and Vancouver and highly ranked in the category Traffic & Public Transport, Gender equality and debt per capital.


Dortmund Districts
Wallring ("Inner City")
Downtown, The Medieval city - a place almost without medieval buildings, but it is the historical heart of Dortmund, completely destroyed in second world war but dotted with church spires, some historic buildings like old town hall and Krügerpassage and excellent shopping venues. The German football Museum is a must for all football enthusiasts.
Hafenviertel ("Waterfront")
This district has evolved tremendously in recent years and is now one of the hippest places to live, with pubs, restaurants, art galleries with favorable lease for immigrants, students, and original, working-class Harbour inhabitants. In the next six years the old warehouse district will be change into a modern office location with local stores and gastronomy next to the port authority. Today the club ship "Herr Walther" Beach club is a great place to be in the summer.
Borsigplatz ("Borsig Square")
The Borsigplatz is probably one of the best known squares in the North-east (Nordstadt). Borussia Dortmund was founded nearby, north-east of the main railway station. The streets radiating outward to form a star shape, the sycamore in the middle of the square and the tramline running diagonally across the square give Borsigplatz its very own flair.
Kaiserviertel ("Emperor Village")
In this district numerous magnificent buildings from the 1900s and new buildings from the 1950s are located next to the heritage-protected State Mining Office Dortmund, several Courts, Consulate and the East Cemetery. The Moltkestreet also known as the Cherry Blossom Street, became famous after photographers started posting pictures of blooming trees. Every spring, usually in April, the street in the Kaiserstraßen district is booming with pink blossoms and attracts tourists - it has preserved a unique, conservative, upscale feel.
Gartenstadt ("Garden City")
A visit to these green suburb is interesting and satisfying, wilhelminian style apartment buildings, mansions mixed with Skyscrapers define the architecture. The area west of the train track has become very popular among young families with small children.
Saarlandstraßenviertel ("Saarland quarter")
A cosy neighbourhood south of the centre - less vibrant than Kreuzviertel, but with great architecture and really cool Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants along the Saarlandstraße.
Unlike the Downtown, the Kreuzviertel and Klinikviertel around the old medieval centre escaped damage in the second world war and post war redevelopment. Over 100 buildings remain protected as historic monuments. Kreuzviertel is now the most vibrant parts in the Ruhr Valley, and is home to numerous design and art stores. It is known for its many bars, clubs, pubs, and cafes, concentrated in the vicinity of Kreuzstraße and Vinke Square and create a day and nightlife atmosphere unique from the rest of the city. The Signal-Iduna Park and Westphalia Hall lying south of the Kreuzviertel.
For a long time, the neighbourhood at the Dortmunder U and along the Rheinischestraße was marked by vacancy and social distortion due to structural change. Today it is developing an inspiring young artist scene, with more and more students thanks to cheaper apartments near the university and a vibrant gastronomy. This development benefits strongly from the new, widely visible beacon, the art and creative centre Dortmunder U, opened in 2010. The Westpark is the green lung of the District and in the months between May and October a centre of the student urban life.

Tourist Information[edit]

There is a office for tourism information in the city center. Look for the signs: it is near the central station, next to the St.Petry Church.

The official contact data is:

  • Touristinfo Kampstraße, Kampstraße 80, 44137 Dortmund, Germany. +49 231 189990 (fax: +49 (0)231 18999 333', mail: [email protected]'). M-F 10:00AM-18:00, Sa-Su + Holidays 10AM - 4PM; New Year + New Year's Eve 10AM - 1PM; closed on December 25th + 26th.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Dortmund airport (IATA: DTM) is home to several low-cost airlines (easyJet, Wizzair, Eurowings and serves mainly national and European travellers. There is no direct train or tram connection to the airport, but there are shuttle buses between the airport and Dortmund central station or Holzwickede Station.

  • From and to Central Station: A non-stop AirportExpress bus can be found in front of the main railway station. The journey lasts 25-30min and costs €9.00 per passenger (children aged 6-14: €2; younger children free). This bus service is not covered by a travelcard. The AirportExpress run hourly (on the hour) during weekends, offer half hourly during busy hours of weekday.
  • via Aplerbeck The 490 bus travels past Aplerbeck U (15 minutes) where passengers can change to the U-bahn U47 which will go to the Hauptbahnhof via the major S-bahn/U-bahn hub, Stadtgarten. The total journey is approximately 45min. Tickets cost €2.80 or a travelcard can be used. This service runs half hourly from the airport.
  • From Holzwickede Station: A bus service (€3/passenger, €2 for children ages 6-13), runs regularly about every 20 minutes between 05:00 and 22:00. The trip to the terminal building takes c. 6 minutes. Alternatively you can walk directly (1.5km) from Holzwickede Station.
  • By taxi: currently costs around €25 to the City Centre. Drivers operate on the meter, if they don't, get a different taxi!

By train[edit]

Dortmund central train station

Dortmund's central station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) is a major stop for Deutsche Bahn (German state railway). There's different types of trains such as S-Bahn, Regionalbahn, and Regionalexpress.

All tickets will have to be validated before departure. For the trains like Regionalbahn or Regionalexpress there's an orange machine before you go up the stairs to the platform, where you have to stamp your ticket. The Stadtbahn Dortmund (DSW21) tickets for the local Ubahn (subway) and Strassenbahn (tram) service need to be validated on the actual trains although you will find stamp boxes at the entrance to the platform as well.

Failure to stamp the ticket in the appropriate machines ("entwerten") will result in either a 40 euro on- the-spot fine or being brought to a police station by the security where the police will request your I.D. such as your passport for later prosecution. Not being German, not understanding the language or complicated system, or the fact that you have purchased a ticket will not be accepted as excuses: if it is not stamped, it is not valid, and travelling with a non-stamped ticket is considered an offence.

By bus[edit]

The bus station is right behind of the train station. Many direct connections to cities all over Germany and Europe. [15]

By car[edit]

Dortmund can be reached using the motorway (Autobahn) A1, A2, A40, A42, A44 and A45, as well as the (Bundesstraßen) B1, B54 and B236. Those who want to drive in the city center should be aware that it is an "environment zone" similar to that found in many other large German cities. Cars are required to have a sticker declaring the car's pollution category.

Get around[edit]

Public transport[edit]

Dortmund is part of the VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr) a cooperation of the regional transportation companies, giving easy access to public transportation in the whole Ruhr District in S-Bahn, regional trains, subways and busses.

Dortmund's central station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) is the junction of the national railroad system with the city subway system und the regional train system. From here you can easily get transport into the center or any suburb via subway and bus. It is also easy to go to the neighbouring cities like Bochum, Essen, Düsseldorf, Münster, Köln (Cologne), Wuppertal and the rest of Northrhine-Westphalia and Germany by different regional or national train-lines.

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Dortmunder U
  • Dortmunder U The same way a one associates the city Paris with the Eiffel Tower, with London the Big Ben or Cologne with the Dom the city of Dortmund is associated with the U-Tower. This high-rise former brewery building has been a Dortmund landmark since 1927. It housed the Dortmunder Union Brauerei, which for a short time was the most productive brewery in West Germany. That trademark “U” on the roof was added in 1968 and stands nine metres tall. In 2010, to coincide with the Ruhr becoming European Capital of Culture, the Dortmunder U was turned into a centre of culture and creativity, hosting the Ostwall Museum, exhibition rooms, a restaurant, an art association and a campus for the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. Throughout the day the grid of panels under the “U” displays the “flying pictures” installation by the cinematic artist Adolf Winkelmann.
  • Ostwall Museum Dortmund’s modern and contemporary art museum was founded in 1948 and moved to the Dortmunder U in 2010. When the museum first opened it displayed the Expressionist and New Objectivity works that the Nazis had deemed “degenerate art”, and the museum swelled with the arrival of the Gröppel Collection in 1957. Expressionism is still the soul of the permanent exhibition and there are pieces by artists from both Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter, like Emil Nolde, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Franz Marc and August Macke. From later movements there are works by Alberto Giacometti, Otto Dix and Paul Klee, while the graphics collection is fabulous and has pieces by Picasso, Chagall, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.
Reinoldi and Marienkirche
  • Reinoldikirche are the main Churche in the city of Dortmund. The Baroque spire of St Reinold’s Church rises over Willy-Brandt-Platz at the geographical centre of Dortmund. The building was raised in the 13th century after a fire claimed its predecessor, and it has a Romanesque nave and Gothic chancel. In the middle ages St Reinold’s Church was Dortmund’s spiritual centre, and was the main parish church up to the Reformation in the 16th century. There’s a lot to see inside, like a 14th-century statue of St Reinoldus, a stool on the south side of the choir from 1462 and the magnificent retable on the high altar carved by the Flanders-born Master of Hakendover 1420. Be sure to scale the tower’s stairs to the observation platform just beneath the clock.
  • Stadthaus the Old Civic Hall, or Altes Stadthaus, a fine Neo-Renaissance structure built in 1899. A notable feature of the building’s façade is the large eagle representing the city of Dortmund. Another nearby old building worth seeing is Berswordt Hall, the Town Hall.
  • Marienkirche At the eastern end of Westenhellweg is the oldest standing church in Dortmund’s Innenstadt. The Marienkirche is a blend of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. It’s earliest sections were built in the 1100s while the later Gothic elements are from the 14th century. Sadly the Marienkirche was totally destroyed in the Second World War, but not before its medieval art had been removed for safe-keeping: The middle panel of the Beswordtaltar from 1380 has a Gothic painting evoking the Swoon of Mary. The Marienaltar meanwhile was composed by the Dortmund painter Conrad von Soest in 1420, and even though it was cut down in 1720 to fit a new Baroque reredos is still a masterwork of International Gothic art.
Alter Markt
  • Alter Markt, Dortmund’s marketplace for almost 900 years may have a modern aspect today, but is still the sociable centre of the city. Up to the Second World War the town hall for the Free and Hanseatic City was located on Alter Markt. In warm weather outdoor bar and cafe seating fills the plaza and turn the square into a giant beer garden, if Borussia Dortmund plays the Alter Markt completely black and yellow. There’s a reminder of the square’s trading history at the Bläserbrunnen fountain: The horn-player stature sculpted in 1901, and the pool underneath used to be a drinking fountain for livestock.
German Football Museum
  • German Football Museum, Platz der deutschen Einheit 1. When it was decided that the profits from Germany’s 2006 World Cup would be reinvested in a football museum, North Rhine-Westphalia was the obvious choice for the location. There’s a high concentration of well-supported football teams in this part of the country, but Dortmund as the football capital was picked for host city. The museum opened in 2015 and is about domestic German football and the “Mannschaft”, the German national team. The World Cup, European Championship and all others important trophies are on show, along with all kinds of memorabilia, interactive exhibits and quizzes. The museum finishes with a small indoor pitch for a friendly kick around and the Boulevard of Stars (footprints of famous player) next to the Königswall.
Zeche Zollern
  • Zeche Zollern and LWL Museum is the world's most beautiful coalmine. If you never thought a colliery could be beautiful, wait until you see Zeche Zollern, which has stylish Art Nouveau elements from the turn of the 20th century. The Berlin Jugendstil architect Bruno Möhring designed the central machine building, fronted by a stained glass window with blue and green panels. The colliery closed down in 1969 and since 1981 has been the headquarters for the LWL Industrial Museum, which has eight locations around Wesphalia and Lippe. The exhibition at Zeche Zollern goes into the social and cultural history of the Ruhr industrial region, while the surrounding buildings have been restored and opened up: The machine hall’s 100-year-old conveyers, converters and compressors are an exhilarating relic of the steam age.
Kokerei Hansa
  • Kokerei Hansa The Hansa Coking Plant is an awesome industrial monument located in Huckarde district, and a noteworthy stop on the Ruhr’s Industrial Heritage Trail . Guided tours and audio tours are given at this hulking facility that would receive anthracite from local collieries and convert it into coke or coke-oven gas.The construction was begun in the late 1920s and most of it is still standing after being shut down in 1992. Bring a camera, as there are loads of opportunities for dramatic photos, not least in the compressor room where the epic steam-powered gas piston compressors look like they’ve only just been turned off for the day.
Signal Iduna Park
  • Westfalenstadion (Signal-Iduna Park), Strobelallee 50. Home of the football club 'Borussia Dortmund', biggest stadium in Germany, voted by the 'Times' newspaper as the best stadium in the world, Highlight of the city. Besides the football matches every second week, they offer a 90 and a 120 minutes long tour, but even just from the outside it is magnificient. Note: Getting a ticket for a match via an official way is almost impossible if you are not a member. You can always get tickets for much much higher prices on the internet or on the black market in front of the stadium on matchday. Prices are between the official and the internet price.
Bodelschwingh Castle
  • Schloss Bodelschwingh Zur Hunnenboke, 44357, Bodelschwingh Castle, which was constructed upon oak posts, is one of the best-preserved buildings of this kind in the Ruhrgebiet and is, as a medieval moated castle from the 13th century, the biggest and most important moated castle in Dortmund. The castle, which includes a park and access yard, has been in family ownership for more than 700 years and is not open to the public. In the framework of the successful concept of "living and working" the utility buildings grouped around the courtyard have been converted into modern residential and commercial premises by the owner Baron zu Knyphausen. One can visit Schloss Bodelschwingh 'virtually' on the Internet. Interested visitors can thus take a look at the private grounds on photos and find out about the history of the castle.
  • Hohensyburg Popular destination in the south of Dortmund, Ruins of the Syburg (year 1100) Vincke-Tower and a beautiful view over the Ruhr Valley from the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial (end of 19th century)
  • TV Tower. The entrance to Dortmund’s television tower called Florian is on the north side of the Westfalenpark. It costs €2.50 to catch the lift to the observation deck, in addition to the €1.50 to enter the park. At just under 220 metres, the Florianturm is the 14th highest structure in Germany and for a brief time after it was completed in 1959 it was the tallest television tower. The elevator whizzes you to the two observation decks at 140 metres in no time at all. There’s no orientation board to point out the landmarks far below, but you can use a map on your phone as a substitute. Below the lower deck is a revolving restaurant if you’d like to pause over the view for a while longer.


Westfalenpark an TV Tower
  • Westfalenpark, Westfalenpark - An der Buschmühle 3, ☎ +49-231-50-26100 or -26116, Fax +49-231-5026111. Under the constant gaze of the Florianturm on the south side of Dortmund, the Westfalenpark is a paid-entry 70-hectare green space with a multitude of little attractions to keep you engaged a whole afternoon. The horticultural areas deserve a detour: The Deutsches Rosarium has 3,000 different rose varieties, but also stages annual events like the electronic Juicy Beats festival in summer and the Lichterfest (Festival of Lights) in winter. Another summer attraction is the chair lift, which opened in 1959 and runs on Sundays between a “Mountain” and “Valley” station 500 metres apart. There’s also a miniature railway, a bird enclosure with flamingos and a pond where you can hire a rowboat.
  • Rombergpark. At 65 hectares, Dortmund’s botanical gardens are among the largest in the world. They are named for the Romberg family whose estate was landscaped as an English park in 1822. The park came into the city’s hands in the 1920s, and thousands of perennials, flowering plants, medicinal herbs and trees have been planted. There are four greenhouses, for tropical vegetation, succulents, ferns and a mixture of camellias, lemon trees and jasmine. The older trees from the time of the Romberg estate are some of the tallest in North Rhine-Westphalia. The perennials are worth the trip alone, boxed by yew hedges and arranged according to colour. And the herb garden is just special, planted with more than 400 plant species, producing intoxicating scents in spring and summer.
  • Westpark The Westpark is the green lung of the Union and Keuzviertel and in the months between May and October a centre of the student urban lifestyle. Latino dances Friday during the summer season are worth recommending
  • Ostpark The Ostpark is the green lung of the Kaiserviertel and active cemetery. The interesting thing is the atmosphere between dignified burial, joggers many people that came to Ostpark to play football, take a sunbathing and simply enjoy the day.
  • Fredenbaumpark Lindenhorster Str. 6, 44147, ☎ +49 231 5024148. The Fredenbaum is a wide park (62 hectars) in the North, which is rather important as recreation area, and on which there take place events, flea markets and things like this.


  • Deutsches Fußball Museum (German Football Museum) [16], Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 44137, ☎ +49 231 22221954. When it was decided that the profits from Germany’s 2006 World Cup would be reinvested in a football museum, North Rhine-Westphalia was the obvious choice for the location. There’s a high concentration of well-supported football teams in this part of the country, but Dortmund as the football capital was picked for host city. The museum opened in 2015 and is about domestic German football and the “Mannschaft”, the German national team. The World Cup, European Championship and all others important trophies are on show, along with all kinds of memorabilia, interactive exhibits and quizzes. The museum finishes with a small indoor pitch for a friendly kick around and the Boulevard of Stars (footprints of famous player) next to the Königswall. Box office/ online ticketing: general €17/15; children under 14 years and students under 26 years €14/12; children under 6 free.
  • Museum of Art and Cultural History [17] (Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund), Hansastraße 3, 44137 Dortmund, ☎ +49 231 50-2 55 22, Fax +49 231 50-2 55 11. – The Museum building is an old art deco-style municipal savings bank. Apparently the oldest museum of its kind in the Ruhr district and tells the story of everyday life in Dortmund and the rest of Germany for the past 300 years.
  • Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde) [18], Münsterstraße 271, ☎ +49-231-5024856, Fax +49-231-5024852.
  • German Cookery Book Museum (Deutsches Kochbuchmuseum), An der Buschmühle. ☎ +49-231-5025741.
  • Steinwache’ Memorial and Museum (Mahn- und Gedenkstätte ‘Steinwache’) [19], Steinstr. 50 , 44147 Dortmund, ☎ +49 2 31 50-2 50 02 – The former police station and Gestapo headquarters just north of the central railway station. Hosts the permanent exhibition ‘Resistance and Persecution in Dortmund 1933-45’.
  • Brewery Museum (Brauereimusueum’) Steigerstraße 16, 44137 Dortmund, ☎+49 231 8400200. You cannot come to Dortmund without tasting at least a sip of their beer. Prepare to get thirsty by taking a tour. that consist of learning about history of brewed beer in Dortmund and follow the production of beer itself. Admission €5
  • DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung (DASA Working World Exhibition), Friedrich-Henkel-Weg 1-25, 44149 Dortmund,☎++49 231 90712479 . In spite of the somewhat bureaucratic full name (translating to "German exhibition of health and safety protection at the workplace"), the DASA is a very interesting museum dealing with many branches of work with a lot of hands-on activities.

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  • The Christmas Market [20] in Dortmund is one of the most visited Christmas markets in Germany with more than three and a half million visitors of 300 stalls around a gigantic Christmas tree creation that stands 45 metres tall. Made up of 1,700 individual fir trees, its 13,000 lights bathe the Christmas proceedings in a seasonal glow. Dortmund Visitor Centre, Max-von-der-Grün-Platz 5-6,44137 Dortmund
  • Borussia Dortmund [21] Even if you only have a passing interest in the sport you have to experience this 81,359-capacity stadium. A stadium tour is obligatory to witness the southern terrace, known as the “Gelbe Wand”, “Yellow Wall”. All the better if you come for a match when 24,454 fans make themselves heard on this stand. Tours typically run two to three times a day, generally at 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00pm, but the schedule varies depending on the season. There are additional tours on the weekend, including one English-language tour. The tour costs €12.00, which includes the museum. For more information email [email protected] or call +49 231 90 20 6600.
  • Salsa Open Airs at Dortmund Westpark In the Westpark there’s a remarkable community that gathers every Friday to partake in them. Some weeks up to 100 people fill the Westpark’s temporary dance-floor with passion and contagious joy. From June until the end of September everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you’re a professional or a newbie.
  • August Krämer Brennerei,Likörfabrik & Schokolaterie, “Schwanenwall, “+49. a fifth generation distillery and one of the last places manufacturing spirits, liquors and chocolates in a 150 year old tradition. Look into the production hidden in a beautiful backyard or ask the owners about there secret recipes. “”.  edit
  • Bergmann Kiosk exceptional location but an absolute must for every beer lover. Old and converted bus stop with charm of "the good old days". Hoher Wall 36, 44137 Dortmund. Phone +49 231 7002590
  • Deusenberg (120 m ü.NN) is a old slag heap in the north of Downtown - Huckarde District. Its located right next to the coking plant Hansa and 5 minutes from the port. It is a perfect place for those who want a small hike or bike ride. The a 360-degree view of the surroundings is breathtaking and you can see all attractions. free. Lindberghstraße 51, 44369 Dortmund.
  • Lake Phoenix [22] is one of the largest urban development projects in Germany. On the area of the former blast furnace and steel plant site of ThyssenKrupp newly formed and developed a new recreational area. On a terrain nearly the size of 300 football pitches, modern living, working, restaurants and bars and lifestyle spaces are now being created. The new lake invites for walking, jogging, cycling or skating. The 3.2 km long pedestrian and bicycle paths invite visitors to relax, as well as to sporting activities. One of the highlights is a man-made lake with a surface area of 24 hectares, which is larger than Hamburg’s Inner Alster. Hörder Burgstraße 11, 44263.

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Westenhellweg around St. Reynolds

The Westenhellweg is a popular shopping destination and with nearly 13,000 visitors per hour it was Germany's most frequented shopping street. Together with the Ostenhellweg this old trading route runs through Dortmund city centre like a pulsing vein. When Dortmund was still a Hanseatic city, wagons rolled along here laden with salt and silk, because back in the Middle Ages, the only free imperial city in Westphalia was already regarded as an important centre of trade. Today some of the most reputed shops, department stores, and labels have their stores here. It is a pedestrian-only area and is bordered by the Reinoldikirche in the east and U-Tower in the west. The Westenhellweg has one of the highest rents for retail and office space in North Rhine-Westphalia. 85 percent of the shops are retail chains such as H&M, Saturn, Esprit, Zara or NewYorker. In 2009 a new shopping mall named Thier-Galerie opened there with nearly 100 stores and chains like Armani, Adidas, Diesel and Hollister.

Three more shopping malls occupy the Thier-Galerie, Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt, as well as large fashion retail clothing stores from Peek & Cloppenburg and C&A. During the month before Christmas, the extended pedestrian-only zone is host to Dortmund Christmas Market, one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Germany. With more than 3.5 million visitors and 300 stalls around a gigantic Christmas tree that stands 45 metres tall, it is one of the most visited and popular market in the world.

In close proximity to the Dortmund concert hall lies the Brückstraßenviertel- a quarter hub especially for young people. The "Rue de Pommes Frites", which is what the Dortmund citizens have called the Brückstraße for a long time, has turned into a modern, young shopping promenade.

For a long time the Kampstraße had a shadowy existence as parallel street to the Westenhellweg and Ostenhellweg, but it has now become a grand boulevard which contains specialist stores. Right next to the Kampstraße is the Kleppingstraße, an expensive shopping street with prestigious shops.

Kleppingstraße – is a shopping street with high concentration of gastronomy and expensive, prestigious shops like van Laack, Lindner Fashion, Marc Cain. It is located between the Ostenhellweg and Neutor to Wallring.

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Dortmunder Saltcake and Export beer

Traditional meals in the region are Pfefferpotthast (kind of Goulash with a lot of beef), Balkenbrij, Heaven and Earth (Himmel und Äd; black pudding with stewed apples mixed with mashed potatoes), Currywurst and Pumpernickel with Griebenschmalz (German lard with crispy pieces of pork skin).

In summer the people like to eat a Dortmunder Salzkuchen (Bread buns with caraway fruits, salt, meat and onions). Also a special meal in the winter is Reibekuchen (fried potato pancake served with apple sauce).

A wide range of different kind of fast food can be found on 'Brückstraße', lot of vegetarian food, Döner Kebab, Burgers, Pizza and so on. On the weekends your best bet for a late night snack.

Also you can eat some sausages in one of the typical "Bierhäuser" or in one of the big restaurants.

  • nastraj, Leopoldstr. , [0] 231 / 4862
  • Eiskaffee Roma, Neugasse, [0] 231 / 4863
  • Mykonos, Schönstr. , [0] 231 / 17195
  • Hellas7, Alte Gasse, [0] 231 / 4127
  • Zum Goldenen Anker, Lorchheimer-Str, [0] 231 / 22734
  • Bacchus, Ringstr., [0] 231 / 24687
  • Dilo, Eichenweg, [0] 231 / 29018
  • Drei Groschen Keller, Allers Weg, [0] 231 / 15318
  • Vetter, Promenadeplatz, [0] 231 / 7732
  • Schneider, Breisacherstr. , [0] 231 / 22514
  • Golden Tweenis, Tiergarten, [0] 231 / 23785
  • Brinkhoff, Leisberg, [0] 231 / 72
  • Pamukkale Grill, Luisenstr. 36/Dudenstr., [0] 231 / 163324 City South, Famous Döner Restaurant on the way to Westfalenhalle
  • Kartoffel Lord, Gerberstraße 1 (city center), has tasty Soy-Burgers, Wraps with soy-"meat" and filled potatoes. Many vegan options as well. But beware: The sign at the entrance says "vegetarian cuisine" but the menu contains some dishes with killed sea animals. (example: "Krabben" means crabs or prawns)


  • Palmgarden, Hohensyburgstraße 200, 44265 Dortmund, , Phone: +49 231 7740735, [23]. International, nouveau cuisine, only Michelin star restaurant in Dortmund. T-Sa 19:00-22:30.
  • HOHOFFS 800° - The Farmhouse, Deusener Str. 215, 44369 Dortmund, Phone: +49 231 92699605,[[24]. Steak House. Open Mo-Sa from 7PM-11PM.
  • EMIL Grill & Meer[25] Emil-Moog-Platz, 44137 Dortmund, Phone: +49 231 47647814. Fish and Steak restaurant in the U-Tower ; very stylish, very good cuisine. Reservations essential.
  • Vida [26], Hagener Str. 231, 44229 Dortmund Phone: +49 231 95009940. Michelin star quality food and drinks are served here. Its a bit out of way from the city centre, but well worth a visit. Do book a table in advance!!

Drink[edit][add listing]

Dortmund had more than 550 years of brewing tradition, some of the oldest breweries in Westphalia are founded around the Old Market in Dortmund. Dortmund is known for its pale lager beer called Dortmunder Export or Dortmunder, it became popular with industrial workers and was responsible for Dortmunder Union becoming Germany's largest brewery and Dortmund having the highest concentration of breweries in Germany. Popular and traditionally beer brands are Dortmunder Actien Brauerei, Bergmann Bier, Kronen, Union, Brinkhoff's, Dortmunder Hansa, Hövels, Ritter, Thier and Stifts.

"Stösschen" is a beer in a small glass "Stösschen" 0.2 litres and can be drunk in about two draughts. The idea of a Stößchen came about in the 19th century when people would have to wait at the level crossing to cross the Nordstadt Railway Line that divided the city centre from the Nordstadt district. A local innkeeper saw the potential of serving quick drinks to people waiting, and a Dortmund tradition began.

The Dortmunder Tropfen Schnaps is a type of liqueur that is flavored with herbs or spices and traditionally drunk neat as a digestif.


The Hövels Brewery with beer garden is very popular with tourist from all over Europe.
  • Hövels Hausbrauerei [27] (Hoher Wall 5, 44137 Dortmund, +49 231 914547) This bar (beer garden) is part of the local Hövels brewery, for those seeking a more authentic local watering hole. The locally brewed beers are on offer, and some great pub grub is served too.
  • Bergmann Kiosk [28], Hoher Wall 36, 44137 Dortmund, opposite the Hövels Beergarden you'll find the less touristy version. The Bergmann Kiosk is a converted gas station from the sixties, which was converted by the small Bergmann Brauererei to a hole in the wall. Local people meet here at every kind of weather to drink beer at this open air place
  • Black End [29], Hoher Wall 34, 44137 Dortmund. Next door to the Bergmann Kiosk, this Metal Pub with rather Ozzy Osborne-Style interieur serves drinks like "Drachenblut" (Dragon's blood) to the local headbanger crowd.
  • Brinkhoffs Nr.1 [30], Markt 6, 44137 Dortmund, Germany
  • Domicil, Live Music Bar. Hansastraße 7-11, 44137 Dortmund
  • Gänsemarkt, typical german tavern. Schuhhof 8, 44137 Dortmund
  • Zum alten Markt [31] This bar is very traditional. Markt 3, 44137 Dortmund
  • Wenker's Beer House [32] One of the best pub for beer lovers
  • Cottons, 44137 Dortmund, Germany (Markt 5, 44137 Dortmund, Germany)
  • Bierhaus Stade, Live Music and football Bar, with a huge roofed area. Betenstraße 3, 44137 Dortmund
  • Kronen am Rathaus, Balkenstraße 10, 44137 Dortmund
  • Ratsschänke, old Dortmund Pub with Ruhr's raspy regional charm. Prinzenstraße 7, 44135 Dortmund
  • iROOM, Cocktail Bar with a great terrace. Kampstraße 45, 44137 Dortmund
  • Happy Happy Ding Dong, Brüderweg 9, 44135 Dortmund
  • Cafe Banane [33], Rheinische Str. 14, 44137 Dortmund, close to the Clubs "Marlene" and "FZW" is a legendary rock cafe, where you might meet people from the Bollock Brothers as well as the local heroes drinking their beer on the bar.
  • Boomerang,Kuckelke 20, 44135 Dortmund. Australian pub.
  • Klubhaus1249, Kleppingstraße 37, 44135 Dortmund
  • die Schenke, Gerberstraße 3, 44135 Dortmund
  • Lütge Eck, cult tavern with Ruhr's raspy regional charm. Lütge Brückstraße 1, 44135 Dortmund
  • Zum Schlips, carefully restored tavern with original tiles and paintings from 1956 named after traditional Dortmunder Liquor "August mit dem Schlips". Brückstraße 64, 44135 Dortmund

The Kreuzviertel district in the south of the Downtown with historically beautiful architecture, lively pubs and cafes offers a great variety of leisure and free-time activities is a better alternative and the trendy neighbourhood in the Ruhr valley. The Kreuzviertel is also popular by local fans and those visiting of Borussia Dortmund as a last resort for drinking a cheep beer in the numerous Pubs around the Signal Iduna Park in the South of the Kreuzviertel.


VIEW Rooftop party Club - under the big U

Dortmund offers a variety of restaurants, bars and clubs. Clubs concentrate in and around the city centre (Wallring) and the Kreuzviertel district. In the last years the Kaiserviertel in the east of the city center growing up as a new Bohemianism with a lot of Bars, Cafes and Restaurants.

  • Domicil, Hansastr.7-11, 44137 Dortmund, [1]. One of the best jazz clubs in Germany and repeatedly voted as one of the "100 best places to listen to jazz" by New York Down Beat Magazine.  edit
  • FZW, [2]. After the Molotov in Hamburg and the Berghain in Berlin, the FZW (Freizeitzentrum West) in the Union district is one of the three best clubs in Germany. With 307 events in 2015, including concerts, parties, festivals, readings and football public viewings have strengthened the FZW's reputation as an "it club" in the Ruhr region.  edit
  • Nightrooms, [3].  edit
  • View, [4]. Rooftop Club in the U-Tower (65m), perfect night overview.  edit
  • Anton's Bierkönig, Bissenkamp 11-13, Dortmund, [5]. Hilarious! Lots of beer and young people.  edit
  • Spirit. Rock, Metal, Heavy Metal, Pop Rock. It's got a reputation for cheap drinks like 1EUR/beer and excellent Fußball ("Kicker"). You'll meet some of the best players there.  edit
  • Oma Doris. Formerly known as Hösels  edit
  • Prisma, [6]. A large discotheque in the north of Dortmund.  edit
  • Marlene. Small club next to the Dortmunder U, famous by BVB Players.  edit
  • Daddy Blatzheim. Electro Club in the Westfalenpark.  edit
  • Diskothek Village.  edit
  • Silent Sinners. Small club for students in Kreuzviertel district.  edit
  • Rush Hour. Arge discotheque for RnB and Black music Fans.  edit
  • Moog. Electro Club in the U-Tower.  edit
  • Alter Weinkeller. Wine cellar with brick vaults & wall paintings, available for celebrations, meetings & events.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotel Specht
  • Novum Hotel Unique 4*, Hoher Wall 38, 44137 Dortmund, +49 231 560500, [7]. Beautiful design, friendly staff and a very good rooms".  edit
  • Königshof 3*, Königswall 4, 44137 Dortmund, +49 231 57041, [8]. Good rooms next to the central station".  edit
  • B&B Hotel 2*, Burgwall 5, 44135 Dortmund, +49 231 58989970, [9]. clean and comfortable budget hotel".  edit
  • Hotel Esplanade 4*, Burgwall 3, 44135 Dortmund, +49 231 58530, [10]. Great location near the train station. Very modern with good sized rooms. Great breakfast and outside seating area. ".  edit
  • Dortmund City Hotel 4*, Silberstrasse 37-43 44137 Dortmund, 02 31 477966, [11]. checkout: 11:00. Very pleasant hotel and staff. Extremely nice rooms, and central.  edit
  • NH Dortmund 4*, Königswall, 1. D-44137 Dortmund, +49.231.90550, [12]. 4* hotel located in the heart of the city. The hotel offers 190 bedrooms and suites, a sauna, fitness area and the ideal location. Rooms from 63€.  edit
  • The Grey 4*, Schmiedingstraße 11-13, 44137, +49 231 41910300, [13]. Beautiful design Hotel, practically in the city center without having noisy traffic or suc".  edit
  • Dorint Grand Hotel - An Den Westfalenhallen [35] (Lindemannstrasse 88, 44137 Dortmund, (+49)231/91130 ) This 4 star hotel is South of the centre (about 15 to 20 minutes walk, or around 7 Euro in a taxi) but very handy (less than 5 minutes walk) for the Westfalenhallen (Exhibition Centre) and the football stadium.
  • Mercure Hotel Dortmund City [36] (Kampstrasse 35-37, 44137 Dortmund, (+49)231/58970 ) This 3 star hotel is in the centre of the city, less than 5 minutes from the main station and a few minutes from the main shopping street.
  • Ibis Dortmund [37] (Märkische Strasse 73, 44141 Dortmund) This Ibis is South of the centre, around 10 to 15 minutes walk away. It is only 1km from the Westfalenhallen and the football stadium.
  • A&O Hostel [38], Königswall 2, 44137 Dortmund. Hostel with 8-bed-dorms from 17€, located in the Brückstraße, one of Dortmund's most vibrant areas with many bars and fast food restaurants.
  • Hostel Ruhgebiet [39], 8-bed-dorms from 17€, located in the Kreuzviertel, one of Dortmund's most vibrant areas with many bars and restaurants


Dortmund Tourist and Information Office [40], Königswall 18a, Tel. +49-231-18999222, Fax +49-231-18999333, [email protected]

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