Volkswohlbund - View of the city garden ©Stadt Dortmund, Roland Gorecki


Dortmund – City of the Future with history

Around 587,000 people live in this vibrant city. They are proud of its 1100-year history and delight in welcoming visitors from all over the world to share its rich heritage.

In the Middle Ages, Dortmund was the only free imperial city in Westphalia and one of the wealthiest of the Hanseatic League. After World War 2, it grew to become one of Europe's major industrial centres.

Today, this thriving centre of learning and business offers you a taste of bustling city life, cultural diversity and the typical open-mindedness of the Ruhr, where it’s easy to strike up conversations with the locals.

It boasts a wide range of cultural attractions, excellent infrastructure and great leisure and recreational activities. And 63 percent of Dortmund is made up of green spaces, too!

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Facts & Figures

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Year 882

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51.51422 latitude and 7.465278 longitude

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What is the city known for?

  • Salzkuchen: a crispy bread roll shaped like a bagel, sprinkled with caraway seeds and salt and traditionally served with ground pork and onion
  • Dortmunder U: The old Union Brewery’s fermentation cellar and warehouse has been refurbished and reborn as a centre for arts and creativity. Its most striking feature, the Flying Pictures (a video installation by director Adolf Winkelmann), can be seen from far and wide and are a distinctive landmark on the city’s skyline