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


Dortmund: diverse, unique, lively

Welcome to Dortmund! Its modern face is one of economic renewal and new technologies. Before its metamorphosis, Dortmund revolved around coal, steel and beer. And before that, it was one of the wealthiest and most important Hanseatic cities.

The legacies and names of old merchant families like Klepping, Berswordt and Sudermann linger on in the city centre. Past and present sit side by side – especially at Dortmund’s industrial heritage sites. The magnificent Zollern colliery is now an industrial museum, while the PHOENIX Lake invites you to take a stroll on the site of a former steelworks.

Talking of strolling: With an abundance of parks and woodlands, Dortmund is one of Europe’s greenest cities! And talking of Europe: We have our own airport and enjoy excellent connectivity by land and air.

You will find a diversity of cultures and the typical honest warmth of the Ruhrpott. We like to express our emotions here: join the laughing or crying at Theater Dortmund, marvel at DASA’s exhibits, cheer on the team at BVB’s Signal Iduna Park stadium! And indulge yourself in one of three MICHELIN-starred restaurants. Or maybe you prefer a currywurst?

See you in Dortmund!


Hanseatic market ©Stadt Dortmund, Roland Gorecki

Hanse Market

Visit the annual Hansemarkt and travel back in time to soak up the atmosphere of a medieval Hanseatic city. Historic crafts, jugglers, knights, battles and tournaments, a nostalgic fairground and of course plenty of food and drink await you. Watch the woodturners, carpenters and blacksmiths show off their skills – and maybe even have a go yourself!

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Old Port Authority ©Stadt Dortmund, Roland Gorecki

Port of Dortmund and old port master’s office

The old port master’s office was built in 1898 and inaugurated together with the port of Dortmund the following year. The facade's decorative panels reference the old Hanseatic city. A mosaic floor inside, which can be visited on a guided tour, shows a Hanseatic vessel bearing the Dortmund eagle on its sail.

Eagle Tower ©Stadt Dortmund, Roland Gorecki

The Hanseatic Cog at the Adlerturm Museum

Close to the Adlerturm children’s museum stands a stainless-steel sculpture, the “Hanseatic Cog”, created in 1982 when Dortmund celebrated its 1,100th anniversary and hosted the Hanseatic Convention. There’s a playground of the same name with a wooden ship, too. The Adlerturm museum presents the history of this Hanseatic city through the Middle Ages.

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Town Hall ©Stadt Dortmund, Roland Gorecki

The Old City Hall

The facade of the old city hall features the eagle from the city’s coat of arms, the coats of arms of eight other Hanseatic cities and, to the left, a woman with a Hanseatic cog and town hall personifying trade. Built in 1899, the old town hall stands adjacent to the sleek glass Berswordt Hall and the New City Hall.

City center ©Stadt Dortmund, Roland Gorecki

The historical Hellweg

In the Middle Ages, the "Westfälischer Hellweg" was a major trading route that ran right through today’s city centre. The street names Westen- and Ostenhellweg have endured to this day, with the city’s oldest church, St. Reinoldi, at the point where they meet. Commerce still dominates the old trading route with many shops and the Thier-Galerie mall.