The City of Dortmund is the centre of the Discovery Area Creative Ruhr, and is located at the eastern edge of the Metropolis Ruhr. As a modern city, Dortmund presents itself as a hive of creativity for young people. With its own airport, Dortmund makes a splendid destination for city breaks and weekend trips.
Creative people are currently settling all around the Dortmunder U, a former brewery building of the Unionsbrauerei. The RUHR.VISITORCENTER, right next to the U, gives visitors a quick overview of the tourist attractions in the Ruhr Area. And furthermore, the Ostwall Museum will also mean culture is moving into the U.
Dortmund is closely associated with football. A stadium tour of the Signal-Iduna-Park and a visit to the Borusseum right next to the stadium are therefore a must for any city tour of Dortmund. The opening of the German Football Association Museum in 2014 will be a further highlight for sporting tourists.
The art of brewing is also closely linked with football. Whether you take a guided tour of the Brewery Museum or through the original Hövels home brewery, the process of manufacturing not only produces a tasty refreshment, but can also be very informative.
The range of museums in particular has a great deal to offer those on excursions. Whether it's the Museum for Art and Cultural History, the Hoesch Museum, the Museum of Natural Science, the Westphalian Schools Museum and the German Cookery Book Museum, there is something for everyone.
Friends of industrial heritage in the Ruhr Area should visit the Zollern colliery, the Hansa coking plant and the German Industrial Safety Exhibition. The urban development projects Phoenix West and Phoenix Lake are symbols of the economic restructuring in the Ruhr Area.
The Westfalenhallen in Dortmund are amongst the largest venues in the Ruhr Area and make the city an important convention location.
The U-Tower has dominated the skyline of the city of Dortmund for decades. In the year of the Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 the building shines in new splendour with its golden U and has become the centre of art and creativity where many events take place.
"Mansion of labour" is the name given by contemporaries to arguably the most beautiful colliery in the Ruhr area. Zollern colliery was famous in Dortmund above all for the plant floor, with its art nouveau entrance.
Signal Iduna Park, still affectionately called the Westfalenstadion (Westphalian stadium) by many Dortmund inhabitants and Borussia fans, is the BVB's football stadium. It is Germany's largest football stadium.
The discovery exhibition run by DASA, the Germany Occupational Health and Safety Exhibition, is one of our insiders' tips for any trip to the Ruhr Area. This innovative and exciting museum puts all of your senses to good use .
Dortmund is the beer city in the Ruhr Area! In the Brewery Museum , you can learn details of the history of the industrialisation of the beer brewing process in Dortmund.
The Hansa coking plant in Dortmund is one of the highlights of industrial heritage in the Ruhr Area. It is also an anchor point and a major tourist attraction on the Route of Industrial Heritage.
Further places of interest and leisure-time options in Dortmund
For football fans, a highlight of every city break in the Ruhr Area is the Borusseum, the museum of Dortmund's traditional club BVB 09.
A visit to the Hohensyburg Casino in Dortmund makes a successful end to a day during your city break in the Ruhr Area.
CityTour Dortmund - Hop on hop off
Perfectly organised yet individually tailored - with the new CityTour Dortmund, you can discover the city on your own, without losing out on the advantages and services of a city tour.
The local brewery "Hövels"
Experience our love for tradition, in conjunction with modern times, and experience something special at Dortmund's first brewery for "Hövels Original".
Concert hall Dortmund
Located right in the middle of the trendy district, down Brückstrasse, the Dortmund Concert Hall has established itself as one of the most renowned concert venues in Germany.
Museum of natural history
Dinosaurs-museum and aquarium: The Museum of Natural History in Dortmund is a perfect excursion destination for families with children in the Ruhr Area.
Museum of art and cultural history
At the Museum of Art and Cultural History in Dortmund, you can walk through centuries in a few steps.
Museum Ostwall im Dortmunder U
The Ostwall Museum has now for a short time been located in the new Dortmunder U, and for exhibitions of modern and contemporary art it continues to be one of the best museums in the Ruhr Area.
Brine Bath Wischlingen
Take a break from sightseeing in the eastern Ruhr Area. At the saltwater baths in Wischlingen, you can relax, swim and have fun. Perfect for an outing in the Ruhr metropolis.
Dortmund Christmas Market
Visit one of the biggest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany - the 116th Dortmund Christmas market!
Westfalenpark (Westphalia Park) Dortmund, which as an attractive and active leisure park, is a major excursion destination for the town and region with its many opportunities for "relaxing – learning – experiencing".
Dortmund Zoo is one of the best zoos in the Metropolis Ruhr.