Amazing Dortmund. One City. Great Opprtunities.

For a long time Dortmund was known primarily for its coal, steel and beer. However, a profound structural change has taken place, and the city has transformed itself into a modern, cosmopolitan service center.

The new Dortmund is proud of its roots, but at the same time it is open to change and new possibilities. Dortmund is authentic and offers an outstanding quality of life: The city’s multifaceted cultural landscape features top-class music and theater and numerous museums. World-famous orchestras and soloists perform in the concert hall with its great acoustics. The Dortmunder U, a former brewery tower, is today a center for culture and creativity. The new German Football Museum attracts sports enthusiasts from all over Germany and beyond to the city. 

International stars of the music business attract hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world to the Westfalenhalle. With the Mayday and Syndicate festivals, the Arena has also become one of the most important techno strongholds in Germany. Every year, the Juicy Beats music festival turns the Westfalenpark into a huge festival ground for pop, rap, electro, indie, alternative, reggae and urban beats - most recently with over 50,000 visitors.

Dortmund has high recreational value with almost 140 square kilometers of green and open spaces, which comprise around half of the 280 square kilometer urban area. The Phoenix Lake, newly formed on the site of a former steel plant and larger than the Binnenalster in Hamburg, is a popular destination. 

As a major center for shopping, Dortmund offers a variety of shopping experiences for every taste and budget. The Thier Gallery in the city center, with around 150 shops under one roof, optimally complements the stores and shops in the surrounding streets. Vibrant public spaces with interesting architecture and lots of cafes and restaurants contribute to the attractiveness of the city. A lively student ambience with numerous bars and scene venues can be found in the Kreuz district, in the Union district and also in the Nordstadt.

In terms of party and nightlife, Dortmund has everything the heart desires, whether clubs, large discos, bars and pubs, or various in-places for a great evening with friends.


With nearly 50 per cent of open space, Dortmund is one of the greenest major cities in Europe. With around 13,300 hectares, the proportion of open space and green spaces in Dortmund is significantly higher than in comparable large cities. Dortmund is the greenest city in Germany after Hamburg. In addition to the Westfalenpark and the Dortmund Zoo, parks such as the Rombergpark Botanical Gardens with its impressive old trees and the Fredenbaumpark are popular. New areas such as the former industrial site PHOENIX are being added.


The Dortmund Theater is one of the largest theaters in Germany. It combines opera, ballet, the philharmonic orchestra, plays, as well as theater for children and youth under one roof. With its more than 100-year-old tradition, the theater offers outstanding cultural experiences. With 750 performances and 70 productions in every season, the theater is one of Europe's most productive venues and is well-known beyond Dortmund's borders.


The tower of the former Union Brewery, known as Dortmunder U, has attracted international attention as a new center for art and creativity. In the Dortmunder U, memories of the past and the future meet. Here the structural change in the Ruhr area is visible; here the international appeal can be felt. Various institutions cooperate in the U, including the Museum Ostwall, the Hartware Media Art Association, the City of Dortmund Cultural Center, the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences, TU Dortmund University and the european centre for creative economy (ecce).


Along with the Molotov in Hamburg and the Berghain in Berlin, the FZW in the Union district is one of the three best clubs in Germany. This is how readers of the music magazine Musikexpress rated the club in a survey for 2015. The success is no coincidence: 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 region.


With a water surface of 24 hectares, PHOENIX Lake in Dortmund is larger than Hamburg's Binnenalster. The lake is 1.2 kilometers long and 320 meters wide, up to four meters deep and holds about 700,000 cubic meters of water. The path around the lake is 3.2 km long.


For many artists, the Dortmund Westfalenhallen is "the best place in the world for celebrating music". Top acts such as AC/DC, the Tote Hosen, Paul McCartney, Prince, Bob Marley, U2, Pink Floyd, or “Die Ärzte” perform in this Dortmund event center. The legendary arena can hold up to 15,380 guests, which with the Mayday and Syndicate festivals has developed into one of the most important techno strongholds in Germany.


The Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund can hold up to 81,359 spectators, and nowhere in Europe do so many people go to football as to the home games of Borussia Dortmund. Germany’s largest football stadium is on Strobelallee – right in the center of Dortmund. After completion of the third stage of construction, the stadium of Borussia Dortmund, which fans in their reserved Westphalian way call "the temple“, is one of the largest and most comfortable arenas in Europe. Alone in 2012, Borussia Dortmund invested 10 million euros in the modernization of the stadium.


The Juicy Beats Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the region. Every year, the Juicy Beats Music Festival turns the Westfalenpark into a huge festival ground for pop, rap, electro, indie, alternative, reggae and urban beats – most recently with over 50,000 visitors. The two-day festival is one of the best in Germany – not least because of its location


The domicil in Dortmund is one of the "100 best jazz clubs" in the world, according to New York jazz magazine downbeat. The domicil in the former UfA studio cinema in Dortmund's center combines excellent music, activities, and gastronomy. The club has repeatedly won prizes and good critiques. The domicil organizes more than 300 concerts, sessions, workshops, and festivals a year and is a cooperation partner and is a cooperation partner for creative artists from Dortmund and the region.


Konzerthaus Dortmund is listed in the ECHO list as one of the 21 most outstanding concert halls in Europe. First-class events of classical music, jazz, chansons, world music, pop or shows and the outstanding acoustics make Konzerthaus Dortmund a musical jewel in the Ruhr area. As the only classical concert hall, it also offers a pop subscription with up to five international top musicians per season.

Dortmund is Germany’s training center for competitive rowers and the Olympic support center for the German eights; the rowers won the coveted gold medal in London in 2012. Rowing is one of the most successful and most traditional sports in Dortmund; here Germany’s top eight rowing team has its national training center. Dortmund thus offers potential top athletes from all over Germany the opportunity to train at the Olympic support center for Westphalia, which at the same time is the state center for competitive sports.

With around 280 companies and more than 8,500 employees, TechnologiePark Dortmund is one of the most successful technology parks in Europe.

On the premises of the TechnologiePark, which was founded in 1985, around 8,500 employees work in the fields of information technology, microtechnology, logistics and biomedicine. The nucleus of the TechnologiePark is the TechnologieZentrum (TZDO), in which founders of startups receive support.

The most popular sport of the nation now has a new home with the German Football Museum across from the Dortmund main station.

"This will be a unique cultural format that will first and foremost make you aware of the emotions and enthusiasm emanating from this game,” said Manuel Neukirchner, future director of the German Football Museum Dortmund. The museum presents current and future topics from the world of football and also covers the history of the sport.

Basis for the text: Dortmund Überrascht. Dich.

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