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Dortmund

Country
Germany
State
Nordrhein-Westfalen
City
Dortmund
Type of Location
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Dortmund Airport is a medium-sized, but fast growing airport 13 km (8 miles) east of the city centre at the city limit to Holzwickede.The closest intercontinental airport is Düsseldorf International Airport.

By Train

The central train station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) is the third largest long distance traffic junction in Germany.

By Sea

Dortmund Harbour (Hafen) is the largest canal harbour in Europe; almost as large as the harbour on the Rhine River at Duisburg, the world's largest inland port.

By Bus

For public transportation, the city has an extensive Stadtbahn and bus system. In April 2008, the newly constructed east-west underground light rail line was opened, completing the underground service in the city centre and replacing the last trams on the surface.

Key places to visit
Reinoldikirche, Westfalenstadion, Florianturm, Westfalenhallen, Borussia Dortmund, Opernhaus Dortmund, Museum fur Kunst and Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund U-Tower


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Places to Visit

Reinoldikirche

Reinoldikirche is according to its foundation date, the oldest extant church in Dortmund, Germany; it is dedicated to Saint Reinoldus, the patron of the city. The church was built as a palatinate church in the Ottonian era. The present building is a late Romanesque church with a late gothic quire. The Reinoldikirche was built from 1250 to 1270, and is located in the center of the city, directly at the crossing of the Hellweg (a historic trade route) and the historic road from Cologne to Bremen.

On the inside there is a large set of bells, made by the "Bochumer Association" foundry (total weight: 20 t), built in 1954 with altogether 6 steel bells. Their cost at the time of creation was 90,500 DM. The heaviest bell weighing 6.500 kg, and measuring 2.50 m in diameter, is the largest cast steel bell in Westphalia.

Westfalenstadion

Westfalenstadion is a football stadium in the German city of Dortmund in the industrial metropolitan area of the Ruhrgebiet ("Ruhrpott").

The stadium is officially named Signal Iduna Park under a sponsorship arrangement lasting from December 2005 until June 2016,[1] giving naming rights to the Signal Iduna Group, an insurance company. The older name Westfalenstadion derives from the former Prussian province of Westphalia, which is part of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia. It is one of the most famous football stadiums in Europe and was elected best football stadium by The Times for its renowned atmosphere.

Florianturm

Florianturm is a telecommunications tower and landmark of Dortmund (Germany). It is named after St. Florian, the patron saint of gardeners.

The Florianturm is the TV tower of Dortmund and was built in 1959 as an attraction for a federal horticultural show with a height of 219.6 metres. At the time it was briefly the highest freestanding structure in Germany.

The tower was constructed similarly to a high concrete chimney. It consists of a reinforced concrete tube, which tapers off as it rises, reaching a height of 129.75 metres. At 130.6 metres there is a building part with two floors. On the lower floor there are operation rooms and on the upper floor at 137.54 metres there is a revolving restaurant. At 141.88 metres and 144.7 metres there are two observation decks.

Westfalenhallen

Westfalenhallen (Halls of Westphalia) are three multi-purpose venues, located in Dortmund, Germany. The original building was opened in 1925, but was destroyed during World War II. New halls were built, the Große Westfalenhalle opened in 1952. The capacity of the arena is 16,500. The Kleine Westfalenhalle served also for balls, exhibitions and concerts, such as the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, until the Opernhaus Dortmund was opened in 1966.

The venue played host to the 1964, 1980 and 2004 World Figure Skating Championships, as well as the 1955, 1983 and 1993 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships tournaments.

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund is a German sports club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia and is best known as one of the most successful clubs in German football. In addition to seven German football championships and two German Cup victories, Dortmund won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1966 (becoming the first German team to win a European title) and the UEFA Champions League in 1997.

Opernhaus Dortmund

Opernhaus Dortmund is the opera house of Dortmund, Germany, opened in 1966 and formally operated by the Theater Dortmund.

The new stage opened on 3 March 1966 to serve as a venue for operas, ballets, concerts, and for plays which require a big stage. The inaugural performance was of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, an opera which had been first performed in 1911, shortly after its premiere; Wilhelm Schüchter conducted the Dortmunder Philharmoniker.[1] Teresa Å»ylis-Gara appeared as Octavian, along with guest artist Elisabeth Grümmer as Marschallin and Kurt Böhme as Ochs. In the short remaining part of the season Verdi's Il trovatore, with Fedora Barbieri as Azucena, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, and Der Zigeunerbaron of Johann Strauß were performed.

The first plays staged in the socalled Großes Haus during this period were Brecht's Leben des Galilei and Anouilh's Becket. Unusual for the time of the Iron curtain, the Volkstheater Rostock performed Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Herrn de Sade of Peter Weiss.

Museum fur Kunst and Kulturgeschichte

Museum Fur Kunst and Kulturgeschichte is a municipal museum in Dortmund, Germany. It is currently located in an Art Deco building which was formerly the Dortmund Savings Bank.

The collection includes paintings, sculptures, furniture and applied art, illustrating the cultural history of Dortmund from early times to the 20th century. There are regular temporary exhibitions of art and culture, as well as a permanent exhibition on the history of surveying, with rare geodetic instruments.

Dortmund U-Tower

Dortmund U-Tower is a former brewery building in the city of Dortmund, Germany. Since 2010 it serves as a center for the arts and creativity, housing among other facilities the Museum Ostwall.

In 1994 the brewery and all its surrounding buildings were closed and demolished, only the Dortmund U-Tower was spared due to having landmark status. In January 2008 the Dortmund U-Tower was decided to be redeveloped as a flagship project for the "Ruhr 2010 - Cultural Capital of Europe". Today it counts to one of Dortmund's central places, in which creative catering and event facilities are offered.

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