Shopping in Dortmund
What kind of shopper are you?
Do you pay attention to low-price quality offers, are you oriented towards luxury goods or do you tend to make bargain purchases? In Dortmund city centre you will be able to shop however you want, because Dortmund is a proper shopping city. That is why making a shopping trip to the estuary city is a tradition in the surrounding area. So that you can get to know the variety of shopping options here there is a special selection of shops from the Dortmund city centre at the shopping guide Einkaufsführer from DORTMUNDtourismus.
Wandering on the Hellweg and Hansalinie
Of all the places to take a stroll in the Ruhrgebiet, none attracts more pedestrians than the Westenhellweg. Together with the Ostenhellweg this old trading route runs through Dortmund city centre like a pulsing vein. When Dortmund was still a Hanseatic city, wagons rolled along here laden with salt and silk, because back in the Middle Ages, the only free imperial city in Westphalia was already regarded as an important centre of trade. Today, Dortmund's centre - as a shopping metropolis in the eastern Ruhrgebiet at the intersection of the former trading routes of Hellweg and Hansalinie - offers everything to make a shopping fan's heart beat faster. A successful mixture of chain stores, department stores and specialist shops lends this mile its charm.
For a long time it led a shadowy existence as a parallel road to the Westenhellweg and Ostenhellweg. But now Kampstraße is turning into a grand boulevard. The tram platforms have been banished beneath the earth, trees are being planted, lighting masts placed and benches set up. The range of specialist traders which have settled here also guarantees a pleasant shopping experience. www.ag-kampstrasse.de
Young Flair in the Brückstraße District
Young people throng close to the Konzerthaus Dortmund in the Brückstraße district. The "Rue de Pommes Frites", as Brückstraße used to be called by local people for a long time, has become a modern, young promenade. This quarter oozes alternative flair. Here, people under 25 can get almost everything - from a showy hairstyle to freaky clothes to trendy accessories: everything true to the motto "only on Brückstraße". And if you should feel like taking a breather while strolling, browsing and shopping, then you are sure to find a cosy place in one of the roughly 130 cafés, restaurants and pubs. So it's time for a shopping trip to Dortmund! www.brueckstrasse.info
Something Special: the Dortmund Quality Route
Around 40 owner-run specialist shops have joined together to form the Dortmund Quality Route and are proving on the Internet and in their own shopping guide that customers in Dortmund looking for something unusual will find it. Individuality and uniqueness are the trademarks of this high-quality range, which starts with exquisite specialities and wines, spans various fine brands in home products, fashion and jewellery and does not nearly stop at choice technology and sport items. In other words, this is where you will find the "icing on the cake".www.qualitaetsroute-dortmund.de
Increasing the attractiveness of Dortmund's centre is the task of the Cityring. It is a mouthpiece for traders, service providers and caterers in the city. Its marketing association finances and plans city festivals such as the »Hanseatic Market«, the »Wine Festival« and »Blooming Life«.
The City-Ring works together with many Dortmund institutions, in order to minimise inconvenience from building sites, to improve the car park routing system and to create oases of calm and children's playgrounds close to shopping, as well as the option of childcare. Analyses and measures for making the city more suitable for old people are currently being worked out with Dortmund University. The Cityring also organises Sunday opening, so that Dortmund remains attractive for visitors. www.city-ring-do.de