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Dortmunder U (c) Hans Jürgen Landes

You have just one day to get to know Dortmund? That’s okay – even short visits to Dortmund are worthwhile. They provide a first and certainly lasting impression of the city’s character. Of course, you should concentrate on select attractions in order to enjoy everything. You can be sure that this short visit will make you leave wanting more!

10:00  a.m. City Tour

Get ready for a tour through the Dortmund city centre. The map of the city centre at the beginning of this brochure will assist in getting orientated and will help you navigate your way to the sights. Stroll along the Westen- and Ostenhellweg to capture some of the urban feeling of the largest city in the Ruhrgebiet. Have a look every now and again at the facades above the catchy displays in the storefronts. You’ll discover several Art Nouveau and Gründerzeit buildings alongside sleek modern edifices made of glass and steel or other buildings from the 1950s and 60s. Almost 98% of the city centre was destroyed in the Second World War, which resulted in this contrast-rich mix of architectural styles. Visit one or more of the four city churches. Inside you can discover certain treasures, such as the “Golden Miracle of Westphalia” in St. Peter's, a gilded carved altar from the Guild of St. Luke, based in Antwerp. St. Marien houses an altar made by the Dortmund meister Conrad von Soest, and on the border of the altar in the Propsteikirche, you can see the oldest extant depiction of Dortmund. The viewing platform from the tower of St. Reinoldi offers a beautiful view over the rooftops of the city centre.

11:30 a.m. Art, Creativity, and Cultural History

You certainly shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Dortmund U. The gilded U on the roof of the high-rise building that formerly housed the Union brewery is a much-loved landmark of the city. From autumn 2010, it will be a centre for art and creativity, a bustling site for 20th and 21st century art, for research and education, media art, and digital programmes. The Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Museum for Art and Cultural History) will provide completely different insights. It’s the oldest museum of its kind in the Ruhrgebiet and has collected everything – the valuable, rare, typical, everyday – since 1883.

1:00 p.m. Break

You’ve earned a break after an exhausting tour. You’ll find exactly what you want for every taste and at every time of year directly in the city. Tip: as soon as the temperatures warm up, the bistros and restaurant set up tables on the Alten Markt (Old Market) on the Kleppingstraße and in the smaller lanes; it's a favourite place for a light meal, to see, and be seen.

2:00 p.m. Dortmund Football Cult

Now the sightseeing tour goes beyond the centre. An absolute must for all visitors – at the very least – is to see the romping grounds of the home football club BV Borussia Dortmund 09, the Signal Iduna Park. The huge yellow steel roof bracings can be seen from afar – even from Gelsenkirchen during good weather. Those who want to get closer to the black and yellow passion should visit the Borusseum, which presents the history of the club and its fans. Perhaps a stadium tour will be offered while you're there.

3:30 p.m. Panorama view in the park

Close to the stadium is the Westfalenhallen Dortmund. Hall 1, with its rotating U on the roof, is world-renowned for its inspiring atmosphere. The next stop on the sightseeing tour is the Westfalenpark Dortmund, located nearby. Take a walk through the city’s most popular destination for an outing to enjoy pure nature with themed gardens as well as the German Rose Garden. You can also see for yourself that Dortmund is about half green space with a panorama view from the viewing platform of the television tower, Florian.

7:00 p.m. Cultural Enjoyment

After a satisfying meal in a Dortmund restaurant, it’s now time for one of the countless cultural events. Pick something that suits your fancy from the comprehensive programme offered by the cultural capital RUHR.2010. You could also take advantage of one of the high-class renditions at the Dortmund Konzerthaus. Alternatively, you could see a performance at the Theater Dortmund. No matter which of the events you choose, you’re guaranteed enjoyment of the highest calibre.


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