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Dortmund is a city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany.

Central station (Hauptbahnhof)

Get in

By plane

Dortmund airport (IATA: DTM) is home of several low-cost airlines (easyJet, Wizzair, Air Berlin) and serves mainly national and European travellers. There is no direct train or tram connection to the airport, but there are shuttle buses between the airport and Dortmund central station or Holzwickede Station.

By train

Dortmund's central station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) is the junction of many railway lines in Germany.

By bus

The bus station is right next to the train station. Several times per week is a direct Eurolines bus to Neum, BiH at the Adriatic Sea. There is also a direct salinea bus from/to Tuzla

By car

Dortmund can be reached using the motorway (Autobahn) A1, A2, A40, A42, A44 and A45, as well as the (Bundesstraßen) B1, B54 and B236

Underground station Reinoldikirche

Get around

Public transport

Dortmund is part of the VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr) a cooperation of the regional transportation companies, giving easy access to public transportation in the whole Ruhr District in S-Bahn, regional trains, subways and busses.

Dortmund's central station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) is the junction of the national railroad system with the city subway system und the regional train system. From here you can easily get transport into the center or any suburb via subway and bus or to the neighbour cities as Bochum, Essen, Düsseldorf, Münster, Köln (Cologne), Wuppertal and the rest of Northrhine-Westphalia and Germany by different regional or national train-lines.


Altes Stadthaus near Berswordt-Halle


Swimming tiger, Dortmund zoo





Old houses in the pedestrian zones

The center of the city is a shopping mile with impressive stores on everything from clothing and shoes over books and media to electronics or jewellery, stretching along the Hellweg, the Rheinoldi-Church in its centre, the Thier-Gallerie is also becoming very popular now, it's Dortmund's first mall and one of the largest privately financed buildings in Europe!

Around the big shopping mile the "Hellweg" are a lot of typical "Bierhäuser" and a lot of departments like Saturn, Karstadt (3), Kaufhof and C&A.

Other big Shopping Miles are in the centre of Dortmund. So a lot of them are around the Hellweg for example in Brackel or Wambel.


If you find yourself in a traditional pub drinking beer and you need some food to accompany your beverage it is the best idea to ask the innkeeper for a "Salzkuchen mit Mett" or a "Mettente".

The "Salzkuchen" is a bagel-like, caraway spiced roll with seasoned mincemeat and onions. The "Mettente", a smoked sausage, normally comes with spicy mustard.

Also you can eat some sausages in one of the typical "Bierhäuser" or in one of the big restaurants.


Dortmund is home of some world famous breweries and you would therefore miss something if you haven't tasted at least some of its "liquid gold".





Dortmund Tourist and Information Office, Königswall 18a, Tel. +49 231-18999222, Fax +49 231-18999333,

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