Known as the ‘Green Metropolis’ of Westphalia, Dortmund offers an eclectic blend of vibrant city life and stunning natural scenery to all those who choose to visit. Situated in western Germany in the Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia, this Hanseatic city is well-known for having been a focal point of industrialisation across Europe. Today the city is dotted with many historical and cultural sites of interest that help to make it a popular destination for foreigners and locals alike. Fans of architecture, music, or both, will enjoy a trip to the Westphalian Philharmonic Concert Hall. Built to impress the eyes and the ears, the Concert Hall has opened its doors to world-renowned musicians ever since its establishment in 2002. Complement your dose of culture by fitting in a visit to the Museum of Art and Cultural History. Here you will find an attractive blend of local history, archaeological and artistic collections. With numerous museums covering all aspects of the past, Dortmund is a haven for history fans. But when the weather is on its best behaviour, a trip to the Phoenix See is an absolute must. This beautiful lake surrounded by recreational grounds is a fantastic spot for enjoying a picnic, a leisurely stroll, or taking your rent-a-bike for a spin. In the evenings Dortmund’s restaurants and bars are abuzz with tasty cuisine, music and chit-chat; so you’ll always find somewhere to unwind for the night after a long day of sightseeing.
Visitors can expect the hottest temperatures to be in July and the coldest in January – but when it comes to planning your trip it’s simply a matter of finding what interests you. If you’re a fan of the world famous Borussia Dortmund football team then you’ll want to make sure your trip coincides with a fixture or two while you’re there. For those looking for a weekend away why not time your trip sometime in December so that you can get into the festive spirit at the annual Christmas markets. Enjoy German specialities from over 300 stalls; including traditional Glühwein (mulled wine) or Bratwurst (German sausage).