Dortmund is a very colorful and diverse city. Because here you will find numerous parks, great locations and many attractions in the field of leisure as well as culture for young and old.
The Signal Iduna Park, which was first called Westfalenstadion, is the largest football stadium in Germany and the home of the BVB. This stadium is not only something for fans of BVB, but definitely a sight for any sports enthusiast.
The zoo in Dortmund is one of the most sought-after destinations in the area. The zoo, which was embedded in a park landscape, gives about 1,500 animals from 230 different species from all parts of the world a home. In addition, the zoo has a number of attractions, such as the petting zoo or various adventure stations, for the little (and possibly the big) guests.
The Westfalenpark is also called the "green lung" of Dortmund. Here everyone can relax and enjoy nature on approx. 70 hectares of green. In addition, the Westfalenpark has an extremely varied landscape to offer. This includes, for example, further lawns and meadows, theme gardens, pond complexes and play areas.
A highlight in the Westfalenpark is the Rosarium, which is the third largest rosarium in the world. Here you can find countless different types of roses from all parts of the world.
In addition, other great attractions of the Westfalenpark are the miniature golf course, a soccer field, a beach sports facility, a Kneipp facility, as well as several playgrounds.
Furthermore, the Westfalenpark is also often used as a venue for large open-air events, especially in the summer months.
The Dortmunder U is the centre for art and creativity. This means that a unique mixture of art, research, culture and creative industries awaits you here. The Dortmunder U is located in the former fermentation and storage tower of the Union Brewery. Many great events, especially exhibitions, take place here every year, which appeal to a wide range of people. Furthermore, you will also find the Ostwall Museum, a library, several exquisite gastronomic establishments and individual university facilities here.
The Zollern Colliery is one of the most famous mines in the region and was closed down in the middle of the 20th century. The two former shafts were converted once into a green area and once into an impressive museum of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen Lippe. Today, the museum is considered one of the most beautiful in the region.
The Fredenbaumpark is a popular destination for both residents and guests of the city. This park in the northern part of the city is perfect for active recreation in nature, playing sports or other various leisure activities.
The Friedenplatz is located in the immediate vicinity of the Stadtgarten. It is the central administrative square of the city and includes the most important institutions of the city, such as the city hall and the registry office.
The Old Market is a very popular meeting place in Dortmund. In addition, you will find numerous cafés, restaurants (especially with regional specialties and Westphalian-traditional atmosphere), bars and beer gardens, which invite you to enjoy and linger. Furthermore, the Alte Markt, as well as its surroundings, is particularly popular for an extensive shopping spree.
The city of Dortmund has a total of 12 districts, of which we would like to introduce the most popular in the following. In addition, the city has some (scene) neighborhoods, and some neighborhoods that would have the potential to offer.
In Dortmund, each city district and each (scene) quarter has its very own charm.
This lively district is the largest of Dortmund's three inner city districts in terms of area. It is situated in a very central location somewhat north of Dortmund city centre. Thanks to very good connections to the (local) transport network, it is therefore possible to reach Dortmund city centre very quickly. In addition, this district has a special charm due to its urban, cultural and social diversity, which also attracts young people in particular.
In addition, the district impresses with many, great shopping opportunities, numerous museums (such as the Natural History Museum or the Brewery Museum), beautiful parks (such as the Hoeschpark and the Fredenbaumpark) and other facilities with city-wide or national significance.
This district is one of the most varied and attractive districts of the city. The meeting place for young and old in Dortmund's city centre - the "Alte Markt" - is located in the city centre west. In addition, this district stands out as a district of contrasts. Right in the middle of the historic centre of Dortmund there is always something going on. Because here you will find the city's main shopping street, the newly developed Thier Areal and very diverse offers of art and culture. In addition, the district is enlivened and loosened up by a number of green parks, such as the Stadtgarten, the Tremoniapark and the Westpark. The last two carry the meaning as the "green lung of the city", as well as an urban recreation area.
Furthermore, there are also some great places, institutions and venues, which often have a supra-regional significance. These include, for example, the home of B.V. Borussia Dortmund, the Signal Iduna Park, the Westfalenhallen (with the newly designed Messsezentrum), the Rothe Erde stadium, the Thier-Galerie and the municipal theatre with the opera house.
In the district innenstadt-West there are also great annual festivals, such as the Wine Festival or the Westpark Festival, and the Christmas City Dortmund with the largest Christmas tree in the world. Furthermore, you will also find great restaurants, bars, cafés, shopping facilities, etc. here.
The inner city east is the smallest district of the three inner city districts of Dortmund. Here you will also find the well-known trendy districts Gartenstadt, Kaiserstraßenviertel and Saarlandstraßenviertel. In addition, the district is considered a supra-local location for services and office use. Furthermore, you will find great shopping opportunities here, especially the Davidsmarkt, which is a hotly popular weekly market on Davidsstraße. This market has also become a central meeting place for all residents. In addition, you will find a wide selection of great restaurants here, as well as the surrounding commercial area with its wholesalers and specialist retailers. Another special feature is that you will find the nationally known Westfalenpark here.
The district of Huckarde is located in the west of Dortmund and is the smallest district of the city in terms of area. Special features of Huckarde with regard to nature are the Rahmerwald and the Revierpark Wischlingen, as well as the adjacent nature reserves Hallerey, Dellwiger Bachtal and Mastbruch. In addition, the Emscher and the Dortmunder-Ems canal run through the east of the district, which, apart from their actual functions, are also of considerable importance for recreation and leisure.
In addition, this district is also characterized by a whole series of events, concerts and art exhibitions.
Brackel is located in the eastern part of Dortmund.
In addition, this district is a very popular place to live. This is because it is home to a wide variety of high-quality apartments, making it the most attractive place to buy your own home.
Hörde is located in the south of the Dortmund city area and borders on the cities of Herdecke, Hagen and Schwerte. This district is strongly characterised by industry.
Nevertheless, there are also extensive shopping facilities in Hörde. The pedestrian zone with its many small shops invites you to stroll around. In the future, the range of offers is to be increased considerably by the development that is currently taking place.
Especially for singles, couples and young families there is everything in Hörde. In addition to great leisure facilities and shops for daily needs, there are also numerous kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools (including two grammar schools), which provide a wide range of educational opportunities. The medical care is also above average with three hospitals and countless medical practices.
This urban district is characterised above all by extensive hilly woodland areas, many agriculturally used areas and a well-kept residential environment in large parts.
In addition, a particularly attractive attraction of the borough is the Rombergpark zoo and botanical garden located here. Hombruch also has an attractive centre with an inviting pedestrian zone around the market square and Harkortstraße, which has a very diverse range of offers up its sleeve. The weekly markets (on Wednesday and Saturday) are also particularly popular.
In addition, there is a wide range of educational opportunities, especially with the well-known Technical University of Dortmund and the new campus of the Business Schools for Hospitality and Gastronomy (WIHOGA) which is one of the best and most innovative colleges for the hotel and restaurant industry, as well as for trade and service providers.
It can be said that Hombruch is both urban and rural at the same time. Here, tradition meets modernity, resulting in a unique charm.
The Kreuzviertel is also called the "Notting Hill of the Ruhr district". Because it is the hippest quarter of the city with a unique residential flair. Here you will find everything your heart desires. The city centre is in close proximity, it has a high proportion of beautiful Gründerzeit old buildings (which makes living even more attractive), there are great shopping opportunities, restaurants, bars, cosy cafés, an impressive pub scene, and so much more.
The Kaiserviertel also offers everything that especially young people want. Especially interesting could be: stands with fancy snacks, a chocolate manufactory, an oldschool comic shop, vegan food and fancy fashion, and, and, and....
Moreover, this trendy quarter even has its annual street festival - namely on always 24.Septmeber.
To Saarlandstraßenviertel is best described as quiet, green and cozy. Here, numerous cute cafés, bistros and restaurants are lined up next to each other. In addition, the well-known Westfalenpark and the Südbad are also a part of this popular trendy district.
The Brückenstraßenviertel still has a slightly negative reputation from the past attached to it in some places. Nevertheless, it is an up-and-coming quarter which is constantly developing in a positive way. More and more high-quality restaurants are establishing themselves here and the district now even has its own street festival.
These two trendy districts also still cling to former times. But here, too, there has been a steady change. Here you can find more and more great bars, restaurants, creative offices and a wide range of art and culture for young people. Thus these two quarters have again a completely special charm, as all the other very chic scene quarters of the city.
The Klinikviertel is around the Klinikzentrum Mitte (a part of the Klinikum Dortmund) and the St.-Johannes-Hospital. This is mainly an urban and quiet residential area and is part of the city district Innenstadt-West.
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