57 Facts About Dortmund


Dortmund is the second-largest city in the Low German dialect area after Hamburg.

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Dortmund consequently was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany during World War II.

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Dortmund was classified as a Node city in the Innovation Cities Index published by 2thinknow, ranked among the twelve innovation cities in European Union and is the most sustainable and digital city in Germany.

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Borussia Dortmund is one of the most successful German football clubs.

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Dortmund was first mentioned in the Werden Abbey, which was built between 880 and 884.

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Sigiburg was a hillfort in the South of present-day Dortmund, overlooking the River Ruhr near its confluence with the River Lenne.

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In October of the same year, the County of Dortmund was occupied by French troops and was added to the Grand Duchy of Berg on 1 March 1808.

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In 1920, Dortmund was one of the centres for resistance to the Kapp Putsch – a right-wing military coup launched against the Social Democratic-led government.

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Bombing targets of the Oil Campaign of World War II in Dortmund included Hoesch-Westfalenhutte AG, the "Hoesch-Benzin GmbH" synthetic oil plant, and the Zeche Hansa.

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Dortmund was in the British zone of occupation of Germany, and became part of the new state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1946.

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Dortmund has since adapted, with its century-long steel and coal industries having been replaced by high-technology areas, including biomedical technology, micro systems technology, and services.

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In 2009, Dortmund was classified as a Node city in the Innovation Cities Index published by 2thinknow and is the most sustainable city in Germany.

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Dortmund is an independent city located in the east of the Ruhr area, one of the largest urban areas in Europe, comprising eleven independent cities and four districts with some 5.

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Dortmund'storically speaking, Dortmund is a part of Westphalia which is situated in the Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Dortmund is situated in the temperate climate zone with oceanic climate .

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Dortmund's population grew rapidly in the time of the 19th century industrialisation when coal mining and steel processing in the city began.

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Dortmund has seen a moderate influx of younger people mainly because of its universities.

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Dortmund is home to the National Association of Jewish Communities of Westfalen-Lippe.

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Dortmund has a large Muslim community with more than 30 mosques.

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In June 2019 Dortmund hosted the 37th Evangelischer Kirchentag – German Evangelical Church Assembly.

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Dortmund is one of nineteen independent district-free cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, which means that it does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity, in this case it is not part of a Landkreis.

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Dortmund is often called the Herzkammer der SPD after the politically dominant party in the city.

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Current Mayor of Dortmund is Thomas Westphal of the Social Democratic Party, who was elected in 2020.

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Ballspielverein Borussia Dortmund was founded nearby, north-east of the main railway station.

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Today Horde is a part of Dortmund with restored old buildings combined with modern architecture.

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Dortmund serves as a major European and German crossroads for the Autobahnsystem.

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Cycling in Dortmund is supported by urban planners – an extensive network of cycle paths exists which had its beginnings in the 1980s.

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Dortmund has a railway service with Deutsche Bahn InterCity and ICE-trains stopping at Dortmund Hauptbahnhof .

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H-Bahn at Dortmund University of Technology is a hanging monorail built specifically to shuttle passengers between the university's two campuses, which are now flanked by research laboratories and other high-tech corporations and startups.

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Dortmund Harbour is the largest canal harbour in Europe and the 11th fluvial harbour in Germany.

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Dortmund has adapted since the collapse of its century long steel, coal and beer industries.

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In 2009, Dortmund was classified as a Node city in the Innovation Cities Index published by 2thinknow.

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Companies with operations in or around Dortmund include Zalando, Daimler AG: EvoBus, RapidMiner, Gap Inc and ThyssenKrupp.

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Dortmund is the headquarter of Century Media Records, a heavy metal record label with offices in the United States and London.

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Tourism in Dortmund is a fast-growing economic factor every year: new overnight records can be announced, new hotels open and new visitor magnets are added.

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The "Rue de Pommes Frites", which is what the Dortmund citizens have called the Bruckstraße, has turned into a modern shopping promenade, geared towards a younger market.

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Dortmund is one of the most important logistic hubs in Germany, more than 900 companies working in logistics, as well as nationally and internationally recognised scientific institutes.

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Dortmund is home to Germany's twelve biggest exhibition centre, Halls of Westphalia which lies near the city center next to Dortmund Airport.

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Dortmund is home of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Material Testing Office of North Rhine-Westphalia material and the main customs office.

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The Stadtgymnasium Dortmund which was founded in 1543 as Archigymnasium is one of the oldest schools in Europe.

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TU Dortmund is founded in 1968 and located in the southern part of the city.

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In November 2017, according to a study by data of the German National Statistics Office, the National Employment Agency, Mercer, Handelsblatt, Numbeo and Immowelt, Dortmund was ranked on position seven of the most livable cities in Germany for expats.

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In September 2017, The New York Times praised the city of Dortmund, which has been adapting since the collapse of its century-old steel and coal industries and has shifted to high technology biomedical technology, micro systems technology and other services, as the hidden star of structural change providing a good quality of life for employees.

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In 2009, Dortmund was classified as a Node city in the Innovation Cities Index published by 2thinknow and in 2014 acclaimed as the most sustainable city in Germany.

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The Konzerthaus Dortmund is listed in the ECHO list as one of the 21 most outstanding concert halls in Europe.

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Dortmund leading cabaret-stage is the Cabaret Queue, which is located next to Lake phoenix.

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Dortmund is famous for its Christmas market, which draws well over three and a half million visitors to its 300 stalls around a gigantic Christmas tree creation that stands 45 metres tall.

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Dortmund Zoo is the zoological garden with 28 hectares next to the Rombergpark and was founded 1953.

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Dortmund's Westfalenpark is a popular location for events in the Ruhr area- with parties, festivals, events, theatre, music, and flea and garden markets.

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Furthermore, Dortmund is one of the main centres of the Electronic dance music and techno subculture.

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Dortmund had more than 550 years of brewing tradition, some of the oldest breweries in Westphalia are founded around the Old Market in Dortmund.

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Dortmund is home to the sports club Borussia Dortmund, one of the most successful clubs in German football history.

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Borussia Dortmund won the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup in 1997, as well as the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1966.

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Borussia Dortmund has a women's handball team playing in the first Bundesliga.

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Borussia Dortmund has a table tennis team, playing in the second Bundesliga.

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Dortmund Giants, established on 22 May 1980, is an American football team from Dortmund.

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Eisadler Dortmund is the city's ice hockey club that plays in Eissportzentrum Westfalenhallen an indoor sporting arena at the Strobelallee.

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