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Dortmund is the largest city in the Ruhr area in Germany, a metropolitan area in which more than 5 million people live, comparable in size to Poznań or Sheffield. The River Ruhr flows around the city to the south, while the smaller Emscher river flows through the city.
Dortmund is known as the green Westphalian metropolis due to the fact that over half of the city is surrounded by water reservoirs, forests, parks and fields, which is a pleasant contrast to the traditionally industrial city.
Whether you are traveling by ferry across the English Channel or from Newcastle to Amsterdam you will drive north to this beautiful city. If you're not in a hurry, we suggest stopping for a few hours to explore before further travel and discover a new corner of Europe.
In Dortmund, you can rent a bike using the Metropolradruhr system, operated by the same company that provides bicycle schemes in Krakow, Warsaw and Glasgow. Don't forget that you can always take your bike with you though thanks to our spacious ferries.
In Dortmund there is a network of bicycle paths, so getting around the city is quite easy, and, if you like to stay active, we suggest taking a cycling route through the Ruhr valley or the route along the Dortmund-Ems canal.
The Lutheran church is the oldest preserved church in the city center, dedicated to Rajnold, who is the patron of the city. Built in the second half of the thirteenth century, the temple is located in the heart of the city, where trade routes intersected, because of this it has become one of the symbols of the city.
The building is a late Romanesque three-span basilica. Tower of the church of St. Rajnold was repeatedly rebuilt, the present was built after the raids during the Second World War - it refers to the baroque style, from the outside is lined with stone. The lantern is finished with a slender spire, on top of it there is a weathercock in the shape of an eagle, which is the coat of arms of the city.
Under the constant gaze of the Florianturm on the south side of Dortmund, the Westfalenpark is a paid-entry 70-hectare green space with a multitude of little attractions to keep you engaged the whole afternoon.
The park is known for its roses and contains over 3,000 species of the flower. Regular festivals take place in the park - the Juicy Beats electronic music festival is very popular, as well as the Festival of Light, which has taken place every summer since 1959.
The U-Tower building, also known as Dortmunder U, is the former headquarters of the Union-Braueri brewery. Since 2010, the building houses the Ostwall contemporary art museum, the city's culture department, two technical-scientific universities, the European Center for Creative Economics, and the U Cinema.
In 1994, the brewery was closed and the buildings surrounding the U-Tower were demolished, whilst the tower was preserved because it was an iconic landmark. In 2008, a project was proposed to renew the building as part of the Ruhr.2010 project, thanks to which the region became known as the European Capital of Culture in 2010.