Dortmund’s gritty history is built on steel, coal and beer – a combination that has transformed the characterful streets for centuries. While the steel and coal commerce may have declined long ago, its industrial remnants can be seen throughout the city. The beautiful Zollern Colliery made its name as a coal mining centre in 1898, and now hosts fascinating exhibitions about life in the 1900s. While Dortmund was one of the most heavily damaged cities during World War II, it has rebuilt itself as a tech hub – and its educational institutions and technology centres exude an opportunist, cosmopolitan demeanor. Of course, the city’s famous football club make it the obvious home for the German Football Museum, which houses a 3D cinema, treasure chamber, World Cup winners coach and mini pitch – perfect for both kids and adults alike! After a long day’s exploring, head to the Brewery Museum to learn about Dortmund’s history as the nation’s number one beer capital, or relax in one of the green, open spaces that cover over half the city.

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Places To Visit

Zollern Colliery

This old industrial site now houses coal mining exhibitions

Altes Stadthaus

The beautiful old town hall features an intricate local coat of arms


Take a stroll through the stunning gardens


The former brewery is now a centre for creativity

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