Interesting facts about Dortmund
- Dortmund is situated in North Rhine-Westphalia and it is the 8th largest city in Germany.
- Although it’s an industrial city, it is known as a “green metropolis” because of its spacious green parks (like Westfalenpark and Rombergpark).
- Dortmund is founded around 9th.
- After a fire in 1152, the city was completely rebuilt by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa).
- Dortmund Harbour is the largest canal harbour in whole Europe.
- One of the largest Christmas markets in Germany takes place every year in the city.
- One of the largest Christmas trees in Germany is in Dortmund, too. Its height is 45 metres and it is made from smaller spruce trees.
- Dortmund is mostly known for its telecommunications Florian Tower (Florianturm).
Dortmund airport (Dortmunder Flughafen)
The Dortmund airport is situated 10km away from the city. There is a shuttle bus service between the airport and the Dortmund Central train station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) and Holzwickede Station (more information here).
Major train stations
There are two major train stations in the city: Dortmund Central train station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) and Holzwickede Station.
Best time to visit Dortmund
Don’t miss the Christmas markets during December. In the summer in August the famous Light Festival (Lichterfest) takes place in Westfalenpark.
Dortmund travel guide
During my trip to the city I stayed in CityHotel Dortmund. As the hotel is located in the centre of the city, very close to the Central train station, it is very convenient if you have early flight or you are visiting the city for a day or two.