With 600,000 inhabitants Dortmund is one of the larger cities in Germany. It is part of the larger Ruhr Area agglomeration and an important city within this area.
Dortmund has a history of being a heavy industry city; to Germans the name evokes images of smoke stacks and hardened faces of steel workers and coal miners. This image especially comes alive in the songs of German Rock poet Herbert Grönemeyer and in the movie "Männer wie wir" (Men like us) by director Sherry Hormann. Dortmund is also famous for its football (soccer) team, Borussia Dortmund.
With the decline of the steel industry in the Ruhr area the face of Dortmund has been gradually changing, shifting towards services and high technology.
Highlights are the football games of Borussia Dortmund and the music and show stars coming on stage in the Westfalenhalle.
Like much of Western Europe, Dortmund has a mild maritime climate, with generally warm summers and moderatle winters. Temperatures range from 20-24 °C in summer (June to early September) and around zero or slightly more during the winter (December to early March). Snow is possible in winter but not very common. Rainfall tends to be lowest in spring (April/May).
Dortmund Airport (DTM) is a medium-sized airport about 10 kilometres from the centre of the city. Easyjet flies to Barcelona, Budapest, London, Krakow and Thessaloniki, while Air Berlin flies to Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Nuremberg, Mallorca and Tenerife.
Wizz Air flies to Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Gdansk, Katowice, Kiev, Lviv, Poznan, Sofia, Timisoara, Warsaw and Wroclaw and Germanwings flies to Istanbul, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Salzburg and Split.
For much more flights, including intercontinental flights, you can also check the Düsseldorf International Airport.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has trains to and from Dortmund. Dortmund Hauptbahnhof (main trainstation) is one of the bigger ones in Germany, with connections througout Germany and international connections as well.
Dortmund is part of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein Ruhr.
|All Seasons Dortmund West||Am Apelstück 2||hostel||-|
|DIECKMANN`S Hotel||.Wittbräucker Straße 980||hotel||-|
|Jugendgästehaus Adolph Kolping||Silberstr. 24 - 26||hostel||87|
|La Villa am Kaiserbrunnen||Arndtstraße 56||Hotel||92|
|A&O Dortmund Hauptbahnhof||Koenigswall 2||HOSTEL||83|
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Germany's postal system is very efficient, their logistics branch DHL is one of the best companies in this field world-wide, with domestic post or within a radius of 400 kilometres, send within a day. The website of Deutsche Post has an online calculator for postage fees as well as a post office finder. Within Germany, sending postcards costs €0.45 and standard letters €0.55, within Europe it is €0.65 for a postcard, standard letters to places in Europe cost €0.70. Outside Europe, the prices for sending a postcard or standard letter are €1 and €1.70 respectively. Although you will find the old post offices (mainly in the city centre), most of the smaller neighbourhood post offices are part of a small tobacco shop or grocery store.
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