Top 5 sights in Dortmund
If you would like to choose a breathtaking city for your next holiday location, I guarantee you can not go wrong with Dortmund. It is a spectacular city situated in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is known as the “green city” of Westphalia, including beautiful parks, woodland, waterways and so on. Besides, there are numerous spectacular visitor attractions in Dortmund. If you would like to visit the city, but don’t know which attractions are worth visiting, read the following article. I will present you the top 5 sights in Dortmund. These are the following: the Church of St Reinoldi, the Altes Stadthaus, the Museum of Art and Cultural History, the U-Tower and the Rombergpark.
Church of St Reinoldi
One of the several churches of Dortmund is the Church of St Reinoldi (Reinoldikirche) which is considered the oldest church in the city. It is a Lutheran Protestant church which wears the characteristics of the late Romanesque style. The construction of the church began in 1250 and was finished in 1270. This important landmark of Dortmund can be found in the city centre, in the Old Market Square and attracts a large number of visitors each year.
Built in 1899, the Altes Stadthaus is a magnificent building of Dortmund. Being one of the most representative sights of the city, it is actually an office block which wears the characteristics of the Renaissance Revival style. Unfortunately the building was damaged during the World War II, but later it was rebuilt. The emblem of the eagle at the top of the building represents the city of Dortmund. Today the Altes Stadthaus is a listed monument of the city and also a major tourist attraction. It is one of the most photographed sights of the city.
The Museum of Art and Cultural History
It is a fantastic municipal museum which is housed in an Art Deco building of the city. It was founded in 1883 and includes outstanding collections of sculptures, paintings and furniture. The previous location of the museum was the Cappenberg Palace, moving the collections to the actual building in 1983. The museum is an important visitor attraction of Dortmund. It can be visited on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, on Tuesday from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Saturday from 12:00 to 17:00. (November 2012)
The U-Tower is an arts and creativity centre which also houses the Museum Ostwall. The building was constructed between 1926 and 1927 and was the city’s first skyscraper. Today it serves as a public space for study, experiences and research. One of the features of the U-Tower, the Museum Ostwall was located here in 2010. The collections of the museum include beautiful paintings, photographs, sculptures, graphics and so on. The U-Tower is an important landmark and visitor attraction in Dortmund.
As for the green spaces in Dortmund, the Rombergpark is a beautiful botanical garden and arboretum which lies on a surface of about 65 hectares. It is considered one of the world’s largest botanical gardens. It includes medicinal plants, fantastic greenhouses for tropical plants, cactus, ferns and so on. A visit to the botanical garden is surely a great way to relax. It is open daily. (November 2012)