Dortmund

Dortmund has become a center of high-tech industry, but back in the day, it was one of Germany’s first brewing centers, and Dortmunder beer is definitely worth tasting in a local bar. Visit the Reinoldkirche or the Marienkirche, or venture south of town to the ruins of Hohensyburg Castle. December is an especially festive time to visit Dortmund—one of Germany’s biggest Christmas markets takes over the center of town.

Lwl Industrial Museum Zollern

At first sight palatial redbrick facades and artistically adorned gables on buildings dotted around a grassy square are more reminiscent of an aristocratic residence than a coal mine. This was exactly one of the ideas behind the architecture. Today the “mansion of labour” in the west of Dortmund is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and impressive testimonies to Germany’s industrial...

Dortmund Christmas Market

At Dortmunder Weihnachtsmarkt, the largest Christmas tree in the world towers over a collection of 300 traditional wooden stands selling toys, decorations, and holiday-season delicacies. At a height of 45 meters (147 feet), the tree illuminates the night sky with 48,000 lights, providing a festive contrast against the modest surrounding church steeples. Glühwein, or mulled wine, serves as the...

Bergmann Brauerei

Local private brewery in Dortmund with connected beer bar to taste our hand made brews. Bergmann Bier was a traditional brewery in Dortmund from 1796 until 1972. It was closed down after a take-over by the Dortmunder Union-Ritter brewery. In 2006 Thomas Raphael acquired the trademark right of Bergmann Bier and started to revive the brewery. By now we built a new brewery on the earlier industrial...