Like the majority of other German cities, Dortmund dates back to Medieval times. The city was first mentioned in 885 as Thrutmanni, while its present name, Dortmund can be traced back to 1222. Around 1235 the city was declared legally independent and all the privileges granted to it were renewed. During World War II nearly 93% of the city center and 60% of the metropolitan area were destroyed.
Regarded as the green metropolis of Westphalia, Dortmund is home to numerous green spaces with large parks, like Rombergpark and Westfalenpark, waterways and woodland. After a century of coking, steel mining and coal mining within its limits, it is today quite a contrast. For soccer fans Dortmund travel is primarily a wonderful chance to pay a visit to the Westfalenstadion, known today as the Signal Iduna Park. With a capacity of 83,000 spectators, it is recognized as the largest football stadium in Germany. It has already hosted some World Cup matches in 1974, and will host some of the matches in the 2006 World Cup.
During Advent Dortmund travel enjoys wide popularity among families with children, who come to take part in the Christmas Market regarded as one of the biggest of the kind in Germany and home to the largest Christmas tree in the world. The downtown shopping area is home to several renowned attractions as well, and can be discovered only on foot. Thus, visitors can explore treasures of the Alt-Stadt, located within the four streets: Konigwall, Sudwall, Ostwall and Nordwall. The city is also famous for the Westfallen Park featuring Botanical gardens, a zoo, the Westfallen Halle and the TV tower Florian. Within the Dortmund Kreis visitors can find the ruined castle Hohensyburg that dates back to the XIII century.
Some of the sightseeing highlights visited by many tourists enjoying their Dortmund travel include the Petrikirche, a Gothic XIV century hall church constructed by Flemish master Gilles; the former Dominican Propsteikirche with its late-Gothic main altar; the Marienkirche and the Reinoldkirche. The latter is dedicated to Saint Reinold, Dortmund's patron saint. Art lovers are welcome to the Museum fur Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte focusing on interiors from different periods. Dortmund travel will introduce you to some of the noteworthy buildings, including Florianturm - one of the first TV towers erected in Germany featuring a revolving restaurant. Over the years it has provided the most adventurous visitors with the opportunity to bungee jump, which however, was abandoned after a tragic accident resulting in fatality.
Guests to the city can choose from a wide variety of Dortmund hotels offering the best in service and modern amenities. Some of the most comfortable and superbly located lodges include Golden Tulip Airport Hotel Dortmund, the Best Western Parkhotel Westfalenhallen, Hilton Dortmund, Holiday Inn Dortmund, Holiday Inn Kamen, Hotel Ibis Dortmund City, Hotel La Villa am Kaiserbrunnen, Mercure Grand Hotel an den Westfalenhallen, Ringhotel Drees & Hotel Consul and TRYP Hotel Dortmund among others.