Located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dortmund is historically an industrial town. These days, it has evolved to become an important centre for Germany’s high-tech industries, including robotics, micro systems and bio-med technology. Indeed, it hosts many science and technology events that draw business people from around the globe. It’s also a popular city for leisure travel and is close to other key German cities such as Cologne, Düsseldorf and Essen. When you book a stay in a hotel in Dortmund, you'll have access to the thriving technology scene, as well as the history and culture of this charming city.
What makes Dortmund a unique destination?
Germany’s high-tech industry forms an important part of its economy, and Dortmund is a significant contributor to the sector. Companies based in the city include Boehringer Ingelheim, Hewlett-Packard, Bose and ABP Induction Systems. The city centre is a charming mixture of Romanesque architecture and modern constructions including the Florianturm (Florian Tower) and the polished glass towers of Dortmund’s corporations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the city is also an attractive centre for Germany's budding tech talent, with the Technical University Dortmund having a highly regarded research output.
Where do people do business in Dortmund?
The Halls of Westphalia centre is one of Germany’s largest exhibition venues with a capacity of 16,500. It’s the site of major business expos and cultural events including balls and concerts. Embracing the forward-thinking nature of the city’s economy, Dortmund is also home to many SMEs and start-ups. The Technology Park is one of the main hubs for businesses in the sector, located near the university’s Computer Science Department. Additionally, you'll find several research institutes close to your hotel in Dortmund, including the Fraunhofer-Institute for Software and Systems Engineering and Informatik Centrum Dortmund.
What can I enjoy in my spare time when I book a hotel in Dortmund?
If you’re around at Christmas time, be sure to visit Dortmund’s Christmas market, one of Germany’s biggest and a cornerstone of the city’s cultural calendar. The shopping street Westenhellweg was declared Germany’s busiest shopping street in 2013, and hosts an excellent array of high street shops and malls, including designer clothing stores. After a day spent in meetings, or exploring, unwind over a meal at one of the city's fine dining establishments. Local favourites include La Cuisine Mario Kalweit and Der Lennhof, both highly-rated in the Michelin Guide. Enjoy your business trip while staying in a hotel in Dortmund!