Dortmunder U – landmark, viewpoint and culture in Dortmund
Cologne has its cathedral, but the Ruhr has the Dortmunder U. Just like Cologne Cathedral, this imposing landmark is situated beside the main railway station and greets commuters as their trains pull into the city. But of course the U is not a place of worship: Instead it draws the crowds with creative, new ideas and is widely regarded as a showpiece for the success with which the region has mastered structural change.
Until well into the nineties the U served as the Union Brewery’s fermenting cellar and warehouse. After the brewery relocated, however, the building stood empty and abandoned for several years. It wasn’t until 2007, when the U was bought by the City of Dortmund, that it was restored and reborn as a centre for art and creativity.