From Dortmund to the Ruhr District, Münsterland and Sauerland
The city of Münster can be reached in 28 min, the Möhnesee Reservoir in 1,15 h: Dortmund is the ideal point of departure for excursions, whether you wish to go back in time to discover an old university town or simply to relax on the banks of a beautiful stretch of water. Discover the exciting metropolis Ruhr, the tranquil Münsterland, the historic Hellweg or the mountainous Sauerland.
Ruhr Area, District, Ruhrpott, Ruhr Metropolis - there are many names for one and the same area. Actually, it is quite big: 116 km from east to west, 67 km from north to south, and around 5.1 million residents.
Surely, you have heard of industrial heritage. Do you know that there are also expansive recreational areas as well as a dense cultural landscape with theatres and small artistic venues, operas and concert halls, museums and galleries of international ranking? Don't you think? Well, it`s true!
Naturally, you can't see everything during your first visit. However, one should certainly venture beyond Dortmund's city limits. The attractions in the area have spectacular experiences in store for you. We've compiled a small selection for you here. Come visit us again. There's still much more to do!
UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein – Essen
Museum Folkwang – Essen
Gasometer – Oberhausen
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum – Bochum
Kunstquartier – Hagen
Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst – Unna
You like nature best? If the large offer in Dortmund is not enough for you, then you will get your money's worth in the Sauerland. The numerous walking trails such as the Rothaarsteig are great for hiking. There is also an extensive network of cycle paths: try the Bike Arena or the “Ruhrtalradweg” along the Ruhr.
If you are travelling with your family, the five big lakes in the Sauerland are a good idea, because they offer ideal possibilities - for relaxed and ambitious demands.
If you're riding a motorbike, you'll love the many winding roads roads in the "Land of 1,000 Hills". Winter sports are best in Winterberg and Willingen. The largest skiing area north of the Alps, with 100 kilometres downhill and300 kilometres cross-country runs, offers a lot to skiing enthusiastsof all ages.
Further highlights are the historical towns of Arnsberg and Soest, Altena Castle, the "Panorama Park" and "Fort Fun" leisureparks.
If you are looking for a contrast to the industrial heritage in Dortmund, then make a detour to Münsterland and visit one of over 100 moated castles. Our tip for you is the moated castle Nordkirchen - a particularly sparkling gem. It was classified by the UNESCO as an outstanding international heritage monument to be safeguarded. The castle "Vischering" is an excellent example of the way moated castles were built in the Münsterland, while castle "Hülshoff" in Havixbeck is famous for being the birthplace of the author Annette von Droste-Hülshoff.
Münster, today the most important town in the northern part of Westphalia, is quite picturesque. Discover the distinctive skyline, created by no less than 50 churches! Stroll past rebuilt town houses and the Prinzipalmarkt market square.