Dortmund has been built around the Ruhr River, which has largely shaped the way in which this city has developed, over the years. As well as the river, Dortmund is also home to the largest European canal port which links the city with the North Sea.
The city dates back to 100 AD, but at that time it was nothing more than a small village. It wasn’t until 1220 that Dortmund became a city and a century later the name ‘Dorpmunde’ was adopted.
Today, the city is going from strength to strength and is widely recognised as a centre for all the main hi-tech industries.