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Sunday, 19. August 2018

Notes & Dates

Lecture Free Time
20.07.2018 - 07.10.2018


Master Programmes in Germany on Urban-, Regional-, and  Infrastructure Planning


Studying at the TU Dortmund



Dortmund is a city in Germany, located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Ruhr area. Counting a number of 586.000 inhabitants Dortmund is the 7th biggest city of the Federal Republic of Germany and the economic and cultural centre of the region of Westphalia. Dortmund is known as Westphalia's "green metropolis". Nearly half of the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces with spacious parks.

Dortmund was founded around the year 880. Situated at one of the most important trading routes at that time (the “Hellweg”), Dortmund was one of the richest and most important cities of the “Hanseatic League” for a long time. Coal, steel and beer guaranteed economic prosperity beyond the middle of the past century. In the course of economic restructuring, however, new branches like IT, micro systems technology, logistics, communications- and media technology are re-shaping Dortmund’s corporate landscape.


Geography & Climate

Dortmund is located in the east of the Ruhr Region, bordering with the Sauerland to the south and with the Münsterland to the north. To be more precise, you will find Dortmund between 50 to 254 metres above sea level at northern latitude of 51°30'58" and at an eastern longitude of 7°28'5".

The River Ruhr and the River Lenne are running through the south of Dortmund and the Datteln-Hamm canal through the north. The Dortmund-Ems Canal in the west flows into the large Dortmund Harbour - i.e. almost in the centre of town.

Mild winters and comfortably warm summers are typical for the climate of the Dortmund region. In winter time the temperature can fall below 0° and during the summer temperatures often rise up to 30°. Mean annual rainfall is a total of 750 mm with a maximum of 80 - 90 mm in July and a minimum of 40 - 50 mm in February. 


Dortmund Airport, located at the east of the city is a medium sized, quick growing, European airport. The harbour of Dortmund is Europe’s biggest canal harbour, almost as large as the harbour of Duisburg located on the Rhine River and the world’s biggest inland harbour. Dortmund’s central train station (Hauptbahnhof) is the third largest long distance traffic junction in Germany. Dortmund also embodies the function of a major European crossroad for Motorways. The Ruhrschnellweg (B1) follows the old Hanseatic trade routes and connects Dortmund with other cities of the Ruhr Area, e.g. Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. The public transport in Dortmund includes an extensive system of Underground trains, buses and cabs. The H-Bahn connecting the TU Dortmund Campus north and south is a hanging monorail shuttle system, the first of its kind in the region.


Dortmund - leading the way in research and teaching

The university was founded in 1968 marking a time of change for the universities in Germany. The TU Dortmund University is a relatively young university. Since its foundation the TU Dortmund has contributed to coping with the social and economic challengers faced by the region with technical innovations, economic initiatives, planning and design ideas and cultural impulses. In the near future TU Dortmund seeks to consolidate its status as a nationally-renown centre of sciences and research. In its 16 faculties it includes around 33.550 students, 6200 employees and 300 professors. 

Leisure time / Nightlife

Dortmund also has a lot to offer in other areas. Numerous green areas, making up almost half of the city’s 280 square kilometers, provide a high quality of life and leisure time. The zoo, renowned for its breeding successes with predominantly South-American animal species, and extensive parks are hallmarks of the city. There are the Westfalenpark, housing the German Rosarium with over 3,000 kinds of roses, making up the third-largest collection in the world, and the botanical garden Rombergpark with around 4,500 different kinds of trees. The West-Park located in the west of Dortmund, near the city-centre and the Kreuzviertel is a gathering point for young people.

Dortmunds nightlife provides locations for various kinds of interests. Bars, clubs and discos are spread across the city. The Kreuzviertel inhabits nice bars, to meet with friends and have a nice evening. The Brückstraßenviertel is home to a number of small bars and a number of night time snack bars. Dortmund’s clubs and discos accommodate all types of music from guitar, hip-hop, salsa and latino to completely electronic music.

The landscape to the left- and right hand side of the river Emscher  is also going to change in the coming years. The area will undergo a large restoration process: from today’s waste-water disposal canal, walled in concrete to ecologically valuable meadows. It will represent a countryside by the river, meandering through the northern city zones, offering manifold recreational possibilities.