Why are cities where they are?

City portrait

With around 590,000 inhabitants, Dortmund is one of the eight largest cities in Germany and is roughly on a par with Stuttgart, Düsseldorf and Essen in terms of population. The city, which is over 1100 years old, is known as the "heart of Westphalia".

As an important traffic junction, Dortmund is located on the northeastern edge of the Ruhr area and borders on the Sauerland in the southeast and the Münsterland in the north. From a geographical point of view, Dortmund has the following coordinates: 51 ° 30 '58 "north latitude and 7 ° 28' 05" east longitude.

Dortmund's height above sea level is between 50 and 254 meters. To the south of the city limits, the Lenne flows into the Ruhr, which in turn flows into the Rhine about 70 km to the west. The old Hanseatic city is connected to the North Sea via the Dortmund-Ems Canal, the end of which is the Dortmund harbor, which is over 100 years old.

The climate in Dortmund is characterized by mild winters and relatively cool summers, the mean annual temperature is 9-10 ° C. An average of 750 mm of precipitation falls annually, with the maximum of 80-90 mm in July and the minimum of 40-50 mm recorded in February.

Dortmund and its neighbors

Dortmund as the "heart of Westphalia" is surrounded by a total of eleven direct neighbors. On the map below you can see the location of the neighboring cities and municipalities. With the help of the link list you can go directly to the website of the respective city or municipality.

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additional Information

Here you can access the websites of the eleven Dortmund neighbors.