Dortmund is a city with a population of about 600,000 in the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany. It is in the middle part of the state and is considered to be the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the Ruhr area with some 5.21 million inhabitants (2017). The city is famous for its beer, football, events and for shopping.
The city pops up first when people think of the Ruhr valley, and that’s no surprise. It is the largest Ruhr city, the third largest by population after Cologne and Düsseldorf, and the geographical center of the North Rhine-Westphalia state. Worldwide, the city is foremost know for beer (pale export/lager beer called Dortmunder) and the famous sports club Ballspielverein Borussia 09, Borussia Dortmund or BVB for short. But therein another, altogether gentler, side to this former industrial powerhouse.
Modern Dortmund is vibrant and cultural, well-known for excellent shopping, a range of fascinating museums and theaters, one of Germany’s most surprising startup scenes (not quite on the same level as Berlin, but ahead of the Rhine-Ruhr area and even Munich), and with half the city given over to parks and gardens, enough green areas to sooth the sense.
And yes, the city is no classy beauty, and rough at first glance, though pretty honest, adorable and cordial at the second.
History of Dortmund
Founded around the year 882, Dortmund became an Imperial Free City. Throughout the 13th and 14th centuries, it was the “chief city” of the Rhine, Westphalia, and of the Netherlandish Circle of the Hanseatic League. After the Thirty Years’ War, the city was destroyed, and decreased in significance until the onset of industrialization; then, it became one of Germany’s most important coal, steel and beer centres. Dortmund acquired the nickname Stahlstadt (Steel City) in the 19th century, when it became the world center of steel production. Consequently, the city was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany during World War II. The devastating bombing raids of 12 March 1945, with more than 1,110 aircraft, destroyed 98% of buildings in the inner city center, a record to a single target in this war. Much of what you see in the city center was built in the last 50 years. The region has adapted since the collapse of its steel and coal industries, and shifted to high technology, biomedical technology, micro systems technology and also services.
In November 2017, according to a study by data of German National Statistics Office, the National Employment Agency, Mercer, Handelsblatt, Numbeo and Immowelt, Dortmund was ranked as the seventh most livable city in Germany for expats. In September 2017, The New York Times praised the city of Dortmund, which has adapted since the collapse of its century long steel and coal industries and shifted to high technology biomedical technology, micro systems technology and services, as the hidden star of structural change with a good quality of life for employers. According to the 2017 Global Least & Most Stressful Cities Ranking, Dortmund is one of the least stressful cities in the world. It’s ranked 27th out of 150 between Copenhagen and Vancouver and highly ranked in the category Traffic & Public Transport, Gender equality and debt per capital.
When to visit
The best times for Dortmund are late spring to early autumn, its peak season for tourist. The summers tend to be sunny and warm around 25°C (77°F), during the November and December 5°C you can find several Christmas markets in the city, in combination with the festive mood, its a nice time to visit.
- Dortmund Tourist and Information Office, Kampstraße 80 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00, Sa Su holidays 10:00-16:00; New Year and New Year’s Eve 10:00-23:00; closed on December 25 and 26.
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Dortmund airport. Home of several low-cost airlines (easyJet, Wizzair), it serves mainly national and European travellers, with a particularly heavy focus on Eastern Europe. Unusually for a German airport, there is no direct train or tram connection to the airport, but there are shuttle buses between the airport and Dortmund Central Station or Holzwickede Station.
- From and to Central Station: A non-stop shuttle-bus can be found opposite the main railway station. The journey lasts 25 – 30 min and costs €6.5 per passenger (6-14 children €2; younger children free). This bus service is not covered by a travelcard.
- Via Aplerbeck The 440 bus travels past Aplerbeck where passengers can change to the Stadtbahn U47 which will go to the Hbf via the major Stadtbahn hub, Stadtgarten. The journey is approximately 45 min. Tickets cost €2.50 or a travelcard can be used. This service runs more frequently than the shuttle bus.
- From Holzwickede Station: A bus service (€3/passenger), runs regularly about every 15 minutes between 05:00 and 23:00. The trip to the terminal building takes approx. 5 minutes.
- By taxi: The trip costs around €25 to the City Centre. Drivers operate on the meter; if they don’t, get a different taxi!
- Duesseldorf Airport can also be used and may be a better option, especially for passengers who prefer major carriers. It is a 45-60 minute drive away from Dortmund. Direct train services also run between Dortmund Central Station and Duesseldorf Airport operated by Deutsche Bahn. Duesseldorf Airport serves a variety of long haul destinations in North America and Asia, as well as short haul services throughout Europe.
Travel by train to Dortmund
- Dortmund central station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof), Königswall 15, 44137. This is a major stop for Deutsche Bahn (German state railway) and has over 600 departing trains on a typical weekday. There are different types of trains such as S-Bahn, Regionalbahn, and Regionalexpress. The station is a terminus for some Thalys trains (usually 3 per day).
- Dortmund Hörde Bahnhof (Hörde Hauptbahnhof), Hörder Bahnhofstraße, 44263. This is the second biggest stop in Dortmund and it is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 4 station. Trains run hourly, except for the RB 59 (Hellweg-Bahn) service, which runs every 30 minutes on weekdays. There are additional services on weekdays during the peak hour
All tickets will have to be validated before departure. For the trains like Regionalbahn or Regionalexpress there’s an orange machine before you go up the stairs to the platform, where you have to stamp your ticket. The Stadtbahn Dortmund (DSW21) tickets for the local Stadtbahn (light rail) and Straßenbahn (tram) service must be validated on the actual trains although you will find stamp boxes at the entrance to the platform as well.
Failure to stamp the ticket in the appropriate machines (“entwerten”) will result in either a €40 on-the-spot fine or being brought to a police station by the security where the police will request your I.D. such as your passport for later prosecution. Not being German, not understanding the language or complicated system, or the fact that you have purchased a ticket will not be accepted as excuses: if it is not stamped, it is not valid, and travelling with a non-stamped ticket is considered an offence.
- Deutsche Bahn
- Dortmund central bus station (ZOB), Steinstraße 54, 44147. This is a major stop for long distance busses.
The bus station “ZOB” is a popular bus station in Dortmund right next to the train station served by Isilines, Eurolines, ALSA, FlixBus, Eurolines Germany, Buscenter, Agat, Eurolines Madeltrans, Est Lorek, Ecolines, Becker Reisen, Eurolines Poland and Polluzha Tours.
Dortmund can be reached using the motorway (Autobahn) A1, A2, A40, A42, A44 and A45, as well as the (Bundesstraßen) B1, B54 and B236. Those who want to drive in the city center should be aware that it is an “environment zone” similar to that found in many other large German cities. Cars are required to have a sticker declaring the car’s pollution category.
Getting around in Dortmund is easy. The centre of Dortmund is not that big for a city of a half million. It is entirely feasible to walk from one end of the centre.
By public transport
Dortmund is part of the VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr) a cooperation of the regional transportation companies, giving easy access to public transportation in the whole Ruhr District in S-Bahn, regional trains, subways and buses.
Dortmund’s central station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof) is the junction of the national railroad system with the city subway system and the regional train system. From here you can easily get transport into the center or any suburb via subway and bus or to the neighbour cities as Bochum, Essen, Düsseldorf, Münster, Köln (Cologne), Wuppertal and the rest of Northrhine-Westphalia and Germany by different regional or national train-lines.
- Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR)
- Deutsche Bahn, Regional Offers
Travel by bicycle in Dortmund
Dortmund has, like Cologne, Berlin and Frankfurt, a Call A Bike – System called Metropolradruhr. After you register for an account on-line, it will charge your credit-card a per minute fee. You can pick up or drop off one of the silver-red bikes anywhere in the city. It is also possible to rent a bike at many places; by bike is maybe the best way to go around in the city.
By tourist bus
Dortmund Bus (Citytour HOP ON – HOP OFF), Königswall, 10 , ✉ email@example.com. Daily 09:30-20:00 (office). In cooperation with the city’s official tourism office Dortmund Bus Touristic operates a hop-on, hop-off bus service which covers. There 12 stops to explore the city in detail: Main Railway Station, Kreuzviertel Area, Port, DASA Exhibition, Dortmund University, Signal Iduna Park Football Stadium, Westfalen Park, Romberg Park, Phoenix Hall, Lake Phoenix, Town Hall/Peace Square, Reinoldi Church/City Centre. The Tour includes a guided commentary in multiple languages. 24/48 hour tickets: €17/19 (adults), €10/11 (children 7-16), free (children under 7); 12% discount with the Ruhr Top Card (available at tourist information centres).
What to see and do
- Altes Stadthaus (Old Civic Hall). The Old Civic Hall, or Altes Stadthaus, a fine Neo-Renaissance structure built in 1899. A notable feature of the building’s façade is the large eagle representing the city of Dortmund. Another nearby old building worth seeing is Berswordt Hall, the Town Hall.
- Dortmunder U. The same way a one associates the city Paris with the Eiffel Tower, with London the Big Ben or Cologne with the Dom, the city of Dortmund is associated with the U-Tower. This high-rise former brewery building has been a Dortmund landmark since 1927. It housed the Dortmunder Union Brauerei, which for a short time was the most productive brewery in West Germany. That trademark “U” on the roof was added in 1968 and stands nine metres tall. In 2010, to coincide with the Ruhr becoming European Capital of Culture, the Dortmunder U was turned into a centre of culture and creativity, hosting the Ostwall Museum, exhibition rooms, a restaurant, an art association and a campus for the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. Throughout the day the grid of panels under the “U” displays the “flying pictures” installation by the cinematic artist Adolf Winkelmann.
- Ostwall Museum. Dortmund’s modern and contemporary art museum was founded in 1948 and moved to the Dortmunder U in 2010. When the museum first opened it displayed the Expressionist and New Objectivity works that the Nazis had deemed “degenerate art”, and the museum swelled with the arrival of the Gröppel Collection in 1957. Expressionism is still the soul of the permanent exhibition and there are pieces by artists from both Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter, like Emil Nolde, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Franz Marc and August Macke. From later movements there are works by Alberto Giacometti, Otto Dix and Paul Klee, while the graphics collection is fabulous and has pieces by Picasso, Chagall, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.
- Alter Markt. Dortmund’s marketplace for almost 900 years may have a modern aspect today, but it is still the sociable centre of the city. Up to the Second World War the town hall for the Free and Hanseatic City was located on Alter Markt. In warm weather outdoor bar and cafe seating fills the plaza and turn the square into a giant beer garden, if Borussia Dortmund plays the Alter Markt completely black and yellow. There’s a reminder of the square’s trading history at the Bläserbrunnen fountain: the horn-player stature sculpted in 1901, and the pool underneath used to be a drinking fountain for livestock.
- Reinoldikirche. The Reinoldikirche the main Churche in the city of Dortmund. The Baroque spire of St Reinold’s Church rises over Willy-Brandt-Platz at the geographical centre of Dortmund. The building was raised in the 13th century after a fire claimed its predecessor, and it has a Romanesque nave and Gothic chancel. In the middle ages St Reinold’s Church was Dortmund’s spiritual centre, and was the main parish church up to the Reformation in the 16th century. There’s a lot to see inside, like a 14th-century statue of St Reinoldus, a stool on the south side of the choir from 1462 and the magnificent retable on the high altar carved by the Flanders-born Master of Hakendover 1420. Be sure to scale the tower’s stairs to the observation platform just beneath the clock.
- Marienkirche, on the Hellweg, opposite the Reinoldikirche. Tu W F 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00, Th 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00, Sa 10:00 -13:00. A free public guided tour is offered every Thursday at 16:30. At the eastern end of Westenhellweg, this is the oldest standing church in Dortmund’s Innenstadt. The Marienkirche is a blend of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. It’s earliest sections were built in the 1100s while the later Gothic elements are from the 14th century. Sadly the Marienkirche was totally destroyed in the Second World War, but not before its medieval art had been removed for safe-keeping: The middle panel of the Beswordtaltar from 1380 has a Gothic painting evoking the Swoon of Mary. The Marienaltar meanwhile was composed by the Dortmund painter Conrad von Soest in 1420, and even though it was cut down in 1720 to fit a new Baroque reredos is still a masterwork of International Gothic art.
- Zeche Zollern, Grubenweg 5 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su and holidays 10:00-18:00, closed 24 Dec-2 Jan. If you never thought a colliery could be beautiful, wait until you see Zeche Zollern, which has stylish Art Nouveau elements from the turn of the 20th century. The Berlin Jugendstil architect Bruno Möhring designed the central machine building, fronted by a stained glass window with blue and green panels. The colliery closed down in 1969 and since 1981 has been the headquarters for the LWL Industrial Museum, which has eight locations around Wesphalia and Lippe. The exhibition at Zeche Zollern goes into the social and cultural history of the Ruhr industrial region, while the surrounding buildings have been restored and opened up: the machine hall’s 100-year-old conveyers, converters and compressors are an exhilarating relic of the steam age. Now it hosts a museum of industrial history, part of the Industrial Heritage Trail.
- Kokerei Hansa, Emscherallee 11, 44369. An awesome industrial monument in Huckarde district, this is a noteworthy stop on the Ruhr’s Industrial Heritage Trail. Guided tours and audio tours are given at this hulking facility that would receive anthracite from local collieries and convert it into coke or coke-oven gas.The construction was begun in the late 1920s and most of it is still standing after being shut down in 1992. Bring a camera, as there are loads of opportunities for dramatic photos, not least in the compressor room where the epic steam-powered gas piston compressors look like they’ve only just been turned off for the day.
- Hohensyburg and Casino, Hohensyburgstraße 200, 44265. A popular destination in the south of Dortmund is the Ruins of the Syburg (year 1100) Vincke-Tower. They offer a beautiful view over the Ruhr Valley from the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial (end of 19th century). Next to the Ruins within the woods is the modern, glass-fronted casino hotel with live music, bars & restaurants. Jackets required for men!
- TV Tower (Florian), Florianstraße 2, 44139. The entrance to Dortmund’s television tower called Florian is on the north side of the Westfalenpark. It costs €2.50 to catch the lift to the observation deck, in addition to the €1.50 to enter the park. At just under 220 metres, the Florianturm is the 14th highest structure in Germany and for a brief time after it was completed in 1959 it was the tallest television tower. The elevator whizzes you to the two observation decks at 140 metres in no time at all. There’s no orientation board to point out the landmarks far below, but you can use a map on your phone as a substitute. Below the lower deck is a revolving restaurant if you’d like to pause over the view for a while longer. €2.50.
- Schloss Bodelschwingh, Zur Hunnenboke, 44357. Bodelschwingh, which was constructed upon oak posts, is one of the best-preserved buildings of this kind in the Ruhrgebiet and is, as a medieval moated castle from the 13th century, the biggest and most important moated castle in Dortmund. The castle, which includes a park and access yard, has been in family ownership for more than 700 years and is not open to the public. In the framework of the successful concept of “living and working” the utility buildings grouped around the courtyard have been converted into modern residential and commercial premises by the owner Baron zu Knyphausen. One can visit Schloss Bodelschwingh ‘virtually’ on the Internet. Interested visitors can thus take a look at the private grounds on photos and find out about the history of the castle. €10.
Remains of city walls and fortifications
- Adlerturm, Ostwall 51a, 44135 (Stadtbahn Stadthaus). Medieval tower, now a children’s museum with interactive exhibits about Dortmund in the Middle Ages.
- Steinerner Turm, Rheinlanddam. The Steinturm is a protected monument and historic watchtower not far from the Westfalenhallen.
In and around the old medieval wall are some really interesting churches.
- St. Johannes Baptist (Probsteikirche), Schwarze-Brüder-Straße 7, 44137. It was built from 1331 as the abbey church of a Dominican monastery. Consecrated in 1458, it features a late-Gothic high altar by Derick Baegert which shows the oldest depiction of Dortmund.
- St.Petri (Petrikirche), Petrikirchhof 7, 44137.
- Heilige Dreifaltigkeit, Flurstraße 8, 44145. Borussia Dortmund was founded here.
- St. Franziskus (Franziskanerkirche), Franziskanerstraße 1, 44143 Dortmund (Tram Funkenburg). Beautiful small Catholic Church next to cementary.
- Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche (Kreuzkirche), Kreuzstraße 61, 44139. This church was one was the best examples for Brick Expressionism.
- Liebfrauenkirche (Kolumbarium), Amalienstraße 21A, 44137. This old church is now a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e., urns holding a deceased’s cremated remains). Take some time for listening the sound of silence.
- St.Nicolai (Nicolaikirche), Kreuzstraße 68A, 44139. The imposing St. Nicolai Church is the first and largest Church of the new Objectivity.
- Kirche der Heiligen Apostel (.N. Αγίων Αποστόλων Ντόρτμουντ I.N. Agíon Apostólon Dortmund), Luisenstr. 17 44137. Small Orthodox Church
Viertel – City Quarters
Unlike the Dortmund city centre, much of the inner districts (Viertel) around the old medieval centre escaped damage in the second world war and post war redevelopment. The best bars, pubs and restaurants are around the former ramparts of Dortmund.
- Kreuzviertel – It is known for its many bars, clubs, pubs, and cafes, concentrated in the vicinity of Kreuzstraße and Vinkeplatz and create a day and nightlife atmosphere unique from the rest of the city. The city quarter is also popular by local fans and those visiting of Borussia Dortmund as a last resort for drinking a cheep beer in the numerous Pubs around the Signal Iduna Park in the South of the Kreuzviertel. All of these great places are within a short walk of Möllerbrücke Stadtbahn Station.
- Kaiserviertel – around the Kaiserstreet. The Moltkestreet also known as the Cherry Blossom Street, became famous after photographers started posting pictures of blooming trees. Every spring, usually in April, the street in the Kaiserstraßen district is booming with pink blossoms and attracts tourists – it has preserved a unique, conservative, upscale feel. Stadtbahn “Ostentor”
- Hafenviertel – This district has evolved tremendously in recent years and is now one of the hippest places to live, with pubs, restaurants, art galleries with favorable lease for immigrants, students, and original, working-class Harbour inhabitants, U-Bahn “Schützenstraße” or “Hafen”
- Saarlandstraßenviertel – A cosy neighbourhood south of the centre – less vibrant than Kreuzviertel, but with great architecture and really cool Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants along the Saarlandstraße. Stadtbahn “Saarlandstraße
- Borsigplatz and Nordmarkt – Borussia Dortmund was founded nearby, north-east of the main railway station.Tram “Borisgplatz”
- Unionviertel – Stadtbahn “Unionviertel”
- 20 Rosarium (Deutsches Rosarium VDR), Westfalenpark – An der Buschmühle 3, or -26116 , fax: . This rosarium has a collection of more than 3000 rose species.
- Zoo Dortmund (Tierpark), Mergelteichstr. 80. The Dortmund Zoo is in the south of the city center next to the Rombergpark and has an unusually large number of species from South America. The Zoo is engaged in breeding programmes for South American animals like giant anteaters, giant otters and tamanduas, a relative of the anteater. There are more giant otters at Dortmund Zoo than any other zoo in the world, and a whole building is devoted to them. Elsewhere, the three-storey Amazon building has a humid environment allowing rainforest plants to flourish, while its enclosures and glass cases contain giant spiders, primates, birds, reptiles and sloths.
- Westfalenpark, An der Buschmühle 3. Under the constant gaze of the Florianturm on the south side of Dortmund, the Westfalenpark is a paid-entry 70-hectare green space with a multitude of little attractions to keep you engaged a whole afternoon. The horticultural areas deserve a detour: The Deutsches Rosarium has 3,000 different rose varieties, but also stages annual events like the electronic Juicy Beats festival in summer and the Lichterfest (Festival of Lights) in winter. Another summer attraction is the chair lift, which opened in 1959 and runs on Sundays between a “Mountain” and “Valley” station 500 m apart. There’s also a miniature railway, a bird enclosure with flamingos and a pond where you can hire a rowboat.
- Rombergpark, Am Rombergpark 49B. 08:00-16:00. At 65 hectares, Dortmund’s botanical gardens are among the largest in the world. They are named for the Romberg family whose estate was landscaped as an English park in 1822. The park came into the city’s hands in the 1920s, and thousands of perennials, flowering plants, medicinal herbs and trees have been planted. There are four greenhouses, for tropical vegetation, succulents, ferns and a mixture of camellias, lemon trees and jasmine. The older trees from the time of the Romberg estate are some of the tallest in North Rhine-Westphalia. The perennials are worth the trip alone, boxed by yew hedges and arranged according to colour. And the herb garden is just special, planted with more than 400 plant species, producing intoxicating scents in spring and summer.
- Fredenbaumpark (Westerholz), Lindenhorster Str. 6, 44147. is a wide park (62 hectars) in the North, which is rather important as recreation area, and on which there take place events, flea markets and things like this.
- Westpark (Second living room), Rittershausstraße, 44137. The Westpark is the green lung of the Union and Keuzviertel and in the months between May and October a centre of the student urban lifestyle. Latino dances Friday during the summer season are worth recommending
- Ostpark (Ostfriedhof), Rittershausstraße, 44137. The Ostpark is the green lung of the Kaiserviertel and active cemetery. The interesting thing is the atmosphere between dignified burial, joggers many people that came to Ostpark to play football, take a sunbathing and simply enjoy the day.
- Deutsches Fußball Museum (German Football Museum), Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 44137. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, last admission 17:00. When it was decided that the profits from Germany’s 2006 World Cup would be reinvested in a football museum, North Rhine-Westphalia was the obvious choice for the location. There’s a high concentration of well-supported football teams in this part of the country, but Dortmund as the football capital was picked for host city. The museum opened in 2015 and is about domestic German football and the “Mannschaft”, the German national team. The World Cup, European Championship and all others important trophies are on show, along with all kinds of memorabilia, interactive exhibits and quizzes. The museum finishes with a small indoor pitch for a friendly kick around and the Boulevard of Stars (footprints of famous player) next to the Königswall. Box office/ online ticketing: general €17/15; children under 14 years and students under 26 years €14/12; children under 6 free.
- Museum of Art and Cultural History (Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund), Hansastraße 3, 44137 , fax: . The museum building is an old art deco-style municipal savings bank. Apparently the oldest museum of its kind in the Ruhr district and tells the story of everyday life in Dortmund and the rest of Germany for the past 300 years.
- Museum Ostwall im Dortmunder U, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse 2 , fax: . Tu W Sa Su 11:00-18:00, Th F 11:00-20:00. This museum hosts art objects from the 20th and 21st centuries.
- Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde), Münsterstraße 271 , fax: .
- German Cookery Book Museum (Deutsches Kochbuchmuseum), An der Buschmühle.
- Steinwache’ Memorial and Museum (Mahn- und Gedenkstätte ‘Steinwache’), Steinstr. 50. The former police station and Gestapo headquarters just north of the central railway station. Hosts the permanent exhibition ‘Resistance and Persecution in Dortmund 1933-45’.
- DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung, Friedrich-Henkel-Weg 1-25. Tu-Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 10:00-17:00. In spite of the somewhat bureaucratic full name (translating to “German exhibition of health and safety protection at the workplace”), the DASA is a very interesting museum dealing with many branches of work with a lot of hands-on activities. Admission €3.
- Brewery Museum, Steigerstraße 16, 44137. Tu W F Su 10:00-17:00, Th 10:00-20:00. You cannot come to Dortmund without tasting at least a sip of their beer. Prepare to get thirsty by taking a tour. that consist of learning about history of brewed beer in Dortmund and follow the production of beer itself. Admission €5.
What to do in Dortmund
- Watch football ie soccer at x Borussia Dortmund (Westfalenstadion), Strobelallee 50 , ✉ email@example.com. They play in Bundesliga, the top tier of German football. Their home ground is Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion), capacity 81,359. It’s 2 km south of city centre with its own S-bahn station. Stadium tours are available.
- Deusenberg, Lindberghstraße 51, 44369. The Deusenberg (120 m ü.NN) is an old slag heap in the north of Downtown – Huckarde District. Its located right next to the coking plant Hansa and 5 minutes from the port. It is a perfect place for those who want a small hike or bike ride. The a 360-degree view of the surroundings is breathtaking and you can see all attractions. free.
- Salsa Open Airs at Dortmund Westpark, Rittershausstraße, 44137. In the Westpark there’s a remarkable community that gathers every Friday to partake in them. Some weeks up to 100 people fill the Westpark’s temporary dance-floor with passion and contagious joy. From June until the end of September everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you’re a professional or a newbie.
- Bergmann Kiosk, Hoher Wall 36, 44137. 16:00-21:00. Exceptional location but an absolute must for every beer lover. Old and converted bus stop with charm of “the good old days”. The Bergmann brewery is located at Phoenix-West next to the Skywalk.
- Lake Phoenix, Hörder Burgstraße 11, 44263. Lake Phoenix is one of the largest urban development projects in Germany. On the area of the former blast furnace and steel plant site of ThyssenKrupp newly formed and developed a new recreational area. On a terrain nearly the size of 300 football pitches, modern living, working, restaurants and bars and lifestyle spaces are now being created. The new lake invites for walking, jogging, cycling or skating. The 3.2 km long pedestrian and bicycle paths invite visitors to relax, as well as to sporting activities. One of the highlights is a man-made lake with a surface area of 24 hectares, which is larger than Hamburg’s Inner Alster.
Culture & Tradition of Dortmund
- Theater Dortmund (Opera House), Theaterkarree 1-3, 44143 (Stadtgarten Subway Station). The theater of Dortmund is one of the largest in the entire country. Because of the constantly updated array of concerts, music theatre, drama, ballet and children’s and young peoples theatre performances, there is plenty of choice for all ages.
- Dortmund Concert Hall (Konzerthaus), Brückstraße, 21, 44143 (Reinoldikirche or Kampstraße Subway Station) , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Dortmund Concert Hall is a well-designed building and a feast for the eyes. It opened its doors in 2002 and ever since world famous artists have been queuing up to give their performances. Here you can listen to all kinds of music, from classical to modern and even jazz.
- Fletch Bizzel Theater, Humboldtstraße 45, 44137 (Städtische Kliniken Subway Station). Small theater with nice shows
Local events in Dortmund
- The Christmas Market in Dortmund is one of the most visited Christmas markets in Germany with more than 3½ million visitors of 300 stalls around a gigantic Christmas tree creation that stands 45 m tall. Made up of 1,700 fir trees, its 13,000 lights bathe the Christmas proceedings in a seasonal glow. Dortmund Visitor Centre, Max-von-der-Grün-Platz 5-6.
- The Mayday is one of the most highly respected techno parties in the world. Pioneers of underground techno and house music are joined by some big names from across the spectrum, taking the party past a quarter-century of spectacular parties. Having marked its 25th birthday in 2016, Mayday continues to lead the way as its old-school rave atmosphere has expanded to take in a whole new generation of creativity and expression.
- Juicy Beats Festival. 27-28 July 2018. A summer alternative outdoor festival in Westfalenpark with a total of 14 stages and 50,000 visitors. Public transportation to the site is free with your ticket. €75 (discounts for under 14s), camping €40 for two people, parking €8 (taxes included in prices).
- The Salsa Open Airs at Dortmund Westpark in the Westpark is a remarkable community that gathers every Friday in them. Some weeks up to 100 people fill the Westpark’s temporary dance-floor with passion and contagious joy. From June until the end of September everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you’re a professional or a newbie.
Dortmund is known nationwide as a shopping destination and the shopping center of the entire region. Particular hits with visitors from the nearer surroundings like South Westphalia, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
The Westenhellweg is a popular shopping destination, and with nearly 13,000 visitors per hour, it is Germany’s most frequented shopping street. Together with the Ostenhellweg this old trading route runs through Dortmund city centre like a pulsing vein. When Dortmund was still a Hanseatic city, wagons rolled along here laden with salt and silk, because back in the Middle Ages, the only free imperial city in Westphalia was already regarded as an important centre of trade. Today some of the most reputed shops, department stores, and labels have their stores here. It is a pedestrian-only area and is bordered by the Reinoldikirche in the east and U-Tower in the west. The Westenhellweg has one of the highest rents for retail and office space in North Rhine-Westphalia. 85 percent of the shops are retail chains such as H&M, Saturn, Esprit, Zara or NewYorker. Thier-Galerie shopping center has 100 stores and chains like Armani, Adidas, Diesel and Hollister.
Three more shopping malls occupy the Thier-Galerie, Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt as well as large fashion retail clothing stores from Peek & Cloppenburg and C&A. During the month before Christmas, the extended pedestrian-only zone is host to Dortmund Christmas Market, one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Germany.
In close proximity to the Dortmund concert hall lies the Brückstraßenviertel, a quarter hub especially for young people. The “Rue de Pommes Frites”, which is what the Dortmund citizens have called the Brückstraße for a long time, has turned into a modern, young shopping promenade.
For a long time the Kampstraße had a shadowy existence as parallel street to the Westenhellweg and Ostenhellweg, but it has now become a grand boulevard which contains specialist stores. Right next to the Kampstraße is the Kleppingstraße, an expensive shopping street with prestigious shops.
Kleppingstraße is a shopping street with high concentration of gastronomy and expensive, prestigious shops like van Laack, Lindner Fashion, Marc Cain. It is located between the Ostenhellweg and Neutor to Wallring.
- Thier-Galerie, Westenhellweg 102 – 105 (Westentor U43). Monday to Friday 09:30-20:00, Sa 09:30-22:00. An upscale’ish shopping centre with a pretence of trend and design.It has it own parking. There is a terasse on top with a café. Otherwise you’ll find around 170 different shops.
- Indupark, Wulfshofstraße 6-8 (Oespel station S1, Highway (A40), 10min from Dortmund Downtown). Monday to Friday 09:30-20:00, Sa 08:00-20:00. Old shopping park, no structure and no unity. Shopes like IKEA, Berlet, Decathlon, ToysRus and Media Markt.
- Ruhrpark, Am Einkaufszentrum, 44791 Bochum (Highway (A40), 10min from Dortmund Downtown). Monday – Saturday 10:00-20:00. A large modern shopping mall in the east of Dortmund between the boundary of the city of Bochum. Many of the shops there can also be found in the downtown Thier-Galerie. The mall is both inside and outside.
Those who like trendy fashion should visit the Kreuzviertel, especially Schillingstraße and Liebigstraße. Recently the quarter has turned from a residential to a creative district, offering stores like the trendy ones you will find in Berlin. Also the Kaiserviertel (Kaiserstraße) demonstrate that there is a fashion scene beside international fashion houses.
- 4 Lieblingstücke, Schillingstraße 27A, 44139 (Kreuzstraße or Saarlandstraßen subway station). Monday to Friday 09:30-20:00, Sa 09:30-20:00.
- 5 Uego Mode & Living, Liebigstraße 46, 44139 (Kreuzstraße or Saarlandstraßen subway station). Monday to Friday 10:30-20:00, Sa 09:30-20:00.
Traditional meals in the region are Pfefferpotthast (kind of Goulash with a lot of beef), Balkenbrij, Heaven and Earth (Himmel und Äd; black pudding with stewed apples mixed with mashed potatoes), Currywurst and Pumpernickel with Griebenschmalz (German lard with crispy pieces of pork skin).In summer the people like to eat a Dortmunder Salzkuchen (Bread buns with caraway fruits, salt, meat and onions). Also a special meal in the winter is Reibekuchen (fried potato pancake served with apple sauce).
A wide range of different kind of fast food can be found on ‘Brückstraße’, lot of vegetarian food, döner kebab, burgers, pizza and so on. On the weekends your best bet for a late night snack.
- Food Brother, Gerberstraße 1, 44137. Excellent burgers.
- Kartoffel Lord, Gerberstraße 1,44137. Offers tasty soy-burgers, wraps with soy-“meat” and filled potatoes. Many vegan options as well. The sign at the entrance says “vegetarian cuisine” but the menu contains some dishes with seafood (example: “Krabben” means crabs or prawns).
- Sabe Mente, Freistuhl 3, 44137. Mexican restaurant with a decent chose of dishes and drinks.
- Sausalitos, Kleppingstraße 20, 44135. Good choice for youngsters who love burger and cocktails.
- La Paz, Hansastraße 30, 44137. Small tapas restaurant, expensive but delicious choices.
- Kyoto, Rosental 9, 44135. Sushi bar, everything is fresh, the sushi tastes really good, the staff is very kindly and the prices are okay.
- Il Golfo Cantinetta, Rosental 10, 44135. One of the best real Italian restaurants in Dortmund on the price/quality ratio. Always high quality and large (to Dortmund) selection of dishes – always fresh meat and fish. Fast and quality!
- Zum alten Markt, Markt 3, 44137.
- Pfefferkorn, Hoher Wall 38, 44137. Traditional old-fashioned place next to the U-Tower.
- Pfefferkorn’s No. 1 am Markt, Markt 6, 44137. Traditional old-fashioned place, with German food. Great beer!
- Der Thüringer, Markt 13, 44137. Traditional old-fashioned place, with German food. Great beer!
- Namu, Olpe 14, 44135. Korean restaurant. Good taste and very authentic. Price is reasonable but not cheap.
- L’Osteria, Friedenspl. 5, 44135 lat=. It is truly a wonderful place for Italian food. Pizza is gigantic, so sharing is suggested, otherwise it is a struggle to finish.
- coa Asian Food & Drinks, Friedenspl. 7, 44135. Great Asian tapas and drinks.
- Ristorante Il Gusto cucina Italiana, Ostwall 33, 44135. Cozy authentic Italian restaurant, expensive.
- America Diner, Ostwall 18, 44135. American diner on point! Big portions, delish burgers and shakes, a jukebox and Betty Boop. Been several times and can only recommend!
- Soul Food Manufactory by New Islands, Kaiserstraße 24, 44135. Very nice place with tasty food in the trendy Kaiser district. On one wall they have a big screen, so it’s nice to watch football there.
- Brasserie Lotte, Kaiserstraße 15, 44135. Delicious food and amazing coffee.
- Fukuoka, Kaiserstraße 54, 44135. Sushi with great service and staff.
- Hexenkessel, Kaiserstraße 92, 44135. The 3 Big B´s in Dortmund – burger, beer and borussia.
- Küchen-Wirtschaft Bismarck, Bismarckstraße 1, 44135. Cozy small restaurant with a Berlin feeling in the Kaiserviertel.
- Ristorante Nuragus, Goebenstraße 1, 44135. More than pizza and pasta with a great Italian atmosphere.
- Emilio, Kaiserstraße 105, 44135. Absolutely lovely, Friendly, efficient staff.
- Palmgarden, Hohensyburgstraße 200 44265. Tu-Sa 19:00-22:30. International nouveau cuisine, Michelin cuisine.
- Hohoffs 800° – The Farmhouse’, Deusener Str. 215, 44369. Monday – Saturday 19:00-23:00. Steak house within an old church next to the Deusen Hill and Harbour
- EMIL Grill & Meer, Emil-Moog-Platz, 44137. Fish and steak restaurant in the U-Tower; very stylish, very good cuisine. Reservations essential.
- Vida, Hagener Str. 231, 44229. Michelin star quality food and drinks are served here. Its a bit out of way from the city centre, but well worth a visit. Do book a table in advance!
Dortmund had more than 550 years of brewing tradition, some of the oldest breweries in Westphalia are founded around the Old Market in Dortmund. Dortmund is known for its pale lager beer called Dortmunder Export or Dortmunder, it became popular with industrial workers and was responsible for Dortmunder Union becoming Germany’s largest brewery and Dortmund having the highest concentration of breweries in Germany. Popular and traditional beer brands are Dortmunder Actien Brauerei, Bergmann Bier, Kronen, Union, Brinkhoff’s, Dortmunder Hansa, Hövels, Ritter, Thier and Stifts. Beer as a typical “proletarian” beverage has been connected with the industrial might of Dortmund’s past and while the railway enabled sales to faraway lands (the name “Export” is ample testament to this) ultimately consolidation and the decline of heavy industry hit the breweries and today many brands have been abandoned or bought up by large conglomerates.
“Stösschen” is a beer in a small glass “Stösschen” 0.2 litres and can be drunk in about two draughts. The idea of a Stößchen came about in the 19th century when people would have to wait at the level crossing to cross the Nordstadt Railway Line that divided the city centre from the Nordstadt district. A local innkeeper saw the potential of serving quick drinks to people waiting, and a Dortmund tradition began. The Dortmunder Tropfen Schnaps is a type of liqueur that is flavored with herbs or spices and traditionally drunk neat as a digestif.
The Kreuzviertel in the south of the Downtown with historically architecture, lively pubs and cafes offers a great variety of leisure and free-time activities is a better alternative of Downtown and the trendy neighbourhood in the Ruhr valley. The Kreuzviertel is also popular by local fans and those visiting of Borussia Dortmund as a last resort for drinking a cheep beer in the numerous Pubs around the Signal Iduna Park in the south of the Kreuzviertel.
- Wenker’s Beer House, Betenstraße 1. One of the best pub for beer lovers.
- Hövels Hausbrauerei, Hoher Wall 5. This bar (beer garden) is part of the local Hövels brewery, for those seeking a more authentic local watering hole. The locally brewed beers are on offer, and some great pub grub is served too
- Bierhaus Stade, Betenstraße 3, 44137. Live music and football bar, with a huge roofed area.
- Happy Happy Ding Dong, Brüderweg 9. Feels like a classic brown pub. Rock music, but not too loud to still have a conversation.
- IRoom, Kampstraße 45, 44137. Cocktail bar with a great terrace.
- Boomerang, Kuckelke 20. Great Australian pub.
- Sissi King Kong, Landwehrstraße 17.
- Lütge Eck, Lütge Brückstraße 1, 44135. Cult tavern with Ruhr’s raspy regional charm.
- Klubhaus1249, Kleppingstraße 37, 44135. Modern football pub next to the old town hall.
- Franziskaner, Düsseldorfer Str. 21, 44143. Cozy typical Dortmund Pub
- Weingold im Kaiserviertel, Düsseldorfer Str. 21, 44143. Wine and Piano Bar
The best cafes you can find in Kreuz,-Kaiserviertel
A quick cappuccino or home-made cake in a pleasant atmosphere are things that you find around the old medieval “Wallring”
- Kieztörtchen, Essenerstraße.12 , ✉ postmaster@kieztörtchen.de. Its one of the favorite cafes of the Dortmund locals, which says a lot!
- OmaRosa, Chemnitzerstraße. 9 , ✉ email@example.com. The philosophy of this cafe is that everything that is homemade doesn’t only taste better but its also healthier.
- Asemann, Liebigstraße.24 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Bagels. If there has to be one word to describe Cafe Asemann, its just a bagel.
- Neues Schwarz, Saarlandstraße.33 , ✉ email@example.com. The cafe roast and grinds the coffee beans on its own, when you step foot in the Cafe you will be intoxicated by the smell.
- Cafe Chokolat, Neuer Graben 74. One of Dortmunds smaller cafes but its praised for its hot chocolate.
- Domicil, Hansastr.7-11, 44137. One of the best jazz clubs in Germany and repeatedly voted as one of the “100 best places to listen to jazz” by New York Down Beat Magazine.
- FZW, Ritterstraße 20. After the Molotov in Hamburg and the Berghain in Berlin, the FZW (Freizeitzentrum West) in the Union district is one of the three best clubs in Germany. With 307 events in 2015, including concerts, parties, festivals, readings and football public viewings have strengthened the FZW’s reputation as an “it club” in the Ruhr region
- View, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137. A expensive Rooftop Club in the U-Tower (65m), perfect night overview. €15.
- Daddy Blatzheim (Daddys), An der Buschmühle 100, 44139. Nice location within Westfalenpark, great atmosphere and nice people though. €10.
- Moog, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137. Electro Club in the U-Tower with awesome Beach Club (May-Okt.)
- Alter Weinkeller., Märkische Str. 22. Wine cellar with brick vaults & wall paintings, available for celebrations, meetings & events.
- Nightrooms, Hansastraße 5-7.
- Prisma, Deutsche Straße 6.
- Anton’s Bierkönig (König), Bissenkamp 11-13. Hilarious! Lots of beer and young people.
- Oma Doris (Tanzcafé Hösels), Reinoldistraße 2-4, 44135. Great underground club with minimal and electro beats.
- Spirit, Helle 9, 44135. Rock, Metal, Heavy Metal, Pop Rock. It’s got a reputation for cheap drinks like €1/beer and excellent Fußball (“Kicker”). You’ll meet some of the best players there.
- Silent Sinners (Sinners), Rittershausstraße 65, 44137. A small student club.
- RushHour (LongIsland), Im Spähenfelde 51, 44143. Large discotheque for RnB and Black music fans.
- Village, Westenhellweg 85, 44137. Hiphop, RnB and Black underground club.
Where to stay in Dortmund
Hotels Dortmund: Popularity
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|Dorint An den Westfalenhallen Dortmund||★★★★|
|a&o Dortmund Hauptbahnhof||★★|
|stays design Hotel Dortmund||★★★★|
|The Grey Design Hotel||★★★|
|Radisson Blu Hotel Dortmund||★★★★|
|B&B Hotel Dortmund Messe||★★|
|Mercure Hotel Dortmund Messe & Kongress||★★★★|
|Holiday Inn Express Dortmund||★★★|
- Dortmund City Hotel, Silberstraße 37-43. Check-out: 11:00. Very pleasant hotel and staff. Extremely nice rooms, and central.
- NH Dortmund, Königswall, 1. 4-star hotel located in the heart of the city. The hotel offers 190 bedrooms and suites, a sauna, fitness area and the ideal location. Rooms from €63.
- B&B Hotel Dortmund-City, Burgwall 5.
- Stadthotel Drees. 4-star city hotel, friendly staff, supernice owners, reasonable prices, near to Westfalenhallen, Westfalenstadion and City
- Dorint Grand Hotel (formerly Pullman and Mercure Grand Hotel Dortmund An Den Westfalenhallen), Lindemannstraße 88, 44137. This 4-star hotel is South of the centre (about 20 minutes walk, or around €8 in a taxi) but very handy (less than 5 minutes walk) for the Westfalenhallen exhibition centre and the football stadium. Directly to the trendy Kreuzviertel!
- Mercure Hotel Dortmund City, Kampstraße 35-37, 44137. This 3-star hotel is in the centre of the city, less than 5 minutes from the main station and a few minutes from the main shopping street.
- Ibis Dortmund, Märkische Straße 73, 44141. This Ibis is south of the centre, around 15 minutes walk away. It is 1 km from the Westfalenhallen and the football stadium.
- Esplanada, Burgwall 3. Clean rooms. Excellent breakfast from €85 per room/night.
- Novum Hotel Unique, Hoher Wall 38, 44137 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Modern, redbrick hotel with a magnificent entrance hall. from €95 per room/night.
- Steigenberger, Berswordtstraße 2, 44139. Close to Signal Iduna Park and Kreuzviertel. from €95 per room/night.
- Radisson Blue Hotel, An der Buschmühle 1, 44139 (across the street from Westfalenpark). Contemporary hotel. Great location if you are visiting the Westfalstadion – in fact the away team were spending time at the hotel! from €145 per room/night.
- Parkhotel Wittekindshof, Westfalendamm 270 , ✉ email@example.com. This brick hotel is perfect for drivers. from €200 per room/night.
Dortmund is a safe and welcoming city on the whole. As it is not a big tourism destination it does not suffer from rampant pick-pocketing or mugging issues. Some poorer neighborhoods in the east and south of the city may not look appealing at first, but being slightly careful will suffice;
Football games in Dortmund are known to be some of the friendliest and safest in Europe. Some drunkards might show up but they will not harm you.
- Italy (Consolato d’Italia), Goebenstrasse, 14. Italy Consulate General Dortmund
- South Africa, Klönnestrasse, 99. South Africa Honorary Consulat Dortmund
- Czech Republic (Česká republika), Florianstrasse 2. Czech Republic Honorary Consulat Dortmund
Wirecard : How Jan Marsalek Friend Henry O’Sullivan became “Corinna Müller”
The Briton Henry O’Sullivan is regarded as the dazzling puller of many Wirecard deals and friend of Jan Marsalek and internal emails show how big his influence was in the company.
Henry O’Sullivan celebrated his 40th birthday in paradise. He invited lawyers, managers and high-ranking executives from Wirecard to the lonely dream island of Benguerra off the coast of the East African state of Mozambique. Board member Jan Marsalek and his girlfriend should also come.
As a souvenir, the host wanted: pens for the school children in town and champagne for the party weekend.
The luxury resort Azura Retreats, which O’Sullivan rented in November 2014, had cabins right on the beach, palm trees, and a beach. On arrival, the guests would have to wade through knee-deep water as the British businessman’s assistant warned a month before the celebration. That wasn’t a problem for Jan Marsalek. He preferred to travel by helicopter anyway, according to an email from his secretary.
The extravagant birthday plans reveal a lot about two of the central key figures in the Wirecard scandal. Jan Marsalek (40) and Henry O’Sullivan (46) are close confidants who worked together on big deals far away from the headquarters in Aschheim. Now the judiciary is asking whether millions have been diverted. Wirecard is insolvent and Marsalek is on the run.
O’Sullivan does not answer inquiries. At the beginning of 2020, he only wanted to talk to the examiners from KMPG and EY under certain conditions but then he was no longer available to them.
The beefy Brit was known for his dissolute lifestyle. In Singapore he often dined in a top restaurant on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, with a view over the harbor. To save time on business trips, he preferred to travel short distances by helicopter instead of taxi and in the meantime he lived on a yacht in Monaco.
Marsalek had O’Sullivan flown in in 2014 to celebrate with him at the Munich Oktoberfest. A year later they flew through South Africa in the Learjet 45XR. And when the Briton wanted to meet the Wirecard executive board in Jakarta in 2014, he asked an Indonesian employee by email about a hotel that would tolerate the “type of spring break business trips”.
Beyond its luxury life, only fragments of O’Sullivan’s businesses are known. The Briton did not hold an official position at Wirecard. Many consider him a “phantom” in the background, a member of the mysterious clique around Marsalek.
It was stored in the Wirecard address book with an external e-mail address for freelancers – his profile photo showed Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord: another bad joke by Jan Marsalek, as insiders suspect.
As much as O’Sullivan was on business trips, he was always careful to be discreet. This is also shown by an episode from spring 2020, when the Wirecard world was already falling apart and auditors examined the opaque third-party business for which Marsalek was responsible.
O’Sullivan was very knowledgeable about third party business and a strange company purchase in India in 2015. He was therefore a sought-after discussion partner for the annual auditors from EY and the special auditors from KPMG. O’Sullivan apparently managed to convince the supervisory board of a special protective measure.
A sought-after discussion partner for EY and KPMG
O’Sullivan demanded at the end of April or beginning of March 2016 that his name should not be recorded in the “final report” or in any other correspondence with Wirecard. “These papers have a habit of appearing in public,” he wrote to an assistant at Marsalek. He assumes that “everything that is written will ultimately be read by others” and he therefore insists on being given a pseudonym.
This is how Mr. O’Sullivan became Mrs. Müller. On March 4, a legal advisor to the Supervisory Board wrote to Wirecard management: “As discussed yesterday, a code name should be used for all further e-mails and other references. Proposal: ‘Ms. Corinna Müller’. ”On the same day, EY agreed not to use the name in communication with Wirecard international.
According to supervisory board circles, however, it was clear: There should be no special treatment in the confidential internal audit report, and O’Sullivan’s real name would have been mentioned here.
But it did not get to that. According to the “Wall Street Journal”, the special auditor KPMG was cross: O’Sullivan had also made the condition of their auditors anonymous. When they refused, he refused to speak.
He could tell so much in the process. In the ten years before the bankruptcy alone, Wirecard acquired companies for 1.2 billion euros, according to insolvency administrator Michael Jaffé. In his report, Jaffé writes that the deals were one reason for the “enormous consumption of liquidity in recent years”. The public prosecutor is investigating former executives on suspicion of fraud and breach of trust.
O’Sullivan was involved in numerous Wirecard deals. His name is linked to one of the largest and most dubious deals the payment service provider has done in recent years: the takeover of the Indian Hermes group in 2015. Wirecard bought the companies from the Mauritius-registered fund Emerging Markets Investment Fund 1A (EMIF 1A) for 326 million euros. The amazing thing: the fund had only acquired the same company and assets a few months earlier for around 35 million euros and it is still not clear who was behind that deal
Marsalek stated in an interview with Handelsblatt at the beginning of 2020 that he had not checked the background. But insiders report that O’Sullivan and Marsalek were the ones who planned the deal and who ultimately benefited from it. In any case, the original Hermes sellers now feel cheated. They filed a lawsuit that revealed that it was O’Sullivan who negotiated the sale to the EMIF 1A fund for € 35 million.
The central figure in Senjo was also O’Sullivan, even if he did not hold an official position. A PR consultant for the British company stated in 2019 that her client worked for Senjo. That’s only half the story. In practice, O’Sullivan is said to have been the one in charge of Senjo. In Singapore, the authorities are now investigating for falsification of accounts in the vicinity of the group of companies.
How hard Marsalek worked internally at Wirecard for his party friend O’Sullivan is shown by a short-term lending business from 2016, which several Wirecard board members dealt with. Ascheimer Wirecard Bank AG granted Cottisford Holdings Ltd, a generous credit line of ten million euros from O’Sullivan, for which Wirecard AG guaranteed as internal emails and documents prove this.
“Today the supervisory board formally approved the loan retrospectively, but was not ‘amused’ about it,” wrote the then board member Rainer Wexeler of Wirecard Bank AG on March 2, 2016 to Marsalek. He complained that the panel had been poorly informed. Wexeler asked: “Can you please give me the private address of O’Sullivan and some key business data about his business, his connection to Wirecard AG, etc.?”
Wirecard Scandal claims another Victim – Heike Pauls from Commerzbank
It’s not even eight months since Germany’s number one payment service provider imploded: Wirecard had to admit in June 2020 that billions of euros never existed on the balance sheet. As a result, board members had to go to jail or disappeared without a trace. Since then, auditors have been distrusted, and the head of the BaFin supervisory authority has to look for a new job. The youngest victim is Heike Pauls of the German Commerzbank.
Up until a few weeks before the Wirecard scandal burst, several analysts in various banks believed in Wirecard. They unshakably believed that the annual financial statements for 2019, which had been postponed several times, would end well, some experts continued to insist on Wirecard price targets of 180 to 240 euros.
One of the bravest supporters of the scandal group was Heike Pauls from Commerzbank. The analyst was always loyal to Wirecard: She dismissed critical reports about the payment processor as false reports and even a few weeks before the collapse she issued a buy recommendation with a price target of 230 euros for the Wirecard share.
As the Spiegel reported, Pauls had in the meantime also provided the management of the payment processor with sensitive information that it had collected specifically on the capital market. In January Commerzbank had already restructured the research department and relieved the analyst of her duties, now the announcement was made:
“Commerzbank has terminated the employment relationship.”
The Wirecard scandal is far from being dealt with. Further personnel consequences in various economic areas could follow. Extensive claims for damages by investors against the insolvent payment service provider are also examined and the the Wirecard share remains taboo for any investors.
Wirecard Committee – Doubts about Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s Credibility
Didn’t Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg tell the whole truth when he appeared as a witness on the Wirecard investigative committee? Internal documents that are available to the ARD studio fuel the suspicion. The SPD accuses him of having lied to the committee and in the opposition too, doubts about its credibility are growing.
In December Guttenberg was asked about his role in the Wirecard scandal in the Bundestag. It was also about an article that the former CSU minister published in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” at the end of March 2020. The topic: The role of short sales in the Corona crisis. At the time, Wirecard was targeted by shortsellers, i.e. stock exchange traders who bet on falling prices for a company and Guttenberg had argued against such short sales in the article.
Mail to ex-Wirecard boss Markus Braun
Guttenberg apparently did not want to draw a direct connection to his work for Wirecard, but there are doubts about this representation.
An email to the then Wirecard boss Markus Braun, however, indicates that Guttenberg could very well have had the now insolvent DAX group in mind when he wrote the text for the FAZ.
In this email of March 20, 2020, the Managing Director of the communications company Edelman, Rüdiger Assion, proposed a “Short Selling Action Plan” to the Wirecard boss. Among other things, this contained the suggestion that Guttenberg could write a guest commentary on the subject of short sales in the newspapers FAZ or “Die Welt”. An argumentation paper with key messages is also attached to the mail. Just six days later, exactly such a guest comment appears in the FAZ. Guttenberg’s argumentation shows clear similarities with the line proposed in the argumentation paper.
SPD speaks of a lie
The SPD chairman in the Wirecard committee, Zimmermann, therefore accuses Guttenberg of not telling the truth on the witness stand. Zimmermann told the ARD city studio: “He (Guttenberg’s note by the editor) lied to the investigative committee and tried to set the wrong track when he denied arguing for a ban on short sales in the interests of Wirecard. A real surprise is this lack of honesty not with him. ” Now it must be clarified whether Guttenberg deliberately wanted to mislead the investigative committee.
CDU defends Guttenberg
Guttenberg is defended by the CDU. The MP Matthias Hauer said that the SPD should primarily devote itself to the question of why the BaFin, supervised by Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, imposed the short sale ban on Wirecard. “This should certainly contribute more to the explanation of Wirecard than an article in the name of an ex-politician on the subject in the FAZ.”
But doubts about Guttenberg’s credibility are also growing among the opposition. The chairman of the Greens, Danyal Bayaz, said that Guttenberg’s remarks on his opinion contribution had already been implausible in the committee of inquiry. “Apparently it was part of the advisory service to specifically win over public opinion for a renewed ban on short selling.” That does not cast a good light on Guttenberg’s honesty.
The Linke chairman in the committee, Fabio de Masi, can imagine summoning the former Federal Minister again: “If Mr. Guttenberg was Baron Münchhausen and had said the untruth in front of the committee of inquiry, this would also be criminally relevant, (…) the question is then whether his other statements that he had met the Chancellor privately are also untrue. “
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