Dortmund in the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia is down to earth and welcoming to tourists and digital nomads alike. It is easy to find a coliving or coworking space in this formerly industrial city. The working-class ethos is still present in the city that is now more focussed on university education and technology. People are genuine in their interactions and characteristically German in their love for football, beer, and hearty food. Downtown you can smell sausages with curry sauce and fries that are sold in small booths. At the heart of Dortmund’s identity is a big yellow wall: the grandstand of the football club BVB Borussia Dortmund at Westfalenstadion. You don’t even have to be a sports fan; as soon as you wear the team colors of yellow and black, you will get a sense of belonging that is shared among this community.
Here is some fun trivia about Dortmund:
- Dortmund is home to 590,000 inhabitants and 53,500 students.
- Earliest recorded settlements in Dortmund go back to the Stone Age.
- 90% of Dortmund was destroyed by bombs during WWII. The ruins of the town hall and synagogue got demolished because Dortmund decided to not rebuild the old city but instead build a new one.
- When Florian tower was constructed in the 1950s, it was the tallest building in Germany.
- Dortmunder U is a former brewery turned into an event venue.
- Westenhellweg is the most visited shopping street in Germany.
- Germany’s first bicycle highway goes through Dortmund.
- One of the highlights of the year is the Juicy Beats Music Festival.
- The district Unionviertel has a few of the pre-war buildings left. Here you’ll find galleries, vintage shops, gastronomy, and the Sri Lankan community.
Its industrial past turned Dortmund into a transportation hub with a highly frequented airport and train station. Food is incredibly cheap and Internet lightning-fast - ideal conditions for remote workers who are seeking an enjoyable and productive coliving experience.