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A World Cup Guide To Dortmund In Germany
In the summer of 2006 Dortmund in Germany is set to serve up a feast of soccer. The town, which is well-known in Germany for its open parks and waterways, will host six World Cup games, including the Group F game involving Japan and the reigning world champions, Brazil, and one of the World Cup semi-finals. World Cup action begins in Dortmund on the second day of competition when Trinidad & Tobago take on Sweden in Group B.
All of the World Cup games are being played at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion - home to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund. The stadium was built for the 1974 World Cup Finals, and at the time was one of the most prestigious football stadiums in the world. For the 2006 World Cup Finals the Westfalenstadion has come through a program of renovation, and can now seat up to 67,000 spectators.
Dortmund City Highlights
A visit to Dortmund would not be complete without taking in some of the city's sights. Even if you're in Dortmund for a flying visit to watch the World Cup there are some attractions that you simply should not miss.
Bodelschwingh Castle is an impressive 13th century moated building, and the largest of its kind in the area. It is privately owned so visitors are not allowed access into the castle or its grounds. The view of the castle from the surrounding countryside though is well worth the visit.
Westphalia Park is one of several major parks in the city of Dortmund. It contains Dortmund's giant TV tower with rotating restaurant and the 212-mtr high Florianturm. The park itself boasts many acres of lawns, wooded walks and hidden gardens. Don't be surprised to come across some interesting 3D art in the park as well.
Museum am Ostwall
The Museum am Ostwall is home to an impressive collection of 20th century German art. Paintings, sculptures and graphic art can be found inside the museum, as well as over 200 works of German Expressionism.
Getting to Dortmund
Dortmund is served by its own airport. It is located some 10kms outside the city and runs regular routes to and from the UK and other airports in Europe.
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