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The city of Dortmund ( 615.000 inhabitants ) marks the east end of the Ruhr Region, the former home of German steel and coal industry which gave way to services and high-tech industries. Many of the heavy-industry sites have been converted into tourist attractions including technical heritage museums. Dortmund is traditionally known for beer and football, the 'Westfalenstadion' being a place of football fans' pilgrimage. Dortmund's 'Westfalenhalle' accommodates up to 10.000 visitors for events and performances from concerts to 'six-day bicycle race' and ice shows, and the ample pedestrian precincts in the city centre attract shoppers even from distant places.

In Germany, only the cities of Ratisbonne and Cologne have more medieval churches than Dortmund. Already in 999 the city received the right to organize a market and in 1293 the right to brew beer. Even today, Dortmund is the largest beer-producing city in Germany, including Munich. The Brewery Museum bears witness to this very important trade of the city.