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The main hall of the Marienkirche is mostly from the 12th century. The choir end is gothic and from the 14th century. The Marienaltar dates from around 1420 and is considered a famous master piece of old German Tafelmalerei and belongs to the most important artifacts in Germany.
tower of Reinoldikirche
The Reinoldi church was first built in the 10th century. From 1250-1270 an early gothic colomn basilica was built on the previous spot. The high choir is late gothic from the 15th century. In 1661 part of the church collapsed and had to be rebuilt.
For a small fee you can climb the tower. I think it cost Euro 1.50 per person. Today the church is the city’s landmark.
Address: Ostenhellweg 2
Kaiser Wilhelm monument
This monument was constructed in 1902 in memory of the foundation of the German Reich. You can see this dominant monument from far away. Kaiser Wilhelm is sitting on his horse in front of a 34 meter tower. On either side of him there is a monument of Bismarck and Moltkes. The monument did change apperances over time. When first built there were many more additions like the two princes and the tower was different. It got its present shape during the Nazi time.
In 1857 a viewing tower was built in the honour of Ludwig Freiherr von Vincke, the first Oberpräsident of the Prussian province Westfalia. When we visited the tower was closed for viewing. It did look a bit derelict.
Hohensyburg doesn’t just stand for the castle ruins that you find on this hill above the Ruhr valley, but also for a vast recreation area with a casino, mini golf, a big park and walking paths.
The castle is today only a ruin of a middle age stone castle which was probably built at the beginning of the 12th century. Within the ruins you will also find war memorials to the first and second WW.
Directions: near Syburg outside Dortmund city center
The Adler tower is a part of the reconstructed city wall which was built in 1990 after plans from 1610. Inside there is a museum about the reconstruction of the tower, the city’s history and middle age construction techniques.
Address: Ostwall 51a
Phone: 0231 - 502 60 31
The Propsteikirche is the main catholic church and is dedicated to St. Johann the Baptist. Dominican monks built this church from 1331 when the monastery was founded as well. It took centuries to finish constructing the church. In 1816 the monastery was closed and this church was the first post reformation catholic church. In 1859 it was elevated to Probsteikirche.
In the Second World War it was almost entirely destroyed. Between 1953 and 1966 the church was rebuilt.
Directions: near Hansaplatz
You can see the Florian tower from far away because it’s 212 meters high. In the height of 138 meters there is a restaurant that turns slowly around. To get to the tower you have to enter the Westfalenpark which housed the “Bundesgartenschau”, which is a nationwide garden show in 1959, 1969 and 1991.
Friedensplatz with peace column
Friedensplatz means peace square. Here on the peace square you will find the town hall, the city hall, the peace column.
The square was redesigned in the late 80s and the Berswordt hall was added to the town hall in 2002. You can enter the Berswordt hall freely and there is a café inside too.
The old city hall was built in 1899 in the new renaissance style by Friedrich Kullrich. After the WW2 bombing it was rebuilt in a mix of new renaissance and Industriezeitalter.
The Berswordt hall was added in 2002 to the side of the town hall and it's also for civil service and public use.
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