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Introducing Dortmund

Football (soccer) is a major Dortmund passion. Borussia Dortmund, the city’s Bundesliga (Germany’s first league) team, has been national champion a ridiculous eight times, including the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. So it's appropriate that the city will be home to the new German Football Museum starting in 2014.

As the largest city in the Ruhrgebiet, Dortmund built its prosperity on coal, steel and beer. These days, the mines are closed, the steel mills quiet and more Zeitgeist-compatible high-tech industries have taken their place. Only the breweries are going as strong as ever, churning out huge quantities of delicious beer and ale, much of it for export.