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Getting there & away

Air Berlin and easyJet are among the carriers serving Dortmund Airport (921 301; www.flughafen-dortmund.de), connected to the centre by the Airport Express bus (€5, 4.30am to 10.30pm, mostly hourly). Buses stop outside the Hauptbahnhof, a major hub with frequent ICE and IC trains in all directions and RE and S-Bahn trains to other Ruhrgebiet cities departing every few minutes.

Dortmund is on the A1, A2 and A45. The B1 runs right through the city and is the link between the A40 to Essen and the A44 to Kassel. It’s very busy and often clogged.