Football (soccer) is a major Dortmund passion. Borussia Dortmund, the city’s Bundesliga (Germany’s first league) team, has been national champion an impressive eight times, including the 2011–12 season and runners-up 2013-14. So it's appropriate that the city is home to the new German Football Museum.
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 oceans of beer and ale, much of it for export.