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Looking to mix a bit of city sightseeing with some laid back rural charm? Then the German city of Dortmund could be just for you.
Decked out with medieval architecture that will take your breath away, yet still pulsing with life and modernity, Dortmund should go to the top of your list of German best city break destinations. Once a centre of German industry, today this city is a blend of interesting sights, culture and charm that’ll keep you intrigued throughout the day and entertained well into the night.
Shop for unusual and cute gifts, Danish design, bags, funny umbrellas and much more at Tausendschön & Kinkerlitz (94 Märkische Strasse, tausendschoenundkinkerlitz.de).
The medieval Hansemarkt festival is held on the streets around the Reinoldikirche church, between Alte Markt and Kleppingstrasse, from 29 October until 2 November. Recreating Dortmund's days as a Hanseatic city, there are craft demonstrations, theatre, music, food and drinks. hansemarkt-dortmund.de
Don't miss Dortmund's Christmas Market, held throughout the city centre from 20 November until 30 December. Every year, two million visitors wander past Germany's largest Christmas tree and browse the 300 stands. There are activities for children, too, and plenty to eat and drink.