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THE QUARTER – Ruhrgestalten
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By März 22, 2017 No Comments

The awakening of a Sleeping Beauty

During the industrialization in the last quarter of the 19th century the district surrounding the Rheinische Straße had been one of the hotspots of Dortmund.

The presence of the Tremonia Mining Company, the Union Steelworks and the Union Brewery made it necessary to offer housing as well as entertainment facilities for a large amount of workers. After two world wars and the slow decline of the industry in the Ruhr district the quarter fell into a state of stagnation and neglection when in 1994 the remaining brewery transferred its production to another location. Due to several efforts of the city administration to counteract the high vacancy level and to revive the area, the quarter has by now become an interesting location for the creative scene, galleries and gastronomy. Attractive rents, street festivals and the administrative support of the online presence management give young entrepeneurs the opportunity to present themselves in the best possible light. Since it is located around a long, well used main road and interesting stores sometimes pop up and are shut down quite quickly, the Unionviertel might still convey the impression of being in an in-between state. But it is the mixture of long-established family businesses and young and fresh projects that gives this quarter an air of adventure. The fact that the street map shown here contains a crack doesn’t mean that there is nothing in between. We just cannot guarantee what there is to discover during your visit and it is rather meant as an invitation to explore the small streets along the Rheinische Straße. Although a lot of the old building stock was destroyed during World War II, one can still get the impression of what it was like to live in a neighborhood so densely built. The colorful mural paintings initiated by the 44309 Street/Art Gallery are definitely worth a view. And if you have had enough of architecture, shops and culture, the beautiful Westpark is a fine place for distraction. In the summertime it is intensely used for barbecues and musical sessions, but under the huge old trees you will surely find a quiet place to relax.

44309 street /art gallery
An internationally renowned gallery that opens ist doors for an audience from 10 to 100. With impulses from the not merely profit-oriented art scene, there is always something new to discover here. 

ice angelo losego
The roots of this traditional ice cream parlour lead back to 1971, when the founder Angelo Losego took the risk of inheriting the café of his former employer. Angelo passed away in 1997.

Sweet Chilli
Mohideen Hanafi and his multicultural team offer a wide-ranged selection of authentic Sri-Lankan and Indian food in a familiar atmosphere. The restaurant is a certified vegetarian and Vegan-friendly spot.

Emmi Grill
Take a deep breath. For 20 years Tezcan Fahrettin and his family have been providing handmade (yes, it is the smell of fresh bread) and affordable Turkish cuisine that is known far beyond the borders of Dortmund.


Projektraum Fotografie
To create a place to share ideas and to meet people with the same interests, that is why the „Projektraum Fotografie“ was originally founded. If you are interested in new developments in photography, you are very welcome.


Tanz auf den Ruinen
A little bit hidden in the second story of a common building resides one of the most interesting locations for the “upcycling trend“. From Vinyl-Disc-Furniture to Stamp-Jewellery – there is almost nothing that couldn’t be reused. 

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