Postcrossing ID: DE-32351
Date Sent: 24 August 2006
Date Received: 6 September 2006
Days Travelled: 13
Distance Travelled: 9,345 km
This was the tenth card I received through Postcrossing back in the summer of 2006 and it was my first postcard from Germany. Dortmund is Germany’s eighth largest city with a population of 576,000 and is linked to the North Sea by a canal, making it Europe’s largest canal port. The community was first mentioned in official documents in 882 as Throtmanni. It was rebuilt in 1152 after having been destroyed by a fire and was the chief city of the Rhine throughout the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. By the late nineteenth century it had become a major center for coal and steel. Sixty-six percent of Dortmund’s homes and 98% of the city center were destroyed during World War II.