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Dortmund City Info

Dortmund is situated on Ruhr’s northwest edge and is home to more than 570,000 inhabitants. The largest city in Germany is Westphalia’s cultural and economic centre.

Almost half of Dortmund is covered with greeneries. Notable parks include Westfalenpark, Botanischer Garten Rombergpark, and Fredenbaumpark. Other best tourist spots are Zollern Colliery, Florianturm, and St. Reinold’s Church. The people of Dortmund are avid football fans and have their own club known as the BVB (Ballspiel-Verein Borussia). The BVB stadium is also the biggest stadium in Germany.

Dortmund Red Light District

Linienestrasse is the red light district of Dortmund, stretching to about 200 metres of the city’s Nordstadt district, near the city’s main railway station. Linienestrasse is the Bordellstraße or Brothel Street of Dortmund. Due to the closure of the main site of street prostitution, most sex workers have now moved their business to private houses in the district. 

Expect to be greeted with girls working behind Dutch-style doors and open windows on the northern portion of the entrance particularly in Studio X.

History of the RLD

The business of sexual services began as early as 1904, where the area of Linienstrasse became the go-to place for those looking to avail adult services. Prostitution continued to thrive during the influx of clubs, brothels, and other adult venue structures. The steady progression became apparent when new options to get adult services were introduced. The city installed sex drive-in or sex boxes in the year 2001. This concept came from Zurich, Switzerland and was adapted by other cities. The site in Dortmund, however, was not much of a success, leading to its closure in 2007. 

Today, the sex trade predominantly happens in Linienestrasse, where negotiations are done through windows.

How to find the RLD 

It is easy to find Linienstrasse, as it is situated in the vicinity of the city’s main railway station (Dortmund Hauptbahnhof). It where one can find Studio X, a very noticeable sex shop/cinema in the city.

Stay safe in the RLD 

Most of the cities in North Rhine-Westphalia (like Dortmund) are safe even in red light districts like Linienstrasse. Still, basic safety precautions are essential. It is also advisable to adhere to the rules of the adult venues. Travelling with a companion is advisable, especially when going to unfamiliar places. Petty crimes may occur in some busy areas, but overall, there isn’t much to worry about with regards to security.

Dortmund Adult Entertainment

Many parts of Germany offer a lot of adult entertainment options and Dortmund is one of them. Its red light district, Linienestrasse is the central location of the adult-themed business in the city. There are strip clubs and bars, as well as brothels like the Pauschalclub that aim to satisfy sexual pleasures. 

While prostitution is legal in the country, some parts of Germany have off-limits zones for street prostitution. The city of Dortmund specifically closed the area dedicated for street workers in 2011. Linienestrasse is mostly where prostitution in the city takes place. 

Another good option for visitors or those travelling alone is hiring an escort in Dortmund. The city offers a number of escort agencies featuring the best courtesans.

Adult Cinemas 

  • Studio X Kino Centre - a large adult theatre that also features a sex shop. It also offers video booths and dark rooms for customers. The venue is located in the north area of Dortmund’s main railway station in Münsterstraße 12; http://www.studiox-kino.de/.

Street Prostitution 

Hornbachschleife, also known as HBS, was the place dedicated for street prostitution in Dortmund, but the authorities closed it down in 2011. However, tourists can still find a few street prostitutes from Romania and Bulgaria in the area. This is why it is best to consider other options like escorts and brothels, especially in Linienstrasse.

Window Prostitution

Tourists who will walk through Dortmund’s Linienstrasse can expect to see women behind open windows. Clients can choose from the line-up of girls, offering different kinds of adult services. Customers can negotiate for the price, with some charging 20 to 50 Euros, depending on the service. 

On the northern side of the city’s red light district, there are signposts prohibiting the entrance of those who are under 18 years old. But, they have not entirely controlled this situation as there isn’t enough basis for the said prohibition. 

Dortmund Clubs and Brothels

Swinger Clubs 

  • Schickeria-Dortmund – one notable swinger club in the city that has an area of 600m², with various facilities such as bar, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, massage area, SM/Fetish room, and others. The club is located in Oberste-Wilms-Strasse 24a; http://www.schickeria-dortmund.de/.

Dortmund Nightlife

Dortmund offers some of the best nightlife spots in the country. Ruhrgebiet is the party capital of the city and its entire region. There are plenty of venues to choose from including bars, clubs, pubs, and discotheques. 

  • Prisma Nachterlebniswelt – the biggest nightclub in the city. It has a classy location and a great party venue, featuring five dance floors, a VIP lounge, and a bar; located in Deutsche St 6. 
  • FZW – a well-known hangout place of the younger crowd in Dortmund. It plays a mix of old and latest tunes, while also providing live music performances; located in Ritter St 20. 
  • Domicil – the perfect venue for those who love jazz and contemporary music. It serves not just excellent cocktails, but also veggie-friendly treats. It has a cosy venue that promotes good vibes; located in Hansastraße 7-11. 
  • Subrosa – this simple venue offers live acoustic shows with poetry readings. It also provides a different range of events that never fail to entertain fans of Rock ‘n’ Roll; located in Gneisenaustrasse 56. 
  • Linie 403 – this unique bar lets people drink inside an old tram or streetcar in the centre of Dortmund. The owner remodelled and repurposed the tramway, with a quirky atmosphere and seats made from original wood; located in Kampstraße 4a.

Dortmund LGBT

Germany has a liberal attitude towards homosexuality. Gays are pretty much very open in Dortmund with LGBT celebrations attracting participation in support of the gay community. Cologne may be the LGBT capital of the country, but this city still has a gay scene that is worth visiting to. 

Dortmund may have a small gay scene, but tourists can relax and have some fun in a few of its gay bars, clubs, saunas, and hotels. Sidi Club is a well-known gay club in Burgwall 17 and is one of the most popular venues for gays and lesbians in the city. It hosts cabaret and travesty shows, and other worthy and interesting events.

General Attitude Towards Gays 

Germany is a gay-friendly country, and this includes most of the regions and cities like Dortmund. Same-sex marriage is not allowed, but a registered partnership is. Members of the community can also openly serve in the army, without discrimination based on sexual orientation. The country, furthermore, has decriminalised homosexual behaviour since 1969. Laws pertaining to the LGBT is reflective of how the community treats them in Dortmund.

Gay and Transsexual Prostitution in Dortmund 

There is no specific information on where to find gay and transsexual prostitutes in the area. It is believed that most of those who offer this type of service post advertisements on the internet.

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