Like almost no other German city, Dortmund has seen enormous change in recent years. The former “steel city” developed into a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis, acquiring renown all across Europe as an innovative location for technological development. But the biggest city in the Ruhr Valley also scores with a wide range of possibilities in the cultural and sporting sector, with extensive greens and a high quality of life. Dortmund has entered the third millennium with its own target: building on existing strengths and creating new potential in the process. An aim that is met with evident success: counting 586,000 inhabitants, the city alongside the ancient German trading route (the “Hellweg”) is one of the biggest cities of the Federal Republic of Germany and the economic and cultural centre of Westphalia and the Ruhr Region counting more than 6,000,000 inhabitants. The Ruhr Region is the heart of the German state North Rhine-Westpahlia where are 17,000,000 people are living. It’s hardly surprising that Dortmund is known as North Rhine- Westphalia’s “green metropolis”. Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces. The Rombergpark invite you to go for a jog or tarry awhile on a bench.
The whole project area “Rombergpark” enclose a surface of 30.000 square metres. It is situated right next to the north entrance of the Rombergpark. This area should be developed with investors to a multifunctional area for different service providers like a private clinic, wellness center, hotel and restaurant. The private Clinic, whose goal is to be the first choice for patients, specialist consultants and medical and nursing staff will have 200 beds. Between the private clinic and the hotel shall be settled in parts of the historical buildings a wellness center and a gourmet restaurant which shall bring back a star to Dortmund.
In 1300 a moated castle was already built in this area. Since 1483 the family “von Romberg” lived there. In 1681 Earl „Conrad Phillipp von Romberg“ rebuilt the moated castle. To the castle belongs a botanic garden in a style of an English scenery. Nowadays the garden called “Rombergpark. The castle became famous because of the Baron Gisbert II. von Romberg (1839– 1897), who was the model for the novell „Der Tolle Bomberg” and the movie of the same title with the famous German actor Hans Albers in 1957.
The city of Dortmund bought this area from Gisbert III. von Romberg (1888–1952) in 1927. During the second world war the castle has been destroyed. Only the gate house, called “Torhaus Rombergpark” (built in 1861) has been rebuilt between 1957 and 1959. It is situated at the north entrance of the Rombergpark. Other historical witnesses are old buildings which belong to the castle like parts of a brewery, the moat, the moated manor house as well as parts of the farmyard. In the sixties the City of Dortmund established a hotel and a hotel management school “Wihoga” in this area. Moreover the city used the farmyard as an acess yard. The hotel has been teard down in 2002. The hotel management school „Wihoga“ celebrated his reopening in the mediate vincinity in 2007.