Hamm – From coal mines to the 'City of Law'
Location: Near Dortmund in north-eastern Germany
Dortmund is less than 40 kilometres to the south-east, and using the high speed ICE train, it takes under 20 minutes to reach, or double that in a car on the E34 road that links the two cities. Hamm, as a hanseatic city, is situated on the water, and is found at the end of the Datteln-Hamm Canal. Its port can handle ships with a length of 110 metres by almost 12 metres wide.
Business: A giant of industry in North-Rhine Westphalia
Having excellent links via rail and canal has meant that heavy industry is a major factor in Hamm's economic make up. Steel, coal, and chemical industries all have major influences on the area, but recently, with the opening of new business parks, it is becoming a major hub for the logistics trade. There are two power plants in the region, with a third due to come into commission in the next few years. For meetings, conferences, and exhibitions, the larger city of Dortmund can provide for any size of event with its range of conference and convention venues.
Culture: The Kurhaus offers a view of the city's past
The Kurhaus is a magnificent building from the late 1800s that sits amidst the lush greenery of the Kurpark gardens. Once a designated spa, which it is in the process of reinstating, the Kurhaus and gardens are a wonderful place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The park plays host to an annual festival, when the dark night skies are lit up with the glow of fireworks as music plays along to the spectacular show above.
Activities: Link history with a great day out
The Maximillian Park is on the site of the 1902 coal mine that bore the same name. It was abandoned due to repetitive flooding in 1914, and is now a wonderful area to see endangered plant species and animals. It was transformed into such a beautiful area in 1984 to launch the first State Garden Show of North-Rhine Westphalia, and it is here you will find Hamm's symbol of the 35 metre tall, glass elephant.