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Die beeindruckende Skyline von Dallas, Bild: f11photo / shutterstock

Dallas – The sports-crazy metropolis from Texas

As the third largest city in the state of Texas and number eight of the largest cities in the USA , Dallas enjoys great recognition all over the world. Many people classically associate Dallas with the television series – which had a reboot on Netflix in 2012 – the Dallas Mavericks (Dirk Nowitzki’s basketball team until his retirement in 2019) and the Dallas Cowboys, one of the most famous football teams in the world. However, the city has much more to offer than the typical Texan flair that is so often brought to the screen. A visit to the city is worthwhile in a cultural, culinary and social way.

Dallas – what do you need to know about the Texan city?

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Many people automatically associate Texas with their general image of America. The world of cowboys, sweltering temperatures, hospitality and diversity is no coincidence. While the state of Texas is commonly known for its warm but also very traditional people, Dallas combines this flair with the unique feeling of an American metropolis. This is where the most diverse cultures and classes meet. Cultural highlights border on the wonders of modernity, skyscrapers border on unique museums and the Texan climate gives an impression of why the state is often associated with the famous tornadoes of the USA.

The official foundation of the city was in 1856. Over the decades, the metropolis has developed into one of the most important cultural and economic centers in the USA. Today, more than 6 million people live in the immediate vicinity of the city, which includes many outskirts in addition to the city center. Among other things, the city is particularly known for the fact that many buildings from the founding period are still preserved and fit effortlessly into the skyline of skyscrapers. Texan cuisine and a culture that is unique even for the USA round off the picture of the city for its visitors.

The climate in Dallas takes a bit of getting used to, at least for Western Europeans: Although it is still relatively mild by Texas standards, sensitive minds should avoid the months of May to September. Temperatures above 30 degrees and very high humidity are the rule here. Autumn is probably the best time to travel to Dallas.

Top attractions in and around Dallas

One of the first things visitors notice in the city is the unique skyline. Over the centuries, the city’s many skyscrapers have become its landmark, and today the Bank of America Tower and the Renaissance Tower are popular destinations for tourists from all over the world. A walk along Swiss Avenue should probably give the best impression of this unique urban planning, especially because the path quickly leads to the historic center of the city, which seamlessly connects to the wonders of modernity. Many of the historic buildings from the city’s founding period have now been converted into galleries and museums that contain art treasures from various eras.

If you’re already in the area, you should also take a detour to the City Park. This may not be as well-known as Central Park in New York City, but it offers residents a green lung in the middle of the skyscrapers. From here you can also quickly reach the Art District. The artistic centre of the city has become a trademark in recent years and many artists have studios and exhibitions here – an interesting contrast for a metropolis that is otherwise mainly associated with the economy. The highlight, of course, is the art museum with its 23,000 exhibits from all over the world.

Culture, cuisine and leisure in Dallas

It is not for nothing that Dallas is considered one of the cultural strongholds of America. In addition to the museums already mentioned, there are a variety of attractions in and around the city. From the nearby Six Flags theme park to the unique botanical garden and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, there’s plenty to keep you entertained for several weeks. The zoo and the adjoining aquarium are also worth the trip for visitors.

Dallas Downtown
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In addition to being known for its diversity and culture, Dallas is also known as the city of restaurants. In fact, there are few cities in America that can call a larger program of offers their own. The malls and restaurants offer a diverse selection of food from around the world. Nevertheless, a visit to Dallas should of course also be combined with the typical national cuisine: barbeque. The grilled dishes in thick sauces and marinades are world-famous and are probably nowhere as good as they are here in the specialized restaurants. They belong to the city and each shop has its own recipes and secrets for sauces and marinades.

And what else? What should you consider in Dallas?

Of course, there are some tips that can make your visit to Dallas an even more enjoyable event:

  • The rental car should be avoided for exploring the city: Dallas’ traffic jams are also legendary.
  • Trams and buses are the typical means of transport and together with a city map you are well equipped for the visit.
  • When visiting restaurants, you should always pay attention to offers. Due to the high level of competition, discounts and happy hours are not uncommon.
  • The typical cultural life of the city takes place between 10:00 and 18:00. These are most of the opening hours of the museums.

A visit to Dallas is worthwhile in any case. In the lists of great cities and sights in the USA, the city is often forgotten – but it has many of its own charms and memories to offer its visitors.