The City of Bochum is the centre of the Discovery Area Festspielplatz RUHR (RUHR Festival Square). Lovingly serenaded by the famous German pop musician Herbert Grönemeyer, Bochum symbolises the true Ruhr Area. Many of the landmarks are simply essential components of any city break in the Ruhr Area.
The Jahrhunderthalle Bochum (Bochum's Century Hall) is almost unique in its combination of industrial monument with high-class culture – the very finest industrial heritage! Theatre productions, above all the Ruhrtriennale of course, are transformed by the old industrial hall into unique events.
Musical fans will be thrilled by STARLIGHT EXPRESS, the most successful musical in the Ruhr Area.
The German Mining Museum in Bochum explains the history of mining, and uses a replica mine to impressively demonstrate how underground work in the pits once looked, and how it looks today. The museum is also a hub of the Route of Industrial Heritage.
For families, it is well worth visiting the Knirps colliery, located directly at what was once the Hannover colliery. There, children can understand through play what is involved in colliery work. An excursion to the Railway Museum at Bochum-Dahlhausen is also recommended for families.
The best place to end a pleasant day out in the Ruhr Area is the Bermuda3Eck, the nightlife district in the Ruhr Area. Here you can stroll from bar to bar and enjoy the wide range of cocktails.
The German Mining Museum provides comprehensive information on all the natural resources from the era of industrialisation to the present.
STARLIGHT EXPRESS - The most successful musical in the world - at the heart of the Ruhr Area!
The 'Jahrhunderthalle' in Bochum is both industrial monument and a venue for events such as concerts, theatre and shows.
The Railway Museum in Bochum-Dahlhausen presents historical railway vehicles, signals and much more associated with the development of the railways.
Consequently Bochum theatre is one of the most well-known theatres in Germany and therefore a definite cultural highlight in the Ruhr area.
At the Zeiss Planetarium in Bochum, you can look into the infinite expanses of the night sky in a particularly impressive way.
Further places of interest in Bochum
Art collections of the Ruhr University in Bochum (RUB)
The university museum, with its high-class collection of modern and contemporary art from Europe and the USA, is unique in Germany.
Bermuda3Eck (Bermuda Triangle)
For many in the Ruhr Area, the Bermuda Triangle in Bochum is the best place to go for parties and nightlife, pubs and bars, dancing and currywurst.
Culinary guided tour: "Gezz iss dich watt" (Go and eat something now)
A special kind of city excursion through Bochum
Tasting original beer from the Ruhr Area is definitely a part of any city break to the Ruhr metropolis.
A popular excursion destination for cyclists and inline skaters, hikers and joggers, sailors and surfers, the Kemnader lake, is situated on the city limits between Bochum, Hattingen and Witten.
Art museum Bochum
With its collection and changing exhibitions, the "Bochum Museum" presents art and culture in the Ruhr Area.
LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Hannover
Hannover colliery is a fascinating place of interest in the Ruhr area and an important industrial monument.
Varieté Et Cetera
The Bochum "Varieté et cetera" is one of the top addresses for variety and live entertainment in the Ruhr Area.
Knirps colliery is part of Hannover colliery, which is an industrial monument, and a special attraction for children.