March 26, 2023

Bochum’s magnificence lies in its sincere, understated allure. This former industrial mining city is present process some main modifications however even within the present state of flux, guests will discover a metropolis full of tradition, numerous inexperienced areas a whole lot of cool hotspots like the stylish neighbourhood of Ehrenfeld plus there’s Bermuda3Eck, fairly probably the Ruhr space’s main nightlife hotspot. Plus, for soccer followers, Bochum is among the few Bundesliga stadiums the place you will get near the motion and actually really feel the soul and spirit of soccer. So, listed here are my 7 finest issues to do in Bochum, Germany.

Finest issues to do in Bochum

Credit score: Karlheinz Jardner

1. German Mining Museum 

Deal with: Am Bergbaumuseum 28, 44791 Bochum

The German Mining Museum in Bochum is the biggest of its form on the planet and is dedicated to the historical past and growth of mining within the area. Additionally it is a effectively revered mining analysis centre the place the important thing focus is mining historical past. Above the bottom there are numerous fascinating displays that display mining methods and historical past. Under floor there’s a reconstruction of  a mine that may be a beautiful expertise to achieve first hand information of the method. The museum attracts a excessive footfall and has develop into a preferred vacation spot for vacationers visiting this space. 

2. Bochum Dahlhausen Railway Museum

Deal with: Dr.-C.-Otto-Straße 191, 44879 Bochum

The Railway Museum within the Bochum suburb of Dahlhausen is residence to the biggest museum of its form in Germany. It’s a great place for railway and steam locomotive followers to step again in historical past and expertise the bygone days of practice journey. The museum was based in 1977 and is situated on an erstwhile railway depot in-built 1916. The museum occupies a staggering 46000 sq. metres. Highlights of a go to right here embody a central engine shed with 14 tracks, cooling, watering and sanding services and a preserved turntable. The museum is a part of the Ruhr Industrial Heritage path. In the summertime time there are organised practice journeys together with the occasional alternative to board a steam practice. It is a great likelihood to nostalgically step again in time and expertise practice journey historical past in an unforgettable approach.

Costs: Tickets are €10 for adults and children, 6-14 pay €5

Observe: Museum is closed for the winter season and reopens on 1st March, 2023.

Zeiss Planetarium in Bochum Foto: Lutz Leitmann/Stadt Bochum

3. Planetarium Bochum

Deal with: Castroper Str. 67, 44791 Bochum

Bochum Planetarium is a superb place to study concerning the stars and watch numerous fascinating exhibits about astronomy. The Zeiss Planetarium Bochum opened in 1964 and has a spectacular 20 metre diameter dome to challenge exhibits onto the dome roof. 260 individuals at a time can watch projections of the celebs within the evening sky and your complete ambiance feels very particular. Across the projection corridor, there’s a round hall that incorporates numerous displays of curiosity. Tickets to exhibits are 9.50 euros with diminished ticket charges accessible for kids, college students, apprentices, the handicapped, unemployed, volunteers and holders of a reduction card amongst others. 

4. Catch a recreation at Vonovia Ruhrstadion

If you’re searching for a fantastic matchday expertise, then Bochum who received promoted to the Bundesliga this 12 months, are value wanting into. Matchday tickets begins from simply €13. ( Checkout the official website:  – VfL BOchum presents day-tickets – followers need to verify this web site or instagram ). Additionally value noting that transport is free on matchday within the Rhein-Ruhr space with the match ticket (the stadium is a few 20 minute stroll from town centre or a number of stops on the U-Bahn). The stadium and the membership itself has a very conventional really feel to them and for my part that makes it extra fascinating to go and see a recreation right here. Ambiance is implausible. Groups enter the pitch to “Tief im Westen” (within the deep west) music by native German famous person Herbert Groenemeyer. 

Capability of the stadium is 28000. It is sort of a typical British stadium, the 4 stands enclose the bottom and allow you to be actually near the pitch. They serve the native Fiege brew for a mere €4.2 for a half pint.

5. Checkout Bochum’s coolest neighbourhood- Ehrenfeld 

Much like Dortmund’s Kreuzviertel, the hip neighbourhood of Ehrenfeld is a should go to – pop into one of many cool cafes, have a stroll by the streets, discover a few of the impartial retailers and cease for a drink in one of many space’s many effective bars.

Pop into the colorful Fräulein Coffea (Oskar-Hoffmann-Straße 34, 44789 Bochum) the place you’ll discover locals studying the paper or catching up with associates over their wonderful espresso and vary of muffins (vegan choices too).

In case you’re searching for authentic present concepts from native designers, the cosy idea retailer, stueckgut ( Königsallee 12, 44789 Bochum) is value a go to. You will discover chosen vary of native manufacturers, small vogue and clothes equipment and even sustainable and vegan backpacks. 

Strolling round Ehrenfeld additionally, you will discover a wealthy assortment of implausible avenue artwork which was the legacy of the Avenue Artwork Pageant “WRIGHT” which was organized by the native Bought Out Gallery.

On Alte Hattinger Straße, on the left hand facet of the cool idea retailer, Die Kulturtasche ( Alte Hattinger Straße 11), you will see that  Zone 56’s meditation on the world of cyber and nature.

Simply above Die Kulturtasche  you will see that the three dimensionally stunning work of André Silva aka TRAFIC, a Dortmund based mostly avenue artist, with Portuguese roots and unmistakable handwriting.

For extra about avenue artwork in Bochum, hop to this blogpost (it’s in German).

6. Go to the Bermuda3eck, the motion packed nightlife hotspot

With over 80 bars, cafes and eating places, the Bermuda3Eck has been THE place to occasion within the Ruhr Valley. Particularly when the climate is sweet, you will see that the occasion spilling from the bar terraces onto the road which supplies the vibe of a giant open air occasion.

Within the Bermuda3eck you need to cease for a beer at Pinte Bochum  (Kortumstraße 11) a preferred place for soccer followers earlier than or after the match. It’s the smallest pub in Bochum however by way of ambiance, vary of native beers and repair, among the best.

In case you’re extra of a wine lover, then it’s best to pay a go to to Le Kork Wine Bar (Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 3 44787). If you wish to spend a number of hours of wine tasting then you’ll love this  idea — load up a pay as you go credit score from €5 to €50 (if there’s any cash left, you get it again) relying on how a lot you need to drink after which faucet your card and select from 84 excessive class worldwide wines which the assistance of their progressive self service wine dispensers.

7. Bonus tip: Don’t go away Bochum with out consuming right here

Whereas Berlin could declare to have invented the Currywurst , within the Ruhr Valley, the meals has iconic standing and is THE pre and submit match snack for soccer followers. Finest place to attempt it right here? The cult native butcher, Dönninghaus from Bochum, which was based in 1935 by Otto Dönninghaus, might be the very best within the Ruhr space for the basic bratwurst with its iconic curry sauce whose composition is a fastidiously guarded household secret.

Additional assets

For extra about tips on how to plan a visit to Bochum and the Ruhr Valley, checkout the Ruhr Valley Tourism web site. If you’re planning a soccer themed break to Bochum and the Ruhr Valley, checkout the Ruhr Fussball web site.

If you’re planning an extended weekend within the space, you might need to checkout my latest information to the very best issues to do in Dortmund

This submit was produced in partnership with Germany Tourism and Ruhr Fussball challenge however the views represented listed here are my very own.