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Looking for the hidden cultuurschat: Discover Bochum

Bochum, less than 250 kilometers away from Brussels, for most of Belgians, a great unknown. The fourth largest city in the German Ruhr area had the highest number ever mines in the region and shows off today with one of the most prominent mijnmusea in the world. Classic and modern art, music, theatre, in this city you will experience the culture in all possible forms.

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Bochum is at its best from the 63 metre-high shaft tower of former coal mine, now the Deutsches Institution Museum is housed. Here you have a beautiful view over the former industrial town, which has itself reinvented as a contemporary cultural centre. Almost 15 meters under the ground, you will discover how it used to be”: you descend with the elevator in a mine shaft and catches a glimpse of how the miners in the previous century their days here destroyed. As instructive as gripping. The Institution Museum presents the mining history of the town and the region to life on the basis of models, relics, monumental buildings and beautiful exhibitions, spread over a total exhibition space of 13,000 m2 above the ground and a 2.5 km long underground network.

400,000 visitors

Bochum is the perfect location for the largest mining museum of Germany. During the heyday of the coal industry, the city, the highest number of mines of the Ruhr, in turn, the epicenter of the 19th – and 20th-century coal and steel industry in Germany. Each year lures the museum about 400,000 visitors. Who get a very lifelike image of the coal mine of yesteryear and see at the same time, the results of many international research projects in the lap of the museum are carried out.

Visor on modern art

The Kunstmuseum Bochum, the second cultural of the city, let the past completely loose and focuses his sights on modern art. That is not only of German origin, but comes from all over Europe. In addition to German expressionism, which contains the vast collection so also works of Czech symbolism, and cubism. The city of Bochum, the museum under his charge, will want to visitors an aesthetic experience and to inform them about “democratic principles”. The curators are not guided by commercial considerations in the choice of work and themes for temporary exhibitions. As you search for hidden cultural treasures in Bochum, you should definitely also stop at the Jahrhunderthalle, one of the fixed locations of the Ruhrtriennale, the culture and arts festival that stretches across the entire Ruhr area.

Dino’s in the universe

Do you want your sensory horizons even further widen, then go to the Zeiss Planetarium. Built in 1964 sterrenkundecentrum is one of the most modern planetariums in the world. The central projector is linked to a system of eight video projectors, so the image of the starry sky, life is projected on the domed roof. In the astronomieshows “Fascinating universe” and “Distant worlds, unknown life”, you make a fascinating flight through our solar system and plunge you into the deepest depths of the universe. The show, “From big bang to man” to guide you, well, yes, from big bang to man. The Zeiss Planetarium also has a dozen shows for children in its program, with promising titles such as “Lilli’s trip to the moon”, “The story of the lonely sun”, “Avontuurplaneten”, “Dino’s in the universe” and “Lars, the little polar bear”. Even if you don’t like astronomy, you will experience an unforgettable day.

Deutsches Institution-Museum, Am Bergbaumuseum 28

Kunstmuseum Bochum, Kortumstraße 147

Jahrhunderthalle, An der Jahrhunderthalle 1

Zeiss Planetarium, Castroper Straße 67, www.planetarium-bochum.de

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