My next city trip: Discover Bochum

Bochum, relatively unknown but very close, is a golden tip for your next city trip. The former industrial city in the German Ruhr area houses not only a wonderful collection of cultural treasures, but is also rich in nature, fun and adventure. What are you waiting for?

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You will travel with the train? Then start your city trip in Bochum as soon as you drive out get. Less than 200 metres from the central station you stand at the edge of the famous bermuda triangle, the largest and most vibrant restaurant and entertainment district in the entire Ruhr region. Here it is difficult to meet the temptation of a curry sausage to resist, but the culinary offerings include happy much more. In the lots of cosy small cafés and pubs spill beer richly. Many cafes even have a real beer garden. Prefer a cocktail or a glass of wine? That they serve here also.

Children in rapture

Bochum has its name and fame mainly due to his impressive range of art and culture. The Deutsches Institution-Museum (the largest mining museum of Germany and known worldwide), and the Kunstmuseum Bochum are also the largest tourist attractions of the city. But the fun does not stop there: in the railway museum located in Bochum, a museum for kids and parents who are not of museums to keep you stand eye in eye with the headlights of the mighty locomotives and freight cars. In the Zeiss Planetarium, you can look at the stars, you will fly through our solar system and get your children enthralled by shows like “The story of the lonely sun” and “Dino’s in the universe”.

A jungle of jungles

So gray the Bochum half a century ago, so green the city today. The Botanical Garden of Bochum, situated at the local university, brings lovers to a higher plane. In the greenhouses of the garden you walk along the exotic plants from the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, South America and South Africa. You come here, as it were, caught in a jungle of jungles. The absolute top attraction are the leaves of the Victoria water lily, with a diameter of 1.5 meters. A little further you will find yourself suddenly in a rocky mountain landscape, overgrown with plants and flowers that managed to survive in a climate with short summers and severe winters. In the spring show the Alpine garden in its full beauty, with the showcase as the Edelweiss and Enzian.

Ecological awareness

A separate section of the Botanical Garden is dedicated to crops that are important for humans because of their nutritional value. Sources of starch, protein, sugar, fiber, oil … Without realizing it, you can put your ecological awareness to the focus. Along the way you’ll additionally learn a thing or two about the healing power of plants. And about how the healing power also, gif can be. To your children in the lesson to keep, it is best to keep still to stop at the Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum. A small and fine zoo, where you in less than an hour, everything and everyone have seen.

Fine strolling

What is missing still? Possible a splash of Caldezonia, Camp David, Desigual, G-Star, H&M, Hunkemöller, Jack & Jones, Zara … No need: the Ruhr Park in Bochum is one of the largest shopping centres in Germany, with more than 100 shops, designer brands and dining options. Also in the pedestrian zone in the centre of town is the fine promenade. The only drawback: before you know it, your city trip is already over!

Christmas market

And if you are between 23 november and 23 december in Bochum, you should definitely take a look at the christmas market on the Dr.-Ruer-Platz. It offers activities and stalls for young and old and if you look up, the chance exists that a flying santa on a sleigh to see in the past.

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