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Destinations » Germany » Bochum Travel Guide
Germany's Bochum is home to events like the 'Ruhrtriennale' which is one of Europe's most significant theatre festivals, the 'Bochum Total' which is one of the largest rock festivals in Germany and many more large scale festivals. Bochum is home to the Bermuda Triangle, the famous bar and pub quarter, which ensures that the party never stops. Most cultural events are held in the Jahrhunderthalle.
Bochum in the Ruhr region has lots of modern malls as well as a wide variety of shopping streets, making it the perfect destination for an extended shopping spree.
Bochum City Point shopping mall
Bochum City Point covers five floors and has more than 40 outlets selling clothing, textiles, services and food. It is situated in the city centre on Kortumstrasse, Bochum's main shopping street.
Ruhr-Park shopping centre
The Ruhr-Park shopping centre was opened in November 1964 and is currently the largest in Germany. It has become an integral part of Bochum's cityscape and is regarded by locals and visitors alike as a regional institution.
You haven't really been to Germany until you've tried a currywurst, a classic fast-food dish of pork sausage drenched in ketchup and curry powder - the perfect snack after a night of beer drinking. This all-day and late-night kiosk, situated in the heart of the pub district, is a cult favourite for the best currywurst in the Ruhrgebiet.
An airy, stylish place with white walls and modern art, Livingroom offers an eclectic international menu of meat and fish dishes with Mediterranean and Asian influences, and an extensive wine list. Depending on your mood, you can sit in one of several different areas of the huge space: a bar, a lounge, or casual or fine dining areas.
Spain's signature dish has made its way to the Ruhrgebiet at this stylish tapas and wine bar. If you can't make a choice from the three dozen vegetarian and meat/fish selections in the menu's tapas section, try one of the rotating weekly specials, with or without the specifically recommended Spanish wines.
Bochum's first Greek restaurant offers fresh, moderately priced dishes of fish, meat and vegetables - no greasy gyros here - in a brightly-coloured dining room that brings to mind a Mediterranean villa overlooking the wine-dark sea. You might even catch the jovial host playing guitar for his guests. A beer garden offers al fresco dining in summer.
Westphalian Industrial Museum - Hannover Colliery & Knirps "children's mine"
The 200 year history of industrialisation is brought to life at eight former industrial sites. Together with the Rhenish Industrial Museum it forms part of a collection of museums that are unique in Europe. One of these historical sites is the Hannover Colliery in Bochum which contains a series of exhibits on the development of the industrial Ruhr area. At Knirps "children's mine" kids can learn about mining through interactive exhibits.
Jahrhunderthalle (Century Hall) Bochum
This impressive hall built in 1902 and was restored during the Emscher Park International Construction Exhibition and is currently used for exhibitions and cultural and sporting events. The airy steel construction is one of the leading venues for the RuhrTriennale festival.
Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
This triple-naved hall church reconstructed in the Westphalian Gothic style was originally built during the time of Emperor Charlemagne between 785 and 800. Its 68 metre high steeple is the city's most famous landmark. Inside the church are many fascinating works of art from various periods in history including a Romanesque font from around 1175, the high altar with a statue of Christ dating from 1352 and the reliquary shrine of St. Perpetua and her slave St. Felicity.