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By Air

The nearest international airport is Dusseldorf, about 50 km from Bochum.From Dusseldorf airport, you can get to Bochum by train S1 towards Dortmund or with some Regional Trains.Regional airports nearby are Dortmund, Munster or Weeze.

By Train

Bochum has a central station situated on the line from Duisburg to Dortmund, connecting the city to the long-distance network of Deutsche Bahn as well as to the S-Bahn network of Rhine-Ruhr.

By Bus

Local service is supplied by BOGESTRA, a joint venture handling transportation between the cities of Bochum and Gelsenkirchen.There is a single underground Stadtbahn line connecting the University of Bochum to Herne, and several lines, partially underground, connecting to Gelsenkirchen and Witten. Public transport in the city is priced according to the fare system of the VRR transport association.

By Road

Bochum is connected to the Autobahn network by the A 40, A 43 and A 44 autobahns.In addition, Bochum has a ring road, built to expressway standards, consisting of four segments; the Donezk, Oviedo, Nordhausen and Sheffield-Ring roads.It serves as a three-quarter loop around central Bochum and begins and ends at Autobahn A40.Ruhr University Bochum is also served by an expressway running from the Nordhausen-Ring to Autobahn A43.Until 2012, a new interchange (Dreieck Bochum-West) between the Donezk-Ring and Autobahn A40 is being constructed within tight parameters due to the existence of a nearby factory.Apart from the autobahns and expressways, there is also a small ring road around the center of Bochum, where most roads radiating out of Bochum begin. Most main roads in Bochum are multi-lane roads with traffic lights.Bochum is also served by the Bundesstrabe 51 and Bundesstrabe 226.B51 runs to Herne and Hattingen, and B226 runs to Gelsenkirchen and Witten.

Key places to visit
Blankenstein Castle, Haus Kemnade, Pauluskirche Church, German Mining Museum Bochum, Botanischer Garten Bochum


Places to Visit

Blankenstein Castle

is a castle located on the south side of the river Ruhr in Hattingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.Beginning in 1227, the castle was built over the course of 200 years by the Counts of the Mark.In 1614, shortly before the Thirty Years' War, it was occupied by Spanish troops.The property has belonged to the city of Bochum since 1922,but the town is looking for an alternative due to the costs.The tower can still be visited and offers a good view over Bochum and the Kemnader Lake.

Haus Kemnade

is a moated castle with centuries of history. Though missing documents mean its earliest dates of construction are unknown, it is first referred to in 1393. Other parts of the castle were built during the Renaissance and baroque periods. The castle's location on the bank of the Ruhr river changed when the flood of 1486 receded and left it on the opposite side, cutting it off from the neighbouring village. The castle remained in private hands till 1921, when it was deeded to the city of Bochum. In 1961, a museum of local history was installed, including a large collection of 16th to 20th century musical instruments. A collection of East Asian objects is also now located there, as well as a satellite of the Bochum Museum and an art exhibition space. There is also a restaurant on site. Behind the castle is a timber-framed farmhouse from 1800, now a museum exhibiting farm life from the past.

Pauluskirche Church

is the main Protestant church of the city. After the Reformation, both Catholics and Lutherans shared the Propsteikirche, often contentiously. In 1655, the Lutherans began to build their own church with the help of donations from Holland, Sweden, Courland and Denmark. The church was heavily damaged in a bombing raid on June 12, 1943 and was later rebuilt after the war. Next to the church is a monument to peace. A statue of an old woman searching for a loved one, it is also a memorial to the November 4, 1944 bombing raid on Bochum. Hans Ehrenberg served as minister here, until he was arrested and sent to Sachsenhausen by the Nazis.

German Mining Museum Bochum

The German Mining Museum Bochum in 2005 can look back on its 75th anniversary. In that time it has changed in every respect: not only in its outward form as one of the most important symbols of the city of Bochum area, but also in its structure, its mission and its self-understanding. First as a "history museum of mining" of coal mining in the "area" designed, it has now developed into probably the world's largest mining museum and also takes in addition to its role as a "showcase of the mining industry," the one "research museum of mining history" and a non-university true research facility. This change and this extension one resulting from humble beginnings and Cultural Institute, founded in difficult times of a sound and internationally recognized institution and working and the German Mining Museum will be explained below.

Botanischer Garten Bochum

is a botanical garden maintained by the Ruhr University Bochum.It is located at Universitatsstrabe 150, Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and open daily without charge.The garden was founded in 1968 and subsequently has been continuously expanded and improved. It opened to the public in 1971, with later developments as follows: tropical house, 1976; desert house, 1988; Chinese garden, 1990; savannah houses, 2000.The garden's fenced, outdoors area (13,000 m2) cultivates plants organized into geobotanical regions, including forests, coasts, meadows, prairies, and marshes from the Americas, Asia, and Europe. It also contains an alpine garden and succulent garden.Its Chinese garden (1000 m2) was created from 1986-1990, and renovated in 2001, by skilled gardeners donated by the Tongji University in Shanghai as a sign of friendship. It is named Qian Yuan (Qian Garden), reflecting a memory of poet Tao Qian (365-427 AD), and laid out in the southern Chinese style. A pond covers half its area.

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