Bochum city centre

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When you leave Bochum’s main railway station, you are only a few metres away from the extensive pedestrian zone in Bochum’s city centre. The main shopping streets are Kortumstraße, Huestraße and Grabenstraße. In the northern Kortumstraße there are two large shopping centres with many small, interesting shops: the Drehscheibe and the Citypassage, which are connected on the first floor by a passage across the pedestrian zone.

The massive town hall, built around 1930, is the most powerful building in the centre of Bochum. The town hall is known for its bronze and stone carvings on the exterior and interior of the building. In front of the town hall is a huge cast steel bell with a diameter of over 3 metres from 1867, which was one of the largest bells at that time.

Other sights in Bochum with their own pages on

The Bermuda Triangle, the best-known pub district in the Ruhr area

The Schauspielhaus, the best-known theatre in the Ruhr area

The Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, an industrial monument, now a multi-purpose hall

The German Mining Museum in the north of the city centre

The Stadtpark Bochum, one of the most beautiful city parks in the area

The Planetarium

The Bochum Zoo, a small, family-friendly zoo with reasonable admission prices