Bochum Hauptbahnhof (Bochum main station) is well connected to the German ICE and IC network and accessible easily from all over Germany. Take the subway "U 35", heading to "Riemke Markt" and exit at the "Deutsches Bergbau-Museum" station.
Take the motorway A40 and exit at "Bochum-Zentrum" and follow the signposts to the city center. After 2 km you'll find the museum on the left side. Or use the motorway A43 and take the "Riemke/Zentrum" exit. Follow the signposts to the city center. After 4 km you'll find the museum on the left side.
At the Düsseldorf airport take a regional train to Bochum main station. Change train to the subway line "U35", heading to "Riemke Markt" there and exit at the "Deutsches Bergbau-Museum" station.
Tue-Fri 08.30 am - 5 pm; Sat/Sun 10 am - 5 pm
The German Mining Museum in Bochum is the largest mining museum worldwide and one of the most visited museums in Germany at all (365,700 visitors in 2012).
On an above-ground plain of approximately 12,000 square meters there are a handful of exhibitions about the history and the technique of (coal) mining as well as special information about e. g. earth sciences or raw materials. There are huge machines for mining to be viewed, especially focused on underground mining (as this was the usual kind of mining in the Ruhr area), but surface mining, borehole mining or marine mining are covered as well. See diggers, borers, but also compactors for briquettes. Furthermore, the visitors receive information about the ventilation of a mining plant, shaft constructions, the coking industry and more.
There are special exhibitions every now and then about interesting topics pertaining to mining in the broadest sense.
Additional to the above-ground exhibition space, there is a show mine above the terrain of the museum with a length of altogether 2.5 km. 850 meters are accessible currently. This mine was built true to original especially for exhibition purposes, it was never a mine in the proper sense. However due to its truth to original it's a real highlight as it transports the visitors directly into the world of coal mining.
The winding tower of the show mine is the original winding tower of the former coal mining plant "Germania" in Dortmund-Marten that was disassembled and rebuilt during the years 1973 and 1974.
There are special guided tours for children where the information are given in a suitable way for the kids.
Escape Address: Am Bergbaumuseum 28, 44791 Bochum, Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
'Starlight Express' in Bochum is the most successful musical in the world. View a little boy's dream about the world locomotives championship. See spectacular rides with rollerblades as well as popular songs and a thrilling gameplay. Parts of the stage are in the midst of the audience; hence the spectators can be a part of the locomotive races. An unforgettable experience.
The Bochum animal park and fossil center ("Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum) shows almost 4,000 animals from more than 300 different species. The animal park is focused on "water" which means fish or seals as well as birds living in or at the water (penguins, pelicans, sea gulls etc.). There are birds of prey or big cats to be viewed, too as well as a petting zoo with goats, sheep, rabbits etc.
The "Privatbrauerei Moritz Fiege" is brewing beer since 1878. Nowadays the brewery is managed in the 4th generation of the same family. 11 sorts of beer and mixed beer drinks are offered. There are many special events such as the "Brauhoffest" every 2 years or the annual "Fiege Open Air Cinema" in the late summer.
'Bochum Total' is one of the largest free Rock and Pop Festivals in Europe. It was established in 1986 with just 2 stages. It takes place in the Bochum city center annually at the Thursday prior to the beginning of the summer holidays in North Rhine Westphalia. All bands are playing live (this is a precondition to play there), and there were many unknown bands playing there which are well-known in the meantime.