Top 5 landmarks of Bochum
Bochum is a beautiful city situated in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Situated in the Ruhr area, the city is very attractive for tourists, as it is home to innumerable visitor attractions and landmarks. If your next holiday destination is North Rhine-Westphalia, I suggest you to visit this astonishing city, too. Are you interested in some tourist information relating to the city? Read the following guide in order to find out which are the top 5 landmarks of Bochum. These landmarks include: Bochum City Hall, Blankenstein Castle, Propsteikirche St. Peter und Paul, the Ruhr University Botanical Gardens and the Haus Kemnade.
Bochum City Hall
One of the most recognizable landmarks of Bochum is its City Hall. This architectural jewel was built between 1927 and 1931. It is a modern office building built using the features of Renaissance style. In front of the building is a large bell which was damaged during World War II. The City Hall is easily recognizable and makes an important landmark of the city.
Although Blankenstein Castle is situated in Hattingen, it is a property of Bochum and offers an excellent view over the city and the Kemnader Lake. The ruined castle used to play an important role in the history of the region. Today it can be visited and it is one of the most popular landmarks of Bochum. If you want to have great views over the city, I suggest you to visit the castle.
Propsteikirche St. Peter und Paul
One of the churches of Bochum is the Propsteikirche St. Peter und Paul. It is the city’s oldest church. It was built between 785 and 800. It needed reconstruction and renovation works over the centuries. Today it is a famous landmark of Bochum, especially its 68 m tall bell tower and attracts numerous visitors every year.
The Ruhr University Botanical Gardens
Also known as the Bochum Botanical Garden, this amazing landmark of the city is very attractive for visitors. It is maintained by the Ruhr University and lies on a huge area of about 13 hectares. Founded in 1968, the botanical garden is home to hundreds of species of plants.
There are different gardens here, including a Chinese garden, different greenhouses, a tropical house, an alpine house, a savannah house, a desert house and so on. From April to September the botanical garden is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00 and October to March from 9:00 to 16:00. (August 2013)
Another landmark of Bochum is the famous Haus Kemnade. It is actually a moated castle located in Hattingen, but owned by Bochum. The Haus Kemnade was first mentioned in 1393. Some parts of the castle needed reconstruction, presenting the features of Baroque and Renaissance styles. Behind the castle there is a museum housed in a beautiful timber-framed house.