Ok, so Bochum may not be Germany's most beautiful, most interesting, most whatever city (although it really isn't ugly or boring either), but I simply like it there. I find it combines friendly, down-to-earth people with a huge cultural aspect. There are always interesting exhibitions, concerts, readings, plays, movies etc.
I was surprised at the friendliness of the people there. Perhaps that is because the people from my area are known for being a bit stiff, not very talkative and pretty stubborn. Everywhere in Bochum I felt very welcome and was treated friendly. They say "du" a lot instead of "Sie". In cafes and shops the staff was great. They took some time, they smiled, perhaps even chatted a bit - I think the good feeling that sort of treatment gave me is an indicator for how much people must have gotten used to dealing with unfriendly, ***y, hurried and unpersonal service!
Not sure if this is really off...
Not sure if this is really off the beaten path, but I guess, if I came to Bochum as a total stranger, my first thought wouldn't be 'Oh, I gotta see that planetarium everybody's been telling me about!' - or would it?However, now that you know there's a planetarium in Bochum, you can go there, or have a look on their website first (or copy and paste http://www.bochum.de/english/bosehe4.htm for those whose stupid Netscape isn't able to read the link (or is it just my stupid Netscape?)).Oh, and here's the credit: Hello dear webmaster of bochum.de, I took one of your pictures. I'm not making any money with it. So please don't sue me. I thank you very much. :oD
Here's the address and stuff:
Zeiss Planetarium Bochum
Castroper Str. 67
Mo. - Fr.: 8.30 - 15.00
Tel.: 0234 / 51 60 6-13
Fax: 0234 / 51 60 6-51
BOCHUM - "the canopy bed for pigeons"
Not far from the Weitmarer wood, behind the big old trees of the castle park Weitmar, are two historic architectural monuments which take a significant position in the history of Bochum: the castle ruin of House Weitmar and the Sylvesterchapel.
Opposite the ruins is the exhibition "Situation Kunst" (situation art), which opens in 1990.