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Bochum sights include some beautiful old castles and churches, including on built by Charlemagne himself. And don’t forget the architecturally interesting City Hall building.
This Bochum sight is an old castle complete with a large moat. But Haus Kemnade is notable for more than its striking architecture and the aforementioned big moat. Inside you’ll find an excellent showcase of musical instruments from the 16th through the 19th century.
Next to the castle, you’ll see the Farmhouse Museum. There are even more interesting exhibits there about the life in the countryside.
Propsteikirche St. Peter And Paul
This Bochum sight is one of the most important historical places in the city. The St Peter and Paul Church was built in the years 785-800 by none other than the famous Charlemagne. You’ll be able to spot the church instantly by its 68 m (223 ft) high bell tower, one of the landmarks of Bochum.
Inside you’ll be greeted by a shrine of St Perpetua and an ancient crucifix from the year 1352. It is one of the architectural highlights of the city.
Bochum City Hall
Germany is well-known for its beautifully constructed city hall buildings, and Bochum is no exception. However, this one is exceptional in that it is fairly recent, having been constructed from 1927 to 1931.
Unfortunately, the bronze statues that once adorned the structure were melted down for the war effort in the thirties and forties. Many lovely spots remain, despite the hall’s somewhat dark history (the original Jewish owner was driven to suicide by the tactics of the Nazi government in 1933), you’ll find peace and serenity in the courtyard fountains of August Vogel.
You won’t find any mad scientists or large green monsters inside but Blankenstein Castle has enough of its own history to make up for that. This 13th century castle was constructed by Count Adolf I of Mark. It was here that the town charter of Bochum was approved by Count Englebert of Mark.