Visit Bochum Zoo and immerse yourself in all the diversity the animal world has to offer: from exotic birds, reptiles, Seychelles giant tortoises, and monkeys to lynxes and apes - all in all, a total of around 3,300 animals to admire. In the coral reef aquarium, brightly coloured fish and bizarre corals give a glimpse into the wonders of the oceans. One exhibit definitely not to miss is the "North Sea Worlds" section, with its spectacular underwater close-ups of seals and diving penguins, a sand dune area and a walk-in aviary for wading birds.
If you enjoy staring into endless space, then the Zeiss Planetarium Bochum is guaranteed to offer you an experience to remember. Renovated in 2010, it boasts a state-of-the-art projector system and now ranks among the best planetariums in the world. The varied programme of events serves up some compelling attractions – and not just for fans of astronomy.
Bochum's southern suburb is highly scenic and Lake Kemnade, the city's blue jewel, is the ideal place for sailing, wind surfing and fishing. The green river valley, with its views across the Ruhr, invites visitors to take a relaxing walk, boat trip or long cycle ride along the historical tow path. A paradise for sun seekers, sports fans, nature lovers, barbecue and picnic enthusiasts!
Swimming, relaxation, sauna and sun are on the programme at the architecturally appealing Heveney Swimming and Leisure Centre, located directly adjacent to Lake Kemnade. Salt-water pool, heated indoor pool, extensive sauna area and a 100-metre super flume slide ensure unlimited bathing pleasure for water lovers of all ages.