Bochum is a city in the centre of the Rhine-Ruhr-Area (North-Rhine
Westphalia) in western Germany.
It has about 380.000 inhabitants and is the sixth biggest city in the
Even though Bochum was first officially mentioned in documents of the
it became more important during the industrialisation.
Coal mining and steel industry shaped the city just as the region.
Next year, the city of Bochum will be -
as a city of the Metropolitan Ruhr Area - European Cutural Capital 2010.
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