Faculty of Physics and Astronomy

Summer in the City - event tips for the lecture-free period

14.07.22 | Event

The summer holidays have been running since 27 June and the current lecture period at RUB also ends on 15 July. Whether you are studying, working or researching at the faculty, we wish you a relaxing summer. And regardless of whether you are a long-established Bochum resident or have only recently made the Ruhr region your home, interested people of all generations are sure to find exciting events for the coming weeks in and around Bochum in our summer list.

Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any of the events listed. The offers listed are not to be understood as recommendations, the list is for information purposes only.


For free and outdoors - the Bochum Music Summer

Classical, jazzy, electronic - the main thing is music! There is sure to be something for every musical taste in Bochum's city centre from 26 to 28 August 2022. Several stages at different venues with a total of over 1000 musicians will offer a colourful programme for all generations at the end of August. In addition, all wine lovers will get their money's worth with the wine festival taking place at the same time.

The exact programme follows under

Bochum Music Summer

Suitable for: all interested parties


Kemnade Sounds! - Festival for sound-based art forms

Those who want to broaden their own acoustic horizons this summer are guaranteed to find what they are looking for at the "Festival for Sound-Based Art Forms". In addition to sound walks and performances, there will also be a symposium and a holiday workshop for children at various exhibition and event venues.

All information here:

Kemnade sounds

Suitable for: all interested parties


Fiege CinemaOpenAir

A cool beer, a good film and balmy summer air - in the courtyard of the Moritz Fiege brewery there is a varied open-air cinema programme until 7 August. The films start at dusk, before that there is a warm-up programme with regional bands and artists.

All information and the film programme can be found here:

Fiege Cinema OpenAir

Suitable for: Adults


Art and culture
Ruhrtriennale - Festival of the Arts

Drama, dance, visual arts, performances, music theatre, film and more - the Ruhrtriennale, with the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum as the centre of the festivities, has been taking place in the Ruhr region since 2002. This year, from 11 August to 18 September, the festival will once again offer a wide range of artistic productions from different genres. Children and young people will also have the opportunity to experience culture in industrial monuments and to take part themselves.

The entire programme is available here:


Young Triennial

Suitable for: depending on the offer, for all interested persons from 6 years of age


Tent Festival Ruhr

This year there is once again a special tent city between Bochum and Witten that promises music, art, theatre and cabaret for different generations. In addition to music stars and cabaret stars on the main stages of the festival, there will also be a circus programme for children as well as workshops by Radio Ruhrpott, where children and young people can get active themselves with singing, street dance, acting and other performance arts.

The entire programme can be seen here:

Tent Festival Ruhr

Suitable for: depending on the offer, all interested people from approx. 6 years of age


The Power of Wonder - The New Materialism in Contemporary Art

Matter meets art - in the exhibition of the RUB Institute of Art History in the Museum unter Tage Bochum, six artists take different materials and technologies and amaze visitors.

From the description of the exhibition:
The exhibition Die Kraft des Staunens / The Power of Wonder therefore focuses on those artists and their works in which matter plays an independent role that shapes the work and its environment. Sometimes it is about a heightened awareness of the transformative power of things, elsewhere about their formative function in complex networks and in some cases also about the active agency of matter.

Amazement changes our view of things. The marveller no longer places himself at the top of a pyramid of ordering knowledge and mastery of his environment. He looks at the earth, for example, from the point of view of a meteorite, as Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev suggested for documenta 13. Or, conversely, he looks at his environment with the artist Markus Karstieß With the Eyes of the Earth / Mit den Augen der Erde. In the power of wonder, art, magic and science combine to form a unique structure that becomes visible to a large audience in the exhibition The Power of Wonder.

The exhibition will run until 09 October 2022.

Opening hours:

Wed-Fri: 14-18 h

Sat+Sun: 12-18 h

The power of wonder

Suitable for: all interested parties


Minor in Mixology - AStA Cocktail Courses

Students who want to impress with their cocktail skills at the next flat-sharing party have three opportunities to attend a cocktail course run by the AStA during the summer months. The syllabus includes cocktail mixing techniques, merchandise knowledge, decoration and the tasting of spirits. Participants must be of age!

Cocktail course AStA

Suitable for: Students from the age of 18 (student ID must be presented)


Bömskes and Bierchen - Day of the Drinking Halls

What would the Ruhrpott be without its kiosks? Exactly! That's why the drinking halls of the Ruhr region were declared an intangible cultural heritage site last year. That's why (and because it's fun!) the "Day of the Trinkhallen" will take place again for the third time all over the Ruhr, including in Bochum, on 06 August 2022.

You can find out what else the day has to offer besides Bömskes and beers soon on the programme page:

Day of the Drinking Halls

Suitable for: all interested parties


Close to nature
The hottest exhibition in Bochum

A visit to the RUB botanical garden is always worthwhile, but until 30 September there is a very special exhibition. Opposite the tropical house, you can marvel at over 170 chilli varieties from all over the world; culinary and botany fans alike will get their money's worth here. Admission is free.

Chilli exhibition

Suitable for: all interested parties


Hiking and cycling in Bochum - Wattenscheid Mining Trail

Who would have thought it? The city of Bochum consists of 40 percent green spaces!
So you don't have to travel far for a break in the countryside; many great hiking trails and cycling tours are waiting to be discovered in the immediate vicinity.
Stadtmarketing Bochum has put together a selection of recommended routes:

Hiking in Bochum

Cycling in Bochum

Suitable for: all interested, different long/difficult routes available


Children and families
Holiday offers of the ZDI Bochum

Study during the holidays? Sure! The zdi school laboratory IST.Bochum still has some exciting projects for which children of different age groups can still register. All offers are free of charge, but require registration. You can see which courses still have places here:

Holiday offers zdi


Not just for rainy days: Planetarium and Mining Museum

Way up high and way down low - two classics among Bochum's excursion destinations are definitely the Planetarium and the Mining Museum. Both have great offers for children and families in the coming weeks (and beyond).

Planetarium programme

Programme of the Mining Museum


Bochum for children

You don't have to travel far for a varied summer programme, there are numerous opportunities for children and families to do something all over Bochum. From playgrounds to the theatre, the Bochum Children's City Plan offers a variety of activities for every occasion. The children's city map is a private service and is not operated by the city of Bochum.

Offers for children in Bochum can be found here:

Bochum for children


General event tips

If you are looking for more event tips in and around Bochum, you will find them on these pages:

Coolibri - The traditional event and city magazine for the Ruhr region

Stadtmarketing Bochum - The tourism portal of the city of Bochum

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