Bochum has a population of 365,000 including more than 55,000 students from the seven of the city’s universities. Students spend their evenings and weekends in “Bermuda Dreieck” – a premier spot for nightlife with many cafés, restaurants and clubs. Each year in summer, the city centre is transformed into a large concert stage: during the “Bochum total” festival, tens of thousands of visitors party with national and international rock and pop newcomers.
In the winter, the city of Bochum dazzles the visitors’ with its Christmas market that captures the essence of German “gemütlichkeit”. It is the place to combat icy weather with a mulled wine to the sound of medieval music. A somewhat more peaceful spot is lake “Kemnader See”; there, in close vicinity to the university campus, you can go sailing, surfing or pedal boating, or watch a beach volleyball game while enjoying a refreshing drink at the beach bar.