Bochum and "der Pott"
Bochum has 365.000 inhabitants and is one of the 20 biggest cities in Germany. The city of Bochum is part of the Ruhr Metropolis. In the last two decades, with a population of more than 5 million in 73 cities and towns and 5 universities, the Ruhr Metropolis has radically changed from a traditional mining area to one of the most dynamic industrial and research regions in Europe. It offers a wide variety of cultural and leisure activities. The following slides show some examples that only give a brief insight into the many possibilities the region has to offer. Due to the history of the Ruhr Metropolis, many old industrial sites can be found, that offer insights into the mining history and techniques of former times.