Experience Industrial Culture - RUHR.TOPCARD-Special

Since the beginning of the year, the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum has been one of the "free admission" destinations that can be accessed with the RUHR. TOPCARD (RTC)! Accompany us on an exciting headlamp tour through the underworld of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum.

The underground supply shafts used to be part of a wide tunnel system connecting underground production facilities with regular business cellars. Today they have been opened to visitors and offer an experience for all the senses.

Tours start hourly from 12 a.m. or 1 p.m  until 5 or 6 pm (end of last tour!). They are normally set on selcted Sundays or special holidays. Prior registration, if possible stating the number of your RUHR.TOPCARD is required. Please note that the tours are not barrier-free (stairs)! There is no dress code für this tour.
The tours are generally booked up very quickly. Therefore, please make sure to place your firm booking by Friday before the respective tour date, stating the number of persons and the ID-number of your RUHR.TOPCARD. Any remaining spots available will be announced in time on Facebook. For the remaining spots, please call the Visitor Centre on the day indicated from about 12 noon at: +49 234-3693-111 and inquire. We are currently working on a special registration tool for RUHR.TOPCARD customers.

We are happy to make individual reservations (also during weekdays) für small groups up from 8 persons, class or company trips. Please contact us! Please note that your RUHR.TOPCARD is only valid for public tours.


  • Recommended for children age 5 and up
  • Upcoming dates (all tours starting on the hour):
    Feb 09, 2020: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
    Mar 29, 2020: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
    Apr 18, 2020: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
    Jun 03, 2020: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
    Jun 21, 2020: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
    Jul 14, 2020: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
    Jul 21, 2020: 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
  • Duration: 55 minutes
  • Prices: The tour is free of charge for visitors with the RTC.
    Visitors without RTC pay EUR 6.00 | Children under 14 J. EUR 4.50 | Students EUR 5.00
    For KulturCard holders of the Theatergemeinde Essen (discount EUR 1.00 on regular admission fee)!
  • Number of participants: 25 per tour
  • Meeting point: In the black building with the inscription "Pumpenhaus" behind the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum.
  • Contact and registration:
    Phone: +49 234 / 3693-111

Tours operated by Bochum Marketing

Bochum Marketing
Bochum Touristinfo

Huestraße 9
44787 Bochum

Phone: +49 234 9630-20

Guided tour “Jahrhunderthalle Bochum”

Only in a few places has the past and present been so successfully united as in the historical Jahrhunderthalle Bochum monument. On an exciting guided tour you will learn a lot about the transformation of this imposing building from a gas power plant to the central festival theater of the annual Ruhrtriennale. Let yourself be awestruck by its lofty architecture, as the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum is often referred to as a landmark of the new Ruhr cultural center!


  • Dates:
    Guided tour for groups to be booked upon request
  • Duration:
    about 45 minutes
  • Price:
    EUR 55.00 per group
  • Number of participants:
    max 25 per group

Guided tour “Underground plus Westpark”

Discover the Jahrhunderthalle "below ground". The underground supply shafts used to be part of a wide underground system that connected external production facilities throughout Bochum. In addition, you can experience the Westpark "above ground", which was opened on the former grounds of the Bochumer Verein in 1999 and represents a prime example of the new use of reclaimed land by combining nature, culture, and its industrial past.


  • Dates:
    April 05, 2020
    May 10, 2020
    June 28, 2020
    July 12, 2020
    August 02, 2020
    September 27, 2020
    October 04, 2020
  • Time:
    2:30 p.m
  • Meeting point:
    Visitor center in the Pumpenhaus at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
  • Duration:
    1.5 hours
  • Prices:
    EUR 10.00 per person
  • Number of participants:
    max. 25
  • Prices für individual guided tours (available on request):
    Eur 90.00 per group

Guided tour "Torches and Darkness"

On this tour you’ll discover the "dark" side of the Westpark around the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum. The tour takes participants back to the past of the Bochum steel and mining industry and conveys interesting information about the grounds of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, the Westpark, and working class life in the heyday of the Bochumer Verein. Guided by a torch to light the way, the tour guide explains the special buildings and historical points along the route.

Important information:

This guided tour takes place in the dark on partly uneven terrain - sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing are required. Since the tour must take place in twilight/dark, it is only suitable for group bookings in the months of October to March.


  • Suitable for persons aged 14 and over.
  • Period:
    October to March.
  • Dates:
    March 22, 2020
    October 18,2020
    November 08, 2020
  • Time:
    7:00 p.m.
  • Meeting point:
    Water tower at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
  • Duration:
    approx. 1.5 hours
  • Price:
    EUR 13.00 per person
  • Number of participants:
    20 max
  • Prices für individual guided tours (available on request):
    EUR 120.00 per group