Bochum remained quite a small town until the 19th century when steel and coal mining industries started to thrive. Today Bochum is a classic German city where big businesses such as RIM, Opel, and the innovative GLS Bank have a large presence.
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Some of the city’s most beautiful buildings are Bochum City Hall, Altes Brauhaus Rietkötter (where fresh beer is brewed and served just like in olden times), and Friedrich Lueg Haus (The first high rise building in Bochum). Although many of the city’s masterpieces were brought down to the ground, Bochum has faced a renaissance since WWII and many of the buildings have been renovated to their original charm.
Being the cultural and traditional hub of the Ruhr region, Bochum houses a municipal theatre, the Schauspielhaus Bochum, and other smaller theatres and arenas. The musical Starlight Express, which opened in 1988, is the longest-running musical in Germany and one of the city’s main attractions.
Bochum hosts a variety of annual festivals. Perhaps the most eccentric one is September’s Open Flair, an international cabaret and street theatre festival. From June to November, there is always something fun to do in Bochum!
A university degree and a TESOL certificate of at least 100 hours is necessary to teach English in Germany. Native speakers who do not hold a EU passport must travel to Germany, get a job, and then apply for the work permit.