Das Sparrenburgfest, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH

Biele­feld for fam­il­ies

From the castle to the climb­ing park

Wheth­er it’s the climb­ing park, a vis­it to the castle or pet­ting an­im­als at the An­im­al Park, Biele­feld has a lot to of­fer for young fam­il­ies.

The Sparrenburg is the most famous landmark in Bielefeld and a popular destination for many people, including families. You can visit the aboveground part of the 13th-century fortress for free throughout the year; other parts of the facility are only accessible from April to October. One highlight is the annual Sparrenburg festival, when the castle is transformed into the historical backdrop for a medieval spectacle complete with jugglers, knights and minstrels.


Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen (Olderdissen Animal Park) is another popular family destination. More than 450 animals – 90 different species, including martens, bears and wild boar – bustle about in a compound of some 16 hectares just outside of Bielefeld. Some of the animals are rarely found in the wild any more – some not at all. The petting zoo with its sheep and goats is especially popular among children. For those looking to become animal experts, tours are available on various topics or kids can participate in an exploration rally. Children aged up to 12 years can take part in a Sunday school held once a month, where participants can learn about and experience plants and animals. Those who simply cannot wait for Sunday should visit the animal taxidermy exhibition, where they can see 650 species of different local wildlife. Admission to the exhibition is free.


The climbing park on the Johannisberg in Bielefeld awaits active holidaymakers. Professional climbers and beginners alike can get their money’s worth at the more than 90 climbing and balancing stations situated at eight different heights and four practice routes. Challenges include balancing on giant tractor tires, jumping over canyons or hurling yourself onto a surfboard at speed. Special three-hour climbing tours are available for children over eight years of age.


More information:

April - October: daily 10:00 - 18:00
November - March: Weekends and public holidays: 11:00 – 18:00

Animal Park:
Summer: every Wednesday and weekends and public holidays:
10:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 18:00,
in winter the park closes one hour earlier

Climbing Park Bielefeld:
Season: generally April - October: Weekends, public holidays and long weekends: Opening times 10:00 - max. 17:00,
from mid-September three hours before nightfall and Tuesday to Friday during school holidays in NRW

Every July
2015: 24 - 26 July 2015

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Kletterpark auf dem Johannisberg, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH
Das Sparrenburgfest, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH
Heimat-Tierpark Olderissen, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH
Panorama von Bielefeld, © Timo Blaschke
Schloss Sparrenburg, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH

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