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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Images and videos

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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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Odysseum Themenwelt, © Odysseum Köln

Co­logne for fam­il­ies

Neanderthal Museum, © Neanderthal Museum / H.Neumann

Nean­der­land for fam­il­ies

Heimat-Tierpark Olderissen, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH

Biele­feld for fam­il­ies

Aussicht auf die Region, © aachen tourist service e.v.

Aachen for fam­il­ies

Radrast auf Eifeler Heuballen, © Archiv Eifel Tourismus GmbH

The Eifel for fam­il­ies

Fahrt auf der Wildwasserbahnim Wunderland Kalkar, © Wunderland Kalkar

The Lower Rhine for fam­il­ies

Fahrspaß auch für kleine Motorsportfreunde, © Michael Schumacher Kart & Event Center

Rhine-Erft-County for fam­il­ies

KulturPur in Hilchenbach-Lützel, © KulturBüro des Kreises Siegen-Wittgenstein

Sieger­land-Wit­tgen­stein for fam­il­ies

Planetarium Bochum von Außen, © Stadt Bochum Presse u. Informationsamt  Planetarium

The Ruhr Area for fam­il­ies

Schwimmen im See, © Sauerland Tourismus e.V.

Sauer­land for fam­il­ies

Freizeitspaß für die ganze Familie im Mitmach Erlebnispark Ketteler Ho, © Münsterland e.V. / Robert Denzer

Mün­ster­land for fam­il­ies