Bielefeld - historical city
Largest city in the Teutoburg Forest
You can experience history up close in the historic towns in the Teutoburg Forest. Whether it’s Sparrenburg, the cathedral or simply a jazz club – nearly everything here enjoys a long tradition.
With more than 300,000 inhabitants Bielefeld is the largest city in the North Rhine-Westphalian Teutoburg Forest holiday region. Especially worthwhile is a trip to the Altstadt (“Old Town”) of this historical city, which is steeped in tradition and sees its first recorded mention in the 9th century.
The historical old market square, with its ancient façades and mighty gables, is more than just a pretty face. It is also the cornerstone of event highlights such as the Bielefeld Nachtansichten (an “open night” at many cultural institutions), Leinewebermarkt (“Linen Weaver Market”), wine market and Christmas market. Also the Kunsthalle Bielefeld (art gallery) with its hall of modern and contemporary art exhibitions truly are a highlight for culture loving visitors of Bielefeld.
Ravensberg spinning mill
Linen spinning and weaving once laid the foundations for Bielefeld’s prosperity. These historical trades are still evident today in many old and interesting factories and castle-like buildings, including the listed Ravensberg spinning mill. The historical mill has also developed into a meeting point for art and culture lovers.
Concerts, cabaret and talk shows are held in both the buildings and the park on the site of the former spinning mill, as are private and corporate events, such as conferences, seminars and company presentations. The event halls, Ringlokschuppen and Stadthalle Bielefeld, are just as multifunctional in their use as venues for cultural, als also with business events.
Though linen spinning is now a thing of the past, Bielefeld is now an important location in the food industry. The well-known brand Dr. Oetker is headquartered here. Appropriately enough, the city also offers city sightseeing tours along the theme of “Rund um den Pudding” (“All About Pudding”), which include a tour of Dr. Oetker World.
Bielefeld is also an ideal starting point for excursions into the surrounding Teutoburg Forest. Some 580 kilometres of trails in and around Bielefeld invite visitors to enjoy relaxing walks in the green expanse of the countryside. The most famous among them is the Hermannsweg Trail, which leads directly through downtown Bielefeld up to the city’s most famous and historical landmark: Sparrenburg perches high above the city and even if you can’t make the worthwhile trip to the annual Sparrenburg medieval festival, the view from the 37-metre high castle tower is simply magnificent. Other great destinations for young families especially are only a hop, skip and a jump away from Bielefeld.