Bielefeld Travel Guide

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Bielefeld Things to Do

  • City Theater

    Bielefeld's City Theater was built in 1902/03 and inaugurated in 1904. They produce operas, operettas, musicals and spoken drama, and they have their own ensemble, chorus and orchestra. For the past thirty years the Bielefeld Theater has had a very good reputation for presenting the works of forgotten composers, for instance those whose works were...

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  • Zoo

    As already detailed in my previous tip, the Olderdissen Tierpark is a very nice and huge zoo in Bilefeld. The entrance here is free, however donations are welcome. One of the rare things I came across in this zoo was the insect hotel that seemed very interesting to me. The snow covered lanes and ducks swimming on the frozen pond was also...

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  • Olderdissen Tierpark

    The Olderdissen Tierpark is a zoo in Bielefeld, set in natural landscape, hills, water and jungle and houses quite a few varieties of animals and bird and also insects. It is about 5 kilometers from the city centre and the road leading to it is also very beautiful. There is a huge parking space for vehicles and parking is free and so also is the...

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  • Neustädter Marienkirche

    Neustädter Marienkirche is the largest church in the small German town of Bielefeld and it dates back to 1293 when the construction was started. However it took many years to complete until 1512. It is about 256 feet in height tall. This church has played an important role in history as it was here that the Protestant Reformation started. The...

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  • Oberstufenkolleg (experimental high...

    Like the adjoining Laborschule, the Oberstufenkolleg is an experimental school that was founded in 1974 by Prof. Hartmut von Hentig, in hopes of providing new impulses for the somewhat stagnant German school system.It is located directly on the Bielefeld University campus, and prepares young adults (ages 16-27) for academic studies.

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  • Laborschule

    This "experimental school" is well-known in German educational circles. It was founded in 1974 by Prof. Hartmut von Hentig, who was the Director of Research of until 1987. Theoretically they would like to have a cross-section of the Bielefeld population attending this school, but because it is located directly on the campus it is very popular with...

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  • Bielefeld University

    If this doesn't look like a centuries-old university with ivy halls and venerable traditions, that's because it's not. It was founded in 1969 as a "new type of university" combining "classical academic tradition with innovative research and teaching."The university currently has about 18,000 students. There are thirteen faculties and several...

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  • The Old City Hall

    Bielefeld's Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) is right next door to the theater and was built around the same time, 1904. The Mayor's office is still in the Old City Hall, but most of the city administration is now in the adjoining New City Hall that was built from 1979 to 1988.The addition of the New City Hall became necessary in 1973 when a number of...

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  • Leineweber Denkmal (Linen Weaver Statue)

    The Linen Weaver Statue created by Perathoner in 1909 is a symbol of Bielefeld's economic development, which started with the processing of linen.Sparrenburg Castle and the Linen Weaver are Bielefeld's best-known landmarks.

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  • Sparrenburg (Castle)

    · For many Bielefelders and their visitors, Sparrenburg Castle is the favourite place to go for an outing.Constructed between 1240 and 1250 by the Counts of Ravensberg, the castle has been rebuilt many times. Although often under siege, it was never stormed. After extensive restoration work, the castle now presents itself as an imposing historic...

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    A vieuw from the castle on to the town.This i so beautifull..It is also nice for a walk around the castle..In the castle is a restaurant!!The Church is the Marienchurch..Pitty he was closed.

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  • Bielefeld

    As an economic und cultural centre of Eastern Westphalia ... Bielefeld is one of the twenty major cities in Germany....... Bielefeld's excellent infrastructure and its central location puts it within easy reach of all parts of Europe

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Bielefeld Restaurants

  • Eating very cheap

    I think the cheapest way to eat in Bielefeld is the University. There you get a menu for under 5 Euro.The food is very good, you can choose between three menus, one of them is always vegetarian.Another tip is the high school restaurant (Fachhochschule). The cooks are cook-students and are very motivated. It's perhaps even better than the...

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  • Wow!

    I visited the Weinbar for the second time last night. The first was with colleagues in May, this time I was alone. For the record, I speak little German, so I usually have to depend on my handy translation book or hope that the restaurant has an english menu. For this experience, I had neither! But, with the help of the wonderful waitstaff, I had a...

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  • The place for steaks!

    The restaurant was dimly lit with western decor. Very romantic. Wonderful atmosphere. This place had the best steaks we have ever eaten! The multilingual wait staff was very attentive. Our favorite dish was the Pepper steak filet in a cognac pepper sauce. Excellent!

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Bielefeld Nightlife

  • the live club

    The FORUM in Bielefeld is a well known Liveclub in Germany. Many international bands play there, before they get really big.The capacity of the club is about 700, so it's not too small and not too big. No dresscode at all

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  • Salsaaaa

    This place was much better than we had expected, with great cocktails, Caribbean music (DJ), people were dancing (I guess they are the ones going there every Wednesday for their salsa classes ;-)The decoration was a bit weird, to much German influences that kind of spoiled the Caribbean feeling a little.Cocktail happy hour 8 to 9.30 and on Sundays...

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Bielefeld Transportation

  • Bicycle storage and rentals

    After my presentation I stowed my material in a locker in the main station, and the went next door to the bicycle station (Radstation MoBiel), rented a bicycle and spent the rest of the afternoon cycling around the city.I paid four euros for half a day for a city-bike with seven gears. Their other prices for city-bikes are EUR 7.50 for twenty-four...

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  • Tram lines in Bielefeld

    Bielefeld has a network of four quite modern tram lines that run from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. For much of this time there is a tram every ten minutes on each of the four lines. All four lines stop at the city hall, Jahnplatz and the main railroad station, and then fan out in all directions. You could take tram number 4 to the university, for instance, if...

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  • Practicing for privatization

    Years ago one of my textbook publisher's sales representatives thought he was doing me a big favor be picking me up at home and taking me with him in his car to our presentation in Franken (northern Bavaria).That was really nice of him except that we got stuck in a huge traffic jam on the A3 and just barely made it in time to do the presentation.So...

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Bielefeld Shopping

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    I find shopping in Germany quite delightful. Well stocked, good quality shops. At the moment there are already many Christmas goodies. I bought a lovely pair of red woollen gloves set off with leather. And some gifts, a designer mousepad, a silly angel for my friend's collection, high quality chocolate from New Caledonia and Madagascar, a funny yellow rubber duck that sticks out a long tongue when you pinch it.

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Bielefeld Local Customs

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    Actually, it's best to read the website. The history of this monstrously large monument can be found at %lhttp://www.hermannsdenkmal.de/125Jahre.html%l

    It seems that this exasparating warrior fought the Romans in 9 AC, luring them into the Teutoburger Forest swamps and breaking up their usually inconquerable formation, thus being able to slaughter them.
    He's the hero of the region.

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Bielefeld Off The Beaten Path

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    Taken inside the TAM Theatre in Bielefeld. The distance to the stage was too far and the space too dark, so I made it without flash.

    BIELEFELD THEATRE
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Bielefeld Sports & Outdoors

  • MTB in the Teuteburger Wald

    The "Teuteburger Wald" is a big forrest with very nice trails for mountain bikers. There are nice single trails and some small downhill parts. Enjoy the trails. You need a Hardtail or a Fully to have fun on the trails. Do not forget the Helmet and of course a rucksack with some water will be needed.

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  • Arminia Bielefeld

    The local soccer team Arminia Bielefeld was founded in 1905 and is currently number 13 (out of 18) in the first federal German soccer league. The rule is that the bottom three teams at the end of the season are demoted to the second league, which has happened to Arminia six times so far (since 1963).The top three teams of the second league are then...

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Bielefeld Favorites

  • Bread

    German bread is compact and very tasty. Have a thin slice for breakfast. It keeps well, especially when in a lunch box.

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  • Rodin art gallery and pub

    Just some place we encountered on our guided city walk, located behind the Kunsthalle. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with Rodin though.

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  • Rodin

    Just outside the Kunsthalle (a new structure that houses the Art Museum), there is this Rodin statue, the Thinker.

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