Bielefeld’s biggest square has had a facelift. The redesign has transformed a drab, marginal square into a multiple-amenity city centre arena. Trees, water features and benches create a pleasant ambience. Kesselbrink’s weekly market adds regular bustle. The highlight of the square is the skate park, one of the biggest in Germany. Kesselbrink has attracted many visitors since opening in 2013.

› Kesselbrink / Skaterpark
33602 Bielefeld
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Ravensberger Spinnerei (Ravensberg Spinning Mill)

Constructed between 1855 and 1857, the imposing castellated factory buildings of the Ravensberg Spinning Mill became one of the largest flax spinning mills in Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries, housing up to 20,000 whirring spindles at a time.

Now the site includes a park, an attractive cultural and events venue with two museums, a cinema, an adult education centre and a restaurant in the old carding works.

› Ravensberger Spinnerei
Ravensberger Park 1
33607 Bielefeld
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Leineweber-Denkmal (Linen Weaver Statue)

In the park next to the Nicolai Church in the old town stands the Linen Weaver Statue. This bronze figure created by the sculptor Hans Perathoner in 1909 commemorates the importance of linen manufacturing for the economic development of the town.

The statue was modelled after the linen weaver Heinrich Heienbrok from Jöllenbeck. With his pipe, gnarled stick and tool bag, the linen weaver is a symbol of the area’s industriousness and after Sparrenburg Castle Bielefeld’s best known landmark. The Linen Weaver Statue celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009.

› Leineweber-Denkmal
Altstädter Kirchpark
33602 Bielefeld
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Alter Markt (Old Market Square)

In the heart of Bielefeld’s old town lies the Old Market Square, surrounded by imposing historic facades and ornate gables. The impressive Patrician houses are well worth seeing, a main attraction being the Crüwell House with its late Gothic stepped gable dating from 1530. The staircase is decorated with 7,000 Delft tiles from the 16th to 18th centuries.

The Old Market Square has become a favourite venue for events in Bielefeld such as Nachtansichten, La Strada, the Leineweber Market, the Wine Festival and the Christmas Market.

› Alter Markt
33602 Bielefeld
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Stadttheater (City Theatre)

Designed by the architect Bernhard Sehring, the city theatre with its interesting mix of Baroque and Art Nouveau styles was built at Niederwall and opened in 1904 with a performance of Schiller’s Joan of Arc. To fulfil the requirements of a modern opera and theatre venue, the original building was extensively restored, re-opening in summer 2006.

The Stadttheater Bielefeld offers more than 600 performances in drama, dance and music annually, making it one of the largest theatres in the region.

› Externer LinkStadttheater
Niederwall 27
33602 Bielefeld
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Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

Adjacent to the City Theatre (Stadttheater) and also opened in 1904, is the Old Town Hall. Here, architectural elements of Gothic and Renaissance were combined with other historic building styles. The Bielefeld coat-of-arms is incorporated into the gable. A detailed model of the town around 1650 is displayed on the ground floor. This, Bielefeld’s prestigious administrative centre, was complemented in the 1980s by a modern extension - the New Town Hall. The sculpture ”Passione per l’arte” by Sandro Chià sits prominently in the square between the two buildings.

› Altes Rathaus
Niederwall 25
33602 Bielefeld
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Altstädter Nicolaikirche (Nicolai Church)

Not far from the Old Market Square stands Bielefeld’s oldest town church, which became an independent parish church in 1236. The interior of this Gothic hall church (1340) features a priceless wooden altar carved at the Antwerp workshops of the St. Luke’s guild in 1524. The carvings depict more than 250 figures in scenes from biblical stories.

A daily carillon with 36 bells peals at 9.58, 12.58, 15.58 and 18.58.

Opening times: daily 10.00 – 18.00

› Externer LinkAltstädter Nicolaikirche
Niedernstr. 4
33602 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521 69489
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Opening hours:
täglich von 10-18 Uhr

Neustädter Marienkirche (Marien Church)

With its twin steeples, the Marien Church is a significant building in Bielefeld’s new town and a landmark of the region. This cruciform hall church was founded by Otto III, Count of Ravensberg, as a collegiate church. It is now a Protestant parish church and a venue for church music concerts.

The interior of this important ecclesiastical building from the late 13th century contains art treasures from seven centuries. The Bielefeld Lady Altar from 1400 is undoubtedly the most precious piece, having achieved European Cultural Heritage status.

› Externer LinkNeustädter Marienkirche
Papenmarkt 10 a
33602 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521 60854
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Eingang und WC barrierefrei

St.-Jodokus-Kirche (St.Jodokus Church)

This former Franciscan monastery church was consecrated in 1511. The interior of the St.Jodokus Church features several treasures well worth seeing: the Black Madonna from 1220, the wooden sculpture of St. Jodokus from around 1480 and icons by Saweljew from 1962.

Rudolf-Oetker-Halle (Rudolf Oetker Concert Hall)

Renowned for its acoustics and unique architecture, the Rudolf Oetker Hall, opened in 1930, is rated by experts as one of the most beautiful concert halls in Europe.

This highly acclaimed classical music venue also stages a variety of other music and cultural events, and the International Dance Festival Bielefeld every summer.

Directly adjacent to the concert hall is the Bürgerpark municipal park with its impressive rose garden.

› Externer LinkRudolf-Oetker-Halle
Lampingstraße 16
33615 Bielefeld
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Grest'scher Hof

Not far from the Museum Waldhof and the Kunsthalle Bielefeld art gallery is this former nobleman’s residence with its delightful oriel and stair tower.

Built in the 16th century as the manor house for mayor Caspar von Greste, the Grest’sche Hof later became an orphanage and cholera station. It was altered in 1869 and its north wing was incorporated into Bielefeld’s oldest grammar school – now the Ratsgymnasium.

› Grest'scher Hof
33602 Bielefeld
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Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen (Olderdissen Animal Park)

Olderdissen houses around 450 animals of 100 indigenous species, including many protected varieties.
This well-loved animal park, established from a fawn nursery run by the town’s forester and opened in 1930, nestles in the attractive landscape of the Teutoburg Forest. More than 450 animals of 100 indigenous species can be observed on 15 hectares, with ponds, meadows and forests. Excellent animal husbandry has facilitated the breeding of rare and endangered species. A favourite destination for all the family, the animal park is free of charge and open all year round, providing a major attraction with its brown bear enclosure.

› Externer LinkHeimat-Tierpark Olderdissen
Dornberger Straße 151
33619 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521 512956
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Tierpark: täglich von 10 bis 18 Uhr (letzter Einlass: 17 Uhr). Eintritt nur über Haupteingang.