Teutoburg Forest Nature Park

View onto the Teutoburg Forest and Sparrenburg Castle
The Teutoburg Forest gives Bielefeld’s townscape its unique character. Reaching to 446 metres, this range of hills was made famous by the so-called ”Battle of the Teutoburg Forest” between the Romans and German warriors in the year 9 AD.

One of the most scenic ridge walks in Germany – the Hermannsweg – runs along the top of the Teutoburg Forest straight through the centre of Bielefeld. A total of 4,800 hectares of forest and 620 km of walking trails create the highly varied framework of an attractive landscape.

Walking and Cycling

Cycling and walking are a very appropriate way of exploring Bielefeld and the surrounding countryside with its variety of landscapes and sights.
Within the city boundaries, mainly in the Teutoburg Forest, there are numerous walking trails totalling c. 580 km. Stages of the 162 km "Hermann's" Way, a long-distance footpath from Rheine via Bielefeld to Horn-Bad Meinberg along the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest, and the 89 km "Wappen" Way leading in a circle around Bielefeld, make ideal walks. Day tours on a number of other walking circuits, educational trails, and historic paths let you find out more about Bielefeld and its surroundings.

The Teutoburg Forest, the Ravensberger Land and extensive greenbelts including the Obersee lake encourage Cycling day trips within Bielefeld. The NRW cycling network - white signs with red lettering - directs you reliably into all districts of Bielefeld, into nearby towns and to railway stations. Or you can make Bielefeld your starting point for a grand tour. Four well-signposted cycling trails pass right through Bielefeld: the three long-distance train/cycle routes Teuto-Senne (Osnabrück-Paderborn), Weser-Lippe (Bremen-Paderborn), and Hellweg-Weser (Soest-Hameln), and the Wellness Cycle Route.

The Tourist Information Centre can supply walking and cycling maps and brochures with detailed information.

› Tourist-Information
im Neuen Rathaus
Niederwall 23
33602 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521 516999
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MO-FR telefonisch 10-15 Uhr

Football Stadium SchücoArena

The football club 'DSC Arminia Bielefeld' plays its at-home matches right in the centre of town, at the 'Schüco Arena' football ground. This modern venue has space for up to 26,100 spectators.

Externer Linkwww.arminia-bielefeld.de

› Externer LinkSchücoArena
Melanchthonstr. 31a
33615 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521 966110
Fax: 0521 05219661111
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Seidensticker Halle (Seidensticker Hall)

Completion of the Seidensticker Hall as a modern multi-purpose sports complex greatly enhanced the range of sports facilities in Bielefeld.
Close to the city centre, the new hall offers an almost unlimited choice of events. It can be used for ball games, athletics championships, or other large sporting events, as well as for concerts and meetings. The generous technical equipment with lowering track, extending stands, and spike-proof flooring guarantees ideal conditions for participants and audience alike.

Capacity: 3,600 seated, 1,400 standing, concerts in inner arena: 7,250 standing.

› Externer LinkSeidensticker Halle
Werner-Bock-Str. 35
33602 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521 9636-0
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Climbing Park at Johannisberg

In the climbing park at Johannisberg, enthusiasts can master a wide variety of outdoor climbing and balancing skills. More than 40 climbing tasks within the trees are divided into three circuits of different grades and heights.

Visitors move around a safe world of ropes, beams and platforms. Physical activity, fun and team building are at the centre of this sporting experience in a natural environment.

› Johannisberg
Am Johannisberg
33615 Bielefeld
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Japanese Garden

The garden is early Edo style (1603-1868) – towards the end of the strict Zen garden design period.
The Japanese Garden in the district of Gadderbaum was opened in 2003. It was designed to be a viewing garden and laid out as a dry landscape according to "Kare san sui" principles. Visitors experience the garden with their eyes only, they do not walk through this idealised representation of the natural world. The wooden entrance gate – as in most Japanese gardens – is only opened very rarely, symbolising the gates to heaven.

› Externer LinkJapanischer Garten
Quellenhofweg 125
33617 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521 1640165
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Botanischer Garten (Botanical Garden)

The Botanical Garden has a delightful setting at Kahler Berg near the town centre and offers the visitor an ever changing picture through the seasons. Botanists and the general public alike admire the extensive plant collections and the wide variety of landscaped gardens. Special highlights include the rhododendron and azalea displays, and the presentation of different natural settings such as rock gardens, alpine beds, medicinal and herb plantings, heather gardens and beech wood flora.

› Externer LinkBotanischer Garten
Am Kahlenberg
33617 Bielefeld
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Obersee Lake and Viaduct

This green recreational space, covering over 80 hectares, was created in the early 1980s as part of a large rain water management system.
The green recreational space around the Obersee lake is ideal for walking, jogging and cycling. From the highest points of the area, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the district of Schildesche towards the Teutoburg Forest.

The railway line from Cologne to Berlin crosses a majestic bridge, the viaduct at Schildesche. It was constructed to connect Bielefeld to the Cologne-Minden railway in 1847.

› Obersee und Viadukt
Am Obersee
33611 Bielefeld
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