City Portrait

For years, conspiracy theorists have been spreading the virtual rumour that Bielefeld is only a figment of the imagination in keeping with the motto, ”Bielefeld? There’s no such place!”. That’s far from being true, as you will see.

Dynamic Centre of the East Westphalia-Lippe Region

Some 330,000 people live here, making Bielefeld one of the twenty biggest cities in the Federal Republic. Founded in 1214 as merchant city, Bielefeld emerges today as dynamic university city with a total of seven universities and nearly 35,000 students. Over the next few years Externer LinkCampus Bielefeld will be developed into one of the most modern university locations in the whole of Germany. Welcome to the heart of the East Westphalia-Lippe region, home to a number of big names and world-class companies including Dr. Oetker and Seidensticker, Dr. Wolff-Group (Alcina) and JAB Anstoetz, Dürkopp-Adler, DMG Mori and Schüco.

Stimulating Park Landscape

The Teutoburg Forest defines Bielefeld’s cityscape and ensures splendid panoramic views – a perfect location for recreational activities as hiking, running, climbing and cycling. There are lots of circular hiking paths, nature trails and scenic routes that provide opportunities to explore Bielefeld and its surrounding area. The new hot spot in town is called Kesselbrink: Bielefeld’s biggest square has had a facelift. Trees, water features and benches create a pleasant ambience. The highlight of the square is the skate park, one of the biggest in Germany.

Skate Park at Kesselbrink, Bielefeld (Photo: Patrick Piecha).

Skate Park at Kesselbrink, Bielefeld (Photo: Patrick Piecha).

Sparrenburg Castle – Bielefeld Landmark

Listen up, romantics! Imposing Sparrenburg Castle might be just the right place for you to visit. Its mighty fortifications are located right next to one of the most beautiful ridge walks in Germany, the 158 km Hermannsweg. The castle also provides the impressive backdrop for the annual medieval spectacular, the Sparrenburgfest – a world of strolling minstrels and gallant knights awaits you.

Sparrenburg Castle.

Sparrenburg Castle.

Cultural life

Crowd-puller of all museums is Kunsthalle Bielefeld, presenting nationally respected exhibitions and fine architecture as one of the city’s landmarks. Bielefeld’s diverse cultural scene offers a wide range of events over the whole year – whether in theatres, art galleries, streets or on the city’s spacious squares. By the way: the small but fine stage of Bunker Ulmenwall is home to international and local big names in jazz music.

European capital of Diakonia

Besides economic strength, scientific innovation and cultural dynamic, social commitment marks the city of Bielefeld in a unique way. Starting almost 150 years ago under the special guidance of pastor Bodelschwingh, the social and medical care of the sick, old, homeless and those in need set new standards. Today, the headquarters of Europe’s biggest social welfare institutions, v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel and Johanneswerk, are domiciled in Bielefeld. The set of 20.000 employees makes Bielefeld the European capital of Diakonia.

Bielefeld in Figures

  • Geographical position:
    52° 1' 21'' N
    8° 31' 58'' E
  • Total area:
  • Population:

    Status as of September 2014

  • City History