Advertise Now
  Home > Travel Germany > Germany Destinations > Bielefeld


Germany is located in Central Europe and it shares borders with Denmark in the North, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France in the West, Austria and Switzerland in the South and Poland and the Czech Republic in the East. The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. The official language of Germany is German and Berlin is the capital.
Bielefeld is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on both the western and eastern slopes of the Teutoburg Forest. The name Bielefeld is derived from the old name bileveld, which means hilly field. The city separates the two main ridges of the Northern and Southern Teutoburg Forest from each other. The centre of Bielefeld is situated on the eastern side of the Teutoburg Forest, but the modern city incorporates boroughs on the opposite side and on the hilltops.
The castle Sparrenburg is the best known landmark and the emblem of Bielefeld. It was built between 1240 to 1250 by Count Ludwig von Ravensberg. The 37 meters high tower and the catacombs of the castle are open to the public. The old city hall was built in 1904 and is today the seat of the mayor of the city. Its frontage can be found on various architectural styles, including elements of the Gothic style and of the renaissance. Most of the city's administration functions from the neighboring new city hall. The city theater is part of the same constructional unit as the old city hall, and was built in 1904. It has a notable Jugendstil façade and the biggest theater in the city.
The Altstadter Nicolaikirche is the oldest city church of Bielefeld. It is a Gothic hall church with a height of 81.5 meters which has existed in its current form since 1340. The church was founded in 1236 by the Bishop of Paderborn, and was enlarged at the beginning of the 14th century. 

The city's second biggest church is the Neustadter Marienkirche, an early Gothic hall church dating from 1293. The church has a valuable wing-altar with 13 pictures, known as the Marienaltar. It can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destination that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

Back to Germany Destinations