Bielefeld and its Surroundings
Closely situated to the Teutoburger Wald and at the crossroads of numerous historical trade routes, Bielefeld with its 320,000 inhabitants enjoys a rich history. Here you can find a smooth symbiosis of refined urbanity and idyllic countryside. In the 18th century, the city was one of the most important locations for the manufacture and trade of linen. This history is kept very much alive with the existence of the Linen-Weaving Memorial and the linen-weaving market which has been taking place every year at the end of May since 1974.
Even today there are several well-known international companies active in Bielefeld. Dr. Oetker, Seidensticker and Schüco are household names in Germany.
With its prominent university and several museums, Bielefeld also plays an important role in education and science. Several of the country’s most prominent sociologists, including the contemporary Norbert Elias, Niklas Luhmann and Helmut Schelsky, have held a professorship at the university. The Historical Museum, the Art Museum and the Natural History Museum are especially attractive to visitors.
While Bielefeld’s nightlife attracts many party-goers from the suburbs and the surrounding areas on weekends, there is also plenty of space for leisure and relaxation in the city. The public park and the botanical garden, which is close to the Teutoburger Wald, are two of these attractions.
If that’s not enough nature, there are ample green areas which can be explored by foot or by bicycle. Bielefeld belongs to the bicycle-friendly towns and communities in Nordrhein Westphalia and is ideal as a starting-point for day trips. The local greenbelt recreation area, the Teutoburger Wald, is loved equally by city dwellers and visitors alike.