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"Bielefeld" Top 5 Page for this destination Germany Off The Beaten Path Tip by MichaelFalk1969

Germany Off The Beaten Path: 471 reviews and 722 photos

Bielefeld is not exactly popular with tourists, nevertheless I decided to include it in my travel guide. It is not so bad after all, though it is sometimes used as a synonym for a totally dull and boring city. It will never become a major tourist destination in my lifetime, but even a dull city can have its good sides!

If you go there, look for

- the Crüwell House (one of the few remaining renaissance buildings, due to WW2 bombings)
- the Old Town Hall (not so old after all, built 1904)
- Sparrenburg Castle (on a hill within the city limits - good view on the city)
- Kunsthalle (art museum) - some interesting temporary exhibitions
- the "Bauernhaus-Museum", an Open Air museum with old farm buildings and a windmill
- the small zoo in Olderdissen.

Apart from that, Bielefeld is
- rather close to the region "Ostwestfalen-Lippe" and the cities of Bückeburg (great renaissance palace), Rinteln, Stadthagen and Havixbeck (nice Old Town).
- to the the Arminius monument (dedicated to a Germanic tribal leader who battled the Romans, built in the 19th century),
- to another impressive patrotic monument (Kaiser Wilhelm-Denkmal) in the city of Porta Westfalica
- to the geological monument "Externsteine" and the surrounding National Reserve with good hiking possibilities.

The most remarkable thing about Bielefeld seems to be the so-called "Bielefeld Conspiracy". There are people that claim that this city doesn`t exist for real. The reason is unclear to me, but there is an explanation that is because Bielefeld is barely recognizable from Google Earth.

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  • Written Aug 1, 2007
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