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Always an industrial capital, Bielefeld began as “the city of linen,” its population making a living from textile production. Today it is home to major companies like food manufacturer Dr. Oetker and leather products company Möller Group. Many students choose Bielefeld for its famed centers of study, among them the popular photography school at the University of Applied Sciences.
No visit is complete without a tour of Dr. Oetker World. Bielefeld is best known for its links with Dr. Oetker, famous for its oven pizzas and pre-packaged baking mixes. On the tour, you can gain insight into the company’s history, and of course eat some sweet treats. The company defines the city to a certain extent, but don't let that make you think there are no other sights to see.
The Old Market Place in the center of town is what really captures the essence of the city. Beautifully restored townhouses from the 16th and 17th centuries line the square and residents of all ages come out just to sit and talk. You can often find something going on there, like the annual Wine Festival in September or the Christmas Market in December. The Theater am Alten Markt, just off the square, offers operas, plays and musicals, as well as events for children.
Many families live in the city, giving it a very friendly and down-to-earth vibe. One of the most enjoyable things to do, with kids or without, is to visit the Bielefeld Zoo. It is located very close to the forest, easily accessible by bus from the city, and is absolutely free. Finish off the visit with a bite to eat in the restaurant, or enjoy a bratwurst outside.
Many don’t even know about Bielefeld today, or think of it only as an industrial center. Even though it isn’t brimming with things to do, the city is a quaint and friendly town that’s worth seeing for sights in addition to Dr. Oetker’s realm.
Situated in Bielefeld, this hotel is steps from Nicolai Church and Old Market Square. Old Town Hall and Theater Bielefeld are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Bielefeld, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Neustaedter Marienkirche, Old Market Square, and Nicolai Church. Kunsthalle Bielefeld and Theater Bielefeld are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Bielefeld, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Farmhouse Museum, Olderdissen Animal Park, and Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Schuco Arena and Nicolai Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Bielefeld, this hotel is steps from Theater Bielefeld, Old Town Hall, and Old Market Square. Nicolai Church and Neustaedter Marienkirche are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Bielefeld, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Town Hall, Nicolai Church, and Theater Bielefeld. Old Market Square and Historical Museum Bielefeld are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Bielefeld, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Town Hall, Nicolai Church, and Theater Bielefeld. Old Market Square and Kunsthalle Bielefeld are also within 15 minutes.