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With just under 350.000 inhabitants, Bielefeld is the largest town in East Westphalia. It lies on the borderline between the Weser and the Ems and as early as the medieval times, it has ranked amongst one of the economic powerhouses in the region due to its advantageous geographic position. Bielefeld and its nearby surroundings offer you an interesting mix of culture, excellent shopping possibilities and fascinating natural landscapes.
Given that Bielefeld is a station on the ICE-Linie 10, the town can be easily reached by train. If you land in Hannover by plane, you can drive by car to the East Westphalian metropolis in just over an hour via the A 2.
The Altstädter Nicolaikirche is the oldest and yet also the most magnificent church in the town. It was built in the 13th Century in the gothic style and it has interior rooms which are decorated with fascinating wood carvings (Antwerpener Retabel).
If you are in town, it is worth taking an excursion to the Teutoburg Forest which is situated 30 minutes away by car. It achieved its historical significance throughout the 9th Century after the birth of Christ. Here theVarusschlacht „Teutoburg Forest Battle“ took place, in which Arminius of the Cherusci managed to defeat the Roman army.
The städtische Theater Bielefelds is a repertory theatre in which you can enjoy performances in musical theatre, dance theatre and plays. In its ongoing history for almost over a century, the theatre has served as a performance venue for plays from various well-known authors and composers.
The Historische Museum provides you with an interesting insight into the history of Bielefeld. In the course of this, the focus is placed upon the industrial development of the “canvas town”.
The town offers you a large selection of excellent specialty restaurants. If you are partial to Indian cuisine, it is recommended that you visit Kohinoor, which is apparently the best Indian restaurant in town. Here you can enjoy tasty food in an enchanting atmosphere for prices in the mid-range.