Most information concerning studies and student life in Bielefeld can be found by using the Keyword Index on the website of the Bielefeld University. The index is available in German and English and provides important addresses and links.
Bielefeld is the biggest city within the region of East Westphalia ("Ostwestfalen-Lippe"). With its 315.000 inhabitants, it is the region's economic and cultural centre. In the past the city was well known for its linen trade; later, in the 19th century, it became famous for its flourishing textile and engineering industries (e.g. sewing machines, bicycles) as well as for its printing works.
Although the city’s cultural life is not comparable with capitals such as Berlin or Hamburg, it shows a vast versatility. There are not only excellent art exhibitions in the municipal art gallery, but also different events for people who enjoy music, theatre or cinema. It's due to this great variety of leisure facilities that Bielefeld gained its good reputation among students.
The Teutoburger Forest, well known by the history of the Battle of the Teutoburger Forest, devides the town into an east and west region. It offers plenty opportunities for walking and hiking. Furthermore there are many places near Bielefeld whose sights are well worth visiting and particularly suitable for day trips: Detmold, with its palace and open-air museum; Münster, with its historical town centre and numerous castles; Hameln, the town of the Pied Piper; the palaces and castles along the river "Weser" from the period of the Weser Renaissance; Lemgo, with its “Hexenbürgermeisterhaus” (an exhibition of torture instruments used on "witches"); etc.
A map of the city and the region is available in many bookshops and in the Tourist Information.
More information can be found under: http://www.bielefeld.de