Bielefeld has a lot to offer. Thanks to cultural highlights, exciting sports events, varied natural landscape, a wide range of gastronomic delights, and attractive leisure opportunities it ensures a high quality of life.
A varied and diverse range of culinary highlights from all over the world, fusion cuisine and regional specialities light up the Bielefeld gastronomy scene. Trendy bars, fine restaurants and award-winning cuisine offer the best possible taste for every taste.
Max and Jule are the furriest inhabitants of Bielefeld: the brown bears live at the zoo at Tierpark Olderdissen, in the middle of the Teutoburg forest – perfect for hiking, walking, mountain-biking or trail running. If you prefer to set your sights high, you can do this at the climbing park on the Johannisberg. There is a high ropes adventure course set amongst the tree tops in the forest. The green transport corridors and parks in Bielefeld invite you to explore the meadow landscape of Johannisbachaue, the lake at Obersee or the Stauteich (pond).
Bielefeld offers a full range of cultural activities to satisfy any culture vulture. The City Theatre in Bielefeld showcases opera, drama and contemporary dance all under one roof in its varied programme, and receives accolades nationally for its outstanding performances. Visitors to the art museum, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, can enjoy their interesting modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Numerous museums, such as the Natural History Museum namu and the Bielefeld Historical Museum, provide exciting permanent and temporary exhibitions on Bielefeld's history. At the annual Campus Festival, around 19,000 young people celebrate the biggest music festival of its kind in Germany.
Bielefeld's football club, Arminia Bielefeld has reached near legendary status. As the so-called "lift club", it bravely ascends and descends between the German premier league and third league. Arminia has reached the Bundesliga seven times – a record only Nuremburg can compete with.
The Hermannslauf Race is a mecca for trail running enthusiasts and takes place annually on the last weekend in April. Runners compete along a 31.1 kilometre stretch from the Herrmannsdenkmal (Hermann Monument) in Detmold to the Sparrenburg castle in Bielefeld.
At the Bielefeld City Jam and at the Kessel Cup, young people show off the latest tricks they have mastered on their skateboards and BMX wheels.