The city of Bielefeld is located on the A2 and A33 motorways in North Rhine-Westphalia. The city map of Bielefeld, the current weather and further information can be found here. Districts of Bielefeld are Brackwede, Brake, Dornberg, Gadderbaum, Heepen, Jöllenbeck, Kirchdornberg, Schröttinghausen, Sennestadt, Theesen and Ummeln.
Bielefeld is a city in the east of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. More than 300,000 people live in Bielefeld. This makes it one of the 20 largest cities in Germany. In North Rhine-Westphalia, only seven cities are larger: Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Dortmund, Bochum, Duisburg and Wuppertal.
The Sparrenburg castle in Bielefeld was the seat of the Count of Ravensberg. During the Thirty Years’ War it was occupied by the Dutch, Spanish, Swedish and French in succession. In the background you have a view of Bielefeld’s city center.
Bielefeld has been around since the Middle Ages. It was first mentioned in 1214 as a town. The city was turned into a large trading city by the noble family of the Ravensbergers. They built the Sparrenburg as their residence in Bielefeld. In the Thirty Years’ War, many countries wanted to conquer Bielefeld, because it was so important. From the 17th century it became important for the production of linen fabrics.
In 1867, the religious scholar Friedrich von Bodelschwingh founded the Bethel Institutions in Bielefeld. The “Von Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel” still exists today. 18,000 People work for the foundations that care for old, sick and disabled people. Bethel is the largest employer in Bielefeld and the largest social institution in Europe.
There has been a university in Bielefeld since 1969 and also several colleges. “Dr. Oetker” is a well-known company located in Bielefeld. On the Internet, many people claim for fun that Bielefeld does not really exist at all. The city of Bielefeld and some of its inhabitants sometimes take up this joke in order to advertise themselves.
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