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Eco-friendly travel guide to Bielefeld advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to explore the attractions in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Bielefeld, Germany.

  • Air quality: 3.5 / 5
  • Exploring by foot: 2.5 / 5
  • Exploring by bicycle: 3.0 / 5
  • Public transportation: 3.5 / 5
  • Parks: 3.5 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 4.0 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 3.0 / 5
  • Safety: 3.0 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$50 - $150
  • Budget per day: US$100 - $200

Responsible Travel

Bielefeld is located in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe Region, northwest of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the 18th largest city and the most extensive scientific center of Germany and the most populous city of Detmold, the administrative region.

Teutoburger Wald is the symbol of the city. Bielefeld is famous for its medical rehabilitation center for people with mental diseases. People say Bielefeld is a large city with rural charm. But for many years now, the existence of the city has been questioned again and again. They say the city doesn't exist, and all the photos and details of the city are fake and CGI. But for your information, it is nothing but a rumor which still lingers today.

Bielefeld was founded in the 9th century and became a trading center in Germany in the middle ages. Eventually, the city's exquisite linen manufacturing started attracting people's eyes. Today, it is the historic center of the region, and on the one hand, it is the land of findings and research.

So, as a responsible traveler, don't you think that you must keep the city's uniqueness intact and help the city rise and shine from the ashes of fake rumors? Here are some tips, which might help you to keep to a responsible tourist's duties.

  • Spend your money on buying local products. This way, you are contributing to Bielefeld's economy.
  • Whenever it is possible, participate in the local volunteering programs. Donate a little money or teach a little something- giving back is always precious in every way.
  • Remember, roads are not trash cans! Whether you are in your home country or a foreign country, think twice before throwing your trash in the streets.
  • Travel through local transportations like a bicycle or bus or metro instead of a car. And if it's possible, take a train or bus to reach the city.
  • Do not wastewater. You may not lose anything from it but think, what happens if there is a water shortage in the future?

Air Quality and Pollution

The AQI in Bielefeld is 32, which is actually good. And there has been no report of high-pollution from Bielefeld for a long time now. Warm and temperate best describes the climate of this place. Rainfall is not something that Bielefeldians see now and then; rainfall is a great deal here. Typically, the least amount of precipitation occurs in March-April, and a large amount of rainfall occurs July-August. Summers are comfortable in Bielefeld, where winters are long.

If you want to visit Bielefeld during a lukewarm time, then the period between late June and the first week of August would be great. On the other hand, if dry months are your target, you should choose between January, February, and March.

Respect the Culture

You will see many people claiming that there is no such city as Bielefeld, but the truth is, Bielefeld is one of the twenty biggest cities in the Federal republic. It was founded in 1214, initially as a merchant city. Today more than 330,000 people live here. Many big names emerged from this heart of the East Westphalia-Lippe region, like Richard Oetker, DMG Mori, Schüco, etc.

Bielefeld is a city of rich and diverse culture. Such a vibrant culture allows Bielefeldians a wide range of events and festivals, whether on the streets or in an art gallery or some of the city's precious squares.

Top 10 Places to Visit

Bielefeld is the land of high-tech architecture, science, and rich culture. Multiple multinational companies have headquarters in Bielefeld. Maybe on your map, there is no Bielefeld, but there is plenty to explore in the city.

  1. Sparrenburg: Bielefeld is one of the top historical castles. Sparrenburg is located on the Teutoburg Forest's first ridge, rising over the south Bielefeld from the Sparrenburg hill. Back in the 13th century, the monument was erected. Later in the 16th century, During the 30 years' war, the castle of Sparrenburg was coveted by Spanish, Dutch, Hessian, and Swedish forces. The fearsome castle has three underground tunnels; you can either go down there and gather an amazing experience or climb up to the castle and soak in the fantastic view of the city.
  2. Altes Rathaus: Altes Rathaus or the Old town hall holds Bielefeld's mayor's office. The original building was made with a mixture of Gothic Revival and Neo-Renaissance architecture, and the construction finished in 1903. The central gable stands in front of the old town hall, which stands with the city's coat of arms above a clock and loggia. Go to the lobby, and there is a scale model of Bielefeld in 1650.
  3. Kunsthalle Bielefeld: Kunsthalle Bielefeld houses the city's fine arts museum. The building was designed by an American architect, Philip Johnson, in the 1960s. In the museum, you will have galleries holding arts from the 20 to 21st centuries. You will also be able to see a couple of pieces by world-renowned artist Pablo Picasso. The museum actually only lit up during its short-term exhibitions, generally, three or four a year.
  4. Stadttheater: The Stadttheater opera house is located just next to the Rathaus. And the exciting part is, both were built around the same time—the opera stands with interesting solemn Baroque influences. The building came back in business in 2006, in order to keep it up with contemporary international opera standards. Stadttheater is the largest theatre in the East-Westphalia region, and it houses the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra. Today, you can see over 500 opera, ballet performances, and theatre every year in the opera house.
  5. Altstädter Nicolaikirche: It is Bielefeld's oldest city church. This Church was originally built 100 years ago, but it got its present Gothic design in the 14th century. Later in 1944, the Church was hit by a bomb, and everything was destroyed except the lower walls. After that, they tried to revive most of the Gothic architecture except the 81.5-meter tower with a concrete clock face and spire.
  6. Neustädter Marienkirche: The Church dates back to the 13th century. A couple of towers of the church is one of the most defining elements of Bielefeld. Neustädter Marienkirche was initially built as a collegiate Church. It's most eye-catching feature is it's exceptionally Kong, a three-story-high choir which carries 14th-century architecture. The tower couple of Neustädter Marienkirche Church buildings were damaged in the war, and their 18th Century Baroque domes were replaced. Inside the church, you will see the Marienaltar, the Gothic triptych of 30 small scenes around Mary's painting with her child. The Marienaltar was brought to the church at the end of the 14th Century.
  7. Kesselbrink: It is the largest square in Bielefeld, located in the northeast of the Innenstadt. In the beginning, the square was a parade ground. Later during the industrialization, it was enveloped by Bielefeld, and in 2013, the court got its fabulous makeover. Now Kesselbrink is the largest urban skate park in entire Germany. There is a large fountain, ample lawns; overall, it's a miniature city of ramps and obstacles. You will see the most vibrant face of the square during market day, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  8. St. Jodokus: St. Jodokus is a monastery with Gothic-Franciscan architecture from the 1500 century. The Church's monastic buildings form a unique historical effect on the square. Inside the church, you will get to witness the oldest works of Bielefeld. One of the works is The Black Madonna. It's a Romanesque carving of Mary and her child, originated in 1220. The church's shrine is pretty impressive; it has polychrome figures of Mary and St Michael.
  9. Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen: It is a zoo for European species, located in the Teutoburg forest. The zoo is covered in woodland from the outside. There are animals like Alpine marmots, Highland cattle, wild cats, mouflons, chamois, bison, etc. The zoo gives shelter to many wild animals who have chosen this place as their habitat, which is why bird species like herons can also be observed here.
  10. Ravensberger Spinnerei: It is an extensive cultural park of Bielefeld which houses the Bielefeld Historical Museum, The Huelsmann art Museum, the refined manager's villa, a restaurant, and a cinema in the old carding house, etc. At a point, this place was the largest flax spinning mill in Europe. It always remained at the peak of bed linen production, shirts, tablecloths, and other textiles during that time. The complex was built, keeping a romantic castle-like concept in mind. In the front, there is a Rochdale park.


Bielefeld is overall an interesting city and has a lot to offer you as a tourist. There are several exceptional opportunities for cultural events and relaxation. There are seven Universities, several buildings with authentic architecture, museums keeping pieces of Bielefeld's history intact for so many years now, and many other things. Everything has its own story to tell. So buckle up; it's time to explore Bielefeld and learn about it.

City Parks

Bielefeld has several beautiful parks and gardens to offer. All of them are decorated so beautifully that you will never feel bored to spend time there. Here are some of those parks and gardens in Bielefeld:

  • Japanischer Garten: This place is the home of several shrubs and perennials. During spring and autumn, the whole place decorates itself with cherry blossoms and several other colors. There are more than 70 azaleas and cherry trees standing to welcome you with its unique fragrant flowers. The delicate petals fall through a little breeze to make your moments in this Garten even more enchanted. It's a Japanese style garden, decorated with beautiful rhythmic landscapes and a perfect place for you to spend some time.
  • Nordpark: The Park is spread across multiple hectares and mainly characterizes its old trees. There is also a miniature golf course, lawns, playgrounds, a pond, a water fountain, etc., in the garden. One of the playgrounds in the park was renowned in 2912 by an International Youth Community Service.
  • Botanischer Garten: At the southwest of the city center, on the Kahlenberg hill, Botanischer Garten was built in 1912. The park is a treat to the green-lovers. The garden lies across 4 hectares and houses more than 2500 species. Those species are organized according to their natural environments like a medicinal garden, alpine garden, a rockery, spice garden, and a meadow for wildflowers. If different species also attract you, visit the place during May or June; you will see bloomed rhododendrons and azaleas.
  • Ravensberger Spinnerei Garten
  • Oldentruper Park
  • Östlicher Teutoburger Wald
  • For Berger Allen Park

National Parks

National Parks are one of those things, and tourists never want to miss on their trip. Luckily, in this case, there are some impressive options for you in Bielefeld. They are:

  • Förderverein Nationalpark Senne Eggegebirge
  • Behrendsground
  • Eastern Teutoburg Forest


Beaches might be the only thing that Bielefeld lacks. Düne 13 is the only beach found in Bielefeld. It's a small beach and perfect for small parties and outings. There is a cocktail bar where you can have some fun time. Besides Düne 13, there are some excellent swimming pools around Bielefeld where you can take a bath after a long adventurous day in the city. They are:

  • Hotspring Whirlpools
  • Melittabad Minden
  • Balitherme GmbH & Co.KG
  • Verwell Erlebnisbad


There are plenty of famous landmarks to see and visit in Bielefeld:

  • Christmas Market: From 21st November, Bielefeld's Christmas Market starts to light up and spreads the light across the Innenstadt pedestrian squares and streets. More than 120 traders across the world come here at this time of the year and sell handicrafts and traditional German Christmas treats.
  • Alter Market: They say Alter Market is one of the most picturesque spots in Bielefeld. Originally, here the city's market used to be traded till 1903. Now it is a compact square with Renaissance gabled houses that were owned by Burghers. Among them, the prettiest one is the Late Gothic Crüwell-Haus, which is dated back to 1539. It is Bielefeld's former town hall. You set foot inside it where you will see a staircase with around 7000 tiles from Delft and contains scenes from Bielefeld's past. This former town hall took a lot of damage during the war and then later reborn as a market and theatre in the 1950s.
  • Eiserner Anton: Bielefelder machine manufacturer Heinrich Fricke donated this lookout tower in 1895. Then it was christened 'Bismarck tower.' The tower is located right on the Hermannsweg. It's a long-distance hiking trail located on the 309-meter high Ebberg. There is an 8-meter elevated viewing platform in this place. It offers a fantastic view of the Teutoburg forest. Today the tower is called 'Iron Anton.'
  • Schwedenschanze: Schwedenschanze is the popular name of Kaiser-Friedrich-Gedächtnishütte, a refuge. You can see it from the district of Dornberg. The sanctuary is located in the Teutoburg forest, at a 306.2m height, on the Bußberg. You can easily reach Schwedenschanze by foot; you will get a wonderful view of the Ravensburger land from several locations.
  • Rudolf Oetker Hall: The building was first opened in 1930, and since then, it is increasing Bielefeld's beauty in its own way with its unique acoustics and architecture. It hosts classical music concerts every now and then. Apart from that, every summer, the International Dance Festival takes place in this hall.
  • MARTa Hereford
  • Obersee
  • H2O
  • Hücker Moor
  • Kurparksee


Bielefeld is enriched with its rich history. All of the 'Old' buildings here still carry their ancient architectural value. Some of the city's historical stories are still stored carefully in some of the city's famous museums. There are several museums in Bielefeld, and they never cease to attract new visitors. Bauernhausmuseum is the largest museum here. Since 1917, this open-air museum exhibits several handcrafts like old weaving machines, etc. Here are some other famous museums in Bielefeld:

  • Museum Wäschefabrik: In 20th Century industrial History, there was a tablecloth and bed linen factory on Viktoriastraße. The factory started its business in the 1900s, and after that, the equipment was hardly changed. Because the original sewing machines were so high-quality that no other machines could have taken their place in longevity, they were built to last, and rather than being replaced, they were continuously repaired, which is why, when the factory closed, everything stayed intact. Since the end of the 90s, the closed factory has become a museum.
  • Dr. Oetker Welt: Bielefeld is the birthplace of the international food processing company, Dr. Oetker. At the end of the 19th century, the journey of Dr. Perks began. He developed a raising agent with people who can use home baking. After five generations, the brand's museum was developed at its former custard factory. Through the exhibitions held here, you can learn how they turn raw materials into finished products. There is also the Dr. Oetker testing kitchen where they used to experiment and develop new recipes.
  • Bielefeld Historical Museum
  • Bielefeld Farmhouse Museum
  • Museum Huelsmann
  • Natural History Museum
  • Lenkwerk
  • Museums of Senne


Bielefeld's cuisine is not very different from the classic German cuisine. Locals like to eat food with fresh vegetable salads or marinated and pickled vegetables.

Traditional Local Restaurants

Authentic restaurants in Bielefeld cook their dishes in the most straightforward way possible, with locally produced ingredients. That's why the price is most affordable. When you are in Bielefeld, don't forget to try their traditional schnitzel, a popular meat dish in the region. You will find this dish in almost every traditional restaurant in Bielefeld, and they all cook it with their own traditional recipe.

Here are some of the local traditional restaurants, loved by locals:

  • Gluck und Seligkeit
  • Kohinoor
  • Kado Sushi
  • Wok and To
  • Gusto
  • GUI
  • Höptners
  • Michelin

Vegetarian and Vegan

If you are looking for vegan or vegetarian dishes in Bielefeld, here are some restaurants you can go to Bielefeld:

  • Cigköftem-LOOM
  • Veggie Delicious
  • Katzencafe Miezhaus
  • Cigköftem-Friedrich Verleger
  • 1001 Nacht
  • Komagene
  • Bento San
  • Dean and David Oberntorwall
  • Jalapeno Mexican Food
  • Mellow Gold

Street Food

When you are out exploring a city, it's not always possible to sit in a restaurant and enjoy quality dine-in, which is why it will be beneficial if you learn about some of the best Street food shops in town. Check out the following list, and don't forget to try some of Bielefeld's delicious street foods.

  • Wurstchen Willi
  • Izmir Kokorec
  • Bracket Grill
  • The Bernstein
  • Street food catering Royal


German is best known for its beer and wine, it might surprise you, but German beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage. If you talk about non-alcoholic drinks, then first comes their Coffee or Kaffee. You will find more than 1000 flavors in German coffee. Then comes their fruit juices.

Now, check out the places to drink in Bielefeld, Germany:

  • ALEX
  • Faces Lounge and Bar
  • Heimat+Hafen Bielefeld
  • Das Rock Cafe
  • Extra Blues Bar
  • Stereo
  • Bernstein


Tap water is completely safe and even the most controlled beverage or food product of Germany. According to some data included in WHO reports, Germany's cities successfully manage their Tap water. So, the Water quality in Bielefeld is pretty good, and it's completely safe; now it's your choice whether you want to rely on the tap water or believe in bottled mineral water.

Organic Cafés

There are some organic cafes in Bielefeld:

  • Katzen Miezhaus
  • Cafe Gemach
  • Nichtschwimmer
  • Veggie Delicious
  • Dean & David
  • Café Kleines Glùck
  • Mailänder Kaffee & Kultur
  • Schlösschen Bielefeld
  • The Coffee Store
  • Yvo's cafe und Bistro


Bourbon Barrel Aged Time Traveler, Much Ado, Derivative: Mystery, Metaphase, Bike Dog Milk Stout, etc., are some of the top beers in Bielefeld. And as mentioned above, you already know that German beer is very famous in the whole world. So, when traveling to Bielefeld, you have to pay at least one visit to the Breweries here. To make your work much easier, the name of some of the top breweries is listed below:

  • Bennexer BrauHaus
  • BrauHaus Zwiebel
  • Brauerei Allersheim GMBH
  • Herforder Brauerei


Bielefeld may seem like a place, just came into life from the pages of a History book, but it has a lot more to offer you. All you need to do is find out what's there for you.

  • Fun rope activities in the rope park, Kletterpark Bielefeld
  • Scuba diving and other water sports at Aquatica Wassersport
  • Play golf at Bielefelder Golf club.
  • Watch animals or have a picnic with your family in Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen.
  • Take a relaxing walk or sail on a boat in Obersee.
  • Witness unique Japanese botany in Japanischer Garten.
  • Escape room game in X-it-ADVENTURES.
  • Adventurous games in Rain Zeit.
  • Visit Glow Zone 3D Schwarzlicht Minigolf Bielefeld.
  • Participate in air sports with Superfly air sports.

Yoga and Retreats

Yoga retreats provide an utterly different traveling experience. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from the local people and know more about them from a new perspective. Apart from that, yoga retreats are also essential to leave your daily life stress aside and re-energize your soul. Here are some yoga centers who arranges impressive yoga and Retreat programs,

  • Yoga and Meditation Bielefeld
  • Yin Yoga Bielefeld
  • One love
  • Mundax Homestay Yoga Retreat
  • Lieblingszeit Entspannungstraining


Take a look at the following list to know about accommodation options in Bielefeld:

Green Hotels

The concept of Green Hotels is not known widely in Bielefeld, which is why they don't have several green hotels in the city. But here are some of the best hotels in Bielefeld where you can consider staying:

  • Mercure Hotel Bielefeld Johannesburg
  • Hotel Senator
  • Golden Tulip Bielefeld
  • Hotel Bielefelder God
  • B&B Hotel Bielefeld
  • Park Hotel Bielefeld

Hostels and Guest Houses

When looking for opportunities to stay at a minimum expense, then hostels are guest houses are the right choice. Bielefeld is a city of rich culture and heritage. The people here love their city guests as much as they love their city. That's why you will never feel less comfortable in the guesthouses here, compared to the luxurious hotels. So, book a hostel or guesthouse and support sustainability.

Here are some of the trending guesthouses and hostels in Bielefeld.

  • Pension Highway Bielefeld
  • Blue60 Guest House
  • Dreams Bielefeld
  • Victory Guest House
  • Motelo
  • Quarter Halle


When you are looking to rent an apartment, that means you are staying here in Bielefeld for a while, and in that case, don't forget about the amenities. They are the most crucial factor to get your money's worth. For example, in Bielefeld, there can be some apartments that have a lack of water supply. Before signing any contract, ask the landlord to talk clearly about all the concerns. Also, don't forget to inspect the entire apartment by yourself. If you overlook this critical step, then you might just end up wasting your time and money. But overall, for a long-term stay, apartments are the best.


The concept of CouchSurfing has not yet gained full acceptance in Bielefeld. One of the main reasons is that the overall idea is still unknown to many people, and another reason is that all people cannot accept that a stranger will live inside their house. But as days are passing by, things are changing.

Today Bielefeld has the largest student crowd in Germany. Thousands of students come here every day to study in the top class Universities of Bielefeld, and most of all, how can someone ignore an opportunity to learn in such an exciting city. And Couchsurfing is a great option to stay here and study.

However, Bielefelders are mostly adorable people who welcome tourists with all of their heart. And for them, accepting Couchsurfing is nothing but a matter of time.


When the sun is happy outside, and the light breeze makes the leaves dance, nothing can be better than camping in a place like Bielefeld. One of the most enjoyable outdoor activities you can always do with your family and friends is camping. Here are some of the famous campsites in the city:

  • Campingpark Bielefeld
  • Campingplatz am Freibad Schröttinghausen
  • Meyer Zu Bentrup Campingplatz GmbH
  • Elisabethsee Jobst Battling
  • Eastern Teutoburg Forest

How to Get There

Bielefeld's excellent infrastructure and central location make it such an easy reach that any transport mode can take you to the city very easily from anywhere in Europe. Here are the most convenient ways to travel to the town,


Hannover Airport (HAJ) is the closest one to Bielefeld and Paderborn (PAD) airport, 45.9 km away from the city center. These are the leading international airports. Münster Osnabrück International Airport, Dortmund Airport, etc., are the main domestic airports in Bielefeld.


Bus transportation is quite developed in Bielefeld, but whether there is a direct bus to Bielefeld or not, depends on where you are traveling from. All you need to do is simply put your city and Bielefeld to the search engine, and you will get your answers.


Bielefeld Hauptbahnhof is the central station of Bielefeld. It is located in the northwest of the city. You can easily reach Bielefeld by train from London, and different cities in Germany.


Hitchhiking is a common way of travel, but it isn't easy to get cars in some places. That is because drivers are naturally wary of letting a stranger sit in their car, and on the other hand, you should also not trust everyone. However, if drivers are okay with picking you up in some exceptional cases, it's easy to reach Bielefeld by hitchhiking. Today hitchhiking is particularly famous among students. But always remember to avoid Hitchhiking during nights.


Bielefeld lies along some of the major International roads that connect the city with different countries. That's why many travelers love adventurous journeys; they prefer driving or even riding motorbikes to Bielefeld.

Moving Around

Bielefeld is served by a Stadtbahh, which is a combination of various types of rail transport. Other than that, Bielefeld has an extensive bus network. So moving around Bielefeld is relatively straightforward.


When it is about exploring a city, walking is the best way. No other methods can be as eco-friendly as walking, besides sometimes when you are walking down a street of a foreign city, you may find some hidden gems which you might have missed. Walking is also the best way to get into crowded areas in a city; therefore, you can interact with more local people.


The bicycle rental Flott Weg is located just at the main station. You can borrow a cycle from them and move around to the city effortlessly.

Electronic Vehicles

You may not see many Electric vehicles in the city today, but according to reports, the light rail cars supplied by HeiterBlick will be seen all over the city from 2021.

Public Bus

There are two main bus stops in Bielefeld, but the bus network is still expanding. Even today, they are successful in extending their bus network to an impressive level. There are several bus routes with intracity connections in Bielefeld. So moving around Bielefeld by bus is the easiest mode.

Tram, Train and Subway

The urban rail transport system makes the city even more interesting. It has the only narrow-gauge light rail with extensive platforms around the entire country. The urban rail transport system was gradually upgraded from the old, traditional meter-gauge tramway. It also includes a 4km long tunnel section located at the city center. However, within 2025, there will be even more extensions in the rail network.

Sustainable Shopping

When you are out shopping at Bielefeld, you will never be disappointed. There are many shopping streets, starting just from the railway station. Apart from that, there are six main shopping stops in Bielefeld. Here are some of the sustainable shopping stores in the city:

  • Galeria Kaufhof
  • Seidensticker
  • City Passage Trading Center
  • Decathlon sports store
  • Action

Food Markets

  • Mega Food Bielefeld
  • Reformhaus Bacher
  • Wochenmarkt Schildesche
  • Löwenzahn Biofeinkost
  • Jaffna Stores

Flea Markets

Bielefeld's flea market opens every Saturday. Here you will find several unusual gifts and antiques. However, plenty of unique things are available in this market. From old paintings to musical instruments and even pieces of furniture can be found here. Here are some of the popular flea markets in Bielefeld:

  • Christian & Michael Otto GbR
  • Abendmarkt
  • Siggi Flohmarkt
  • Brauns Märkte
  • Der Samstags Flohmarkt

Second Hand Stores

Take a look at the following list if you are interested in Bielefeld's second-hand stores:

  • Flea Markets
  • USED
  • RecyclingBörse
  • Oxfam Shop Bielefeld
  • Antiquariat Mönkemöller
  • Mondo
  • Bell und Bill


Bielefeld authorities are quite active nowadays in saving the environment and increasing greenery in their city. To support their initiative, there are many brands and stores in Bielefeld attempting to create fashion by making a minimum impact on the environment. Some of them are:

  • Fairticken
  • Paro Store
  • Metiseko
  • Goshopia
  • Avocado store


For the past few years, Bielefeld has grown extensively to meet high standards. But along with this whole process, the city's destruction is also increasing. That's why Bielefeld's authority is taking high skill measures to recycle the city's waste.

They always try to fulfill their minimum responsibility of separating disposable and non-disposable wastes and dumping them into their designated places.

However, as a responsible tourist, it's your duty to support the city and participate in their recycling program. Here are some recycling centers that are playing significant roles in this context.

  • Wertstoffhof Süd
  • Re-PET bottles Recycling GmBH
  • Umweltbetrieb Der Stadt Bielefeld Wertstoffhof Nord
  • M+M Recycling GmbH


For the last few years, Bielefeld has seen that plastic is the primary concern across Europe. That's why local activists and authorities are taking major steps to find out creative solutions that can help the urban area jerk the waste off and shine brightly without any plastic coverage.

They found out that plastic should not be treated in the same manner as regular trash. On the other hand, processing or incineration is also not enough, so Bielefeld has different creative solutions like Plogging Day. This program includes jogging and picking up litter from the ground. They are also influencing artists to create art with plastics that are collected during the Plogging Day program.

Work and Study Abroad

Along with Bielefeld's infrastructure, the study opportunity has also increased at a large scale here. In the city, traditions meet innovations, mainly incentivized by the University and the University of Applied Science. Today, almost 10 percent of the city inhabitants are students. Bielefeld University is the most prominent University in the region. Students here make the city the hub of innovations and great ideas.

Apart from that, as a continually growing city, Bielefeld has various job opportunities. Even for international students, there are lots of possibilities.

Exchange Student

Bielefeld University is the largest university in the region. Every year, hundreds of students come here from more than 170 countries. You can also apply for the exchange student program, organized by the university every year. It's an excellent opportunity to visit such an innovative city and at the same time, stay here for Study.

Au Pair

The concept of the Au pair is not yet trendy among Bielefeldians. Most people prefer to ask for help from relatives or familiar people instead of a stranger. But remember, the city is still growing along with people's knowledge.

So, you may find some people here, who are interested in Au Pair, if you ask them by yourself.


Volunteering is a great way to give something back to the people, and you might have never known if it is not for your trip to Bielefeld. There are several volunteering programs currently available in Bielefeld. For example, you can help the refugees who are coming from Syria and Africa to Germany.

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