Bielefeld is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. According to a German internet meme (which originated as tongue in cheek take on various conspiracy theories), this city does not exist. Incidentally this is the one thing almost all Germans know about the town.
While the bizarre conspiracy theory of it not existing is the first thing most Germans will tell you about the city, it actually has a rather long history, dating back to a first mention in the 9th century and it was first called a city in a 1214 document, the 800 year anniversary of which was celebrated - naturally - under the headline "Das gibt's doch gar nicht" which can mean "That's unbelievable" or more literally "That doesn't exist". While a lot of the old town was destroyed in the second world war there are still some nice buildings left.
Bielefeld has a train station with regular Deutsche Bahn service.
- See also: Intercity buses in Germany
Bielefeld is served by a Stadtbahn which can be classified as a mixture of light rail, streetcar and subway. (see the network plan on the right). Where the Stadtbahn doesn't go, there is an extensive bus network. With headways as low as ten minutes. As is usual in Germany, tickets for bus and Stadtbahn are integrated with each other and operate on the proof of payment system.
- Sparrenburg Castle.
- Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall). built in 1904
- Stadttheater (City Theatre). it has a notable Jugendstil façade.