Bielefeld playgrounds map

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This is a useful interactive  map showing not only all the playgrounds in Bielefeld, but also sports & youth centers and other places for interest for kids.



Computer problems?

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I can recommend Second Hand Computer shop on Stapenhorststrasse 85. They spoke English, were very helpful and diagnosed my laptop problems (without charging me).

  Tel: 0521 1360160

Board Games from the libary

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We have been staying inside a lot during these cold dark winter evenings. One of the things we like to do as a family is play board games. Did you know the Bielefeld Library has a game room where you borrow games for only 1 euro! It’s on the first floor of the library (see map below) and run by the Spielwiese games club. It’s open on Saurdays from 11 – 13.45. You can borrow up to three games for 1 euro each for  a week (50 cents for Bielefeld university students). They have a huge selection of games from the very youngest (lots of Haba) to grownups. They are serious game experts and love to answer questions.



Christmas market

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The LWL (outdoor historical) museum in Detmold are celebrating Christmas in 1900 in their christmas market this weekend. A great chance to see this popular outoor museum while it’s closed for the winter.


Freitag, den 5.12.2014 von 14.00 Uhr bis 21.00 Uhr
Samstag, den 6.12.2014 von 14.00 Uhr bis 21.00 Uhr
Sonntag, den 7.12.2014 von 11.00 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


Advent fun!

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The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! There are two fun advent activities going on in the Altstadt this month.

Daily from 01.12 to 23.12 at 17:00 Theatre Bielefeld will give a short presentation from their balcony. It might be musical, dance or literary. For those who don’t want to be surprised, you can see the advent program here.

There is also a daily free concert from 01.12 to 24.12  at 19:00, usually at Altstädter Nicolaikirche (or sometimes other places).

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Nature adventures for kids

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Do your kids like to be outside? My kids love exploring in the woods and parks regardless of the weather. Here are two  places who offer nature classes for children from 2 to 13 years. They do wonderfully creative things with the kids, tell stories, dress up as pirates,  build fairy houses, and learn a lot about their nature surroundings. Some classes are ongoing – once a week for six or so weeks, others are workshops or in school holidays. There are also classes for parents to join in with their kids.






english speaking doctors and other languages


I have added this to our doctor’s / dentists etc page but here is useful brochure which lists doctors and specialists in Bielefeld who also speak other languages including English, French, Turkish, Russian, Polish etc. It’s a few years out of date but might be a good starting point.








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