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Upcoming September Events

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Just a quick note to let you know about a few upcoming events that I look forward to every year.

Event number one is this weekend is the Schildesche Stadtfest with one of my favorite fleamarkets of the year and Carnival with rides and games. The festival runs from Friday until Sunday and includes shows and concerts as well. The weather looks pretty good, so it should be fun. Just take the Line 1 to the end at Schildesche and follow the people going down the street. You will not be able to miss it.

Event number two is a special day sponsored by Bielefeld and Hereford called ohne auto mobil. On September 29 (Sunday), the entire 10 kms between Bielefeld and Hereford will be closed off from 10am to 6pm to autos for bicyclers, rollerbladers, walkers, etc. The last time they had this event was a few years ago and I can really recommend it. The length is not hilly and there are plenty of stops along the way for bathroom breaks and water. At the end in Hereford is a festival. Last time we biked to Hereford, had some lunch and then biked home, but of course if you have smaller kids, you can take the train home from Hereford. More information can be found here:

http://www.bielefeld.de/ftp/dokumente/ohne_auto_mobil_2013.pdf

Autumn is in the air, but we can still have fun outside!! See you there!

Two Biking Tips

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We recently used a great online tool  for planning a bike trip. We went from the center of town to the Obersee using only bike paths. My husband downloaded it as an app on his mobile phone and guided us there with no problems. There are several language options to chose from including English and German.

PollyEster also has the following recommendations

The ADFC has just published a new map about bycicle tours and ideal routes for cyclists around Bielefeld funded by the state of North rhine Westfalia. It is  available at the Tourist information (tram stop Rathaus) or at the ADFC office on Stapenhorststrasse. If you want to email them you can do so in English, German, French or Italian. Alternatively, a multi-language tool is available here:

‘new in town’ Bike tour this Saturday

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The ADFC (office on Stapenhorststrasse near Bürgerpark/Oetkerhalle) offers bicycle tours for people that are new in town. The first of the season is on Saturday April 20  Ruhige ‘Neu in der Stadt’-Tour mit Einkehr Zu Schrotbrot und Platenkuchen  (Quiet “New in Town” tour with Refreshments – whole meal bread and buttercake,)
Starting at the Kunsthalle on Adenauerplatz, it costs 5 Euros to join and is free for ADFC members.

Quiet and easy tour with coffee break (average speed below 15 km/h) About 25 km ride.

Guides  Sabine Quermann, Tel. (0521) 17 00 23 and Axel Sorge, Tel. (0521) 5 25 14 34 und (0170) 8 18 14 34.

The destination is the South of Bielefeld –  Niemöllers Mühle in Quelle, the last workable watermill in Bielefeld which dates back to the 16th century. You will be able to watch how electricity is produced with water power and have a look at the exhibitions of regional artists and artisans.