Sparrenburg Castle in Bielefeld
High above the town on the Sparrenberg hill sits imposing Sparrenburg Castle.
Its mighty fortifications are located right next to one of the most beautiful ridge walks in Germany, the 156km Hermannsweg. Constructed in the mid 13th century by the Counts of Ravensberg, the castle was administrative centre and residence of the county sovereign, and protected the town and trade routes through the Bielefeld pass. It was rebuilt many times. Sparrenburg Castle gained its present outline in the middle of the 16th century. A vast 300m system of underground passages can be explored from April to October, and visitors can enjoy panoramic views over the town Panorama and surrounding countryside. The castle also provides the impressive backdrop for the annual medieval spectacular, the Sparrenburgfest.