Down to earth, pleasantly normal and laid back: a good description of many of the city's residents and of Bielefeld itself. It is precisely that mixture of a metropolitan atmosphere and almost village-like sociability that makes Bielefeld what it is: an especially lovable city to live in.
With a population of over 330,000 (and constantly on the rise), Bielefeld is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany. Its residents particularly appreciate the high quality of life, the advantages of a strong economic location and the range of educational and scientific facilities. More than one billion euros has been invested by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia into Campus Bielefeld, shared between Bielefeld University and the University of Applied Sciences. This has resulted in one of the most modern facilities for education and research in Germany.
Few cities are as green as Bielefeld, thanks to its location amid the Teutoburg Forest, numerous parks as well as green transport corridors, with 762 kilometres of footpaths traversing the city area. For more of a city buzz, visit Siegfried Platz – known affectionately to locals as "Siggi" – in Bielefeld West, as well as Kesselbrink and Boulevard.