City of Bielefeld

The City of Bielefeld is located in the heart of Germany, in the northeast of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. With more than 325,000 inhabitants and an area of almost 260 square kilometers, Bielefeld is the economic and cultural center of the region of Eastern Westphalia and Lippe, and one of the twenty major cities in Germany. In the past Bielefeld was known for its linen trade, and later in the 19th century it became famous for its flourishing textile and engineering industries, as well as for its printing works. Today, various internationally known companies, such as Dr. Oetker and Bertelsmann, operate their businesses from headquarters in the metropolitan area of Bielefeld.

City Center

Bielefeld's city center, with its many diverse retailers, offers ideal shopping opportunities for young and old. In the historic district with its old market square and several old churches, cafés and ice cream parlors invite visitors and residents to take a rest, relax, or meet friends. Various restaurants, bistros, pubs, and beer gardens serve both local and international cuisine to their customers.


The hills of the Teutoburg Forest stretch across Bielefeld from the southeast to the northwest, offering ample opportunities for walking and hiking. A popular destination is the medieval Sparrenburg Castle, Bielefeld's most illustrious landmark, which overlooks most of the city. Generously laid out greenbelts and public parks in addition to the Obersee, an artificial lake covering some 18 hectares in the north of the city's center, and the beautiful countryside surrounding Bielefeld characterize the city and its environs.

Cultural Events

The renowned city theater stages a variety of dramas, operas, ballets, and musicals every year. Frequently, the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, a famous concert hall with excellent acoustics, hosts performances not only of the city's symphony orchestra but also of other nationally and internationally known classical music ensembles. Famous artists such as Robbie Williams or John Bon Jovi perform on a regular basis in the city's convention hall (Stadthalle Bielefeld), Seidensticker Halle, or one of the numerous dance clubs. Movie-goers can choose among several movie theaters, showing a variety of award-winning and new national and international productions.


International sporting events take place in the Seidensticker Halle or the Gerry Weber Stadion, the stadium for the international pre-Wimbledon men's tennis tournament, in nearby Halle. The German Soccer League team DSC Arminia Bielefeld plays its home games in its stadium "Schüco Arena", previously known as "Alm". Public or private up-to-date facilities for a wide variety of recreational activities and sports are available in Bielefeld or its immediate vicinity for anybody interested.


Various museums open their doors to visitors. The well-known art gallery Kunsthalle, located in the city center, shows contemporary art. Over the last few years, several temporary exhibitions of works by such famous painters as Picasso or Caspar David Friedrich have received international recognition.
The historical museum of the city focuses on the substantial influence of the industrial age on the development of Bielefeld and its surrounding towns and villages. The permanent collection of the museum and occasional temporary exhibitions are displayed in the restored buildings of the former Ravensberg Spinning Mill (Ravensberger Spinnerei). Other popular museums are the Bauernhaus Museum (Farmhouse Museum), the Huelsmann Museum and the Museum Waldhof.
An overview of museums in Bielefeld has been published on the city's homepage.


Bielefeld ...

Bielefeld is the major city in the region of Eastern Westphalia and Lippe. Due to its central location it is easily accessible from all parts of Germany by both car and train.

... by plane

The next major airports are Cologne/Bonn (CGN), Düsseldorf (DUS), and Hanover (HAJ). The closest regional airports are Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) and Paderborn/Lippstadt (PAD). From all airports public transportation to Bielefeld is available.

... by train

Bielefeld is located on the route for ICE high-speed trains between Berlin and Cologne/Bonn and Berlin and Düsseldorf. A high-speed train from Düsseldorf needs less than two hours. Berlin is about two and a half hours away. By train Bielefeld is at most seven hours away from almost any place in Germany. Further information and timetables are available online from Deutsche Bahn.

... by car

The Autobahn A2 connects Bielefeld with the German freeway system. Take the exit "Bielefeld-Zentrum" between Dortmund and Hanover and follow the street signs towards the city center ("Zentrum").

Bielefeld University

Bielefeld University is located on the outskirts of Bielefeld on the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest. Individuals traveling by car should follow the street signs posted in the city center. A convenient way to reach Bielefeld University is offered by the extensive public transportation network of Mobiel. From the city center the "Stadtbahnlinie 4" (tram line No. 4) leaves for Bielefeld University every ten minutes during business hours. Timetables and further information about the public transportation network are available online from MoBiel.

Campus Map


The offices of the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management are located in Section V and W of the main building of Bielefeld University. The administration office with room number W8-102 is located in Section W, 8th floor, room 102.

Map of the Mainbuilding



BiGSEM Workshop

The 13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory took place at Bielefeld University earlier this week. The annual event is entirely organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. Out of a pool of applications, sixteen speakers where invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics. All of these talks took place in the plenary hall of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research amidst the green of the Teutoburg Forest. Afterwards, everybody returned home with new ideas and concepts. Pictures

Serhat Gezer

Serhat Gezer successfully defended his thesis on "Dynamic and Strategic Analysis of Innovations"



BiGSEM student Serhat Gezer will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Friday November 23.

New visiting PhD student

Elena Iakimova from University of Calabria (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/10/2018 to 28/02/2019. Her research interests are mainly focused on energy resources.


BiGSEM happily welcomes ExSIDE students

BiGSEM happily welcomes three second year ExSIDE doctoral students who are now doing their research in BiGSEM during the academic year 2018/19:

Ms. Fen Li
Mr. Thanh Son Pham
Mr. Severin Reissl

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!