The strong fortress of Sparrenburg is the heart and the symbol of Bielefeld. It was founded by earl Hermann von Ravensberg in 1240. Construction of the fortress took ten years. During an almost 800-year-old history the stone fort underwent additional construction, fortification and restoration. Nowadays archeologists keep finding 13th century artifacts and weapon in the vicinity of Sparrenburg.
Several years ago during recurrent restoration works an entire network of underground dungeons with armor halls, burial vaults and long corridors was discovered in Sparrenburg. Today excursions are conducted in these dungeons. Besides, here you can visit an archeological museum and climb to the observation deck on the 37-metres-tall tower with magic views on Bielefeld and vicinity.
Main facilities of the Sparrenburg fortress are open from April to October. You can walk around the rest of the citadel’s territory all year round, watch medieval wells, pendant bridges and enjoy the view. In the last weekend of July there is a festival of reconstruction conducted in Sparrenburg fortress, where participants are offered to stay in a tent, listen to minstrels and try medieval Westphalia dishes.