Castle © Brothe
Detmold castle© Brothe

Crooked, half-timbered houses, narrow alleyways and lots of water. The historic royal seat of Detmold boasts a radiant city centre. Short distances and the nice atmosphere at the university are sure to please.

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Detmold is located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia between the cities of and . For the region of Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Detmold is quite important as it is home to numerous municipal organisations and regional authorities, courts and other public institutions.

Furthermore, it’s the economic centre of the region. A number of noteworthy businesses in the fields of metalworking, mechanical engineering and furniture-making have set up operations here. There are also several corporations which belong to that illustrious circle of “global players” and employ several thousand people.

Detmold’s location is one of its main advantages. You can be in , or in just a few hours by car. And just a little further away, you can visit several neighbouring countries, like the Netherlands, Denmark and Poland.

Detmold was a royal seat for counts and princes for almost 500 years – and the city still possesses something of its former glory. The town grew around a castle, which was built in the 13th century and is situated within a park. Detmold is a town for explorers and adventurers. You can and should lose your way through the winding streets and alleyways of the historic city centre. It’s a great way to discover something new all the time.

There are many historic half-timbered buildings in Detmold. If you’ve never been in one, you should visit Adolfstrasse. Some of the people who live there are very friendly and occasionally allow tourists to take a quick peek into their rooms. There is also a guest house on Adolfstrasse where you can spend the night in a half-timbered house and see what it feels like to live in such small rooms.

If you need a breather from your studies, we recommend taking a bike ride outside Detmold and exploring the surroundings. The Hermannsdenkmal is a very famous commemorative site. Measuring over 50 metres in height, it’s Germany’s tallest monument.


Everything is nearby in Detmold. In just a few minutes, you can walk from the centre of town to both universities. And even if you live further away from downtown, the best way to travel is by bike. Many streets are lined with specially marked bike paths.

While strolling down the small streets in town, you’ll discover many quaint restaurants and shops. You’ll find the “Cosmo Lounge” directly at the Wallgraben. In the summertime, they put out beach chairs where you can relax with your friends. „Café Cup“ on Exterstrasse, on the other hand, is a great place to go on rainy days. The warm café feeling will quickly make you forget your university stress and the nasty weather.

On nice summer days, you’ll notice that Detmold is very much a university town. You’ll see dozens of students lying on blankets in the parks. Students from the Hochschule für Musik often bring their instruments and play under the open sky. Sometimes they start jamming together spontaneously, and everyone gathers around to listen. Detmold’s alternative scene meets at the “Alten Pauline“. Although the house looks rather run-down, feel free to enter. They often hold concerts, discussions and other events there.

If you like hiking, you’ll find many trails which will take you through the Teutoburg Forest and to the top of the famous „Externsteine“. Some people feel a strong spiritual connection to these cliffs which are so massive that they gather and sleep at the base on Walpurgis Night (30 April) and at the summer solstice.

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