Location and population

Detmold is located in the area of East Westphalia-Lippe in the north of the state North Rhine- Westphalia. With a population of 73.000 Detmold is the largest city in the county Lippe. Situated next to the Teutoburger Wald/ Eggegebirge you can also find the famous Hermanns Denkmal. The city region of Detmold stretches over 129 km² and is divided into 27 districts.



Detmold was firstly mentioned in year 783 by the name Theotmalli. The castle that was built here by the count and men zur Lippe received municipal law in 1263, in the beginning it was the smallest city in Lippe. The population lived on agriculture and the city often suffered pillage and fires. Detmold was able to win fame for its educational reform in times of enlightenment. Under the rule of Princess Pauline zur Lippe the very first Kindergarden in Germany was established here.

During this time Detmold had grown to the most populous city in Lippe. By the end of the 19th century the agriculture faded and the city gained wealth, which increased the number of inhabitants rapidly.  Detmold evolved to the cultural city that it still is until today. Furthermore it has preserved its beautiful buildings from 17th to 19th century. The guided city tours have also been arranged since the middle ages. When walking around the city one can see neat buildings and statues of different epochs on every corner.

Being a forerunner in the in the past, education is a very important today, too. There are several schools, trade schools, and institutions for adult education. Detmold also houses the university for Music that belongs to the leading institutions in Europe. Composers and opera singers are trained here and the project “Jugend musiziert” (music- making youth) is supported. With about 2000 students every year, the University OWL strengthens Detmold as knowledge center.

The Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design is a department of the Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, University of Applied Sciences. It is one of the biggest design-faculties in Germany and it benefits from a 120-year-old design tradition.


Tourism & Culture

The Landestheater Detmold (regional theatre of Detmold) is the largest travel stage in Europe. Detmold itself also has five venues for entertaining program.

Enjoyment and history are combined in the largest open air museum in Germany. The past is made approachable for everybody by several old farm houses and the opportunity to experience how pottery was made and how flour was grinded many years ago.


The most popular destination is the Hermannsdenkmal (the statue of herman), that was built in honor of Hermann the Cherusci, who achieved the important victory against the romans. From above you have a great view over the Teutoforest. Its landscape is inviting for hikers.

A part of this forest is also the Adlerwarte in Berlebeck. You not only learn many interesting facts about various raptorial birds but you can also admire their flying skills during one of the many airshows. And whoever is not satisfied with the amount of raptors can continue their trip to the bird park in Heiligenkirchen.


Detmolds city centre invites the visitors to stroll through the beautiful historic city. You can witness history in the splendid castle and or in the open air museum. Whoever needs even more action can visit the Aqualip, an indoor swimming pool, or climb his way through the forest in the “Teuto- Kletterpark” (climbing park).



The economic structure is dominated by the so-called “Mittelstand”, that means small and medium sized companies. Lots of these are family-owned enterprises with a long tradition and a strong commitment to the city. Among them there are a few international brands e.g. like Tamaris women shoes. But most of the companies are “hidden champions” – with strong expertise e.g. in engineering, chemistry or industrial automation and high rates of innovation.

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