High above the town on the Sparrenberg hill sits imposing Sparrenburg Castle. Its mighty fortifications are located right next to one of the most beautiful ridge walks in Germany, the 156km Hermannsweg.
Constructed in the mid 13th century by the Counts of Ravensberg, the castle was administrative centre and residence of the county sovereign, and protected the town and trade routes through the Bielefeld pass. It was rebuilt many times. Sparrenburg Castle gained its present outline in the middle of the 16th century. A vast 300m system of underground passages can be explored from April to October, and visitors can enjoy panoramic views over the town Panorama and surrounding countryside.
Tower and Visitor Information Center Opening times April - October: daily 10.00am - 6.00pm November - March: Sat, Sun + public holidays 11.00am - 6.00pm (closed 24 December to 1 January)
Charges (Ascent of the Tower) adults: 1.50 € senior citizens, children, students: 1.00 €
Guided Tours: Visit to the casemates (underground passages) Frequency April - October: daily at 12.00am and 2.30pm, additionally Sun + public holidays at 4.00pm Guided tours for groups by appointment
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Reporting Incidents to the RMP: Advice and Information Routine Calls For a non-emergency call, you should call the RMP Station (Military - 94879 - 2223; or
Civilian: 05254 982 2223). They will record the details, and if needed, they will liaise with the
German Civil Police (GCP) on your behalf. You can also contact the RMP in BFG via email or social media: From DII: 1RMP-110 ProCoy-Group Mailbox (MULTIUSER) From Personal Email: 1RMP-110 ProCoy-GroupMailbox@mod.uk http://facebook.com/1RegtRMP http://twitter.com/@1RegtRMP Emergencies
Due to the distance between many SFA in BFG and the one remaining Military Police Station
in Sennelager, the response time for an RMP patrol can be too long in the case of an
emergency. Therefore, unless you live in the Sennelager / Paderborn area, emergency calls
should always be made to the GCP (emergency telephone number - 110). If you are
unable to make contact with the GCP due to language problems, then a call should be made
to the RMP emergency number (05254 982 2222), when the duty interpreter will contact GCP
on the your behalf. A follow up call should also be made to the RMP to make sure that a record is kept by them
of all incidents.
REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
You should ALWAYS report anything suspicious to the police; no matter how trivial it may
seem. It’s much better to report something that turns out to be harmless, than to not bother to
report something that turns out to be important. Crime Prevention advice is available on any matter from the RMP station.
Please call the routine number.
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