Trips / Hilversum
From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Bielefeld On Thursday, 25 April 2013, we (Merie-Ellis and Rene) drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport to pick-up the plane that Rene had reserved for 10 days. On the way to the airport we visited the Waltrop Lock Park (Schleusenpark) with the Henrichenburg boat lift, which Rene had visited the month before (see trip report). We first flew to Bielefeld where we made an orbit around the city before landing on Bielefeld airport. Bielefeld was a linen-producing town, and in the early 1920s the Town's Savings Bank (Stadtsparkasse) issued money made of linen, silk and velvet. These items were known as 'stoffgeld'. We passed the headquarters of the food manufacturing company Dr. Oetker, and the Bielefeld landmark Sparrenburg Castle, built between 1240 and 1250 by Count Ludwig von Ravensberg. Over the city, we had a good view on the Neustädter Marienkirche, a Gothic hall church dating back to 1293 and completed in 1512. Just north of Bielefeld we also passed the Schildesche rail viaduct where on 14 March 1945 the Grand Slam bomb was used the very first time. We also passed the Schüco Arena of football club DSC Arminia Bielefeld, before landing on Bielefeld airport.
From Bielefeld to Porta Westfalica After having a drink on Bielefeld airport, we flew to Porta Westfalica. The town Porta Westfalica was established in 1973 by merging fifteen villages surrounding the gorge which is -- coming from the north -- the entry to the region of Westphalia. Porta Westfalica is situated on the right bank of the Weser, near the Porta Westfalica gorge, where the river runs through the passage between the mountain chains of the Wiehen Hills in the west and the Weser Uplands in the east.
From Porta Westfalica to Melle-Grönegau We had lunch on Porta Westfalica airport, and then took off in the direction of Hilversum. We stopped briefly at Melle-Grönegau airport before continuing to Hilversum.
From Melle-Grönerau to Hilversum After Melle-Grönerau airport, we passed Büren and the Stichkanal that links the Mittelland Canal in central Germany with the port in the town of Osnabrück. We also passed the Mittelland Canal branch off the Dortmund-Ems Canal. The Mittelland Canal is Germany's principal east-west inland waterway connection. At 326 kilometres in length, the Mittelland Canal is the longest artificial waterway in Germany. We did some sight-seeing over Amersfoort before we landed on Hilversum airfield.