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 Stadtsparkasse (City Savings Bank) issued money made of linen, silk and velvet.
These items were known as
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.
Rene and Merie-Ellis on Paderborn-Lippstadt
Sparrenburg castle, Bielenfeld
Schildesche rail viaduct
Schüco Arena, DSC Arminia Bielefeld
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.
Merie-Ellis on Bielefeld airport
Departure from Bielefeld airport
Arrived at Porta Westfalica airport
Rene on Porta Westfalica airport
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.
Porta Westfalica airport tower view
Final runway 09 Melle-Grönerau airport
Merie-Ellis on Melle-Grönerau airport
Rene on Melle-Grönerau airport
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.
Mittellandkanal and Dortmund-Ems-kanal
Passing Teuge airport
Merie-Ellis and Rene on Hilversum airfield