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.