Explore the Hanseatic city Paderborn
Town Hall Square Paderborn

Diversity that speaks for itself. Ideally located in the middle of Germany, where the Westphalian lowland plains meet the mountain ranges of the Teutoburg woods, Egge mountains and the Sauerland, lies the venerable Cathedral and modern University city of Paderborn. High-tech and the middle ages, computers and the church; in hardly any other German city will you find such a harmonious blend of apparently contrasting ideas.

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Many and diverse are the historic sites bearing testimony to over 1200 years of history - reason alone to visit this time-honoured Cathedral city ranging from the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, the Weser Renaissance style Town Hall and the medieval Imperial Palace to the baroque Jesuit Church, to name but a few. Schloß Neuhaus, former seat of Paderborns Prince Bishops, is situated a mere 4km from the city centre. Lying in the midst of 40 hectares of parkland, a visit to this moated castle and its beautiful baroque gardens is not to be missed. 

The unique flair of the east Westphalian capital, which has evolved over the last decade into a lively, attractive yet accessible city, makes a trip to Paderborn an experience of a rather special kind. The computer pioneer and industrialist Heinz Nixdorf played a significant role in the citys development, paving the way for the advances in information technology from which Paderborn has made a name for itself worldwide. Paderborn is also home to the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, the largest computer museum in the world and one of more than ten museums situated in the city.

Numerous festivals and events during the course of the year ensure that theres always something going on in Paderborn. The spacious pedestrian zone invites you to stroll around and browse in the many shops to your heart's content, after which you can relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the charming street cafés or simply just sit back and enjoy life. Over 200 springs forming the source of the Pader, Germanys shortest river, are located just a few paces from the hustle and bustle of the pedestrian zone. Another treat for bon vivants: the surrounding area of Paderborn offers the best setting for interesting excursions, highly enjoyable bike rides and a rich variety of walks. Just come and see; Paderborn has it all.

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Stadt Paderborn
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33095 Paderborn