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Computer and churches, high-tech and the Middle Ages - Paderborn offers contrasts. But in hardly any other major German city do these apparent opposites form such a harmonious unit. A walk through the city center is like walking through centuries: it is only a short walk from the medieval imperial palace to the imposing Romanesque-Gothic cathedral and further to the famous town hall. Numerous festivals throughout the year ensure that “there is always something going on” in Paderborn. The spacious pedestrian zone invites you to stroll and shop. In cozy street cafes you can let the diverse impressions work on you or just enjoy life. The Pader, Germany's shortest river, rises from over 200 sources just a few steps from the hustle and bustle in the pedestrian zone.

A good opportunity to get to know Paderborn a little better are the various city tours offered by the Tourist Information. You can book them on the date of your choice or take part in a public tour. Paderborn's surroundings also offer the very best conditions for interesting excursions, enjoyable bike tours and varied hikes.


Dielenpader & Cathedral

Paderborn Cathedral

The Paderborn Cathedral in the center of the city center was built in the 13th century. The architectural style ranges from Romanesque to Gothic. The approximately 100 meter long church has a 92 meter high tower. The bones of St. Liborius kept. In the cloister you can find  the well-known three hares window.

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Town Hall

Paderborn town hall

The Paderborn town hall was built at the beginning of the 17th century in the Weser Renaissance style. The magnificent facade has three gables. Today the town hall is the working seat of the council assembly and the place of official receptions. In front of the town hall there is a baroque kump (fountain), which is decorated with the Paderborn coat of arms.

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Pader spring area

Pader and Pader spring area

The Pader rises in the heart of Paderborn from over 200 sources. After only a good four kilometers it flows into the Lippe at Neuhaus Castle. This makes it the shortest river in Germany. The Pader springs are among the richest in water in Germany, with an average of 5000 liters of water flowing out of them per second.

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Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum © Tourist Information Paderborn

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum is the largest computer museum in the world and presents the history of information technology. The journey through time leads through five millennia: from the invention of writing in Mesopotamia to the development of computer technology. Visitors are fascinated by worlds of experience on topics such as robotics and artificial intelligence.

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