Paderborn

Travel Guide
Paderborn showing street scenes as well as a small group of people

Paderborn, the “City of 200 Springs”, is a veritable treasure of the Weser Renaissance and awaits city travellers with expansive greenery and historical museums.

Situated in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Paderborn is nestled against the picturesque Egge Hills which form part of the Teutoburg Forest towards the east. Curled around the city is the Pader River, only 2.5 miles in length which makes it Germany’s shortest river. Numerous quaint lakes attract city travellers to Paderborn. The city’s university was founded in 1614 and is one of Germany’s oldest. Today it houses a Theological Faculty.

One of the most impressive buildings of the city is the Dome of Paderborn in the heart of the city, with its mighty western tower measuring slightly more than 100 yards. The cathedral, built in late Romance/Gothic style, is not only home to numerous chapels with precious artefacts but also houses the silver shrine of Liborius the Saint from 1627. The Diocesan Museum is the oldest in Germany and impresses with marvellous sacral art from the last 1,000 years. Four well-known choirs are active in the cathedral, one of them the Domchor of Paderborn which first appeared in the year 806.

The other famous landmark of the city is the historical Guildhall of Paderborn with its three striking gables. Designed in the style of the Weser Renaissance, it was completed in 1620 and boasts beautiful arcades modelled after Florentine architecture. Among the 12 museums of the city, the most famous is the Heinz-Nixdorf-Museum on Fürstenallee, the largest computer museum worldwide. Take a journey through 5,000 years of information and communication technology and learn about the life of the computer pioneer Heinz Nixdorf who was from Paderborn and died in 1986. Marvel at more than 2,000 exhibition items illustrating the creation of script, the first calculating machines, telegraphy and the first personal computers. Courses about cryptography and robot construction are perfect events for children.

Another popular destination while on a short trip to Paderborn is the expansive park of the Pader Spring area in the centre of the city, Approximately 200 karst springs originate here and feed the Pader River. Take a walk around the Pader Meadows to Pader Lake and enjoy the abundance of nature while passing along the Stümpelsche Mill from around 1800 which is still active today. You can walk all the way to Neuhaus Castle with its castle and meadow park which was home to the State Garden Show in 1994. Standing over the confluence of the rivers Lippe, Alme and Pader is the impressive castle Schloss Neuhaus, built in the style of the Weser Renaissance. Make the widely famous events of summer in the castle gardens of the bishop residence, mentioned in records as early as 1036, the highlight of your city trip to Paderborn.

Where to stay in Paderborn

Bildungs- und Tagungshaus Liborianum
Bildungs- und Tagungshaus Liborianum
3 out of 5
An den Kapuzinern 5-7, Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, 33098
The price is £67 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Paderborn. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Adam and Eve House and Imperial Palace ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
Central, classy, recommended hotel
"Lobby was impeccable. The hotel is all but brand-new, but has plenty of character. Check-in was fast and polite. The room was spacious and comfortable, with a small kitchen area. I received a free upgrade. Good neighborhood with bars and restaurants around the corner. Parking was around the corner ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2022

Bildungs- und Tagungshaus Liborianum
Best Western Plus Arosa Hotel
Best Western Plus Arosa Hotel
4 out of 5
Westernmauer 38, Paderborn, NW, 33098
The price is £86 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Paderborn. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (274 reviews)
"We had the opportunity to spend 6 nights (during Christmas week) at the Best Western property. Staff were kind and helpful, breakfast was Fabulous and the property had so much to offer! I highly recommend this Hotel."

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2022

Best Western Plus Arosa Hotel
Boardinghouse Paderborn
Boardinghouse Paderborn
3 out of 5
Cheruskerstraße 2e, Paderborn, NW, 33102
The price is £72 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Paderborn. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (14 reviews)
"Insgesamt sehr zufrieden, nur ein bisschen kalt in der Nacht."

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2022

Boardinghouse Paderborn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Paderborn City Apartment 41 m² for 4 people
Paderborn City Apartment 41 m² for 4 people
Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia
The price is £95 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Paderborn. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a balcony. Popular attractions Marienplatz Paderborn and Theater Paderborn are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Tolle Wohnung!!
"Wir waren SEHR zufrieden mit der Wohnung. Sie hat alles, was man benötigt! Der Check-In war mega einfach, die Wohnung war super sauber und ordentlich. Es gibt wirklich nichts zu meckern. Wir kommen nächstes Jahr gern wieder in diese Wohnung!"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

Paderborn City Apartment 41 m² for 4 people
Apartment
Apartment
Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia
Stay at this apartment in Paderborn. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Paderborn Cathedral and Diocesan Museum are located nearby. ...
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Apartment
Apartment
Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia
Stay at this property in Paderborn. Enjoy on-site parking, a garden and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Theater Paderborn and Paderborn Cathedral ...
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