What to do in Paderborn

Activities, attractions and tours
Paderborn showing street scenes as well as a small group of people

Paderborn Attractions

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Places of interest in Paderborn

Paderborn is crammed with must-see places to visit and things to do. We can help you decide where to stay in Paderborn, and make it a breeze to explore Paderborn and the surrounding areas with our guides on where to go, what to see and when to see it. No matter how long your stay, it’s easy to find places of interest in Paderborn to make sure that you enjoy your holiday to the fullest and don’t miss a thing. Leave the local knowledge to us and leave the hassle behind.

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Paderborn attractions

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Top places to visit

1. Paderborn Cathedral

Dedicated to three saints, the official name of the Paderborn Cathedral in the German language is Hoher Dom Ss. Maria, Liborius und Kilian. Built on top of ruined cathedrals and an early Christian cemetery, this grand house of worship breathes history. Step inside to see the mosaics, sculptures, memorial stones and stained-glass windows of this impressive building.
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Paderborn Cathedral featuring heritage elements and street scenes as well as an individual female

2. Neuhaus Castle

Follow the Pader River from its source in Paderborn to where it meets the Lippe River to admire Neuhaus Castle (Schloss Neuhaus). While formal receptions and classical music concerts still take place in the hall of mirrors, the castle is not usually open to the public. However, the garden and museum spaces of this former castle are a joy to explore, especially combined with a cultural event in the Neuhaus Castle Open Air Theatre.
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Neuhaus Castle showing heritage architecture

3. Theater Paderborn

To immerse yourself in the local culture, go see a show at the Theater Paderborn. Sit back while the actors on the stage take you to a different world where fantasy, drama and humor prevail.
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Theater Paderborn showing modern architecture

4. Rathaus

As a showcase for the architecture of the Weser Renaissance, Paderborn Rathaus with its fountain in front is one of the city’s most photographed sights. Notice how the fountain sports the coat of arms of the city. That is because the “Rathaus” has always been Paderborn’s formal City Hall.
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Rathaus showing heritage architecture

5. Marienplatz Paderborn

From the Dom, or Paderborn Cathedral, walking down the Rathausplatz you’ll come across the small, but pleasant Marienplatz. Some of Paderborn’s most central shopping streets spill out onto this charming cobblestoned square, a great spot for people-watching and mingling with the locals.
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Marienplatz Paderborn featuring a fountain and a statue or sculpture as well as a small group of people

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