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Museum in der Kaiserpfalz

In the 1960s, archaeologists stumbled upon remnants of the Carolingian palace where Charlemagne met with Pope Leo III, as well as the much better preserved foundations of the 11th-century palace of Heinrich II. The …
Cathedral in Paderborn


Enter Paderborn’s massive (104m long!) Gothic Dom through the southern portal (called ‘Paradise’) adorned with delicate carved figures. Inside, turn your attention to the high altar and the pompous memorial tomb of …
Museum in Paderborn

Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum

Outside the Dom, an incongruously modernist structure by Gottfried Böhm stands atop vestiges of a medieval bishop's palace and shelters prized church treasures from the 11th to the 20th centuries. Head to the vaulte…
Palace in Paderborn

Schloss Neuhaus

Schloss Neuhaus, a moated palace with an expansive park, once served as the residence of the Paderborn prince-bishops. A new museum inside the palace illustrates their fanciful lifestyle through a series of period r…
Museum in Paderborn

Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum

You don’t have to be a techie to enjoy this museum, a high-tech romp through 5000 years of information technology from cuneiform to cyberspace. Established by the local founder of Nixdorf computers (since swallowed …
Church in Paderborn


Paderborn's most important house of worship is also its smallest. The twee Bartholomäuskapelle was consecrated in 1017 and is considered the oldest hall church in Germany. It has otherworldly acoustics.
Church in Paderborn


One of the finest baroque buildings in Paderborn, the Marktkirche was founded by Jesuits and consecrated in 1692. Inside this galleried basilica, your gaze is immediately drawn to the dizzyingly detailed baroque hig…
Church in Paderborn


The Abdinghofkirche is easily recognised by its twin towers. The foundation stone was laid in the 11th century as part of a Benedictine monastery in business until its secularisation in 1803; it became a Protestant …
Square in Paderborn


Rathausplatz blends into Marienplatz with its delicate Mariensäule (St Mary’s Column) and Heising’sche Haus, an elaborate 17th-century patrician mansion that shares a wall with the tourist office. A modern addition …
Historic Site in Paderborn

Carolingian Kaiserpfalz

Remnants of the foundation of Charlemagne's palace, built in the late 8th century, have been unearthed north of the Dom.