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 church in 1866. Its interior exudes serene austerity with its whitewashed and unadorned arches and flat wooden ceiling.

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1. Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum

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Outside the Dom, an incongruously modernist structure by Gottfried Böhm stands atop vestiges of a medieval bishop's palace and shelters prized church…

2. Carolingian Kaiserpfalz

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

3. Rathaus

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Paderborn’s proud Rathaus (1616) with ornate gables, oriels and other decorative touches, is typical of the Weser Renaissance architectural style.

4. Museum in der Kaiserpfalz

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In the 1960s, archaeologists stumbled upon remnants of the Carolingian palace where Charlemagne met with Pope Leo III, as well as the much better…

5. Bartholomäuskapelle

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Paderborn's most important house of worship is also its smallest. The twee Bartholomäuskapelle was consecrated in 1017 and is considered the oldest hall…

6. Marienplatz

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Rathausplatz blends into Marienplatz with its delicate Mariensäule (St Mary’s Column) and Heising’sche Haus, an elaborate 17th-century patrician mansion…

7. Dom

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Enter Paderborn’s massive (104m long!) Gothic Dom through the southern portal (called ‘Paradise’) adorned with delicate carved figures. Inside, turn your…

8. Marktkirche

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One of the finest baroque buildings in Paderborn, the Marktkirche was founded by Jesuits and consecrated in 1692. Inside this galleried basilica, your…