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.

Attached to the Ottonian-Salian palace of Heinrich II, it was used by the emperor to get dressed before entering the cathedral.

Nearby Ostwestfalen attractions

1. 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…

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. 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…

4. 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…

5. Abdinghofkirche

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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…

6. 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.

7. 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…

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…