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 high altar. A soaring symphony of wood and gold, this exact replica of the 17th-century original destroyed in WWII was completed in 2003.

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1. 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.

2. 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…

3. 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…

4. 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…

5. Dom


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

6. 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…

7. 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.

8. 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…