Top things to do in Paderborn

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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 …
German in Paderborn

Paderborner Brauhaus

When Paderborn locals arrange to meet at 'the' beer garden, they mean this sprawling gem sheltered by a grove of old trees hugging the little Pader river. The kitchen caters mostly to carnivores and includes some su…
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.
Pub in Paderborn


If you're looking for a fun night out with a relaxed crowd, beam yourself up to the legendary Sputnik, home of cold beers and eclectic entertainment – from concerts to quiz nights and song and poetry slams – conduci…
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 …