Paderborn Travel Guide

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Paderborn's centre and main sight is the Romanesque-gothic cathedral. Paderborn has been the seat of a Bishop since the early middle ages. The diocese was founded by Charlemagne in 799 when the king and Pope Leo III met in this very location to negotiate the modalities of the coronation as emperor, which then took place at Christmas 800 in Rome.

The city has suffered severe damages during World War II. Only a few weeks before the end of the war, on March 27, 1945 the heaviest air raid hit the city. The resulting firestorm reduced the centre to ashes and rubble and killed a lot of people. Not much is left of old Paderborn. The churches and a few other old buildings have been repaired or rebuilt.

Paderborn's image is being the most catholic of all catholic cities in Germany. In recent decades, with World War II refugees coming, the new university and generally more mobility among the population, things have changed and opened up. Anyway, the predominance of the catholic faith is still noticeable.

The most impressive sight, apart from the cathedral, is the landscape around the Pader springs. Several dozens of springs open up right downhill from the cathedral, in the middle of the city, and spit out an enormous amount of water. The Pader is Germany's shortest river but definitely not its smallest. From the beginning it qualifies as river, not as creek or stream. The springs are set in stone basins and made part of a nice park area.

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