road tripping towards Germany

Paderborn Travel Blog

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one of the reasons I love the country so much

Today was finally the day I could leave for my short break and although the weather wasn't at its best, for me the grey clouds in the sky were just fine. I had a 330 km drive ahead of me and if it was too hot in the car, it wouldn't have been much fun to drive.

After a relaxing breakfast and making sure I had all my stuff I needed in the car, I checked if I got enough gas and of course the most important thing, MUSIC with me and as Willie Nelson was singing "on the road again", this was the best sign ever that it was time for me to leave Belgium behind!

Travelling through the Netherlands, about an hour or a little bit later, I even arrived at the German border and as I was passing it and thinking that it is still nice knowing that the borders are open and everything goes so much smoother with this simple fact, it was also time to have a bit of a break.

The Adam-and-Eve-House on the left

Halfway into the drive, I found a road restaurant where I bought a cup of tea, had a pastry with it (after all, I am on holiday) and after a quick visit to the restroom, it was back on the road again.

The ride went very smooth, no traffic jams or whatsoever and I don't know if it has something to do with it being a Sunday or because loads of people are on holiday themselves, but it was nice for me that I arrived a little after 12 AM in Paderborn, my homebase for the next couple of days.

As I was checking in at my hotel, it was nice that I could already use my room and as soon as I dropped off all my stuff, I headed of to the centre of the town of Paderborn. 

I once visited this town almost 7 years ago when my brother and dad, who restore old German tractors wanted to visit a certain museum in the region and to be honest, had I known then that I would have been here again today, I would have certainly thought I was crazy and maybe I am coz here I was again!

Thinking of this little fact, I started smiling and thinking of that song I like so much of one of my favourite singers Dolly Parton, I was walking towards the centre of town, where I arrived about 10 minutes later.

onwards to the centre
I stopped at the first restaurant I came across because I just was that hungry and luckily enough they had nothing else but yummy food.

With a full tummy, I decided to walk around town taking pictures of all the important sights of this small town and since the shops sadly enough weren't open, I guess about a few hours later I had seen it all.  

It was just too early to go back to the hotel again and since I wasn't even that hungry after my big lunch, I decided to have an early dessert ... after all it was already past 5PM, so this was more than allowed in my holiday book of things to do!

Walking back to the centre of town, I found a rather large ice cream parlor which is run by the Italian family Artusa and I must admit that I loved their ice cream so much that I already decided to come back here again just to close of the days! 

As I was slowly heading back towards the hotel, I past along a beautiful park and while the sun was trying to reach through the clouds but failed, I enjoyed the warmth of it, together with loads of other people.

beautiful view

By the time it was 9 PM, I was back in my room and together with a few folding guides of the region I found at the reception of the hotel, I am sure I am going to have a great time here at Paderborner Land. I ticked off a few things I wanted to see and a hot shower later, I just watched a little bit of TV and went to bed a little after midnight.

Ils1976 says:
thanks Holger, they have great ice cream, so if you happen to pass the town, go for it! :D
Posted on: Sep 09, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
Ils, fantastic blog about your first adventures in Paderborn. The town is just less than 300 km from where I live.
Posted on: Sep 02, 2017
Ils1976 says:
In Belgium nothing is open on Sunday as well Jutta, not that I mind to much, but if you happen to want to shop, I always to that in the Netherlands, when on holiday I don't mind that much ... I usually do sightseeing instead! :D
Posted on: Aug 29, 2017
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one of the reasons I love the coun…
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The Adam-and-Eve-House on the left
The Adam-and-Eve-House on the left
onwards to the centre
onwards to the centre
beautiful view
beautiful view
still trying to reach the centre
still trying to reach the centre
Paderborn Cathedral
Paderborn Cathedral
inside the cathedral
inside the cathedral
one of the more than many stained-…
one of the more than many stained…
a close-up
a close-up
Town Hall
Town Hall
a bit of a close up
a bit of a close up
another Episcopal church
another Episcopal church
small but beautiful chapel
small but beautiful chapel
Paderborn park
Paderborn park
another view on things
another view on things
duck
duck
another ducky
another ducky
the ladies of Paderborn who came h…
the ladies of Paderborn who came …
proof of life
proof of life
water mill on the way back towards…
water mill on the way back toward…
Paderborn Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
ice cream heaven
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Paderborn
photo by: Ils1976