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"Hello I hope you are doing great . I was wondering how to get from Paderborn airport to Studierendenwerk Paderborn Mersinweg 2 having two big suitcases . thank you " (posted 01/21/2016)

Hello Tourist; IF YOU ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT Paderborn stand there buses READY; These depart every half hour to Paderborn to the railway station; From there depart every quarter of an hour Buses to mERSINGWEG; THIS is right across our university: I hope; YOU with my answer or description SOMETHING CAN BEGIN: The whole trip is about forty minutes: Wintry Grue E from Paderborn Ilse Trippel?
Answer provided by Ilse Trippel on 01/21/2016
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"bus linie from Paderborn Hbf to Bistum paderborn" (posted 01/31/2016)

Paderborn is a mainly Catholic city, and the whole is called diocese of Paderborn. How diocese Cologne or Aachen, which are the cathedral cities, they have one or more bishops, hence the name diocese. Maybe they think the seminary Paderborn. Since time is to be rebuilt and expanded. You can even report again, if you have any questions. Greetings from Paderborn Ilse Trippel
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"Is there a throne in the cathedral in Paderborn? If so, where can I find a picture? Thanks christl atwood" (posted 07/26/2014)

Yes, under the cathedral is located Charlemagne's throne. Whether there is a picture on the internet, I do not know. Perhaps of the cathedral and its outbuildings. Right next to the cathedral is the Imperial Palace. Please try to look up the Paderborn Cathedral online. At present, the Libori Festival is taking place in Paderborn. This religious holiday is celebrated in late July through early August, and Paderborn has already hosted this annual festival for more than 800 years. It is a solemn Catholic world-famous festival, and the bishops from around the world are invited. For example, the golden shrine of St. Liborius is set out for 4 days in the cathedral. It is a very impressive festival, even for a non-believer, and when the Libori fanfare sounds, chills will run down your back! In the 4 years since I have rented this apartment, I have hosted guests from India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and England, and at this time, I have guests from Italy. I hope this information helps you and your guest some. Greetings from the cathedral city of Paderborn, Ilse Trippel
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  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paderborn
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    Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paderborn

    The Archdiocese of Paderborn is an Archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany; its seat is Paderborn. It was a diocese from its foundation in 799 until 1802, and again from 1821 until 1930. In 1930, it was promoted to an archdiocese. From 1281 until 1802, the Bishopric of Paderborn (German: Fürstbistum Paderborn) was also a state of the Holy Roman Empire.

    The diocese of Paderborn was founded in 799 by Pope Leo III. In the early years it was subordinated to the bishop of Würzburg. Since 855 the clergy had the right to elect the bishop. The diocese included the larger part of Lippe, Waldeck, and nearly half of the County of Ravensberg.

  • Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum - World's Largest Computer Museum
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    Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum - World's Largest Computer Museum

    Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) is not only the world's largest computer museum but also a modern conference centre. The permanent exhibition depicts the history of information technology in a journey through time spanning five millennia, from the origins of numbers and characters right up to the 21st century. Visitors will find high-tech exhibits waiting to be tried and tested. New worlds of experience such as robotics, artificial intelligence and mobile communications demonstrate the state of the art in present-day research. In addition to the hands-on experience offered in the permanent exhibition, around 700 annual events impart media competence and intellectual orientation in the information age.

    Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9am - 6pm. Saturday, Sunday 10am - 6pm.

    Admission: Adults 7 €, Concessions/Children under 18 years 4 €, Family ticket 14 €.

  • Imperial Palace Museum (Museum in der Kaiserpfalz)
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    Imperial Palace Museum (Museum in der Kaiserpfalz)

    Paderborn and Charlemagne have become inextricably linked since the large-scale Carolingian Exhibition in 1999. The Imperial Palace not only provides the visitor with a fascinating historical overview, but also charts Paderborn's place in world history. The newly rebuilt structure is based on excavated eleventh century original walls and foundations. The artifacts discovered during these excavations bear witness to Charlemagne's magnificent court, constructed in the triumphal wake of his military success in the newly-conquered Saxony. Mural fragments from the Palace's first chapel, salvaged from the rubble, date back to the eighth century. Finely engraved wine glasses and other drinking vessels recall the lavish feasts held at Charlemagne's court.

    With its ceremonial chapels and ancient cellars, the Imperial Palace presents a fascinating picture of life in the first half of the eleventh century and is well worth a visit!

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm. Open one Wednesday per month 10am - 8pm.

    Admission: 2.50 € Adults, 1.50 € Children.

  • City History Museum, Adam and Eve House
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    City History Museum, Adam and Eve House

    The Adam and Eve House is one of the oldest and most beautiful half-timbered houses in Paderborn, and has been home to the City History Museum since 1977. Early historical finds, paintings, prints, documents, furniture and antiquities serve to illustrate the history of Paderborn from the first settlements right through to the rebuilding of the city after the Second World War.

    The museum's artifacts chart much of the city's history. Many historical milestones are documented through the various exhibits on show including the founding of the city by Charlemagne, its attainment of city status in the middle ages, the role it played in the reformation, counter-reformation and thirty years war right through to its destruction during the last few weeks of war in 1945 and the subsequent phases of reconstruction.

    Hours: Tues-Sun 10am - 6pm. Free entry.

  • Wewelsburg Castle
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    Wewelsburg Castle

    Wewelsburg Castle was built between 1603 and1609 in Weser Renaissance style as a supplementary residence for the Prince Bishops of Paderborn. The triangular castle, which is located in the village of Wewelsburg (Büren) in the district of Paderborn, stands high on a rock overlooking the Alme Valley.

    The triangular castle accommodates a youth hostel and Wewelsburg District Museum, which contains the Historical Museum of the Prince Bishopric of Paderborn. The Historical Museum presents the history of Paderborn Land from the time of the first settlement to secularisation in 1802. It also includes the contemporary history exhibition Wewelsburg 1933–1945: Cult and Terror Center of the SS as well as the exhibition Germans in Eastern Central Europe – Flight-Expulsion-Integration. Both exhibitions are located in the former guardhouse in the castle forecourt.

    Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm.

    Admission: Adults 3 €, Concessions and Children 1.50 €, Family ticket 6 €.

  • The Cathedral (Dom) Paderborn
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    The Cathedral (Dom) Paderborn

    The cathedral was built in the 13th century; the existing buildings were included in the complex, affording various styles from Romanesque to Gothic. The cathedral has a vestibule measuring almost 100m in length, three aisles and two traverse buildings. The vestibule crypt is situated beneath the crossing of the centre aisle and the traverse and with a length of 32m and a width of 12m is one of the largest crypts in Germany. It houses the relics of St. Liborius, the patron Saint of Paderborn.

    Of special interest are, among other sights, the Paradise Gate (prior to 1240), the Pietá (around 1380), the Gothic high altar (late 15th century), the double Madonna (around 1480), the monumental tomb of the Prince Bishop, Dietrich IV. von Fürstenberg († 1618) and a pulpit in the style of the Regency (1736). In the cloister of the cathedral one finds the famous 16th-century Three Hare Window, which depicts three jumping hares with only three ears in total, but each hare appears to have a complete pair of ears. This is one of the landmarks of Paderborn.

    Hours: Daily: 10am - 6:30pm. Closed during Church Service.

  • The Archiepiscopal Diocesan Museum

    The Archiepiscopal Diocesan Museum

    The museum houses a comprehensive collection of sacral art from the 10th to the 20th century. This comprises approximately 6,000 exhibits in the exhibition rooms. An extraordinarily important exhibit is the Madonna belonging to Bishop Imad of Paderborn (1051/1058), which is one of the oldest depictions of the Madonna on the Throne in the occidental arts. The remarkable collection of sculptures comprises medieval pictures and excellent examples of Westphalian sculptures in the Baroque style, such as the 1736 festive Libori altar.

    The Cathedral's treasury, in the medieval vault of the former Bishop's palace, accommodates liturgical instruments, relics and other creations of clerical treasure arts.

    Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am - 6pm. First Wednesday of the month 10am - 8pm.

    Admission: 3 € Adults, 6 € Family Card.

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Paderborn Overview

Paderborn is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, capital of the Paderborn district. The name of the city derives from the river Pader, which originates in more than 200 springs near Paderborn Cathedral, where St. Liborius is buried.

Paderborn is situated at the spring of the Pader river, approx. 30 kilometers east of Lippstadt (Lippstadt vacation rentals | Lippstadt travel guide) and approx. 50 kilometers south of Bielefeld (Bielefeld vacation rentals | Bielefeld travel guide). The hills of the Eggegebirge are located east of the city.

Paderborn has a population of over 144,000, of which approximately 10% are students at the local university. Additionally, about 10,000 members or relatives of members of the British armed forces live in Paderborn, but are not included in the nominal population size. About half of the armed forces and families live in the Sennelager ward, the location of the largest barracks.

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Things to See in Paderborn

Museum Kaiserpfalz


Städtische Galerie am Abdinghof

Rathaus Paderborn


Paderborner Dom

More about the History of Paderborn

Paderborn was founded as a bishopric by Charlemagne in 795. In 799 Pope Leo III fled his enemies in Rome and reached Paderborn, where he met Charlemagne. Charlemagne reinstated Leo in Rome in 800 and was crowned as Holy Roman Emperor by Leo in return. The bishop of Paderborn became a Prince of the Empire in 1100. The city was taken by Prussia in 1802, then by the French vassal state Kingdom of Westphalia from 1807 to 1813 and then returned to Prussia.

St. Liborius is commemorated in Paderborn every year in July with the Liborifest. He is the patron of Paderborn, to which his relics were transferred in 836.

Paderborn is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, capital of the Paderborn district. The name of the city derives from the river Pader, which originates in more than 200 springs near Paderborn Cathedral, where St. Liborius is buried.

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