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Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Paderborn

Paderborn

N 51°43.124', E 8°45.191'
2013-06-02, 2023-04-10
http://www.paderborn.de
Our rating: 6.60
Overall rating:
2023

We stopped again in Paderborn, just on the way, and walked around the centre for a few hours. I noticed that the centre had somehow changed, but I couldn't figure out what was changed. Already at home, I looked at satellite images and indeed, most of the trees have disappeared in the last year. I have made this gif, click and see the difference.

Paderborn before (2021) and after the tornado (2022)
Paderborn before (2021) and after the tornado (2022) ©@

At first I thought it was a reconstruction, but this is Germany and it is not easy to cut down trees here, especially in the city centre. It turned out that in May 2022 a powerful tornado passed through the centre (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkQrZ15L_GE).

The parks downtown look like this now. I can't say they look worse, I'd say quite the opposite.

Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak

More photos of the centre.

Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak


Paderborn (2023)
Paderborn (2023) ©Yurii Buriak

2013

Paderborn appeared in 777, when the Frankish king Charlemagne founded the residence here. The place was not chosen by chance, there are more then 200 water sources in this area. In the heart of the city, the water comes to the surface and flows into the Pader river.

Since the founding of the residence, important historical events took place here. Already in 799, Charlemagne invited Pope Leo III to his residence and this meeting influenced the fate of Europe for ceveral centuries. The city played the most important role in the early 11th century, when Kaiser Henry II and Bishop Meinwerk substantially rebuilt it. During the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) Paderborn became the center of Baroque architecture.

In 1945, the city was completely destroyed by air strikes. All main sights in the center were restored, but ordinary houses were not. Therefore, you will find here only few traditional half-timbered buildings. However, the city is worth visiting due to the City Hall, Teodorianum Gymnasium, a dozen of interesting churches and cathedrals, and especially the main cathedral, which is 92 meters tall. Old buildings are located between conventional modern houses but still look great.

This is the first city in Germany where I saw a large park within the old city. Almost everywhere big parks are adjacent to the center, and here the park is in the center. Powerful sources emit an amount of water that would be enough for a city with population of 100,000 people! The water created ponds, river, waterfalls, everything you need for a perfect park.

City map
Download the booklet about the city here.

Paderborn Cathedral
Paderborn Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak


Neptune fountain by Josef Riku
Neptune fountain by Josef Riku ©Yuriy Buriak


Alexiuskapelle
Alexiuskapelle ©Yuriy Buriak


City Hall
City Hall ©Yuriy Buriak


Today Abdinghofkirche reminds of a monastery that was founded in 1015.
Today Abdinghofkirche reminds of a monastery that was founded in 1015. ©Yuriy Buriak


Heisingsches Haus
Heisingsches Haus ©Yuriy Buriak


Paderborn Cathedral
Paderborn Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak


St. Francis Xavier Church, former Jesuit church
St. Francis Xavier Church, former Jesuit church ©Yuriy Buriak


City Hall Square and the Theodorianum Gymnasium
City Hall Square and the Theodorianum Gymnasium ©Yuriy Buriak


City Hall
City Hall ©Yuriy Buriak


Paderborn Cathedral
Paderborn Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak


Teodorianum Gymnasium
Teodorianum Gymnasium ©Yuriy Buriak


©Yuriy Buriak


Interesting device, looks like a water pump
Interesting device, looks like a water pump ©Yuriy Buriak


Many interesting things were preserved on the cathedral walls.
Many interesting things were preserved on the cathedral walls. ©Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture at the Pader river
Sculpture at the Pader river ©Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture at the Pader river
Sculpture at the Pader river ©Yuriy Buriak


©Yuriy Buriak


There is the alley with a cycle path around the downtown.
There is the alley with a cycle path around the downtown. ©Yuriy Buriak


Pader river, park in the downtown
Pader river, park in the downtown ©Yuriy Buriak


Alexiuskapelle
Alexiuskapelle ©Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: By train, use http://www.bahn.de.
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