Welcome to Paderborn
Paderborn: a young, dynamic city with a history of more than 1,200 years - its diversity that speaks for itself
Welcome to Paderborn - a young, dynamic city with a history of more than 1,200 years
With nearly 150,000 inhabitants Paderborn is a modern and dynamic city situated in the middle of Germany. A university town, it offers a broad spectrum of highly qualified education facilities, such as the University of Applied Computer Science – one of the 3 best in Germany – and the Theological Faculty, the oldest university in Westphalia. Paderborn has the highest density of IT companies in North Rhine-Westphalia, and many well-known companies, such as Benteler, Wincor Nixdorf or dspace, have chosen Paderborn as business location. Despite being a young and innovative city you will also find many historical buildings in and around Paderborn, like the city hall, the reconstructed imperial palace and the cathedral with its famous Three-Hare-Window.
Numerous events and festivities contribute immensely to the quality of life. Among smaller festivals like Lunapark, the Spring Festival, "Schützenfest" or the Christmas market, the most impressive festival takes place during the last week in July: The Libori Festival represents a unique combination of clerical ceremony and secular festivity.
The city and its surroundings offer a wide variety of cultural activities and leisure time facilities: an excellent network of bike paths and hiking trails invite you to enjoy an outing into the neighbouring areas. The hills of the Eggegebirge are located east of the city. The lake Lippesee is predestined for everyone who is into sailing, surfing or water skiing; or – if you like playing golf – you could go for a round or two on one of our various golf courses. The Sauerland, with its vast opportunities for mountain biking and cycling, water sports, scenic recreation and winter sports, is also just a stone’s throw away.
Paderborn has a large number of museums, including the world’s largest computer museum, the Heinz-Nixdorf-Forum.
Compared with the rest of Germany the overall crime rate in Paderborn is lower than national average. Most crimes are pickpocketing, burglary, theft of bikes or cars and similar offences.
Paderborn can easily be reached by train, plane or car. Bigger cities nearby are Dortmund and Cologne.
For further information please visit Paderborn's official website.