Things to do in Paderborn

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Things to Do in Paderborn

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  • teeay65
    Melbourne, Australia966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A school trip to Germany for a month included a trip up into the roof and bell chamber of the Dom as part of some special tour arrangements for our students.

    Knowledgeable and well connected with the students, the guides were locals with an impressive historical knowledge.

    Thoroughly recommend a visit here
    Written 29 April 2023
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  • revolutionfrommybed
    West Midlands, UK406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've been to the Heinrich Nixdorf Museum a few times and was never disappointed. It's not just educational, it's a lot of fun with many interactive displays and games.

    While it's all about technology you don't have to be tech-savvy to enjoy the experience. My understanding of technology goes as far as being able to use the microwave, yet I truly enjoyed every visit to the HNM.
    Written 9 August 2022
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  • Jocool
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend. For a free attraction, there’s a lot to see and do. There’s also the lovely ice cream parlours, bistros and restaurants in the area.
    Written 13 July 2019
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  • Jon
    Oxton, UK24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is very worth the trip if you are Tractor Mad or Farming background. All German machines, didn't see any none German made, some very unusual and rare. Also nice model layouts including one of Lanz factory, now John Deere. Visited in July 2014 with 14 year old son.
    Written 14 February 2016
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  • Resurgam20
    Dorset, UK160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although it's not the easiest place to find (in a back street) - this house is worth seeking out! Unfortunately, it wasn't open when we visited, so I can't commnet on the interiors, but I'll bet they are worth seeing too!!
    Written 26 October 2019
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  • Resurgam20
    Dorset, UK160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very worthwhile Church to visit - we thoroughly our walk around the interior!!! A great place to visit!!
    Written 26 October 2019
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  • LW
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family recently visited Blocbuster in Paderborn and had a wonderful experience which is worth sharing. As we have a large number of young children, we are generally unable to visit bouldering halls, together as a family, due to their regulations (eg: one adult required per child).

    I had only been bouldering at Blocbuster for a few weeks, when the staff heard that our family rarely climbs together (reasons noted above); they warmly welcomed us to visit them as a family (Uwe, thank you!).

    Worth noting: there is a special room in the middle of the hall, specifically designed for small children. This room has a little climbing wall for toddlers. There is a baby change table, many children's books and toys to entertain children who may not want to climb, but remain occupied so their parents/guardians can climb.

    An awesome bouldering hall for families ---> 10/10
    Written 13 July 2023
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  • sir-silence
    Paderborn, Germany63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The palace museum is hosting a superb selection and collection of items found in Paderborn which showcase the towns history.
    At the very bottom of the building some old stair lead to one of the Pader river’s springs in an old cave.
    Written 27 October 2019
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  • Katrina H
    Wexford, Ireland111 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to just sit back and relax after shopping or sightseeing and take a well earned drink or if the weather is warmer an ice cream.
    Written 2 December 2015
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  • springlering
    Marietta, GA580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum, housed in a rather forbidding looking building, is surprisingly light and airy inside, and has some choice items on display.

    The giant, framed bobbin lace was astoundingly detailed. Amazing it had survived in that condition all those years. I've tried my hand at filet crochet and can only marvel at the singlemindedness it took to create and assemble that masterwork.

    There are two gorgeous silver statues that had large rock crystal reliquaries on their chest.

    The exhibition of bishops capes and mitres from the 15th century to current times was phenomenal. Only because they were treasured religious objects in their own right have they survived so long. You really have to look for the door to this exhibit, byw, because it is designed to keep damaging light out.

    The exhibition of caskets and tiny altar boxes downstairs was simply amazing as well. I'm afraid I tend to think of someone in the 11th century practically running around in animal skins, but to then come face up against such craftsmanship and delicacy is breathtaking- and disconcerting!

    Finally a highlight for me was the exhibit on calligraphy. Materials and a terrific video demonstrate the techniques used to create illuminated manuscripts. I could have watched that all day.

    Be sure to look for peacocks throughout the museum. The peacock is the emblem of the patron saint of Paderborn, Liborius.

    One short warning. All displays, etc are in german. I tried to use the Google translate app on an exhibition card, and upset a guard who thought I was photographing priceless treasures. Hopefully after demonstrating the app, they'll either loosen up- or provide some translations. I would still recommend going. Even with the language barrier, the beautiful presentation of these spectacular treasures made it worth it.
    Written 29 December 2016
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  • wbullseye
    Windermere, FL1,322 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The EnergieTeam Arena is a nice small, small stadium to watch a German Bundesliga soccer match. Since it is not that big, there really is no bad seats in which to watch. Their fans are energetic and make it exciting, but without harassing the visiting fans. Their choice of chants are sometimes suspect, but nothing vulgar or out of line.

    Unlike the bigger club's stadiums, you can purchase food and drinks with cash. There are ample stalls in which to purchase items. They also have a couple locations to purchase souvenirs as well. Unless it has changed, their fan store is closed on match days except for elite members of their fan club. This was annoying since the selection within the stadium is limited and there really was no point in not keeping it open. I'd figure they would want the added profit.

    There is parking at the stadium. You can also take special game day public buses to the stadium from several different pick up areas for free, to include the train station downtown. They have multiple buses already standing by after the game, so it does not take long to find space.

    If you are a soccer fan and looking to enjoy a low-key match in place of the usual games in Munich, Dortmund and others, I would recommend going to Paderborn. While not that big of a city, it is worthwhile to spend a weekend.
    Written 8 March 2012
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