Welcome to the over 1,200 year old University and Cathedral city of Paderborn, the second largest but most beautiful city in the East Westphalia-Lippe region.
If you have already experienced the delights of Paderborn, why not return to savour its unique atmosphere!
The following pages show a lot of information, which can be necessary for a Paderborn visit. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Tourist Information Paderborn
Marienplatz 2a (pedestrian zone)
Tel.: +49 (0) 5251 8812980
Fax: +49 (0) 5251 882990
Summer season (1.4.-31.10.):
Mon.-Fri. 10am – 6 pm
Sat. 10am – 2pm
Winter season (1.11.-31.3.):
Mon.-Fri. 10am – 5pm
Sat. 10am – 2pm
Discover Paderborn with expert guidance: You will gain first impressions about what is worth seeing and exploring in Paderborn, get valuable information on Paderborn’s history, and look at interesting landmarks as witnesses of the past.
Paderborn offers a wide range of various restaurants and cafes. Not only traditional Westphalian food can be tried in one of Paderborn’s beer gardens, but also restaurants with food from all over the world are worth a visit.
In Paderborn, there are many possibilities to go out and enjoy drinks and good food. The number of restaurants is enormous; whether home-style cooking, Asian dishes, American, or Mediterranean gastronomy, whether gourmet restaurant or simple bistro – almost every culinary desire can be fulfilled. And those who are only looking for a nice place to have a drink, can choose from a great variety of cafes, pubs and bars; most of them are located in the city centre between Westernstraße, Domplatz and the Pader springs.
Paderborn has a great number of different gastronomical establishments like traditional restaurants, old-established or trendy bars, student pubs, event catering and cocktail bars. There are many locations to linger and meet up with friends.
In the city and its surroundings, numerous farm cafes and beer gardens offer all kinds of refreshments: hearty specialties, homebaked pies and other homemade products.
In Paderborn, more than 30 hotels and guesthouses offer a big choice of accommodation in all categories and price brackets. From the city centre to the outlying districts or out of town there are lots of mid-sized and family-owned hotels waiting to welcome you.
In the heart of the city of Paderborn and its peripheral districts, 25 hotels, residential hotels, inns and guesthouses offer a total of approx. 1200 beds of all categories from simple to first class.
Other establishments with a total of approx. 1700 beds can be found in the Paderborn Region, at a distance of between 10 km and a maximum of 35 km from the city centre.
Much significance is given to the culture of Paderborn: the PaderHalle, the Paderborn Theatre, the Studiobühne and the Kulturwerkstatt are just some locations for culture and entertainment that the city offers.
A wide diversity of festivities and events spread across the whole year make sure that something interesting is always happening, and offer convincing reasons for a visit.
With a unique mixture of historical atmosphere and pulsating life, the numerous large and small annual events and festivities contribute to the quality of life: There are traditional festivals and markets such as Lunapark, Spring Festival, Schützenfest, and Christmas Market, or the Libori Festival Week at the end of July, which is one of the largest and oldest public fairs in Germany. Its fascinating atmosphere, with roots going back to the year 836, is due to a unique combination of clerical ceremony and secular festivity which has survived until now.
An event calendar filled with concerts and festivals, a lively theatre scene, high-class sporting events and numerous activities and events in the Baroque castle park as well as in the former prince bishops’ residence Schloß Neuhaus make the city a popular attraction for guests from near and far.
Art and culture, shopping and sports, entertainment and Westphalian gastronomy – Paderborn has a lot to offer, and looks forward to welcoming you!
Sports & Leisure
With high-profile sporting events and energetic leisure activities, Paderborn is a City on the move. Free time means variety, fun and action. The unique surrounding area, rich natural settings and historical flair are sure to leave a positive impression.
Paderborn – a city with a sporting spirit
A further „sweetmeat“ for the more active visitors: Paderborn’s surroundings offer the perfect chance to enjoy interesting trips of discovery, enjoyable cycle tours and diverse hikes and walks.
With high-profile sporting events and energetic leisure activities, Paderborn is a city on the move. Over 50 different sports activities and numerous sport clubs and grounds ensure that every need is catered for. Decide for yourself, whether you want to participate actively or enjoy the excitement as a fan. Either way, Paderborn offers a high level of leisure entertainment, which even exceeds Germany’s borders, for instance the International Easter Run. As well as trendy sports such as water skiing and baseball (a sport in which Paderborn is triple-German champion) you can also take part in more classical sports. Whatever sport you prefer, you are sure to find active teams to join. The regional sport facilities excellent in football, gliding, squash, athletics, swimming, triathlon and basketball contribute to make sports in Paderborn even more attractive.
Every day there is always something new to do in Paderborn. As well as inviting parks and green areas, the delightful nearby countryside can be discovered at leisure with the numerous cycle and walking paths. Paderborn alone benefits from 300 kilometres of cycle paths.