Germany’s shortest river, the Pader, has a total length of 4 kms from the springs to the point where it flows into the Lippe.
The peculiarity is that the Pader is born a river. It does not grow from little streams becoming bigger streams, then a tiny river, etc. The springs in the centre of Paderborn are so strong and produce so much water that it has the size of a river from the beginning.
After a few hundred metres the current is already strong enough to drive several water mills.
Fondest memory: The most romantic spot is to be found at Inselspitz where the two main branches, Rothobornpader and Dielenpader, meet. A footpath leads across wooden bridges close to a big old mill wheel.
To support the mission among the pagan Saxons who had only recentl become Christians the second Bishop of Paderborn, Badurad, wanted the relics of a saint in his church. In 836 he asked his colleague in Le Mans and received the mortal remains of Saint Liborius, a former Bishop of Le Many who had lived in the late 4th century. The relics were transferred, and according to the legend a peacock flew ahead of them. When the procession reached the cathedral in Paderborn, the peacock sat down on the roof and died.
The peacock is a symbol of immortality. Peacock figures can be found all over the cathedral, for example behind the Bishop’s seat, on the railings at the stairs to the altar, on the fountain in the cloister.
Paderborn’s main Volksfest is connected with the holiday of the saint and named Liborifest.
"Favourite" is the wrong headline for this...
All over the city centre you find boards with old photos. There are always two pictures. One shows what that location looked like before the Second World War, with all the intact historical architecture. The second is a photo of the ruins in 1945. You can compare to the present situation. Sometimes one wants to cry about how much is lost and destroyed forever.
When will mankind ever learn that war does not solve any problems?
Using a green Michelin guide I would recommend visiting some of the Weser Renaissance towns in the area.
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Fondest memory: Sharing a pastry and coffee with my sister at the train station when I arrived!
Favorite thing: Like I said, we stayed at Gehrden almost every year for about a week. Usually in autumn. Walking through the woods, the beautiful colouring of the leaves, wonderful smel of autumn, sometimes some deer. Walking in and around Gehrden, Willebadessen, Dringenberg, Bad Driburg and many places more(I sure hope I spelled everything correctly). Nostalgia for sure.