The Imperial Palace Museum is inside the reconstructed Kaiserpfalz (Royal Palace) from 11th/12th century. The original Palace traces back to Heinrich II. (11th century). In front of the museum, you see remainders of the old Royal Palace of Charlemagne (9th century).
The museum is interesting, it shows lots of historic things like fragments of crystal and ceramics and decoration that were put into graves. You also get information about the life of people in the middle age. Then, there's a cellar with sources of the river Pader, and the atmosphere down there is very special!
Open 10:00 to 18:00 except Monday.
Admission: adults 2,50 Euro, students 1,50 Euro.
Inside the cathedral and also as doorhandle of the little Chapel of Saint Bartholomew (next to the cathedral and Kaiserpfalz), you’ll find a peacock. It’s the symbol of Saint Liborius.
There’s a legend that when transfering the relics of St Liborius to Paderborn, a peacock was flying ahead to show them the way. When coming over the cathedral, the peacock plunged down and was dead.
This window with the three hares is from 16th century. You’ll find it in the cloister of the cathedral. I had expected it to be bigger, but it looks interesting. It’s an emblem of the city and surely a must-see. Also, all other windows of this cloister look different, really remarkable.
There’s a saying ‘Der Hasen und der Löffel drei und doch hat jeder Hase zwei’ (three hares and three ears only, but nevertheless every hare has two ears) which shortly describes the window. There are several interpretation of the symbolic, like that a hare sometimes appears as symbol for the Trinity.
Very special inside the cathedral is the so-called “perspective lattice”. The bars of the lattice are so constructed, that there’s a motive which looks three-dimensional. It’s difficult to explain, just see the picture!
Also interesting is the beautiful Madonna that is hanging in the middle aisle, as it shows the Madonna from both sides. The huge dark tomb monument for Dietrich from Fürstenberg from about 1618 is worth seeing, too.
The cathedral of today is mainly from 13th century. There had been another cathedral earlier, which had been destroyed by fire several times and always been rebuilt again. In the 9th century, the relics of Saint Liborius where transferred from Le Mans to Paderborn, as the bishop hoped that some more Saxons would convert if he had some relics. Nowadays, Le Mans and Paderborn are twin towns.
The relics of Saint Liborius, who is the patron saint of the archbishopric and the city, are found in the crypt in the cathedral. Each year at Liborius Day end of July, there is a festival and ceremony where the relics are carried through the city.
A spit from the airport i stayed at this bavarian lodge, you could see Weisenburg castle towering above on the hillside from this hotel. The castle wasnt all that, but we got chatting to a german at the hotel and he drve us the next day to the Extersteine, which is Germanys stonehenge. Its really impressive, towering rock mounds surrounded by a lake in a forest.
Hermans monument aint far from there, by car, he was Armanius, the german who lead the tribes against the romans. The start of the gladiator film is this battle, except in real life the romans lost.
The synagogue of Paderborn was, like most others in Germany, destroyed in the pogrom of 1938. The four brick arches mark its former location and recall the crimes of the Nazi regime.
The small church opposite the cathedral belonged to a convent of Cistercian nuns. The convent was founded in 1229.
The baroque façade in the street front disguises a Romanesque interior.
The little church, probably a former cemetery chapel, is used by the Russian Orthodox community.
It is the tiniest among a 'nest' of churches. Cathedral and Abdinghofkirche are next to it.
This threegabled building, built between 1613-1920 is an example of the Renaissance style. In the groundfloor is the Ratskeller.
The cathedral with its still original Romanesque tower and a monumental carved portal is a work from the 13th century.