A short walk through the town
Your walk starts where the town`s history itself began: at the (1) Karolingischen Königspfalz (Carolingian Royal Palace) the place where, in 777, Charlemagne held the first Frankish Imperial Assembly on Saxon ground. Only the foundation walls of the palace's former hall are visible. Behind it stands the reconstructed Ottonian Royal Palace dating from the 11th/12th centuries, which houses the Imperial Palace museum. The acoustics within the Chapel of St. Bartholomew are extraordinary.
Enter the Dom (Cathedral), 11th -16th century, by the northern portal, known as the red portal. The door to the left of the chancel (the so-called Hasenkamp) leads you into the cloister. This is where you will find the (2) Drei-Hasen-Fenster (Three Hares' Window) one of Paderborn's emblems. If you leave the cathedral via the Paradise portal on the south after you have visited the crypt, immediately on your right you can see the Diocesan Museum. Opposite, on the other side of the market square is the medieval (3) Gaukirche (Gau Church). If you now walk past Neptune's Fountain heading slightly to the right through a narrow alleyway (Schildern), you will come to the magnificent Paderborner (4) Rathaus (Town Hall). Directly in front of the Town Hall there is still one of the three old wells from which the people of Paderborn used to draw water.
The Square in front of the Town Hall leads directly into the Marienplatz where you will find the Tourist Information Centre (5) Heisingsche Haus (Heising House). Continue past the Mariensäule (Column of the Virgin Mary) built in 1861 and after crossing the road 'Am Abdinghof' you reach the (6) Abdinghofkirche (Abdinghof Church) with its twin Roman towers. At the foot of the Abdinghof Church is the western part of the (7) Paderquellgebiet (Pader Headwaters) with three of the Pader's five main tributaries.
Walk past the Abdinghof Church and turn left into 'Michaelstraße'. Two baroque buildings are situated here, on the right hand side, in the Geissel Gardens, is the former (8) Domdechanei (Cathedral Deanery) and on the left lies the (9) Michaelskirche (St. Michael's Church). On the far side of the (10) Geisselschen Garten (Geissel Gardens), a conservation area encircled by two further arms of the Pader, is the small street 'Auf den Dielen'. The carefully restored half-timbered houses are well worth seeing. The most beautiful half-timbered building is, without doubt, the (11) Adam-und-Eva-Haus (Adam and Eve House) in adjacent 'Hathumarstraße'.
Continue on via 'Krämer- and Heiersstraße' and past the Jewish Memorial until you reach the (12) Busdorfkirche (Busdorf Church) with its remarkable cloister.
Now follow 'Kasseler Straße' until it joins the 'Kamp'. The extended corner house is the (13) Erzbischöfliche Palais (Episcopal Palace). Then past the modern shopping centre, housed in the Libori Gallery, on to the (14) Libori-Kump (Liborius Fountain) with its monument to the Patron Saint. Connected to the complex of buildings, the Theodorianum Grammar School with its (15) Theologischen Fakultät (Theological Faculty) is the recently restored (16) Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church).
Further historical buildings in the inner city worth visiting are the (17) Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church) in 'Westernstraße', the (18) Liborikapelle (Liborius Chapel) on 'Liboriberg' and the baroque (19) Kapuzinerkirche (Capuchin Church).