When one is on a pilgrimage or just a fan of churches, the city of Paderborn in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany is the place to visit. Churches abound here with religious sculptures and motifs, as well as historic sites vying for attention from tourists. Those interested to visit here can look for flights to Paderborn Lippstadt Airport, a minor international port of entry in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe area, around 11 miles from the Paderborn city centre.
Established in 1971, Paderborn Lippstadt Airport transports passengers between the city and various European leisure destinations. Those landing here will find an apron featuring five stands for mid-sized aircraft, with other facilities for general aviation aircraft. There are also various amenities for tourists such as travel agencies, restaurants, shops, and more, which can make the arrival comfortable for those out to see the sights of Paderborn and the surrounding cities.
What to see & do
Not only just a religious destination, tourists visiting Paderborn will also see a multitude of historic sights. One of them is Carolingian Kaiserpfalz, whose remnants hark back to Charlemagne's palace where a significant meeting with Pope Leo occurred. Destroyed by fire, it was then restored by the Ottonian-Salian Kaiserpfalz in the 11th century. Those going here will find the Museum in der Kaiserpfalz, which displays excavated items from the Carolingian era. After looking around, one can then visit the Bartholomauskapelle nearby, which is considered to be the oldest hall church in the area north of the Alps. Acoustics play wonderfully here, which can be intriguing to listen to.
Those looking for breathtaking architecture can turn to Schloss Neuhaus, a palace with a moat and a pleasant riverside walk near Paderquellgebiet. Cultural events during summer are hosted frequently here, making this place a popular local attraction. There is also the Rathaus to see, where one can behold ornate gables, oriels, and other decorative touches of the Weser Renaissance style. It was built in 1616, which can be fascinating to note when one is able to look inside and walk on the grounds.
The Dom, a massive three-nave Gothic hall church, should be one of the places to visit in Paderborn. Its southern entrance called 'Paradise' displays delicate carved figures. One can then turn to the high altar to see the memorial tomb of Dietrich von Furstenberg, a bishop in the 17th century. The most fascinating highlight of a visit here, however, is the Dreihasenfenster, a unique trompe l'oeil window in the cloister. Visitors can also find here the grave and relics of St Liborius, the city's patron saint.
When visiting the area, tourists must also not forget about Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum, where one can find different types of high-tech gadgets from the pre-digital age. One of the displays to see here include a replica of Eniac, a room-sized vacuum-tube computer developed for the United States Army in the 1940s. Its purpose is to store data, which would fit into a small microchip these days. Interactive displays are also present here, which allows for visitors to push and prod the machines. Computer games and a virtual-reality theatre are also included, which can prove to be exciting for techie tourists.
How to get around within Paderborn
Those going to Paderborn, can look for car rental services to exit right onto Bahnhofstrasse and continue straight via Westernstrasse, the main shopping lane. Tourists can also rent bicycles to get around the city or ride the trains to reach other destinations such as Kassel-Wilhemshohe, Dortmund, Sosiet, and other places in the region.
How to get there
Those visiting Paderborn Airport can look for flights coming from the following airlines: Air Berlin, Air VIA, Bulgarian Air Charter, Condor, Lufthansa Regional, SunExpress, and Tunisair. They offer regular and seasonal flights between Antalya, Burgas, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Lanzarote, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South, and Varna.
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