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    Paderborn/Lippstadt – a brief overview

    Separated by just 30km in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, the twin German towns of Lippstadt and Paderborn share a common airport. Smaller Lippstadt is a peaceful provincial town with a population of around 60,000. Paderborn is its bigger sister, with a population of around 150,000, and can trace its roots back to 795, when the city was founded by Charlemagne.

    Paderborn arguably has more sights, more restaurants, and a livelier nightlife scene, bolstered by having a student population of around 15,000 and a long-established British army barracks nearby. But size isn’t everything, and Lippstadt can also surprise with its pleasantly half-timbered city centre and plentiful traditional bars.

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    Paderborner Dom

    Domplatz
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
    Tel: (05251) 125 1630
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    Opening times:
    Various
    Public tours Wed 1500 and Sat 1045

    Paderborn’s Romanesque-Gothic cathedral dates mainly from the 13th century, and the building is dominated by its 93m tower. Partially rebuilt following war damage in 1945, it contains several interesting modern windows, as well as the Hasen Fenster, a famous window featuring the city’s symbol: three intertwining bounding stone hares.

    HNF MuseumsForum

    Furstenallee 7
    33102 Paderborn
    Germany
    Tel: (05251) 306 600
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    The world’s largest museum dedicated to computers and Information and Communications Technology tells the story all the way from ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets, via Morse code, to today’s switched-on digital world.

    Schlosspark Neuhaus

    Im Schlosspark 10
    33104 Paderborn
    Germany
    Tel: (05254) 80192
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    The imposingly moated Schloss Neuhaus castle is around 5km northwest of central Paderborn. The building hosts temporary exhibitions, but the real star is the 42 hectares of formal gardens surrounding it, particularly beautiful when the summer flowers are in bloom.

    Lippesee

    Off A33
    Paderborn
    Germany
    Tel: (05254) 80192
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    This 90-hectare lake 8km northwest of Paderborn is a great place for hiking, sailing, or sunbathing. There’s an artificial beach, or the more energetic can follow the 7km looping trail around the water’s edge.

    Marktkirche

    Kamp 1
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800

    The high point of the palatial Jesuit Marktkirche basilica with pink walls and a gilded interior is its astonishingly detailed wood and gold baroque altar. The 17th-century original was destroyed in WWII, but the one in place today is an exact replica.

    Rathaus

    Rathausplatz
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Paderborn’s magnificent town hall, dating from 1616, has an ornate triple-gabled white Renaissance facade and other decorative touches that make it one of the most photogenic buildings in the region.

    Marienplatz

    Marienplatz
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Close to the town hall is this beautiful old square, surrounded by some impressive buildings. The Heising’sche Haus is an elaborate 17th-century patrician’s house, while the square is dominated by the more austere twin-towered Romanesque Abdinghofkirche, a 19th-century Protestant church.

    Marienkirche

    Marktstrasse
    59555 Lippstadt
    Germany
    Tel: (02941) 58579
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1500-1700
    Tue-Fri 1000-1200 and 1500-1700
    Sat 1000-1200 (Apr-Dec)

    Lippstadt’s St Mary’s Church dominates the centre of town. The imposing white building was founded in 1222, but has had to be restored several times since, most recently in the early 1970s.

    Old Town

    Altstadt
    Lippstadt
    Germany
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    Lippstadt’s old town centre is a peaceful and picturesque place to wander around, with many of the streets containing some surviving examples of medieval half-timbered houses.

    Abbey ruins

    Stiftspark, Stiftstrasse
    59555 Lippstadt
    Germany
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    The abbey ruins in Lippstadt are regarded as some of the most beautiful and best-preserved church ruins in Germany. Founded in 1185, the abbey was destroyed during the Reformation, and the site has been protected and preserved since the 19th century.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

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    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Paderborn/Lippstadt
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    Paderborn’s nightlife is bolstered by its student population that tops 15,000, and by having a British army barracks nearby, guaranteeing a good night out.

    Lippstadt’s nightlife is quieter, but there’s no shortage of bars for those heading out on the town.

    Sappho

    Marienstrasse 20
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Popular, trendy bar and disco with DJs playing everything from indie, via soul, to techno.

    Café Extrablatt Lippstadt

    Lange Strasse 17
    59555 Lippstadt
    Germany
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    Bright, popular gastropub and part of a German chain.

    Paderborner Brauhaus

    Kisau 2
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Large brewpub boasting an even larger beer garden in the centre of Paderborn.

    Tivoli Lippstadt

    Lippertor 2
    59555 Lippstadt
    Germany
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    All-in-one pub, lounge bar and waterside beer garden, on an island in the middle of the River Lippe.

    Havana Bar

    An der alten Synagoge 1
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Buzzing cocktail bar and restaurant that also serves Cuban food.

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    Restaurants in Paderborn/Lippstadt
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    Lippstadt and Paderborn both boast plentiful dining choices in every budget range, although the choice in Paderborn is arguably slightly better at the top end of the refinement scale.

    Balthasar

    Warburger Strasse 28
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Classic Michelin-starred cuisine served in a refined and spacious dining room.

    Fellini

    Cappelstrasse 44A
    59555 Lippstadt
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Excellent Italian food produced in an open kitchen, housed in an 18th-century half-timbered building.

    La Petite Galerie

    Bachstrasse 1
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    An eclectic blend of French, German and international classics served in a romantic old dining room.

    Campesino Tapas Bar

    Kisau 11
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Modern café serving individual tapas portions at rock-bottom prices.

    Curry Company

    Kamp 10
    33098 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Despite the name, not a curry restaurant, but a stylish café serving German sausage in various forms (including currywurst).

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    Paderborn Challenge

    11 – 14 September 2014
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    Venue: Schützenplatz, Paderborn.

    Top-level international horse riders compete in this prestigious DKB-Riders Tour showjumping competition in the leafy Schützenplatz ground. Friday is family day, with special games and attractions plus a chance to meet the riders, while the Sunday Grand Prix is the event no one wants to miss.

    Autumn Week (Herbstwoche)

    18 – 26 October 2014

    Venue: Throughout Lippstadt.

    A colourful carnival takes over Lippstadt each October, when illuminated, stomach-churning rides fill the streets. Fair-goers party late into the night with live bands and DJs playing tunes in outdoor tents, and there’s always a spectacular fireworks show on the Tuesday night.

    Paderborn Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)

    24 November – 23 December 2014

    Venue: Rathausplatz and Westernstrasse, Paderborn.

    In the run-up to Christmas, twinkling stalls are crammed with toys, crafts and decorations in Paderborn’s historic centre. Shoppers munch on fresh potato pancakes, liverwurst sandwiches and roasted almonds while children (and big kids) whirl on wooden horses aboard a 100-year-old carousel.

    Lippstadt Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)

    28 November – 23 December 2014

    Venue: Rathausplatz and St Mary’s Church, Lippstadt.

    Cinnamon wafts through the air at Lippstadt’s bustling Advent market, where visitors can stock up on wooden toys, knitwear and jewellery, do a twirl on the ice or tuck into freshly baked apples. Choirs and bands entertain shoppers, and the Town Hall’s windows are transformed into a giant Advent calendar.

    Spring Festival

    1 – 31 May 2015

    Venue: Various venues, Paderborn.

    Jugglers, acrobats and other street artists draw huge numbers to this lively four-day festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Musical acts perform on a huge outdoor stage and festival goers can tuck into all manner of regional food and drink from the surrounding stalls.

    Old Town Festival (Aldstadtfest)

    14 – 17 May 2015

    Venue: Old Town, Lippstadt.

    Four days of fun activities make this one of Lippstadt’s most popular festivals. An open-air stage in the Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square) hosts a whole medley of musical acts. Kids and adults can each rummage for gems at their own flea markets, and food stalls serve up yummy local specialities.

    Shooting Festival (Schützenfest)

    1 – 31 July 2015

    Venue: City centre and Schützenplatz, Paderborn.

    Paderborn’s shooting club, one of Germany’s oldest, brings a little pomp and circumstance to the city in the third week of July. Colourfully dressed marching bands parade through the streets, while shooting demonstrations, speeches and rousing singing also pull big crowds.

    Rathausplatz-Festival

    24 July – 16 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Rathausplatz, Lippstadt.

    Lippstadt’s Town Hall Square plays host to a cracking line-up of musical acts during the height of summer. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for three weeks, different bands take to the stage covering a huge range of musical genres and keeping audiences on their feet.

    Libori Festival

    26 July – 3 August 2015
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    Venue: Various venues, Paderborn.

    A heady mix of religious and secular activities combines to create Paderborn’s biggest festival. It’s one of Germany’s oldest folk celebrations, involving over a week of solemn church processions alongside a huge amount of partying. There’s a massive funfair, tons of food stalls, a beer fountain and fireworks.

    Lippstadt Culinaire

    4 – 7 September 2015

    Venue: Rathausplatz, Lippstadt.

    Local restaurateurs set up stall beneath huge open marquees in the Town Hall Square and whip up an enormous array of tasty dishes in this late-summer foodie fiesta. Diners can pull up a chair at one of the many tables in the tents and listen to live music.

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    Neither Paderborn nor Lippstadt have any 5-star hotels. Both do however have a good selection of mid-range choices, as

    well as budget options. As with many cities in Germany, room rates are often reasonable.

    Waldhotel Nachtigall

    Hatzfelder Strasse 45
    33104 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    A romantic retreat in a northern Paderborn suburb, this 17th-century house has been a family-run hotel since 1891.

    Welcome Hotel (Lippstadt)

    Lipper Tor 1
    59555 Lippstadt
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    A modern business-oriented hotel with 4-star comforts, across the river from the Altstadt.

    Welcome Hotel (Paderborn)

    Fürstenweg 13
    33102 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    New-build hotel with spacious rooms and suites decorated in warm colours.

    Drei Kronen

    Marktstrasse 2
    59555 Lippstadt
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Small guest house with comfortable rooms in a house dating from 1845.

    Road House

    Borchener Strasse 322
    33106 Paderborn
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Super-modern, comfortable hotel offering unbeatable value on the southern edge of town.

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    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness “slow” periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Paderborn/Lippstadt
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    Key Areas

    The old centres of both Lippstadt and Paderborn are filled with shops. In Paderborn you can find whatever you are looking for in the area from the main station to Gierstrasse. Many roads here are pedestrianised, making strolling a pleasure. In Lippstadt, the main shopping drag is the pedestrianised Lange Strasse, where most chain and department stores are located.

    Markets

    On Wednesday and Saturday mornings in Paderborn a general market sets up around the Dom tower, mainly selling fresh local

    produce. The main market in Lippstadt takes place on the same days around Marktplatz and Rathausplatz. An organic farmers’ market takes place every Friday afternoon on Paderborn’s Marktplatz.

    Shopping Centres

    Paderborn’s main shopping centre is the Südring Center (Pohlweg 110), with 45 outlets towards the southern edge of town. Smaller bur more central is the Libori Galerie (Kamp 32). Lippstadt’s most central mall is Lippe Galerie (Kahlenstrasse 2-4), with around 15 outlets.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

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