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Landscapes, culture and special hiking trails
In the Paderborner Land, everything comes together: the 1200-year-old Imperial Palace of Charlemagne and the world's largest computer Museum, the Heinz Nixdorf Museum Forum. The sandy flat Senne heathland and the Sauerland, the Paderborn plateau and the Egge Hills. The contrasting landscape around Paderborn is ideal for active and varied short vacations. Here you can enjoy native cuisine, friendly hosts, well marked, memorable paths for hikers and cyclists, which lead to worthwhile destinations. The multi-award-winning "viaduct hiking trail", for instance sets the scene for the Altenbeken railway bridge.
A new view of Europe's largest lime sandstone bridge opens up around every corner. The old pilgrim path; traverses unspoilt beech forests and beautiful river valleys to the chapel of The Holy Soul and to other places of popular piety. Guests experience completely different stories on the poachers hiking trail. And the Paderborner Ridgeway offers perhaps the most surprising tour of the region. It leads to the summit cross of the city, which stands in a pine forest at 347 metres. Many hikers like this gag and filled the summit book with favourable comments. Before the 115th German hiking day, which took place in 2015 in Paderborn, the ridgeway received the quality seal of the German Hiking Association.
Some of the numerous cycle paths through the Paderborner Land have also received awards. The Ems cycle path, which begins here and follows the river 375 km to the North Sea was highly decorated by the ADFC. Its course through the Senne municipality of Hövelhof and the flat paths through the Delbrücker Land are popular above all with families with children. The regional classic and one of the busiest routes is the Paderborner Land Route. Over 252 kilometres, it gives access to the scenic diversity and connects the major sights in a circuit. Including the triangular Wewelsburg, the Dalheim monastery with the nation's only museum on monastic culture, as well as the large and small Altenbeken viaduct.
The Paderborner Land is known nationally for cultural treasures such as these. And in the middle of it all: the old bishop's seat and attractive shopping town of Paderborn with the Imperial Palace, historic town hall and Cathedral. At Neuhaus Castle, guests enjoy the typical water wealth of the region: The Renaissance structure stands on an "island" between the rivers Pader, Lippe and Alme.
Popular spa resorts
Guests looking for first-class wellness and health programmes will find this in the popular health spas in Bad Lippspringe and Bad Wünnenberg. Until 2017, Bad Lippspringe will continue to bloom in the true sense of the word, since the National Horticultural Show is being prepared in the spa forest and parks.
Holiday makers and day visitors like to indulge themselves in the gastronomic offerings of the Paderborner Land: They enjoy Paderborn bread and beer, fine Delbrücker asparagus, as well as hearty stew and homemade cakes in the numerous farm cafés and restaurants.