In contrast to popular belief, the life of researchers isn’t flashy and glamourus all the time. Not all meetings or conferences take place in phat or exotic locations such as Nice, Verona, Malaga or Santorini. Sometimes you get stuck in a dull city in the middle of nowhere, such as Paderborn. And this is one occasion where you need help the most. Paderborn isn’t much of a party town. Everything closes early and there is not much to do after dark. But don’t get desperate, we at abc4trip are here to help and to ensure that no researcher is left behind.
What to do
- Paderborn has a Dome. Well that’s one more than most cities. So why not have a look at it. But make sure to get there early: it closes a 6:30 pm.
- Bartholomäuskapelle: it is the oldest hall church north of the alps. (closing time: 6pm)
- Heinz-Nixdorf MuseumsForum: The world’s biggest computer museum. Until the end of April they have a special exhibition on Claude Shannon the juggling scientist. That should get you nerds excited . (open until 6pm)
- Use the mobile audio guide
- Paderbon also has a soccer club that plays in the German 2nd Bundesliga. Therefore they usually play early (around 1pm)
Where to stay
- Hotel Aspethera: It offers rather large rooms with modern interior decoration and a proper breakfast. It also has a nice beer cellar.
- There is a bus service called “PaderSprinter” that you can use.
Where When to eat
- Early!!! Make sure you arrive early or you might not get anything proper to eat. Restaurants in Paderborn close well before 9pm. If you are too late, the only option is to rely on Kebab or Bratwurst.
What to bring home
- Booklets and Flyers on Paderborn: Paderborn runs a very aggresive marketing campaign (“Paderborn überzeugt” – Paderborn is convincing). If you attend any conference there you will most certainly get many many booklets, flyers, pins and even gummi bears (shaped like the dome). And if you are lucky the city adopts you and declares your citizenship by providing you with a beautiful bag.