Nestled in the heart of Lower Saxony, Hildesheim may not be the first name that springs to mind when you think of German travel destinations, but this charming city is a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty. With its remarkable architecture, rich heritage, and vibrant green spaces, Hildesheim is a must-visit for anyone seeking an authentic German experience away from the typical tourist trail.
What to do and where to visit:
St. Mary's Cathedral (Mariendom) and St. Michael’s Church
Start your adventure at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Mary's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. The cathedral's thousand-year history is etched into its walls, and the surrounding gardens are a serene spot to reflect and relax. The two churches are home to an extraordinarily large collection of historic interior furnishings, offering a spectacular insight into traditional church design in the Roman Empire.
The Thousand-Year Rose (Tausendjähriger Rosenstock)
Don't miss the legendary Thousand-Year Roseal, also known as the Rose of Hildesheim, the cathedral's apse. This symbol of Hildesheim's endurance and beauty has been given the title of "the world's oldest rose" as it survived being bombed in World War II.
Keeping up with the topic of roses, be sure to not miss the Magdalenengarten. The garden is one of the oldest in Lower Saxony and it is very close to St. Michael’s Church. Once it belonged to the church until it was given to the convent of St. Magdalenen which was later transformed into a baroque garden where you can find medicinal herbs, colorful roses, and even wine vines.
Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum
For history enthusiasts, the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum offers an incredible journey through time, with its extensive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and fascinating temporary exhibitions.
Historic Market Place (Historischer Marktplatz)
Stroll through the Historic Market Place, where beautifully restored half-timbered houses transport you back to the Middle Ages. This square is composed of beautiful heritage buildings and was considered as one of the most beautiful marketplaces in the world so it is perfect for photographs and a leisurely coffee break.
Mauritius Church (Mauritiuskirche)
Explore the Mauritius Church, another example of Hildesheim’s rich architectural history, known for its stunning interior and peaceful ambiance.
Beyond the center of Hildesheim lies the picturesque Marienburg domain, a blend of history and gastronomy just a 20-minute bike ride away. There you will find the Hildesheim University campus and a quaint courtyard café renowned for its extensive range of cakes and pies. The journey to Marienburg is equally enchanting, following the World Heritage Cycle Path beside the Innerste River and through expansive fields.
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For warmer days why not exploring the Hildesheim's picturesque Hohnsensee in the city's south? A leisurely stroll around the lake offers a scenic route right by the water's edge. If you're lucky, you might spot ducks and geese nesting in the reeds, and there are designated areas where you can take a dip in the lake to cool off.
In Hildesheim, you have the opportunity to explore the world of beers not just in various local restaurants but also right at the brewery. This includes enjoying them in the beer garden on select summer days or through guided tours, tastings, and brewing seminars.
Since we talk about drinks, let's talk about food! Exploring Hildesheim's culinary delights is best experienced with a knowledgeable local guide like Frau Kommerzienrat. Dressed in elegant 19th-century attire, she guides visitors through the city's streets, introducing them to delicious spots and sharing stories about Hildesheim's citizens and their enduringly popular specialties. Tastings are not only permitted but also encouraged.
What are you waiting for? Pack your bag and discover the Hidden Gem of Germany: Hildesheim