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Hildesheim Travel Guide

Wedekindhaus, Hildesheim (© anweber - Fotolia.com)
Wedekindhaus on the market square, Hildesheim.

Introduction

Hildesheim is at the same time one of North Germany's oldest and newest town. Pictures of the superb traditional timber-framed buildings on its market square hints at a well preserved historical centre. Yet Hildesheim was razed to the ground in 1945, and the market square was the only part of town reconstructed to its former glory, and not until the 1980's. So all the old building are in fact fairly new - though few visitors seem to care, as they are truly charming.

Sadly the rest of town is pretty much undescript and soulless, apart from a few outstanding medieval stone churches scattered in the western and southern part of the city, including Hildesheim Cathedral (Mariendom), St. Michael's Church, St. Andrew's Church and St. Godehard Church. Also of interest is the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim, which is mostly dedicated to Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Peruvian art, but also boasts the second largest collection of Chinese porcelain in Europe.

Half-timbered houses, Hildesheim (© Hans Klamm - iStockphoto.com)
Half-timbered houses, Hildesheim.

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