Hildesheim, a small German town about 40 km south of Hannover, is located in the German state of Lower Saxony. Hildesheim is one of the oldest towns in Northern Germany and it is located where the old trade route, Hellweg, crosses the beautiful river Innerste.
The cathedral in Hildesheim dates back to the 11th century and is therefore one of the oldest churches in Germany. The cathedral was hit by several bombs during the Second World War and was unfortunately completely destroyed. In 1950, the reconstruction, or rather the restoration, of the cathedral started and ten years later it was completed and has now also been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition, a rose bush grows on the outer wall and is believed to be at least 400 years old, making it the oldest known rose in the world.
The Roemer- und Pelizaeus Museum presents knowledge about the origins of the world, distant cultures and art from other times. Their quite large collection from ancient Egypt as well as the museum's unique collection of Peruvian art in particular attract many visitors. But the museum is also an artistic breathing space with several exciting exhibitions, where especially the graphic collection with over 10000 plates containing impressions and motifs from the 16th century to today is an experience in itself.
Wasser Paradies offers a fantastic water park where both adults and children can romp around in the huge facility, which has both indoor and outdoor water slides, a grotto, sauna and restaurant - a great experience for water lovers of all ages.
When you spend a cheap summer holiday in the area, there is also plenty of opportunity to go shopping in Hildesheim, which has the advantage of having historic buildings side by side with modern shopping streets and attractive shopping centres. There are also many cosy restaurants offering everything from Italian delicacies to good, solid German cuisine to French specialities.
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