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Paderborn town hall
Paderborn town hall
Coat of arms of Paderborn
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Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Detmold
District Paderborn
City subdivisions 8
Mayor Michael Dreier (CDU)
Basic statistics
Area 179.38 km2 (69.26 sq mi)
Elevation 94-347 m
Population  150,338  (31 December 2006)[1]
 - Density 838 /km2 (2,171 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate PB
Postal codes 33041-33106
Area codes 05251, 05252, 05254, 05293
Location of the city of Paderborn within the district
Location of the city of Paderborn within the district

Paderborn (Low German: Patterbuorn, Paterboärn) is a city in the middle west of Germany, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The name of the city derives from the river Pader and "born", an old German term for the source of a river. The river Pader originates in more than 200 springs near Paderborn Cathedral. It has about 150,338 inhabitants [2] and a university.[3]

Paderborn has got a football club in the first mens league in Germany (SC Paderborn 07[4]) and a basketball team in the 2nd German league (Paderborn Baskets).[5]

Pope John Paul II visited Paderborn in 1996 and Pope Leo III visited Paderborn in 799.

Paderborn has got a very big cathedral. It was built by Charlemagne ("Karl der Große").