Kaiserpfalz Museum

Paderborn, Germany

In 1963 demolition of houses damaged in World War II led to the sensational discovery of the Carolingian Königsplatz, the palace where Charlemagne held the first Frankish assembly on Saxon lands in 777 AD. The museum exhibits the remains of palace and early history of Paderborn.

References:
  • The Rough Guide to Germany. Third Edition, 2015.

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Founded: 1978
Category: Museums in Germany
Historical period: Cold War and Separation (Germany)

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www.kaiserpfalz-paderborn.de

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User Reviews

BARTOSZ R (8 months ago)
Amazing temporary exhibition about the Dead Sea. Sadly cistern was closed for restoration. Great stuff also. Very helpful.
Christian G. Gottschlich (9 months ago)
Always great special exhibitions, I was enthusiastic about the Credo exhibition, at the moment you can see the exhibition "LIFE AT THE DEAD SEA", archeology from the Holy Land, which is also very worthwhile. This exhibition will be shown until November 15th, 2020.
Bianca Lübben (2 years ago)
Schönes Museum. Für Kinder auch etwas zum ausprobieren. Sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Mitarbeiter.
Connie Simnobl (2 years ago)
Wunderschöner Ort. Tolle Ausstellung.
Mohamad Volk (2 years ago)
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