Hildesheim is best known for its churches, particularly the two magnificent UNESCO-listed ones, Mariendom and St. Michael’s. This contemporary city is also steeped in history and culture, which can be experienced in its fascinating museums. Here, we bring to you the treasures of Hildesheim for you to explore.
Mariendom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the oldest episcopal churches in the country. Behind the stone facade of this structure are housed the famous bronze castings of the Christ Column and the Bernward Doors, examples of pure artistic genius. The cathedral also preserves what is perhaps the most significant piece of religious art in the world, the Hildesheim Cathedral Treasury.
Domhof 17, 31134 Hildesheim, Germany, +49 05121 307770
A thousand-year-old rose bush
The world’s most ancient rose bush has loyally clung to the walls of Mariendom courtyard for around 1,200 years. During World War II, the church was badly damaged, and the bush was razed to the ground, but the way it sprang back to life is nothing short of a miracle. Every spring and summer, the bush bursts into pale pink roses.
Butchers’ Guildhall (Knochenhaueramtshaus), looming over the historic market square of Hildesheim, is among the tallest half-timbered structures in Germany. This 16th-century gothic building is where the affluent butchers’ guild used to meet in the Middle Ages, while the thick-walled, cool cellar was used to store meat. If you visit in November or December, check out the magical Christmas market in front of the Guildhall.
Markt 7, 31134 Hildesheim, Germany
The current Rathaus (city hall) was built in 1911, and was designed to resemble the destroyed original building as closely as possible. While the building is worth checking out because of its beautiful architecture, an added bonus is that it hosts interesting exhibitions and events for the public on a regular basis.
Markt 1, 31134 Hildesheim, Germany, +49 05121 3010
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