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Hildesheim a romantic getaway in Germany

The Rose Route

Rosenroute Hildesheim

Hildesheim is one of the easiest cities to explore on your own.  They have what they call “The Rose Route“.  No it is not a rose garden.  It is actually a very unique way to follow the rose cobblestones set in the pavements. These roses show you the way to all the important and interesting sights:

  • The historic market square (with the famous bone carver office)
  • Churches and historic buildings
  • All along to the “half-timbered district”.
  • Kehrwiederwall
  • Right to the UNESCO World Heritage churches Mariendom and St. Michaelis.

The route will take you about four hours, but you can split it up in smaller sections, in order to explore on your own time.

You can get a brochure of the route with all the necessary information on all the stations, including a map and directions.  It is available from: the Hildesheim Tourist Information Office . It can also be ordered by telephone on 05121 1798 0 or via the online shop .

Small cafés and cozy restaurants along the way provide refreshment along the way, where the rose route leads past. 

Things to do and see in Hildesheim

Hildesheim at night
  • Hildesheim Cathedral Museum
  • Roemer- Und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim
  • Waffenschmiedehaus / Armory is the oldest half timbered house in town
  • St Michael’s and St Mary’s Cathedral
  • The church of St Andreas
  • Upended Sugarloaf (Umgestülpter Zuckerhut)
  • Magdalenengarten
  • St Godehard
  • Schloss Marienburg
  • Wildgatter Hildesheim
  • Wernersches Haus – historical house
St Michaels Church Hildesheim
St Michaels Church Hildesheim
Schloss Marienburg
Schloss Marienburg - Castle with guided tours
The Magdalenengarten - Hildesheim's Rose Garden - and one of the oldest gardens in the country

Buildings in the Square / The Historic Market Place of Hildesheim

  • Wedekindhaus (Wedekind House) and the adjoining Lüntzelhaus (Lüntzel House) – both being used by the Municipal Savings Bank today.
  • Tempelhaus (Temple House), a late-Gothic 14th century patrician house.
  • Rolandhaus (Roland House) with its stepped gables
  • Stadtschänke (City Tavern) and the adjoining Rococo House dating from 1757.  The Rococo house is decorated with stucco ornaments.
  • Wollenwebergildehaus (Weavers’ Guild Hall) – also a half timbered house.
  • And stop at the Market Fountain dating back to 1542.

Butchers’ Guild Hall, Hildesheim (Knochenhaueramtshaus)

This half-timbered house in Hildesheim is situated in the federal state of Lower Saxony, Germany. Here you can visit the restaurant as well as the City Museum. This is also the place where the traditional Christmas Market is held in each year.  Starting in the last week of November up until Christmas Eve.

  • The Knochenhauer-Amtshaus was originally built in 1529.  In 1945 it was destroyed and they started to reconstruct it in 1987 – Completed in 1989.  Thus making it actually quite a new building, but a beautiful building.  All decorated with colorful paintings and German proverbs. 
  • The adjoining Bäckeramtshaus (Bakers‘ Guild Hall)

The City Hall and tower called Lilie (Lily)

– the origin of the name is uncertain.  After being heavily damaged during the war in 1945, the City Hall was rebuilt and inaugurated in 1954. 

The Rathause (City Hall) –

First Photo below
hildesheim Butchers Guild Hall

Popular places to stay in Hildesheim

How to get there

Hildesheim is only 30 kilometers from the state Capital Hanover. You can easily reach the city by train.

Distance from Hildesheim to:

  • Berlin: 280 km
  • Düsseldorf: 318 km
  • Frankfurt: 320 km
  • Hamburg: 170 km
  • Munich: 600 km
  • Stuttgart: 480 km

International Airport:  Hannover Airport (HAJ)  Flights

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