Expats living in Paderborn will find this German city has contrasting features: ancient traditions and medieval buildings alongside innovative architecture and high tech industries. The ancient city center, with its cobblestones and narrow alleyways, is near the two hundred or more natural springs at the source of the 4km long River Pader which gives the city its name. A quiet, compact city, Paderborn is situated in the eastern half of North Rhine-Westphalia, close to the Teutoburg Forest, and in the middle of Germany. Paderborn has undergone much modernization and expansion in recent times, but the city has retained its many green spaces and parks, including the Pader Springs area where many residents enjoy walks along the riverbank. Adjacent to Pader Springs is the modern shopping center, whilst open markets on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are held in the Cathedral area. With many gourmet restaurants serving signature dishes from America, Asia and the Mediterranean area, together with bars, coffee shops, cafés, and street vendors selling "Bratties", the strong-flavored German sausages, expats living in Paderborn has an excellent range of dining experiences to choose from. The ability to speak at least some German should help an expat integrate with city life and work, but there is also a large English-speaking community in the area thanks to the British Army garrison nearby. Joining the InterNations expat community in Paderborn gives access to professional business, scientific and educational members living in the area, as well as enabling you to reach a global network of expatriates. By accessing the many online InterNations discussion groups and forums, an expatriate can communicate with others of a similar standing and maybe even organize joint visits to the local museums or the many festivals and cultural events held in Paderborn.
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Located in the heart of Germany, Paderborn has excellent transportation links. The nearest regional airport is Paderborn-Uppstadt, some twelve miles southwest of Paderborn, with a bus service to the city itself. The German autobahn system connects Paderborn with other major German cities, and intercity train services connect Paderborn with Dusseldorf and Dresden. Many expatriates prefer to rent properties and apartments in Paderborn rather than purchase, but the decision will depend on your length of residency and preference. The relocation process can be very demanding, even for expatriates whose career has involved several moves to new countries, and the finding and meeting new friends and business acquaintances may take time. With InterNations, the process can be much quicker, with online access to fellow expats in Paderborn or general Germany not much more than a mouse-click away. Problems which arise in the relocation process to Germany can often be resolved via the online forums, with helpful tips and advice from a trusted source. And general queries can be tackled by reading the InterNations online Expat Magazine before, during and after your moving to Paderborn.
The computing entrepreneur, Heinz Nixdorf, hailed from Paderborn, and it is through his pioneering work that the city became home to NixDorf Computers AG and an information technology center of excellence, with the greatest density of IT companies in the region. There are many high tech companies in Paderborn, and a strong electrical engineering, machine tools, automotive supplies, logistics and mechatronics presence, and the city's universities and research institutes work closely with the local industry. The Heinz Nixdorf Museum is testimony to the precision, engineering and technological skills of Paderborn, and well worth a visit. An expatriate working in Paderborn can also enjoy the cultural scene in Paderborn, whether it is a visit to the Westfalische Kammerspiele Theater, or the frequent exhibitions and festivals Paderborn is famous for, including the July summer festival known as the "Libori". Soccer may be the German passion in sport, but Paderborn can also boast American football, basketball and baseball amongst its sports clubs, and as an InterNations member you could enjoy watching a match with fellow like-minded, friendly expats living in Paderborn.