Paderborn is a historic town in north-west Germany. The name of the city derives from the river Pader and 'born', an old German term for the source of a river. The Pader is actually Germanys shortest river. In 1295 Paderborn joined the Hanseatic League.
The Paderborn Town Hall was built in the 17th Century in the style of the 'Weser-Renaissance'. This architectural style is found in the area around the River Weser in central Germany.