Car Hire from Paderborn Airport
Paderborn Airport is located in north-west Germany. It’s one of the country’s lesser known regions and, as a result, you’re unlikely to find yourself surrounded by other tourists. Instead, and particularly when you hire a car from Paderborn Airport, you’ll be able to explore the authentic towns and unspoilt scenery that typify the area.
Where to hire a car at Paderborn Airport
Car hire companies at Paderborn Airport are based inside the multi-storey car park, Paragon Parkhaus, opposite the terminal building. Passengers can choose from Avis, Europcar and Sixt and it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Petrol Stations near Paderborn Airport
The closest petrol station to Paderborn Airport is located on route 44, on the way towards Soest. It’s an Aral Autohof garage ten minutes’ drive from the airport.
Driving around Paderborn Airport
Paderborn Airport sits on a well-connected road network. It’s close to route 44, which heads west to Soest and Dortmund and southeast to Kassel. Route 33 heads north towards Paderborn and Bielefeld. There’s also route 1 close by, travelling north east to Paderborn and Horn-Bad Meinberg and, southwest, providing a parallel route to the 44 heading to Soest and Dortmund.
Cars in Germany drive on the right hand side of the road. Motorways in Germany are famous for not having a speed limit. However, this isn’t always the case. Some autobahns do impose a limit so you’ll need to keep an eye out for signs. Congestion around the airport isn’t usually a problem but if you have concerns, you can find up to date information on the Paderborn Airport website.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Paderborn Airport, there are some great destinations within easy reach. Here are a just few of them:
Paderborn is a historic city with a beautiful main square. Visitors can admire the architecture of the cathedral and the old town hall and spend a day or so wandering the pretty city centre streets. In the surrounding area, there are forests where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll, the HNF Museum (the world’s largest computer museum), and natural springs at Paderquellgebiet to explore.
It takes around 25 minutes to drive from Paderborn Airport to Paderborn city centre, taking route L776 from the airport to join route 1 heading northeast. There are lots of pedestrianised streets in the main tourist centre of Paderborn so it’s a good idea to park up on the outskirts of the downtown area.
Mohnesee Dam was targeted during the Dam Busters raid in the Second World War. As well as learning about the history of the area, visitors can enjoy walking or cycling around the picturesque lake. There are also water sports and boat trips available in the area.
Mohnesee Dam is around 35 minutes’ drive from Paderborn Airport, taking route 44 west and then route 229 south. There’s plenty of parking on site and the dam is well signposted from the main road.
The small city of Soest lies west of Paderborn. It’s home to a 10th century cathedral, old town walls which you can walk around and half-timbered buildings. Modern Soest boasts excellent shops, museums, galleries, a city park and a seasonal flea market. From Soest, it’s easy to get to Bad Sassendorf, a pretty spa town with saltwater and mud spas.
Soest is 30 minutes’ drive from Paderborn Airport, taking route 44 west. Roads in the old town are winding and difficult to navigate, so it’s a good idea to park up outside the old walls. There’s plenty of well-signposted and reasonably priced parking available.