The historical centre of Hildesheim consisted of over 1900 half-timbered buildings and was often called "Nuremberg of the north" up to the Second World War. During the war, 90% of the centre was destroyed; only a few lanes in the southern centre remained unchanged. Today the centre consists mainly of postwar buildings, 1950 to 1970. However, many historical monuments have been reconstructed. In this process, some of the changes of the last few centuries were removed and the original form of the buildings restored. Two church buildings were declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1985.
Hildesheim is connected to the Autobahn network with A7.
- It is an ICE stop every hour for several connections, like Berlin - Frankfurt.
- There is also Regional-Express from Hanover every hour or so.
- There is also two S-Bahn-lines from Hanover every half hour or so.
The city centre can be explored comfortably on foot. All objects of interest and public buildings are out-described. The cycle track net is nearly complete, up to few distances in the centre. Also for cyclists there are own, uniform signs in the city and the region of Hildesheim. For further distances buses and taxis are present. A single ticket for the city bus costs €2.15 for adults and €1 for children (2012). It applies 60 minute long to as many as desired uses. With the city ticket at the price of €6.80 2 adults and 2 children can make as many as desired bus travels during whole day. For nighthawks there is the night bus for the city and the entire county. No extra charge. For more information call Stadtwerke Hildesheim, ☏ .
- 1 Marktplatz (historic market place). - and surrounding buildings which include, among others, Rathaus (Town Hall), Knochenhauer-Amtshaus (Butchers' Guild Hall), Bäckeramtshaus (Bakers' Guild Hall), Tempelhaus and Wedekindhaus.
- 2 Umgestülpter Zuckerhut (Upended Sugarloaf). Half-timbered house,built between 1500 and 1510, destroyed in World War II, reconstructed in 2010.
- 3 St. Mary's Cathedral (Mariendom), Domhof. Daily 10:00-18:00. UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, dates back to the 11th century. See the bronze doors and bronze column, both commissioned by Bishop Bernward around 1015 and the 1000-year-old rosebush in the cloister. Free.
- 4 St. Michael's Church (St. Michaelis), Michaelisplatz, ☏ . Apr-Oct: M W-F 09:00-16:00, Tu 10:00-18:00, Su 12:00-18:00; Nov-Mar M W-F 09:00-16:00, Tu 10:00-16:00, Sa 09:00-18:00, Su 12:00-18:00. Early Romanesque church famous for its Ottonian architecture and the unique "Jessebom", a painted family tree of Jesus-Christ on the wooden ceiling. Also World Cultural Heritage. Free.
- 5 St. Andrew's Church (St.-Andreas-Kirche), Andreasplatz. Apr-Sep: M-F 09:00-18:00, Sa 09:00-16:00, Su 11:30-16:00; Oct-Mar: M-Sa 09:00-16:00, Su 11:30-16:00. It has the tallest church tower in Lower Saxony (114.5 metres, can be accessed and offers great views). Church: free, tower visit: €2.50, children €2.
Museums and galleries
- 6 The Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum, Am Steine 1-2, ☏ . Tu W F-Su 10:00-18:00, Th 10:00-20:00, closed M. One of the oldest museums in Germany, with world class collections of natural history, ancient Egyptian and Peruvian antiquities, and local history. The museum is also noted for the quality of its special exhibitions. Adult €10, concessions €8, child 6-14 yr €5, family €20.
- 7 Stadtmuseum Hildesheim, Markt 7, ☏ . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, closed M. Museum located in a reconstructed Knochenhauer-Amtshaus (Butchers' Guild Hall building) next to the Markt. Permanent exhibition concerns city history. Adult €2.50, child 6-14 yr €1.50.
- 8 Cathedral Museum (Dom-Museum), Domhof 18-21, ☏ . Tu-Su 10:00-17:00, closed M. A rich collection of liturgical objects and works of art of exceptional quality spanning many centuries. Adult €6, children-18 yr free.
- 9 Castle Marienburg (Schloss Marienburg), Marienburg 1, 30982 Pattensen (20km south of Hanover, 16 km west of Hildesheim.). Open daily from March until the end of October from 10:00 to 18:00. The last castle tour begins at 17:00. Considered one of the most important neo-Gothic historical buildings in Germany, the castle will transport you back to a day in the life of a Hanoverian court. Its many turrets dominates the rolling hills of the valley of the River Leine. You can take a comprehensive tour of the castle allowing you to see its grand halls and historic rooms. Adult €7, children 4–6 years €4, 7-12 yr €5, 13-17 yr €6.
- 10 Schloss Derneburg / Hall Art Foundation, Schlossstraße 1, 31188 Holle; visitor center: Astenbeck 42, 31188 Holle, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Sa Su 11:00 (5 hr tour), short tour availabe W Sa at 15:00. Formerly home to the artist Georg Baselitz, this castle has opened to the public in 2017. Now owned by Andrew Hall, who renovated and curated art exposition with his wife Christine. It is within the boundaries of the village Derneburg, being part of the Holle municipality, €75 long tour (including lunch), €30 short tour.
- 1 hi climb - DAV Kletterzentrum Hildesheim (climbing center), Lerchenkamp 52, ☏ . Open: M-Th 14:00-23:00, F 10:00-23:00, Sa Su 10:00-21:00. 90 climbing routes, 1,000-m² climbing area, 14m heigh wall. Adult €13.50, child €8.
- 2 Hildesheim Invaders. The first division (GFL North) American Football team in town
- 3 M'era Luna. second weekend in August. Each year around 25,000 fans of metal, industrial, dark-wave and goth music gather at this festival which is possibly the most famous of its kind in Europe. Many top names in these genres have performed here at least once and the 2014 event included Within Temptation and Marilyn Manson among others.
- 1 Cafe Del Sol, Frankenstraße 43a (Berliner Kreisel), ☏ . Su-Tu 09:00-00:00, F Sa until 01:00. Café and bistro in the style of American colonial architecture.
- 2 Eiscafé Capri, Almsstraße 3, ☏ . Great ice cream parlour in the pedestrian area.
- 3 Die Insel, Dammstraße 30, ☏ . Tu-Sa 11:00-00:00, Su 11:00-18:00, closed M. Restaurant and cafe on a small river island.
- 4 Meyers Treppchen, Brauhausstraße 40, ☏ . M-Sa 17:00-, Su 11:00-14:30 & 17:00-, closed W. German cuisine and South German specialities. Beer garden in a beautiful location.
- 1 Potters Bar, Friesenstraße 17, ☏ . M-Sa 19:00-. Selection of over 200 different cocktails, many other drinks and non-alcoholic alternatives.
- 2 Kulturfabrik Löseke, Langer Garten 1, ☏ . Big brick building right next to the railway, former factory. Inside a cafe, club, cinema, exhibition spaces, workshops and who knows what more.
Booking a room in Hildesheim well in advance is highly recommended as hotels can easily get full and/or raise their rates during the times of exhibitions and conventions in Hanover, a city only half an hour away when taking the autobahn.
- 1 Jugendherberge Hildesheim (youth hostel), Schirrmannweg 4, ☏ . Check-in: 14:00-21:00. Rates: €23-27.
- 2 Hotel Meyer, Peiner Landstraße 185, ☏ . Rates: €30-47.
- 3 Gästehaus Klocke, Humboldtstraße 11, ☏ . Rates: €40-60.
- 4 Hotel Bürgermeisterkapelle, Rathausstraße 8, ☏ . Rates: €42-68.
- 5 Novotel Hildesheim, Bahnhofsallee 38, ☏ , fax: , ✉ H5396@accor.com. Rates: €40-55.
- 6 Van der Valk Hotel Hildesheim, Markt 4, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Rates: €42-75.