Hildesheim’s claim to fame is its Romanesque churches and they are absolutely worth going out of the way to see if you’re anywhere near the region. Assuming you get there, however, don’t just bail on town after checking them out. There really is more to town and it doesn’t take much extra time to enjoy the others sites, too.
The town square has been rebuilt to look like it did in the mid-19th century. Sure, it isn’t completely authentic, but it has the look and feel. The butchers guild hall (above, right) also houses a museum celebrating the last 150 or so years of history in Hildesheim. A bit strange with doll houses to show what life was like, but there is more to the exhibit besides the doll houses. Some of the bits are even subtitled in English.
More impressive to me were the small homes lining the streets of the town. Great details on them and tons of character.
Near the St. Godehard church there is a small square with a statue dedicated to the Jews who used to live there. The monument is said to be the size of the cornerstone which used to be at the same location and serve as part of the foundation of Synagogue there which was burnt down during Krystallnacht in 1938.
And there is one random old building wall/window which has been incorporated into new construction. I don’t really get it, but we walked by and saw it as part of our loop through the city.
Speaking of loops through the city, there is actually one laid out by the local tourist office marked by roses painted on the sidewalks all over town. Follow the roses and you get a great tour of the city, including all of the above sites and the churches. If I wasn’t so stubborn and independent we probably would’ve just done that and spent a lot less time trying to figure out where we were and which direction to turn.
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