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The Shortest River in Germany and the Most Powerful Water Springs

Paderborn is not called the city of water for nothing. Pader river that gave the city its name is considered the shortest river in Germany. Only after 4 km it flows into Lippe river. Pader gets water from 200 springs spouting out at the average speed of 5 thousand litres per second. This is one of the most full-flowing springs in Germany! The river source is right in the middle of the city, so you can see its birth when walking around the park laid out around the spring.

Further down the flow you will see a sculptural group depicting laundresses at work. The importance of these springs for the city is difficult to overestimate. It would not have probably even existed without them. Prescient Karl the Great appreciated the place, having understood that water will provide for the needs of thousands of delegates of the “Assembly of the Reich”. And he was right. Later powerful springs were well used for their needs by millers and beer brewers. 

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