Located in Lower Saxony, Hildesheim is both a city and the name of its district. The region boasts a rich history, a diverse cultural landscape, and significant architectural masterpieces, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites Dom, Michaeliskirche, and Fagus Werk.

Hildesheim, with a history of over 1200 years, stands as one of northern Germany’s oldest cities. Throughout the Middle Ages, it flourished as a crucial trading center, playing a vital role in the Hanseatic League. Unfortunately, severe destruction occurred during the Second World War on 22 March 1945, completely destroying or heavily damaging many historical buildings.

The city’s renown comes not only from its architecture and museums but also its vibrant cultural events. The Hildesheim M’era Luna Festival draws thousands of visitors each year, presenting a unique blend of gothic music, fashion, and art. Among the city’s cultural treasures are the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum and the Cathedral Museum.

The district of Hildesheim showcases a varied landscape with picturesque river valleys, rolling hills, and dense forests. Another architectural gem is Derneburg Castle, boasting impressive Renaissance architecture from the 16th century. Today, it houses a collection of contemporary art and hosts exhibitions and cultural events.

A true highlight in the region is the Marienburg, a Gothic castle majestically perched on a hill above the Leine valley. Built in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style, it initially served as a summer residence for King George V of Hanover and Queen Marie. Now, it stands as a beloved destination for excursions.

For me Hildesheim is not just a place of interest, it is also my hometown. I feel a deep sense of belonging here and plan my travels and photographic projects from here.