The source of the River 'Pader' is located right in the city centre of Paderborn. More than 200 springs feed the 'Pader', the shortest river in Germany. The springs deliver between 3,000 and 9,000 litres of water per second. The five arms of the 'Pader' and its 200 springs merge in the city centre and form the River 'Pader', which then joins the River 'Lippe' only four kilometres away at Schloß-Neuhaus.
Throughout the year, the water of the 'Pader' Springs is delivered with a relatively constant temperature of 12 to 14 degrees Celsius, which adds a warming effect to the air in springtime. In bygone centuries, the 'Pader' Springs were an important economic factor for the town; the fast flowing water did not only drive many mills, it was also an essential component of the popular Paderborn bread and the famous Paderborn beer.