Hildesheim is a large independent city in Lower Saxony with a population of about 100,000. Located about 29 kilometers southeast of the state capital and trade fair city of Hanover, it is known as a university and bishop's town.
One of the city's landmarks is the 1,000-year-old rosebush next to the Knochenhauer-Amtshaus on the historic market square with its half-timbered houses. The two UNESCO World Heritage churches of St. Michaelis and St. Mary's Cathedral are also among the most famous sights. The Roman and Pelizaeus Museum is a world-famous museum with an important collection of ancient Egyptian art and is well worth a visit. A stroll through the picturesque alleys of the old town with its many half-timbered houses is also recommended.