Besides the old city of Paderborn, the surrounding countryside and a wide range of cultural attractions, the city's appeal is also shaped by business and industry. A number of global industrial corporations have their head office in Paderborn. Besides the computer and electrical industries, Paderborn's business profile excels in mechanical engineering, machine tool and structural steel engineering, furniture making and food processing. Paderborn is also home to a major supplier to the automobile industry.
The attractions of the countryside around Paderborn include the nearby Teutoburger Forest/Egge Hills as well as the new recreational park located between the centre of Paderborn and Schloss Neuhaus. The Park was formed during the State Horticultural Show in Paderborn in 1994. Apart from wealth of cultural features, Paderborn also offers generous sports and leisure opportunities.
The city's cultural highlights include a theatre house, several museums, a vibrant art scene and plenty of music. "Musica sacra", a music festival currently held on a biennial basis, presents superlative spiritual musics and has made a name for itself beyond the regional boundaries.