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Top Choice Church in Soest

St Maria zur Wiese

Close to the train station, this exquisite late-Gothic church is easily recognised by its neo-Gothic twin spires, which are undergoing restoration. One is complete and is aglow with green, while the other is under w…
Top Choice German in Soest

Brauhaus Zwiebel

A one-stop shop for myriad forms of pleasure in Soest, this long-running brewery produces a bevy of excellent seasonal beers through the year, which can all be enjoyed in the beer garden. The food is predictably hea…
Top Choice Church in Soest

St Patrokli

Ponder the balance and beauty of the soaring yet dignified tower of St Patrokli, a three-nave 10th-century Romanesque structure partly adorned with delicate frescoes. The west side is especially elaborate.
Cathedral in Paderborn


Paderborn’s massive (104m long!) Dom, a three-nave Gothic hall church, is a good place to start your explorations. Enter through the southern portal (called ‘Paradise’), adorned with delicate carved figures, then tu…
Castle in Altena

Burg Altena

This fairy-tale medieval castle started out as the home of the local counts, then served military purposes under the Prussians before becoming, in 1912, the birthplace of the youth hostel movement. The world’s first…
Museum in Paderborn

Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum

You don’t have to be a techie to enjoy this museum, a high-tech romp through 5000 years of information technology, from cuneiform to cyberspace. Established by the local founder of Nixdorf computers (since swallowed…
Church in Soest

St Maria zur Höhe

St Maria zur Höhe is a squat and architecturally less refined 13th-century hall church. Its sombreness is brightened by beautiful ceiling frescoes, an altar ascribed to the Westphalian painter known as the Master of…
Museum in Paderborn

Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum

The famous 1627 Liborius shrine is housed in an attractive modernist structure outside the Dom. It brims with church treasures, the most precious of which are kept in the basement, including the gilded shrine and pr…
Bistro in Paderborn

Le Maison

A thoroughly French bistro hidden away in the modern warren of the Rathauspassage. Tables spill outside and you can linger over one of many coffee varietes. Plates include excellent salads, pasta and various meaty m…
Pub Food in Soest

Brauerei Christ

Dating from 1584, history oozes from every nook and cranny of this warren of living-room-style rooms stuffed with musical instruments, oil paintings and unique knick-knacks. Hunker down at polished tables for Westph…