Soest attractions

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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 aglow with green, while the other is under wrap…
Castle in Soest

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…
Church in Soest

St Maria zur Höhe

St Maria zur Höhe is a squat 13th-century hall church that's less architecturally refined than others in town. Its sombreness is brightened by beautiful ceiling frescoes, an altar ascribed to the Westphalian painter…
Church in Soest

St Patrokli

Ponder the balance and beauty of the soaring and dignified tower of St Patrokli, a three-nave 10th-century Romanesque structure partly adorned with delicate frescoes. Inside, note especially the muralled high choir …
Church in Soest


Petrikirche has Romanesque origins in the 8th century and a choir from Gothic times, all topped by a baroque onion dome. It’s adorned with wall murals and features an unusual modern altar made from the local green s…
Church in Soest


The tiny Nikolaikapelle enjoys mystical simplicity enlivened by a masterful altar painting attributed to 15th-century master Conrad von Soest (who, despite the name, was actually born in Dortmund).
Museum in Soest


The church of St Maria zur Wiese's restoration workshop operates this museum, where you can learn about the origin of Soest’s ethereal green stone.