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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 aglow with green, while the other is under wrap…
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 throughout the year. The food is predictably hearty, ample (yes, many dishes come with Zwi…
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 …
German in Soest

Restaurant Im Wilden Mann

This characterful restaurant shares a gorgeous double half-timbered building from the 15th century with a hotel of the same name. The kitchen turns out robust classics, some of them with an ambitious bent such as re…
German 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…
Church in Soest

Petrikirche

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

Nikolaikapelle

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

Grünsandstein-Museum

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.