The stunning silhouettes of Soest’s imitable skyline create an arresting first impression of this traditional and talismanic town. The atmospheric Old Town teems with history and culture, exuding an air of antique charm; wander the narrow streets in order to discover the unique green sandstone buildings that give the town its individuality. Medieval monuments and quaint market squares add to the character of this delightful destination, the atmosphere of which is only enhanced by the warm and welcoming locals.
Arguably Soest’s most iconic landmark is the St. Patrokli Church, a sacred structure that proves a perfect example of Romanesque architecture. The church’s simple yet sublime façade perfectly complements the glimmering white spire and stained glass arches of the windows. A visit within reveals a rich and intriguing history through a collection of religious relics transferred from Troyes in the 10th century.
For a town its size, Soest boasts an incredible collection of museums more akin to a capital city. In the Town Museum, the prosperous past bursts to life with the captivating collection of archaeological finds, excavated relics and ancient photographs. The museum covers an impressive breadth of history and culture that dates back to the middle ages.
Sample some of Soest’s signature specialities at the wonderfully welcoming Brauhaus Zweibel. Boasting both a rustic restaurant menu and an on-site brewery, this familial and fabulous eatery is an ideal place in which to sample what devout diners term as German soul food; rustic recommendations include a glass of the malt beer and a crisp slice of traditional schnitzel. (Ulricherstrasse 24, Soest, Germany)