"Soest" Soest by MD2nd

Soest Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 33 photos

Soest, a city of about 50. 000 inhabitants, has in fact the most marvelous Christmas Market of all Christmas Markets I've been to. Strolling over Soest's Christmas Market, does nothing but putting a huge smile on one's face. Lovingly decorated stalls of the Christmas Market are picturesquely situated between the imposing green sandstone churches and the historical half-timbered houses. There is a daily stage program with Christmas related performances. Senior citizens read fairy tales to children, a Christmas Angel opens door of the day of the large Advent calendar, and a trumpet player climbs the steps to the church tower each evening to play familiar carols, and a Westphalian nativity scene can be admired in the Cathedral of Saint Patroclus.


To me the most marvelous, most recommendable Christmas Markets, are:

1) Soest's Christmas Market
2) Rinteln's Christmas Market
3) Bueckeburg's Christmas Market
4) Osnabrueck's Christmas Market
5) Hoexter's Christmas Market

The old Westphalian town Soest lies on the northern edge of Sauerland. It has beautiful churches, many half-timbered houses, gothic buildings, and an almost completely preserved ring of town wall, which I found is the main part of Soest's beauty - a former fortification.

Soest has the oldest charter of municipal rights in Germany (c. 1120)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Former fortification that kept its very charm. Most beautiful Christmas Market is to be found in Soest.
  • Cons:Roads in town's center are small, parking places are little.
  • In a nutshell:Doing a walk on town's wall feels magical.
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