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The enchanting city of Brilon is situated on the Brilon Heights and stands 450 metres high above the River Möhne. Right in between a forest nature reserve (Arnsberg) and a lake nature reserve (Diemel), Brilon is a special city that dates back to 973 AD.
Brilon is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and it has many historical buildings that make it a wonderful place to carry out some sightseeing. The old half timbered houses and forests that surround the city create an atmosphere that can only be experienced in an old city such as this.
The opportunities for relaxation and sightseeing are always available at Brilon whether you choose to visit in the summer, spring, autumn or winter. The city covers 229.2 square kilometres and nearly half of that is forest! This is one reason why Brilon is so popular with hikers and cyclists as well as families who want to see the fabulous buildings in the town and then enjoy a relaxing picnic close by.
The town hall at Brilon is one of the oldest in Germany and is very impressive. One of the most renowned landmarks of the city is the Church of St Petrus and St Andreas (St Peter and St Andrew). The tower of the church is 63 metres high.
The coat of arms of the city has a key which is representative of the keys of St Peter who is the patron saint of Cologne. Don’t forget to look at the stunning fountains that are dotted all around the city. Some of the fountains are very old and some are newer ones that were only erected in the 1990’s. Nevertheless, they are very impressive sights.
Brilon has the Kurpark, a spa resort that offers several areas of water and a state approved Kneipp health facility. Sebastian Kneipp was the forefather of the naturopathic medicine movement in Bavaria. You can sunbathe and enjoy the spa waters or just rest and relax in this beautiful environment.
In the summer months, concerts are held on the terrace of the Haus am Kurpark and in July and August you can see street theatre and live music at the Brilon Open Air Festival.
The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has some stunning places to visit and Brilon makes an ideal location to begin exploring this beautiful area of Germany.
Three star accommodation that is right in the heart of Brilon, the Hotel Alte Post has cosy rooms and a spa. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi is in every room and the breakfast buffet is included in the price of the room.
The Bistro serves a range of drinks and in the summer you can take advantage of the beer garden. In addition to the usual amenities, the Hotel Alte Post has something different, a 2 lane bowling facility that is right on site. Free parking is also available to all guests.
Situated in a restored Wilhelminian-style building and at the centre of Brilon is the Hotel am Wallgraben. Bright spacious rooms provide relaxing accommodation and there is a beer garden and an elegant restaurant that has specialities in local Westphalian and Mediterranean dishes.
Just a half kilometre from the main station and with free parking for guests, the hotel has all you could want for a stay in the city of Brilon.
Placed in beautiful surroundings in spa gardens, the Kurpark Villa Aslan is 7.06 kilometres from the centre of Brilon. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the sun room or on the terrace and then spend your day exploring the beautiful region of the Upper Sauerland.
Spa and beauty treatments can be booked at the spa at Olsberg and the staff, who all speak English, will make you exceedingly welcome.
The International airport Paderborn/Lippstadt is 40 kilometres away from Brilon. You can take an express bus which runs between Paderborn and the airport terminal then change to the bus for Brilon.
The train journey from Paderborn to Brilon takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Go from Paderborn Hbf to Warburg West then take one of the Db trains to Brilon Wald.
The journey by road from Paderborn to Brilon takes around 45 minutes. Use the B64 to the A33 and B48 to Moosspringstraße in Brilon. Continue on B64 to exit on to A33 to Brilon/Kassel/Dortmund. Then Continue on B480 to B251 and then on to Brilon.
Try Some Shopping
The pedestrianised zone at Brilon has some excellent shops. Wander around the covered passages or go directly to the Brilon Arkaden (Brilon Arcade) which is a shopping centre close to the main train station. There is also a twice weekly market where you can buy local products.
Cycling And Hiking In The Area
The huge network of bike paths around the Sauerland region make it ideal for cyclists. There are over 40 different routes and the paths cover some 1,700 kilometres in length. Different routes are recommended for different types of bike with some being more suitable for mountain bikes and some for city bikes. The paths all have excellent signposts and you can start on the paths from Brilon.
The Sauerland is a haven for hikers with many kilometres of trails through the forests. You can go with a ranger or go it alone and there are tours that can be taken with others. Experience the finest hiking in Germany at Brilon, the city of forests.
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