Explore the Hanseatic city Brakel

Brakel is a community area with approx. 17,000 inhabitants in the heart of the cultural district of Hoxter. The city is located in the eastern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, and was first mentioned in 829th The city rights were awarded to Brakel in 1229.
In addition to the center of the core city of Brakel is a further 14 towns.

The total area is 173.74 km2, of which approx. 1.45 km2 of settlement and traffic areas. Since 1974, Brakel is a state-approved climatic health resort. Moreover, in the municipality are still the other nationally recognized resorts and Bellersen Gehrden. In the municipality of Brakel, there are many hiking and cycling trails, hiking is one of the example of St. James. In the Middle Ages, many routes were leading to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain, where the tradition is for the grave of the apostle James, which became a popular place of pilgrimage in Europe. The paths of the pilgrims there pilgrim routes were called Jacob. One of them is now right outside the front door of Brakel. A new itineraries from the Elbe to the Rhine describes this interesting section of the old pilgrimage route that connects to a line from east to west, the ancient trading cities of Magdeburg, Goslar, Hoexter and Brakel with Bad Driburg, Paderborn, Cologne and Bonn. The old Hanseatic town of Brakel is located in a valley of Nethe and Brucht between the southern foothills of the Teutoburg Forest, the Egge and the Weser. Go on a trip and experience the old Hanseatic city with its historic town center.


Brakel was a town which, in the Middle Ages was one of the most important in the Principality of Paderborn. A traditional travelogue owes the city in 836 by its first written mention of Benedictine monks who engaged in the "villa brechal" before they reached their monastery Corvey. Other older traditions, have come from the 7 / 8 Century, so that may reasonably be deduced that the traditions of this is that Brakel has already passed in 829th. 

From 14th century Brakel witnessed its full bloom. 

The still recognizable medieval town plan can be in different phases of urban development show a strong construction activity. The oldest components of the Catholic parish of St. Michael, for example, ranging from the 12th Century back. The still existing division of the city in two main shopping streets has its origins in the medieval trade routes. 

From the 14th Brakel century is in its full bloom and equally in the diocese of Paderborn with the cities of Paderborn and Warburg, identified as on their own court costs and legal market. While the general situation in the 15th Brakel Century deteriorated, it comes in the suburban area to the founding of the monastery Brede. The Thirty Years' War in the 17th Century also left its mark in Brakel.

Historic city core:

The Hanseatic town of Brakel is member since 1997 Member of the Working Group Historical towns in North Rhine-Westphalia, now more than 30 cities. This working group has been supported by the NRW mission is to preserve the urban and architectural heritage, cultivate and develop. The urban landscape is still characterized by many historic buildings. Particularly noteworthy are the buildings of the Gothic and Baroque as well as the still remaining completely intact originality of the marketplace with the historic City Hall and the Church Square area. In addition, Brakel has fortunately also a large number of listed building standing secular buildings, most of which are already with financial assistance from the urban renewal program of the Land NRW has been extensively renovated. 

It is also gratifying that the old city wall and the wall-zone grave and still largely intact and is readable. Particular attention should be paid but also the many green spaces within the historic core. Unmistakable with other cities are the historic trees at the parish church.


Brakel is conveniently located at the intersection of federal roads B64 and B252/L712 (Ostwestfalenstraße);

near several highways and airports, which are easily accessible directly.

Events: Annentag

Annentag is a great fair with over 350,000 visitors. A colourful, shimmering and overflowing with joy bazaar. Sundays are remembered in a procession of the religious origin of the feast: The veneration of St. Anna in the Baroque chapel on the outskirts of the city. Many hundreds of worshipers enter the sanctuary escort. 

A splendid fireworks display ended on Monday evening four days of high-atmospheric.

Other Events:

Carnival parade
Spring festival
Michaelis market
Nicholas Market
Twin cities: Wetteren (Belgium), Zirkow (Rügen Island)
Founding member of the “Westfälischer Hansebund” in 1983.

Pictures of the Hanseatic City of Brakel


Tourist-Information Brakel
Haus des Gastes
Am Markt 5
33034 Brakel