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The Hanseatic city Brakel – officially recognized health resort

The historic Hanseatic town of Brakel is located in the heart of the Teutoburg Forest and the Oberwälderland. Witnesses of its history are many beautiful buildings, which you can discover during a leisurely stroll either alone or on a guided tour. Visitors can find peace and relaxation in the approximately five-hectare spa park "Am Kaiserbrunnen", well-kept grounds or the adjoining forest area up to the "Kaiser Wilhelm-Hain", honorary cemetery of the district of Höxter offer something for every taste. Twice a year, spa concerts take place here. A water treading pool, two large ponds, mini golf, a tennis court, a fitness trail, children's playgrounds and a gastronomy provide diversity for the whole family. In summer, a cool drink from the state-approved healing spring "Kaiserbrunnen" (iron acidulous) effectively supports the treatment of urinary tract diseases. At the beginning of August, the large annual folk festival "Annentag", a major crowd puller, takes place. Marquees, carousels, showmen and traders transform the entire city center into an immense funfair. In addition to the secular event, there is also an ecclesiastical "Annentag" with the veneration of St. Anne, a high mass and a procession.


Town Hall and Market Square ©Matthias Groppe, Stadt Brakel

Brakel Town Hall

The origins of the town hall date back to the 13th century. It has a stepped gable pierced with quatrefoils and a remarkable portal on the south side in Renaissance style from 1573 with a basket arch and decorated ashlar surround.

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Alte Waage ©Matthias Groppe, Stadt Brakel

"Alte Waage"

Thick walls and the restored gothic stone gable support the tradition that this was the residential tower of the knights of Modexen, who sought shelter with their family in the fortified town around 1350 due to the turbulent times. Today, a modern and barrier-free administrative building with about 340 square meters of office space and the council meeting room on the upper floor.

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Tourist Information "Haus des Gastes" ©Matthias Groppe, Stadt Brakel

"Haus des Gastes" (guest house)

Used as a guild house, then as an agrarian house. Later acquisition by the Jewish merchant Salomon Lobbenberg. 1943 Start of expropriation as Jewish property, 1944 transfer to the city of Brakel. After restitution in 1981, bought up and converted into the Haus des Gastes. Today the house houses the Tourist Information and the City Museum Brakel.

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Rheder Castle ©Stadt Brakel

Rheder Castle

The castle was built in 1750. The outer castle extends in a horseshoe shape and houses a small hussar museum as well as a private brewery for over 300 years. In the castle's Organgerie and Schlaun barn, groups can "party like in the days of the emperor." The castle park has been part of the European Garden Network EGHN since 2007 and is thus one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe.

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Gehrden Castle ©Matthias Groppe, Stadt Brakel


The history of Gehrden goes back a long way, it was first mentioned in a document in the year 868. Already in the Middle Ages Gehrden played an important role due to its monastery (year 1250), because the strong walls made of shell limestone protected the people from attackers in difficult times. In the church of St. Peter and Paul, built around 1140, one can see chasubles, precious objects such as chalice and monstrance and pictures from four centuries. The "12- apostle lime tree" is one of the oldest and most important trees in Germany.

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