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Anyone walking through the old town of Brilon is walking through many centuries. Encounter mute contemporary witnesses who, if they could tell, would fill moving novels. Mentioned for the first time in 973, Brilon is developing into one of the most important Hanseatic cities in Westphalia and one of the largest cities in Germany in terms of area. We invite you to take a stroll through the beautiful old town of the historic Hanseatic city. The course of the old city wall of Brilon can still be clearly seen on the basis of the city map, aerial photographs and, last but not least, the street names. Since almost all of the sights are located within the old city wall, they are easy to reach for the visitor on short distances.

In addition to the many nature-oriented activities such as hiking, Nordic walking and cycling, Brilon offers a cosiness for all visitors. Experience a modern, active city in its historical guise and let yourself be enchanted by the harmonious coexistence of yesterday and today.


Altstadt Brilon - Rathaus

Town Hall

The town hall from the 13th century is one of the oldest town halls in Germany. At 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., the carillon in the two upper windows shows scenes of the Schnadezug, which has been used as a border control  since 1388. At the time of the Hanseatic League, the building served as a guild hall.

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Brilon Stadtansicht ©WERBSTATT BWT Brilon 1959


The Catholic church of St. Petrus and Andreas was built around 1220. The tower of the church (63 m high) was built after 1250 in the early gothic style instead of a smaller tower. In the Middle Ages, the second floor served as a meeting room for the municipal magistrate, the lower part served as an ossuary.

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Derker Tor ©Brilon Wirtschaft und Tourismus GmbH

Derker Tor

Derker Tor is the last of four former town gates that belonged to the city fortifications with twelve towers and a wall of 2,300 m length. The prison room was located in the upper part of the building.

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Geologischer Sprung Aussicht ©Brilon Wirtschaft und Tourismus GmbH


One of the most famous and most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in Germany starts on the market square in Brilon - the Rothaarsteig. It leads 154 km from Brilon to Dillenburg.

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