Soest District
—  District  —
[[File:DE Kreis Soest COA.svg capital=Soest|100px|alt=|Coat of arms of Soest District]]
Coat of arms
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Country Flag of Germany.svg Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Arnsberg
Capital {{{capital}}}
 • Total 1,327.47 km2 (512.54 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 304,167
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration SO

Soest District is a Kreis (district) in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Warendorf, Gütersloh, Paderborn, Hochsauerland, Märkisch District, Unna and the district-free city Hamm.


In medieval times Soest was the biggest city of Westphalia; however, after it liberated itself from the bishops of Cologne in the Soester Fehde in 1449 it slowly lost importance, only to gain it again when in 1816 the new Prussian government created the district. In 1975 the district was merged with the neighboring district of Lippstadt and parts of the former district of Arnsberg.


Geographically it covers the northern part of the Sauerland hills and the lower land north of it, the 'Hellweg'. The rather flat land and very fertile loess soil have it an agricultural area from ancient times. The main rivers through the district are the Ruhr, the Lippe and the Möhne, which is dammed to form the Möhne Reservoir. The highest elevation is in the area of Warstein with 580m, while the lowest is the Lippe valley with 65m.

Coat of armsEdit

DEU Kreis Soest COA The coat of arms show two symbols from the bishops of Cologne, who possessed Soest until 1449. In left half is the key of Saint Peter, the patron of Cologne; in the right is the black cross of Cologne. After the district was merged with Lippstadt the rose, symbol of the Lippe area, was added on top of the cross. This new version of the coat of arms was granted in 1976.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

Towns Municipalities
  1. Erwitte
  2. Geseke
  3. Lippstadt
  4. Rüthen
  5. Soest
  6. Warstein
  7. Werl
  1. Anröchte
  2. Bad Sassendorf
  3. Ense
  4. Lippetal
  5. Möhnesee
  6. Welver
  7. Wickede


External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°35′N 8°15′E / 51.58, 8.25

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