- Soest (district)
Infobox German district
Soest (IPA2|ˈzoːst) is a Kreis (district) in the middle of
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Warendorf, Gütersloh, Paderborn, Hochsauerland, Märkischer Kreis, 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 1449it slowly lost importance, only to gain it again when in 1816the new Prussian government created the district. In 1975the district was merged with the neighboring district Lippstadt and parts of the former district Arnsberg.
Geographically it covers the northern part of
Sauerlandhills and the lower land north of it, the "Hellweg". The rather flat land and very fertile loesssoil makes it an old agricultural area. The main rivers through the district are the Ruhr, Lippe and the Möhne, which is damed to Möhne Reservoir. The highest elevation is in near Warsteinwith 580m, the lowest with 65m is the Lippe valley.
Coat of arms
Towns and municipalities
* [http://www.kreis-soest.de Official website] (German, English)
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