Soest (district)

The district of Soest [ zo ː st ] is a county in the eastern center of North Rhine -Westphalia in Arnsberg. It was created on 1 January 1975 from the former district of Soest, and the former county Lippstadt and the former Office Warstein from the former district of Arnsberg and individual congregations of different circles.

  • 2.1 District
  • 2.2 Kreistag
  • 2.3 Members from or on behalf of the district of Soest
  • 2.4 Coat of Arms
  • 2.5 flag
  • 2.6 License Plate
  • 3.1 Industry and Services
  • 3.2 Leisure


Geographical Location

The district of Soest is located in the transition area of the resulting ice ages in the northern German lowlands to hilly upland part of Germany and includes the southern end of Münster country with the hair strand.

The Soest district extends from 51 ° 24 ' to 51 ° 43' north latitude ( 37.7 km ) and from 7 ° 50 'to 8 ° 35' east longitude ( 52.6 km ).

Due to the prevailing wind direction East encamped behind the hair strand hundreds of thousands of years of fine airborne dust and formed from the fertile loess soil of the Hellweg Börden ( Werl - Unnaer Borde, Soester Plain and Geseker flare ). The Hellweg Börden belong next to the Magdeburg most fertile farmland in Germany.

The lip flows through the northern circuit area and forms the approximate boundary of the district of Warendorf. In the south the Möhnetal is roughly draw the distinction between Hochsauerlandkreis.

The highest elevation is in the Warsteiner city forest with 581.3 m above sea level. NN, the lowest point is the lip depression with 62.0 m above sea level. NN.

Circle outline

The Soest district is divided into 14 municipalities, of which seven cities.



(Population at 31 December 2012)

Population development to date, before 1975 Altkreis Soest

Neighboring districts or urban -

The Soest district is bordered to the north by the district of Warendorf and Gütersloh district, on the east by the district of Paderborn, in the south of the High Sauerland district and on the west by the Märkischen circle and the Unna district, and the district-free city Hamm.



Landrätin since the runoff on 9 September 2007 ( first ballot without 50 % majority on August 26, 2007) Eva Irrgang of the CDU. It combines in this office the chair of the county council and the supreme representative of the district of Soest, and governance of the district administration. You stand as Deputy Head of Administration district director Dirk Lönnecke aside. Three deputy Landrätinnen or district support the district administrator in their representation tasks.

With the inauguration of Eva Irrgang three former district administrators have held this office since 1975:

  • Josef Raulf (1975-1989)
  • Karin Sander (1989-1994)
  • Wilhelm Riebniger (1994-2007), after 1 August 1998, full-time


The 66 seats ( 6 ) of the County Council are distributed according to the local elections on 30 September 2009 following the various groups:

The council members of the Left and the SO! Party have joined together to a common fraction.

MPs from or on behalf of the district of Soest

  • MEP Peter Liese
  • MEP Birgit Sippel
  • Member of Parliament: Wolfgang Hellmich
  • Member of Parliament: Bernhard Schulte- Drüggelte
  • Member of Parliament: Werner wage
  • Member of Parliament: Christof Rasche
  • Member of Parliament: Eckhard Uhlenberg
  • Member of Parliament: Norbert Romans
  • Member of Parliament: Marlies Stotz
  • Member of Parliament: Dagmar Hanse

Coat of arms

The district of Soest has been awarded with certificate of 26 May 1976, the right to bear the coat of arms described below:

Coat Description: " In the split silver shield in front a upright red key with outwardly directed beard, behind a continuous black cross, which is covered with a five-petal red rose with golden slugs and golden sepals. "

Origin and Meaning: The coat of arms shows two ancient symbols of the Bishops of Cologne, the cities of Werl, Geseke Ruethen, Soest dominated as rulers of the Duchy of Westphalia ( to 1444 the Duchy of Westphalia ), and large parts of the district: In the left half, heraldic right, the keys of St. Peter, the patron saint of Cologne, in the right, heraldic left, the black cross of Cologne. At the same time the county coat of arms is a fusion of elements of the coat of arms of the former district of Soest and Lippstadt circles from which the present-day district of Soest emerged in 1975. The St. Peter's key has been demonstrated since 1375 as City Arms of Soest and was with the Electoral Cologne Cross and the later county coat of arms of the former district of Soest. For the circle Lippstadt, emerged from areas of the Duchy of Westphalia and the originally partially Lippe Lippstadt, the rose was placed the cross as a symbol of lip.

Since 1 July 2013 there is a " Anyone Arms ", which everyone can use without permission.


In the middle of a white, two red side stripes in the width ratio 1: 3: 1 bounded field, the coat of arms of the circle.

License Plate

The so-called "mark liberalization " by ordinance, which was adopted by the Federal Council on 21 September 2012 an expiring license plate is re-admitted for the district of Soest. It is the indicator " LP", which was used until the 1975 local government reform in the circle Lippstadt. On 3 December 2012, the first such license plate issued by the approval body of the circle in Lippstadt.

Economy and infrastructure

Manufacturing and service industries

The economy of the district of Soest is evident at first dominated by agriculture, but also the industry is pronounced:

North of the hair strand are focusing most industries in the district of Soest, often concise and conveniently located next to the east- west connection of the federal motorway 44 (Dortmund -Kassel).

In detail can be found in the Soest is a mixture of industry and services.

The car accessories dealer ATU operates in Werl his second logistics center next to Weiden and supplies from here the entire northern part of Germany and the Benelux countries with car accessories. ATU operates the largest chain of auto accessories with affiliated workshops. Another logistics operation, the company EUR Part ( commercial vehicle and truck parts, workshop equipment and industrial supplies ) also settled in Werl KonWerl area. The standard metal works in Werl are engaged in manufacturing of pipes made of copper, brass and aluminum. The Kettler company ( leisure products, garden furniture, bicycles, etc. ) has its business focus in the district of Soest (head office in Ense- Parsit, development and predominant part of production in Werl, training opportunities in the company's hotel on Moehnesee North Shore at Delecke ).

In Geseke and Erwitte one finds large cement plants.

The automotive supplier BDW Soest (formerly Alcoa) and Honselmann have production plants in Soest. The company Actebis in Soest is one of the major manufacturers and suppliers of PCs and accessories in Europe. In addition, the company is in Soest KuchenMeister GmbH resident who sells her baked goods worldwide.

In Lippstadt is the company Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., a leading manufacturer of auto lighting in Europe, employer for thousands of people in the region. Another major employer in Lippstadt is the company Rothe Erde (metalworking) as well as BHTC, a supplier of air-conditioning controls. With the company Hydronics is a resident of Erwitte one of the leading manufacturers of heating fittings. Also in Erwitte is the company Schäffer, a well-known manufacturer of small wheel loader, and.

As a major employer and standard bearer in the district of Soest, the Warsteiner brewery is to call in Warstein, one of the largest breweries in Germany.

Is also based in Soest is one of the production facilities of Coca- Cola Ltd. (CCE AG). The operation fills in Soest with about 80 employees from soft drinks and supplies a large part of the Ruhr and Lower Saxony.

In Wickede (Ruhr ) can be found next to the steel processing companies, which specialize in providing equipment for clinics and hospitals.

The company masterpieces in Rüthener Most district is one of the leading hard flooring manufacturers in Europe.

Leisure time

Even the leisure of the 6 million people in the nearby Ruhr plays a not inconsiderable role in the economy of the district of Soest. Thus provides the Moehnesee with the surrounding Arnsberg Forest, the functions of a vacation resort.

Three spas are also known nationwide: Bad Sass village, Bad Westernkotten ( Erwitte ), Bad Waldliesborn ( Lippstadt ). Cities Soest, Lippstadt, Geseke and Werl be visited because of their historic townscape of many tourists. The city of Werl is also the third largest German pilgrimage.


  • Railway Hamm- Warburg, half-hourly trains RB ( EMS flare -Bahn ), two hourly RE trains (Rhein- Hellweg - Express); Long-distance transport as part of the mid - Germany connection: Ruhr -Hamm -Kassel- Erfurt- Chemnitz ( IC holding in Soest and Lippstadt)
  • Railway route Dortmund - Soest, half-hourly trains RB ( Hellweg train)
  • Westphalian Railway Münster-Neubeckum-Beckum-Lippstadt-Belecke-Warstein/Rüthen (only freight)
  • Federal Highway 1 - almost to the road layout of the old Hellweg - represented a significant route of the old East -West trade, which connects as part of the connection Aachen Königsberg or even further comprising the North Sea ( Bruges, Belgium), Russia ( Novgorod ).
  • Federal Highway 55 - runs through the eastern part of the county from north to south.
  • Federal Highway 229
  • Federal highway 516 - runs through the southern part of the county of West ( Werl ) by the Möhnetal to east up to the federal highway 480 in Brilon.
  • Federal highway 44 runs in the Soest parallel to the main road 1
  • Federal Highway 2 is tangent to the circle area in the northern area ( Werl, Lippetal ).
  • Federal highway 445 leads from Werl from the Sauerland and is in Arnsberg- Neheim- Hüsten to Federal Highway 46
  • Bicycle traffic: since 26 November 2008, the district of Soest is a member of the Association of bicycle-friendly cities, municipalities and counties in NRW eV ( AGSS ).