Soest, Germany

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city: 47,376

Land area

86 km2

Population density

551 inhabitants/km2

Soest is the district town of the district of Soest in North Rhine-Westphalia, which is located east of the Ruhr area. The city of Dortmund is located about 50 km west of Soest. To the east are the cities of Paderborn and Kassel.

Soest is characterised by radial streets in the core area of the city, which have developed as a result of its historical development. At the same time the city has 18 districts, which are rather rural. The city has a history of well over 1000 years and was one of the most important Hanseatic cities in Europe in the Middle Ages. Soest has always been historically located on important trade routes, such as Hellweg, which has helped the city to become more important. The history of the city can be read in the well-preserved old town and in the 2/3 of the old town Wall system.

Today the city is close to the federal motorway 44 and has a railway station which is a stop for ICE, IC, RE and RB lines of various railway companies. Soest is thus well connected to the regional and national transport network.
Soest is a bicycle city. The city is a founding member of the Association of Pedestrian- and Bicycle-Friendly Cities, Municipalities and Districts in NRW e.V. and of the Future Network Mobility NRW.

In Soest there is a city bus system, which currently comprises eight bus lines with a common rendezvous stop. In addition, there are several regional bus lines that provide connections to the surrounding area.
In 2012 and 2015, the city received the European Energy Award (EEA). This award was also one of Soest's incentives to replace the 1992 Transport Development Plan (VEP) with an updated version. In 2019, the city achieved EEA Gold status.

A new SUMP for the urban area was decided in 2016. It is intended to define the strategic framework for future traffic development and considers all traffic purposes and means of transport equally integrated. Cross-cutting issues such as intermodality, e-mobility, mobility management, road safety and accessibility are also addressed. The SUMP should help to ensure that all three aspects of sustainability are taken into account. Transport should be economical and efficient, enable social participation and improve the living environment of the people in Soest. The SUMP aims to reduce the MIV to approx. 47% by 2030. A performance review is planned at regular intervals.

Modal Split

Year 2011


Ingenieurbüro Helmert: Mobilitätsbefragung Kreis Soest




Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Axel Beyer

Telephone: +49 2921 103 3028
Email: dea.beyersoest
City website:
Political representative: Dr. Eckhard Ruthemeyer

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan exists. (Available only in GE, "Verkehrsentwicklungsplan Soest 2030" in original language)

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