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Celebrate Soester Allerheiligenkirmes: Soest's Vibrant Carnival

Updated: Apr 11, 2023


I always used to hear a lot about the Kirmes in Soest, Germany, from my wife as she had studied in Soest and went to Kirmes every year. This year, I decided to visit Kirmes with her!!

How to Reach Soest:


We started our journey from Train Station in Dortmund, Germany. Soest is just 45 minutes away from Dortmund. We took a direct train, and it was totally full because lots of people were going to Kirmes in Soest from surrounding cities and towns.


Kirmes Festivity in Soest:

Soest is a small town in North Rhine Westphalia with amazing architecture and significant historical importance. It's also famous for its University, where lots of International students are studying.

Cultural festival in Germany
Kirmes Soest

In 2018, The Kirmes started on Nov 7, and it was until Nov 11. To be honest, I did not keep my expectation high when I was going. But when we went out of the Train Station in Soest, I was totally stunted. The old town was fully decorated with lights, thriller rides, gaming stands, and food stalls.

On the right side of the train station, there was a ride called Jules Verna Tower. It was around 50-60 meters high. It elevates and pulls the rider at a speed of 2 meters per second to the top of the tower. The view from the top is unforgettable for us. We had a bird's eye view of the whole Kirmes.

Kirmes in Soest, Germany
Kirmes Soest

The next ride was Mr. Gravity. It was like a heavy rotation which has multi-rotating plates. The speed was increasing clockwise and counter-clockwise. It was totally INSANE, but I loved it.

Here comes our favorite ride ‘’Hard Rock Drive’’. The ride was like bumping cars where they had more than 20 disco cars with amazing music. We were bumping our car into others as much as we could. It reminds me of my childhood. It was so much fun.

Cultural festival in Soest
Hardy Rock Ride, Kirmes Soest

On the left side, there were food stalls for crepes with different varieties, Ice cream with mouth-watering flavors, cotton candy, popcorn, sweet corns, Mandeln with so much innovation, famous potatoes with different sauces, different fries like pommes, curly fries, and hot dogs. We could not stop ourselves from trying all of them.

Food stalls at Carnival
Steamed Corn in Kirmes Soest

My next ride was looping the loop. It was like a merry-go-round in a monkey cage. Basically, the ride is for kids, but it’s always fun to be young again.

Time to show some Archery skills – I am an expert in archery and doing it since my college and also participated in many competitions during my student life. I took 4 arrows, and three of them hit on Bull’s Eye, but when I hit the 4th- two of them in the Bull’s Eye fell down, so unfortunately, I did not win a big prize. I just got a YOYO.


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Soest Kirmes 2018

There were so many shooting stalls as well. There was also a chance to win stuffed toys. It was a bit difficult game – I was supposed to shoot the small buttons.

I had tried my luck but was not so much successful, but it is always fun to try these types of activities.

Archery in Germany
Archery in Kirmes 2018 in Soest, Germany

There was also a stall for hitting the ball and dropping the tins. There were so many kids who were trying to drop the tins by hitting the ball. I must say it is a bit difficult game for the kids, but still, I can see the happiness and joy on their faces.

There was also a huge Sky Wheel which has open and closed sky cabins. I took the ride and enjoyed the amazing panoramic view of the whole city.

Kirmes in  Soest, Germany
Sky Wheel in Kirmes Soest

On one side, there were so many lights, stalls, rides and people and on the other side the view of a Gothic Church.

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View of Kirmes 2018 in Soest, Germany from Sky Wheel

The most exciting ride for the kids and adults was Daemonium – It was one of the best rides. The concept was related to the horror house where you go inside by train. There are lots of scariest ghosts who can really make you frightened. I would challenge you to take this ride !!

Kirmes in  Soest, Germany
Kirmes 2018 in Soest, Germany

The next ride was Mine Tower. OMG OMG OMG !!! The ride was around 80 meters high, and it took us slowly upwards when it reached to the top, then a thrilling free fall. If you want to enjoy the spectacular view of the Soest with a thrill, this is the ride for you.

Nessy is a giant monster swing with modern LED technology. It was my favorite ride since my childhood. People from all age groups enjoyed this ride.

Carnival in Soest, Germany
Kirmes 2018 in Soest, Germany

Super Hupferl is the kind of ride that is not only fascinating for the riders but also for the spectators. They also had super hupferl which has the funniest and fast driving style. Sometimes, it was going on the right and sometimes on the left with amazing songs in the background. This ride was so much fun.

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Kirmes 2018 in Soest, Germany

Wilde Maus is like a roller coaster for kids, but even adults enjoyed the ride so much. It has a track on which it was running but not at a very fast speed. If you are a bit afraid of speed, then you can take this ride.

The infinity ride was one of the most terrifying rides of my life (Just Kidding, Sky Diving was). In the beginning, I was very comfortable. It was only moving at an angle of 90 Degrees. On the next round, it was around 140 Degrees, and I was really enjoying it. And then I was at 180 Degrees.

OMG, my wife was about to die at this point. And then It was a 360 Degree revolving ride. My world was up sight down. OMG, this is something really too much fun. But to be honest, if you are scared of heights – it’s better not to take them.

Things to do in Carnival Soest, Germany
Kirmes 2018 in Soest, Germany

There were also lots of traditional and cultural stalls from where you could buy traditional German scarf, clothes, handmade baskets and bags, jewelry, typical German ornaments, wooden craft, toys, souvenirs, and lots of interesting stuff for every age group.

After the rides, we were exhausted and starving. A wide range of outlets offering traditional German cuisine. We stopped at one stall and ordered German Pommes and Steam Corn. Believe me, Pommes (Fries) in Europe are life-saving food. It's highly recommended to take your snack.

Ending Note:

Besides this, there were a lot of rides and activities for everybody. I must say that Kirmes in Soest is the ultimate fun for people from all age groups. It has a lot to offer to every age group. If you are in Germany in November or visiting Germany, YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE IT.

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