I lived in Soest for a few years, as well as worked there. Soest is a small city, very accessible and easy to get around in (keeping in mind it is, like many medieval cities, built in circles radiating out from the Cathedral in the centre of town). It is very conducive to walking or cycling. Not only is Soest historically interesting but it has a wealth of interesting gasthofs, cafes, konditorei, and nightclubs. As Soest was home to both Canadian and British troops from the 1950s through the 1970s and into the 1990s -- as well as Belgian troops -- English is not difficult to find, although one should always try and struggle through in German first. For anyone traveling through this region, Soest is an absolute must see.