Brakel is located some 190 miles (306 kilometers) from Berlin, the country's capital, and about 110 miles (177 kilometers) from Cologne.
When it comes to getting the best from your precious vacation time, it's worth keeping in mind that Brakel is just the beginning; North Rhine-Westphalia has been blessed with an abundance of natural and man-made attractions. Bad Pyrmont, is 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the south, and Barntrup is situated 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the south.
Rent a vehicle and spend half a day in Kassel, a major city for the region, situated some 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Brakel. This regional center offers plenty of visitor attractions, including Brothers Grimm Museum, Museum for Sepulkralkultur and Kassel Congress Center. University of Kassel, Schloss Wilhelmshoehe and Wilhelmshoehe Park are also good places to spend some time.
The most rewarding places for travelers to visit when they discover a new place are the spots that offer a snapshot of the local culture. Don't miss North Rhine-Westphalia's art galleries, theaters and art museums. North Rhine-Westphalia is home to some important cathedrals and other holy sites, ideal places to experience Brakel's gentler side.
Have you always wanted to have a go at paragliding? This area is a great place to do it. When you hear the call to adventure, follow the lead of local thrill seekers and go hiking or mountain biking.
When it is time to depart Brakel, you'll be sure to bid this region a sad "Tschüss" But be comforted by the fact that you'll be leaving with special memories and momentos that are yours to keep forever.