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From Brilon, it is about 70 miles west to Essen and 80 miles southwest to Cologne.
Take some time to discover the splendor of this region's natural attractions. Some nearby locations are Hallenberg Visitor's Centre (20 miles away) and Muhlenkopf Hill (9 miles away).
See how enthusiastic the local fans are when it comes to sports by watching a game at Worldcup Mühlenkopfschanze in Willingen. It's just 9 miles to the south of Brilon. When the game's over, meet up with the locals in one of the nearby pubs or bars.
You don't have to miss out on your regular game of golf. Golfclub Brilon is available for friendly play.
Wintersports fans will be thrilled to hear that there are some ski resorts in the wider region, such as St. George Ski Jump and Wintersportpark Sahnehang.
Head to Alme, 3 miles away from Brilon. It's home to St. Anthony of Padua Church and Defense Tower. Bontkirchen, yet another worthwhile place, boasts Lagunen-Erlebnisbad Willingen and Ettelsberg-Kabinenseilbahn. This destination is 5 miles away.
When it's time to spread your wings, check out a regional hub. Ostwig is around 8 miles away and offers visitor attractions, such as Fort Fun, Erzbergbaumuseum and Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck and Bilsteinhohle. Wild Eagle and Trapper Slider are some more places that ought to be on every traveler's itinerary.
Trying traditional food is a great way to gain insight into a destination. So be sure to stop by some of this region's cafés and restaurants.
You mightn't have paid much heed to the virtues of beans and potatoes in the past, but you're guaranteed to be an expert on these well-known ingredients by the end of the trip!
Some common dishes you might like to try are grünkohl und kohlwurst (sausage and kale) and Rheinischer sauerbraten (marinated roast with vegetables).
End with butterkuchen (butter cake), a delicious dessert.
Get yourself a pint of Schumacher Alt, one of this region's homegrown brews.
One of the most popular spirits around these parts is Steinhäger Gin.
The real spirit of a country resides not just within it's monuments and mountains, but also in the cadences of its language. Learning just a few handy words and expressions in German will make your vacation both easier and infinitely richer. Wie heißt du? translates to what's your name? in German. Guten Morgen (good morning) is another one to know.
Enjoy the strong spirit of national pride on the 3rd of October for Unity Day.
When it's nearly time to depart, say a final "Auf Wiedersehen" to Brilon, and be confident that all the euros you spent are nothing compared to the adventures you had.
If you'd like to find Brilon's closest airport, it's 14 miles away.
There are limited hotels in Brilon on the Expedia lodging page, so it's wise to reserve a room early.
Situated in Brilon, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Erzbergbaumuseum and Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck, Defense Tower, and St. Anthony of Padua Church. Fort Fun and St. Marien Hospital are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Erzbergbaumuseum and Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck, Fort Fun, and Skiliftkarussell Winterberg. Golf Club Winterberg and Winterberg Mountain Adventure are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in the mountains, this property is within 9 mi (15 km) of Defense Tower, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and Fuerstenberg Castle. St. Marien Hospital and Drakenhoehlen are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in the mountains, this property is close to Lake Diemelsee. Regional attractions also include Sommerrodelbahn & Sesselbahn / Skilifte Willingen and Defense Tower.
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 20 mi (32 km) of Erzbergbaumuseum and Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck, Fort Fun, and Skiliftkarussell Winterberg. Golf Club Winterberg and Winterberg Mountain Adventure are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Located in Pulvermühle, this vacation home is within 16 mi (25 km) of Defense Tower, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and Erzbergbaumuseum and Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck. St. Marien Hospital and Drakenhoehlen are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 16 mi (25 km) of Defense Tower, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and St. Marien Hospital. Drakenhoehlen and Kilianstollen Mine are also within 16 mi (25 km).