Brilon's Altstadt breathes history. The rich, well-preserved building culture of earlier centuries makes up its individual charm. Above all, the half-timbered ensemble on the market square immediately captivates visitors. Enclosed by the remains of old city walls, small jewels have been preserved in Brilon's city center. Built around 1250, the town hall with its baroque front is one of the oldest in Germany. The building once served as a guildhall and thus still bears witness to Brilon's importance as a Hanseatic city.
Behind it, a little elevated, rises impressively the mighty west tower of the Provost Church with its baroque dome. The Haus Hövener museum, formerly the home of a Brilon business family, is built in the classicist style. Against this backdrop, the Petrusbrunnen (St. Peter's fountain) with the figure of the apostle and town patron peacefully splashes in the middle of the market square. The people of Brilon affectionately call their fountain "Kump". Cafés and restaurants as well as charming little stores have settled around the market square and in the pedestrian zone. Sitting there, relaxing and taking in the charm of the Altstadt is a piece of quality of life.