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40th International Hanseatic Days Brilon
June 4th to June 7th Juni 2020


Dr. Christof Bartsch

Mayor of Brilon

EUROPE – in the heart of Brilon

“Brilon and Hansa?” Many guests, but also plenty of Briloners confronted for the first time with our Hanseatic history will be wondering what a Westphalian country town located in the rural Sauerland highlands has to do with this medieval trading federation. 


Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Federal President of Germany and Patron of the Brilon Hanseatic Days

Aware of the Hanseatic League's importance for European coexistence, the Federal President is pleased to
accept patronage for the Brilon 40th International Hanseatic Days, wishing the best of luck for the
preparations. May the many events enjoy the attention they deserve.

Jan Lindenau

President of the Hanseatic League

The Hansa is an active network of towns which historically belonged to the federation of merchant cities known by the name “Hanseatic League”, or which had busy trading relations with those cities.

Acting on the basis of historical experience and a cross-border Hanseatic ideal, our federation has made it its mission to revive the spirit of a truly European city, to foster the self-awareness of Hanseatic towns, and to develop the cooperation between those communities. It is the aim of the Hanseatic League to contribute to the economic, cultural, social, and national unity of Europe and thereby boost the confidence of towns and communities, consequently enabling them to accomplish their tasks as settings for a vibrant democracy.


Charming hosts and hostesses, varied garden art, tasty cakes and gateaux, hot coffee, much exchange - those were the good ingredients for Open…

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From June 27th to June 30th 2019 the International Hanseatic Days took place in Pskov. Brilon was represented there with a small delegation.

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On Tuesday June 4th 2019, the project team „Hanseatic Days 2020“ with project leader Ute Hachmann and Mayor Dr. Christof Bartsch welcomed many Brilon…

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As colourful and diverse as the Hansa, so are the tents.

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We thank all sponsors and supporters!