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Meschede is a town in the Hochsauerland district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the capital of the district Hochsauerlandkreis.

Meschede
View over Meschede
View over Meschede
Coat of arms of Meschede
Coat of arms
Meschede is located in Germany
Meschede
Meschede
Location of Meschede within Hochsauerlandkreis district
HesseSiegen-WittgensteinHöxter (district)Olpe (district)Paderborn (district)Soest (district)Märkischer KreisOlsbergMeschedeWinterbergMarsbergBestwigEsloheSundernHallenbergMedebachBrilonSchmallenbergArnsbergNorth Rhine-WestphaliaMeschede in HSK.svg
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Coordinates: 51°21′N 8°17′E / 51.350°N 8.283°E / 51.350; 8.283Coordinates: 51°21′N 8°17′E / 51.350°N 8.283°E / 51.350; 8.283
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictHochsauerlandkreis
Government
 • MayorChristoph Weber (CDU)
Area
 • Total218.5 km2 (84.4 sq mi)
Elevation260 m (850 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total30,081
 • Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codesD 59872
Dialling codes0291
Vehicle registrationHSK
Websitewww.meschede.de

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EducationEdit

One of the five branches of South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (also: Fachhochschule Südwestfalen (FH SWF)) is located here.

GeographyEdit

Meschede is situated in the Ruhr valley, near to the Hennesee, south of the nature-park Arnsberger Wald. Major towns in the vicinity of Meschede are Paderborn (51 km), Kassel (85 km), Siegen (57 km), Hagen, Dortmund (60 km) and Hamm (49 km).

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

Division of the townEdit

After the local government reforms of 1975 Meschede consists of these districts and villages:

  • Baldeborn
  • Berge
  • Berghausen
  • Beringhausen
  • Blüggelscheidt
  • Bockum
  • Bonacker
  • Calle
  • Drasenbeck
  • Einhaus
  • Enkhausen
  • Enste
  • Ensthof
  • Erflinghausen
  • Eversberg
  • Frenkhausen
  • Freienohl
  • Frielinghausen
  • Galiläa
  • Giesmecke
  • Grevenstein
  • Heggen
  • Heinrichsthal
  • Höhringhausen
  • Horbach
  • Immenhausen
  • Klause
  • Köpperkopf
  • Köttinghausen
  • Kotthoff
  • Laer
  • Löllinghausen
  • Löttmaringhausen
  • Mielinghausen
  • Mosebolle
  • Mülsborn
  • Obermielinghausen
  • Olpe
  • Remblinghausen
  • Schederberge
  • Schedergrund
  • Schüren
  • Stesse
  • Stockhausen
  • Vellinghausen
  • Visbeck
  • Wallen
  • Wehrstapel
  • Wennemen
  • Windhäuser
  • Wulstern.
 
Panorama of Meschede

HistoryEdit

In 1921 the Sauerländer Heimatbund was founded.

TransportationEdit

Meschede is connected with two national roads, the federal roads B 7 and B 55, and the motorway A 46. It has an airfield, the Meschede-Schüren Airfield, with a 900 m runway.

ClimateEdit

The city's climate is continental. The lowest temperature recorded was −20 °C (−4 °F), its highest was recorded at 39 °C (102 °F).

Mayors of MeschedeEdit

  • 1952–1961: Engelbert Dick (CDU)
  • 1961–1969: Josef Busch (CDU)
  • 1969–1974: Bruno Peus (CDU)
  • 1975–1998: Franz Stahlmecke (CDU)
  • 1998–1999: Bruno Peus (CDU)
  • 1999–2015: Hans-Ulrich (Uli) Hess (CDU)
  • 2015-present: Christoph Weber (CDU)

MediaEdit

Meschede has its local radio station Radio Sauerland. The Fachhochschule Südwestfalen runs its own radio station called radioFH!. The regional newspapers are Westfalenpost and Westfälische Rundschau. The local newspaper is the Sauerlandkurier.

Notable peopleEdit

Main sightsEdit

  • Abbey Königsmünster, built by Order of Saint Benedict
  • Hennesee - The Hennesee is a lake near Meschede and the main recreational area of the town. It was built to secure the water supply of the close Ruhrgebiet and is today mainly use to generate hydropower, flood protection and baseflow. Recreational areas are the tanning lawn and bath area, fishing, rowing, sailing, walking and hiking.

International relationsEdit

Meschede is twinned with:

Also unofficial friendly relations exist with the following towns:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. ^ Sauerländer Heimatbund Archived 2008-05-03 at the Wayback Machine.

External linksEdit

 
Meschede in winter 2004
 
Meschede in winter 2005