Old townhall in Menden
|• Mayor||Volker Fleige (SPD)|
|• Total||86.08 km2 (33.24 sq mi)|
|Elevation||115 - 380 m (−1,132 ft)|
|• Density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Postal codes||58706, 58708, 58710|
Menden's first churches were built in the 9th century. From 1180 on the area around Menden was part of the Cologne region, however, as it was on the border with the County of Mark, it was often fought over. In 1276, it received city rights. Industrialization started early: in 1695 needle production was the first industry, later followed by limestone products like cement. In 1816 Menden was included within Prussia, after being part of Hesse for 13 years. In 1975 the city was merged with several previously independent municipalities, thus it grew in area as well as population.
Points of interest
The Hönnetal, a narrow valley with some beautiful cliffs carved into the limestone bedrock by the river Hönne.
In Menden (Sauerland), there are eleven (elementary schools).
Besides four hauptschulen, two realschulen, there are three grammar schools:
The theatre, managed by the city government, is the "Theater am Ziegelbrand" (TAZ). The director is Volker Fleige.
A festival is Menden à la carte. It is organized by the Initiativkreis Mendener Wirtschaft.
Besides in Menden there are three theaters; the theater am Ziegelbrand in an old factory building with place for 49 visitors. Another theater is under the indoor swimming pool with place for 99 people. It`s called Zimmertheater Scaramouche and you can also see corporate appearances and a traditional Christmas stage play. For the young visitors there`s a kids club. The last theater is in Halingen. It`s called the Halinger Dorftheater.
The Museum Menden founded in 1912 is specialized in the living of the citizens of Menden in medieval age. It informs and reconstructs the equipment from the houses of farmers and patricians. It also presents bones of human beings lived in the prehistoric times and the complete skeleton of a cave bear.
- The ruin of the Burg Rodenberg the old caste existing in the forest near the indoor swimming pool.
- The St.-Vincenz-Kirche founded in 1345 is the biggest church in Menden and is near to the old city hall.
- Parts of the old city defense like 3 towers and a little part of the city wall still exist and may be seen.
In Menden there are many sport clubs. It is the home of the Sauerland Cup which is a competition for handball clubs from all around the world. Even clubs from Japan or Switzerland took part in 2005. It takes place in spring and nearly every sports hall is used. Menden is also the host of an international soccer competition in which every U-10-Club can take part. The Huckenohlstadion is a multipurpose stadium. It is a place for athletics soccer. Menden has also clubs for basketball, tennis, swim, dance, volleyball, boxing and you can visit contests, matches and demonstrations nearly every weekend.
The first events in year is carnival with the parade with its clubs of local dance groups.
The second event is the Lendringser Frühling. Organized from the Lendringser Werbegemeinschaft it`s an event combined with shops open Sundays. You can visit stalls and presentations of different groups like a bike performance or typical food from different communities like the Greek one.
The Good Friday procession has taken place since the 17th century. The route starts near the St.-Vincenz-Church and goes over 14 stations to the St.-Antonius-Cahpel and it begins hourly. The route is 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) long and espacially for the youth there`s a procession with music which is well attended by young people. You can be a part of this procession from Thursday at 9 pm to holy Saturday at 6 am.
In the time around Pentecost Menden is organizing a kermis with driving business with meal stands and a big firework on Tuesday at the end of the kermis. This event is a big magnet for over 300.000 people living around Menden. This event takes place 4 days from the Saturday before Pentecost until the Tuesday after it. It opens Saturday at 2 pm and remeins open to 12 am.
The culture row Mendener Sommer is a collection of several events of different national and international music artists. The events which are free and organized by the culture office are mainly in July and August and take place outside in the center of the city.
Menden à la carte is an event which takes place in the summer from Friday to Sunday and is marcked culturally and culinarily.
The Mendener Herbst is an event of the Mendener advertising arrangement and takes place every year at the 3rd weekend of October on Saturday and Sunday. It is a kind of a junk market for arts and crafts out of the region.
- Dendemann, singer
- Paul Menz
- Augustin Henninghaus, missionary and bishop
- Violetta Körner, actor
- Wolfram Kuschke, politician
- Angelika Nützsche, actor and singer
- Mile Prerad, sculpturer
- Laura Narjes, Dancer and Greek TV host of Greek and German descent
Twin towns – Sister cities
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