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Coat of arms of Bestwig
Coat of arms
Bestwig  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°22′0″N 08°24′0″E / 51.36667°N 8.40000°E / 51.36667; 8.40000Coordinates: 51°22′0″N 08°24′0″E / 51.36667°N 8.40000°E / 51.36667; 8.40000
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Hochsauerland
 • Mayor Ralf Péus (CDU)
 • Total 69.36 km2 (26.78 sq mi)
Elevation 280-750 m (−2,180 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 11,170
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59909
Dialling codes 02904, 02905
Vehicle registration HSK

Bestwig is a municipality in the Hochsauerland district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Bestwig is situated on the river Ruhr, approx. 10 km east of Meschede.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]


  • Bestwig (1,334 inhabitants)
  • Velmede (3,461 inhabitants)
  • Ramsbeck (2,047 inhabitants)
  • Ostwig (1,655 inhabitants)
  • Nuttlar (1,671 inhabitants)
  • Heringhausen (903 inhabitants)
  • Berlar
  • Andreasberg
  • Wasserfall

Twin towns[edit]

Bestwig has no official partnership with another town, but has close to ties to Niederorschel (Thuringia, Germany) and Niederwiesa (Saxony, Germany).

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms shows a silver Saint Andrew's Cross on blue ground. The Saint Andrew's Cross is a reference to the patron of the parish church in Velmede, Saint Andrew. The colors silver and blue show the allegiance to the former county of Arnsberg.

Notable persons[edit]

Notable places[edit]

  • Abbey Bergkloster Bestwig[2]


  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 18 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Bergkloster Bestwig

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