Hochsauerlandkreis (meaning "Higher Sauerland District" in German) is a Kreis (district) in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Soest, Paderborn, Höxter, Waldeck-Frankenberg, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Olpe, Märkischer Kreis.
History [ edit ]
The district was established in 1975 in the reorganization of the districts in
North Rhine-Westphalia by merging the previous districts Arnsberg, Brilon and Meschede.
Geography [ edit ]
Geographically the district covers a big part of the
Sauerland mountains, including the two highest elevations - the near Langenberg Olsberg with 843m, and the better known with 842m near Kahler Asten Winterberg.
Coat of arms [ edit ]
The coat of arms was inherited from the former district
Arnsberg. It shows the eagle as the symbol of the Earls of Arnsberg. When their county lost independence in 1368 it fell to the bishops of Cologne, thus the sign on the breast of the eagle shows the Cologne cross.
Towns and municipalities [ edit ]
Town twinnings [ edit ]
twinned with the following cities:
Notable persons [ edit ]
Notable places [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". (in German). 4 September 2014. Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW
^ Herzlich willkommen Bergkloster Bestwig im Hochsauerlandkreis/Nordrhein-Westfalen
^ Anfahrt mit der Bahn
External links [ edit ]
Media related to Hochsauerlandkreis at Wikimedia Commons
Coordinates: 51°15′N 8°20′E / 51.25°N 8.33°E