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View over Meschede
View over Meschede
Coat of arms of Meschede
Coat of arms
Meschede  is located in Germany
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
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Hochsauerlandkreis
 • Mayor Uli Hess (CDU)
 • Total 218.5 km2 (84.4 sq mi)
Elevation 260 m (850 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 30,119
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes D 59872
Dialling codes 0291
Vehicle registration HSK

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


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


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 municipalities[edit]

Division of the town[edit]

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


In 1921 the Sauerländer Heimatbund was founded.


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.


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 Meschede[edit]

  • 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–present: Hans-Ulrich (Uli) Hess (CDU)


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 people[edit]

Main sights[edit]

  • 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 relations[edit]

Meschede is twinned with:

Also unofficial friendly relations exist with the following towns:


External links[edit]

Meschede in winter 2005