Near the city center
|• Mayor||Erhard Pierlings (SPD)|
|• Total||115.18 km2 (44.47 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||652 m (2,139 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||313 m (1,027 ft)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||02354 |
Meinerzhagen is located in the hills of the Sauerland. The highest elevation is the Nordhelle with 652 m above sea level, the lowest elevation at the Lister dam with 319m. 56% of the town area is covered by forests.
Division of the townEdit
The town consists of the following villages and places:
In 1765 Meinerzhagen received city rights from King Frederick II of Prussia, however in 1865 the city abandoned them to save administrative costs. In 1846 the Amt Meinerzhagen was formed, covering both Meinerzhagen and the municipality of Valbert. On September 19, 1964 Meinerzhagen received city rights again.
In the communal reform of the district Altena in 1969, Meinerzhagen was merged with Valbert, the Amt Meinerzhagen was dissolved.
Coat of armsEdit
The coat of arms of Meinerzhagen shows a red lion as the symbol of the duchy Berg, placed on a blue St. Andrew's cross on yellow ground, referring to the family von Badinghagen, which became extinct in the 17th century. The bottom part of the coat of arms shows the red-and-white-chequered bordure as the symbol of the Mark. A yellow horn is placed on top of the bordure, taken from the coat of arms of the municipality of Valbert. The coat of arms was granted on June 14, 1975.
Before the merging of Meinerzhagen and Valbert, the two towns as well as the Amt Meinerzhagen had their individual coats of arms. The coat of arms of Meinerzhagen dates back to at least 1857, as the town hall, built in 1857, already showed the coat of arms above its entrance. The coat of arms had a green bottom part, top left Saint Mary on a throne, holding a scepter, with Jesus as an infant, and top right a building with three towers and red roofs, and the sun and two stars above.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Valbert showed both the chequered bordure as well as the black cross of Cologne in the bottom part, as the municipality consisted of parts of the Mark as well as of the Electorate of Cologne. The top part shows a hunter, which, similar to the coat of arms of the neighboring municipality of Herscheid refers to the hunting privilege granted by duke Johann III of Cleves, the heir of the duke of Mark. The coat of arms was designed by Otto Hupp, and was granted on October 27, 1935.
The coat of arms of the Amt Meinerzhagen combined symbols of the three historic states of the area. The bottom part shows the black cross of Cologne, the middle part the chequered bordure of the Mark, and the top the lion of Berg.
Persons with relations to MeinerzhagenEdit
Meinerzhagen was the birthplace and home of several professional soccer players. Nuri Şahin and Lars Labonte all played for the soccer team of Meinerzhagen before joining professional soccer team Borussia Dortmund.
Meinerzhagen is situated at the Oberbergische Bahn and offers hourly connections to Cologne and (status October 2019) every two hours a direct train to Lüdenscheid, with connections to Hagen and Dortmund.
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
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