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

View over Meschede
View over Meschede
Coat of arms of Meschede
Coat of arms
Location of Meschede within Hochsauerlandkreis district
HesseSiegen-WittgensteinHöxter (district)Olpe (district)Paderborn (district)Soest (district)Märkischer KreisOlsbergMeschedeWinterbergMarsbergBestwigEsloheSundernHallenbergMedebachBrilonSchmallenbergArnsbergNorth Rhine-WestphaliaMeschede in HSK.svg
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Meschede is located in Germany
Meschede is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
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
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
 • MayorChristoph Weber (CDU)
 • Total218.5 km2 (84.4 sq mi)
260 m (850 ft)
 • Total29,921
 • Density140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
D 59872
Dialling codes0291
Vehicle registrationHSK


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 municipalitiesEdit

Division of the townEdit

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.

In 1970, Meschede's St. Walberga Hospital was the site of a smallpox outbreak, as described in the book The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston.


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 MeschedeEdit

  • 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)
  • 1999–2015: Hans-Ulrich (Uli) Hess (CDU)
  • 2015-present: Christoph Weber (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. The local magazin is the WOLL-Magazin.

Notable peopleEdit

Main sightsEdit

  • 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 relationsEdit

Meschede is twinned with:

Also unofficial friendly relations exist with the following towns:


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ Sauerländer Heimatbund Archived 2008-05-03 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

Meschede in winter 2004
Meschede in winter 2005