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).
Division of the town
After the local government reforms of 1975 Meschede consists of these districts and villages:
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 Meschede
- 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.
- Karl Lehr (1842-1919), mayor of Duisburg
- August Macke (1887-1914), painter
- Ansgar Nierhoff (b. 1941), artist
- Werner Pieper (b. 1948), author
- Klaus-Jürgen Wrede (b. 1963), author of the Carcassonne games
- Matthias Ungemach (b. 1968), Olympic rower
- Armin Petras (b. 1964), theatre director
- Daniela Bette (b. 1981), actress
- Joseph Hippolyt Pulte (6 October 1811 - died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 24 February 1884) was a homeopathic physician.
- Dieter Wurm, chairman of Sauerländer Heimatbund
- Daniel Ceylan (b. 1985), singer, 3rd place in the 2014 season of "Deutschland sucht den Superstar"
- 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.
Meschede is twinned with:
Also unofficial friendly relations exist with the following towns: