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Menden (Sauerland)
Old townhall in Menden
Old townhall in Menden
Coat of arms of Menden (Sauerland)
Menden (Sauerland) is located in Germany
Menden (Sauerland)
Coordinates 51°26′0″N 07°48′0″E / 51.433333°N 7.8°E / 51.433333; 7.8
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Märkischer Kreis
Mayor Rudolf Josef Düppe (CDU)
Basic statistics
Area 86.08 km2 (33.24 sq mi)
Elevation 115 - 380 m
Population 56,981  (30 June 2008)
 - Density 662 /km2 (1,714 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate MK
Postal codes 58706–58710
Area codes 02373
02378 (Halingen)
02379 (Asbeck)
Location of the town of Menden (Sauerland) within Märkischer Kreis district

Menden (Sauerland) is a town in the district Märkischer Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located at the north end of the Sauerland near the Ruhr river.



Menden's first churches were built in the 9th century. From 1180 on the area around Menden was part of the Cologne region, however, as it was on the border with the Mark dukedom, it was often fought over. In 1276, it received city rights. Industrialization started early: in 1695 needle production was the first industry, later followed by limestone products like cement. In 1816 Menden was included within Prussia, after being part of Hesse for 13 years. In 1975 the city was merged with several previously independent municipalities, thus it grew in area as well as population.

Points of interest

The Hönnetal, a narrow valley with some beautiful cliffs carved into the limestone bedrock by the river Hönne.



Primary education

In Menden (Sauerland), there are eleven grundschulen (elementary schools).

Secondary schools

Besides four hauptschulen, two realschulen, there are three gymnasien:


The theatre, managed by the city government, is the "Theater am Ziegelbrand" (TAZ). The director is Volker Fleige.


A festival is Menden à la carte. It is organized by the Initiativkreis Mendener Wirtschaft.

Persons of interest

A sculpture from Mile Prerad (2008)
  • Angelika Nützsche, actor and singer
  • Mile Prerad, sculpturer
  • Wolfram Kuschke, politician
  • Violetta Körner, actor
  • Dendemann, singer

Twin towns

Lee's Summit, Missouri, USA

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