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Coordinates: 51 ° 6 '  N , 7 ° 38'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Arnsberg
Circle : Märkischer Kreis
Height : 400 m above sea level NHN
Area : 115.67 km 2
Residents: 20,367 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 176 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 58540
Primaries : 02354, 02358 ( Valbert ), 02763 (Oberingemert), 02357 (Fürwigge)Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : MK
Community key : 05 9 62 036

City administration address :
Bahnhofstrasse 9–15
58540 Meinerzhagen
Website :
Mayor : Jan Nesselrath ( CDU )
Location of the city of Meinerzhagen in the Märkisches Kreis
Dortmund Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis Hagen Hochsauerlandkreis Kreis Olpe Kreis Soest Kreis Unna Oberbergischer Kreis Altena Balve Halver Hemer Herscheid Iserlohn Kierspe Lüdenscheid Meinerzhagen Menden (Sauerland) Nachrodt-Wiblingwerde Neuenrade Plettenberg Schalksmühle Werdohlmap
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Meinerzhagen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located in the west of the Sauerland and belongs to the Märkisches Kreis . In the state development plan , Meinerzhagen is shown as a medium-sized center with central local importance. The city is characterized by a long tradition of metal processing companies, but also by what it offers for tourism.


Geographical location

Meinerzhagen is located in the south of the Märkischer Kreis and in the western part of the Sauerland. The Volmetal , which runs in a north-westerly direction, begins here . The Ebbegebirge extends to the east . To the west, the municipality borders on the Bergisches Land. The most important traffic routes are the A 45 ("Sauerlandlinie") with the connection point Meinerzhagen and the B 54 .

On the southeast edge of the community at 480  m above sea level. NHN rises the Volme , which flows 49.8 km to the north and in Hagen 91  m above sea level. NHN flows into the Ruhr. Not far from the Volme spring, the Agger rises , which flows south and flows into the Sieg near Siegburg . Its tributary Hesmicke also flows through the urban area. The Verse rises in the north of the urban area , a tributary to the Lenne . Other watercourses are the Lister and the Ihne , which flow into the Biggesee . Just beyond the western city limits, near Marienheide-Börlinghausen, the Wipper rises , later called Wupper.

The highest elevation in the urban area is 652  m high near the Nordhelle near Valbert . The northern light is the highest point in the Märkisches Kreis. The lowest point in the city is 313  m in the village of Niederbadinghagen.

The many rivers and dams in and around Meinerzhagen form numerous water protection areas . In them drinking water is obtained, especially for the needs in the Ruhr area . But they are also attractions for hikers and - where permitted - bathers.

Neighboring communities

Neighboring communities are (clockwise from the south): Drolshagen , Gummersbach , Marienheide , Kierspe , Lüdenscheid , Herscheid , Attendorn . Only a few kilometers from the city limits are Olpe , Bergneustadt and Plettenberg .

Expansion of the urban area

The city itself only makes up a small part of the municipality. Large parts of this area are subject to agricultural and forestry use and make up its rural character.

City structure

About 4/5 of the inhabitants of Meinerzhagen live in the city center. The greater part of the remaining inhabitants live in Valbert . The remaining part is made up of a large number of villages and towns. The districts and locations of Meinerzhagen are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • At the Lingelchen
  • At the Hardt
  • Baberg
  • Badinghagen
  • Beckerhof
  • mountain
  • Berlinghausen
  • Beutringhausen
  • Blomberg
  • Borlinghausen
  • Bomme
  • Borneck
  • Brachtenberg
  • Breddershaus
  • Colored lights
  • Buschhausen
  • Buschhöh
  • Butmicke
  • Darmche
  • Denndorf
  • Drögenpütt
  • Dürhölten
  • Ebberg
  • Echternhagen
  • Eckertsmühle
  • Eick
  • Elminghausen
  • Donkey
  • Eulenberg
  • Freisemicke
  • Fumberg
  • Genkel
  • Gerringhausen
  • Graefingholz
  • Grotewiese
  • Grünenbecke
  • Grünental
  • Grünewald
  • Güntenbecke
  • Häusger mill
  • Hahnenbecke
  • Hardenberg
  • Rabbits
  • Haumche
  • Haumchermühle
  • Home town
  • Heed
  • Heerhof
  • Hemcherhagen
  • Hostel
  • Herringhausen
  • Away
  • Hesselbecke
  • Behind the height
  • High
  • Hösinghausen
  • Hohenhengstenberg
  • Hohlinden
  • Holbecke
  • Hülsenberg
  • Hunswinkel
  • You
  • Imhausen
  • Ingemert
  • Ingemerterhammer
  • Ingemertermühle
  • Ingemertstrasse
  • Putty
  • Basket corner
  • Kotten
  • Kropplenberg
  • Krummenerl
  • Langenohl
  • Lengelscheid
  • Lesmicke
  • Lister hammer
  • Listringhausen
  • Meinerzhagen
  • Mettgenberg
  • Middle Worbscheid
  • Mittelhagen
  • Möllsiepen
  • Mühlhofe
  • Neu-Grünental
  • Neuemühle
  • Neuhohlinden
  • Niederbadinghagen
  • Niederhengstenberg
  • cam
  • Nordhellen
  • Ober-Worbscheid
  • Oberingemert
  • Österfeld
  • Ohl
  • Pütthof
  • Redlendorf
  • Repent
  • Rinkscheid
  • Roll sieves
  • Rosenburg
  • Sheep field
  • Schallershaus
  • Scherl
  • Scherlerwieden
  • Grinding balls
  • Schlenke
  • maw
  • Schmittepaul
  • Sniff
  • Pint
  • Mining
  • Pan
  • Sebastopol
  • Sellenrade
  • Siepen
  • Cinder pile
  • Sinderhof
  • Singerbrink
  • Spädinghausen
  • Steinsgüntenbecke
  • Stone marrow
  • Stoltenberg
  • Sulenbecke
  • Sundfeld
  • Tarrenbrink
  • Unter-Worbscheid
  • Under the mountains
  • Valbert
  • Vestenberg
  • Volmehof
  • Vorderhagen
  • Vosssiepen
  • Woe
  • White horse
  • Werkshagen
  • Werlsiepen
  • Westebbe
  • Wickeschliede
  • Wiebche
  • Onion seed
  • Wieden
  • Wilkenberg
  • Willertshagen
  • Wind break
  • Winzenberg
  • Wormger Mill


Harkenstiel is the desolation of a former court .


Evangelical Jesus Christ Church and Catholic Parish Church of St. Maria Immaculata
City Hall

According to tradition, Meinerzhagen is said to have received its name from the hermit monk Meinhardus, but this cannot be proven. The first documentary mention dates back to the year 1067, but was probably not made until 100 years later. According to this document, the Archbishop Anno II of Cologne gave the collegiate church of St. George five pounds annually in Cologne currency from the tithe in Meinerzhagen. In another document from 1174, Count Engelbert I von Berg took over the collection of the tithe of the parish in Meinerzhagen. The late Romanesque three-aisled gallery basilica in Rhenish style was built around 1220 . Meinerzhagen became a place of pilgrimage to Mary. At that time it was on the important Heidenstrasse , also known as Cologne-Kassler-Landstrasse , which had linked Cologne and Kassel since the 8th century and continued from there to Leipzig .

Meinerzhagen was sold with the castle Waldenburg and Drolshagen on January 20, 1248 by Mechthild von Sayn for 2,000 marks to the Archbishop of Cologne Konrad von Hochstaden .

In 1311, Count Engelbert II of the Mark had a cross erected by Archbishop Heinrich II overturned as a symbolic act because of constant territorial disputes over Meinerzhagen . From around 1440 to 1460 the place changed hands several times because of the brotherly dispute between Count Adolf and Gerhard von der Mark .

In 1567 the Reformation was introduced by Friedrich Beurhaus , Gottfried Zimmer and Christoph Bech. The persecution of witches was less pronounced than in the Duchy of Westphalia . The plague and the Thirty Years' War claimed numerous victims in 1634. In 1640 Ulrich Christian von Gyldenlöve, a son of the Danish king Christian IV , lost his life in a battle with Dutch troops in Meinerzhagen.

In 1765 the Prussian King Friedrich II granted Meinerzhagen city ​​rights . In 1846 the Meinerzhagen office was established for the joint administration of Meinerzhagen and Valbert. In 1865, Meinerzhagen's city rights were revoked. In the years 1797, 1894 and 1913 major fires destroyed large parts of the village.

In the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century, the Brandenburg part of the Sauerland was an important center of early industrial development. The Iserlohn - Lüdenscheid - Altena area was one of the largest mining industrial centers in the world at that time. While the Electoral Cologne Hochsauerland remained politically dominated by the cross-class Catholic Center Party as a result of the Kulturkampf until the time of National Socialism , the socialist labor movement developed early in the Mark Sauerland . During the Europe-wide bourgeois-democratic revolution of 1848/49 , the Iserlohn uprising of 1849 took place . The development of the labor movement in the second half of the 19th century also had an impact on Meinerzhagen. The completion of the Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn in 1892 favored industrial development. The wage-dependent industrial workers mainly worked in the Meinerzhagener Metallwerke Sassenberg and Co., from which the Otto Fuchs works , which are still influential in Meinerzhagen, emerged in 1910 .

During the November Revolution of 1918 a good week after the Kiel sailors 'uprising and the founding of the first revolutionary workers' and soldiers 'council in Germany, workers from the USPD and SPD formed a soldiers' council in Meinerzhagen on November 12, 1918 with the support of Lüdenscheid, which - like the Meinerzhagener Zeitung reported on November 14, 1918 - after a "summoned meeting in the Kaisersaal" was formed by the "Comrades Carl Groll, Emil Groll, Nathan Stern , Emil Stern, Willy Kohl, Fritz Kohl Jr., Ernst Kessler and Hugo Vedder".

During the Weimar Republic , however, a fascist movement soon developed in the Protestant part of the Sauerland . Local groups of the NSDAP were founded in the surrounding cities early on : u. a. 1921/23 in Menden , 1923 in Lüdenscheid , 1926 in Plettenberg and Halver, and around the same time in Herscheid and Werdohl . In Meinerzhagen, the NS organizations came into being with the support of the Plettenberg NSDAP, which in the late 1920s had invited Heinrich Himmler , the anti-Semitic pastor and NSDAP Reich speaker Ludwig Münchmeyer and the later Reich Minister of the Interior Wilhelm Frick to speak, and with the Meinerzhagen NSDAP now organized similar events. Nevertheless, against the background of the importance of the metalworking industry in the Altena district , to which the office and the municipality of Meinerzhagen belonged at that time, until the outbreak of the global economic crisis in BC a. the Marxist workers' parties SPD and later the KPD strong. Since 1928 in particular, the relatively minor importance of the right-wing conservative DNVP , the left-liberal DDP and the cross-class Catholic center has declined . After the beginning of the global economic crisis, the number of NSDAP voters in the Altena district rose more than tenfold from 933 to 11,956 in the 1930 Reichstag election . The NSDAP received 22.1% of the valid votes (3.8 percentage points more than in the entire German Reich ). Nevertheless, the workers' parties SPD and KPD, with 27.4% and 12.1% respectively, as the main competitors of the NSDAP in the Altena district, still had roughly twice the number of votes (the SPD received 2.9 percentage points more, the KPD one percentage point less than the Reich average) . In the Reichstag election of July 31, 1932 , the NSDAP became the strongest party in the Altena district for the first time, with a share of 40.7% of the votes, and received 3.4 percentage points more than the Reich average. The SPD received 21.8% of the vote (21.6% nationwide), while the third-strongest KPD improved to 15.2% of the votes (14.3% nationwide). At the last general election before the seizure of power by Adolf Hitler on November 6, 1932, the vote share of the NSDAP fell to 36.7% (33.1%-reach), the SPD and the KPD came to 19.3% and 19.1% (20 , 4% and 16.9% nationwide).

After Hitler came to power, the NSDAP achieved 46.6% of the vote in the last free Reichstag election in March 1933 and was thus far ahead of the SPD with 19.7%. The KPD, whose public appearance had been banned, only got 11.6% of the vote. In the Altena district, the NSDAP performed above average, the SPD and KPD below average. Immediately after the takeover of power, the persecution of the communist and social democratic opposition to National Socialism also began in Meinerzhagen . With the mass arrests of communists in the entire area of ​​today's Märkisches Kreis in spring 1935, which also reached Meinerzhagen and Kierspe in June, and their deportation to the central Gestapo prison , the Steinwache in Dortmund , the resistance in the subdistrict Lüdenscheid continued to apply the Gestapo control center in Dortmund as well as the heads of organization of the KPD in illegality, Hermann Wehner and Paul Merker , as "completely smashed".

Not only communists and social democrats in the resistance, but also Meinerzhagen supporters of the pacifist Jehovah's Witnesses , including Wilhelm Töllner (1900–1983), were deported to the Nazi concentration camps. The discrimination of since about 1810 based in Meinerzhagen Jewish operated families, including the families Stern, Rosenthal and Fischbach that here textile shops, cattle acts and butchers, was organized by local [NS] groups. After the November pogroms , on November 10, 1938, SS men from Meinerzhagen staged a public burning of the religious and profane community objects stored in the house of the head of the Meinerzhagen Jewish community, Nathan Stern. Stern and other leading members of the community were deported during the war. On April 28, 1942, the last remaining Jewish families in Meinerzhagen were deported to the Nazi extermination camps.

The Meinerzhagen anti-fascist resistance group emerged towards the end of the war in the Otto Fuchs works of the military economy leader Hans Joachim Fuchs , which were important for the war effort and which also ran a large camp with forced labor near the train station . This group was denounced as part of the final phase crimes , which aimed to systematically eliminate anti-fascists, socialists and communists shortly before the liberation from National Socialism . On Maundy Thursday, March 29, 1945, its members Ernst Hollweg, Jakob Junglas, Friedrich Wilhelm Keßler and Fritz Müller as well as four unknown Russian forced laborers were arrested, kidnapped by the Gestapo and executed as part of the Rombergpark and Bitterfeld murders. While the war slowly came to an end with the rapid advance of the Allies , troops were stationed in Meinerzhagen and Kierspe on March 18, 1945 to secure armaments production . However, the establishment of flak positions in Kierspe-Bahnhof, on the Hahnenbecke and near the Fuchs company tracks could not prevent the bombing of the Otto Fuchs works and the destruction of Plant II on March 19, 1945. With the advance of US troops from the west, there was further increased troop movements in the city. Above all, troops from the Siegerland were brought north into the Ruhr basin . On April 2, 1945, tanks from Panzer Grenadier Division 501 of the Waffen SS were relocated to Meinerzhagen. However, there was no longer any relevant fighting. American troops entered Valbert on April 10, 1945 and Meinerzhagen on April 11, liberating the city and the slave laborers from National Socialism.

In 1945 there was a sudden increase in population due to the admission of numerous expellees and bombed-out people in Meinerzhagen.

In 1957, one of ten German warning offices was put into operation in Meinerzhagen in the context of the worsening Cold War . On September 19, 1964 Meinerzhagen received the right to call itself a city again.

Since the early 1960s there have been efforts by former students of the Pforta state school in Naumburg (Saale) to continue the tradition of their school in the FRG. The result of these efforts was the founding of the Evangelical State School at the Porte as a boarding school in Meinerzhagen in 1968 . Until the late 1990s, the state school existed here in the humanistic tradition. The self-administration of around 200 boarding school students, also known as “boy democracy”, played an important role. School, in turn, provided impulses for life in the city.

In the course of a municipal reform on January 1, 1969, Meinerzhagen and Valbert as well as parts of the municipality Lüdenscheid-Land were united in the newly created Lüdenscheid district and the office thus dissolved. On January 1, 1975 Meinerzhagen became part of the Märkisches Kreis. On the same day, an area in the neighboring town of Drolshagen ( Olpe district ) with a little less than 100 inhabitants at that time was added. The arrival of many ethnic German families in 1989 caused the population to rise further.

1974 came Meinerzhagen in the national headlines because the fox-ferrous metal works through its transformation into a limited partnership of co-determination by employees withdrawn.

In 1999 Meinerzhagen celebrated its 825th anniversary.

In 2006, the forwarding company Dehnhardt of BDI President Jürgen Thumann with its two branches in Meinerzhagen and Netphen got into an insolvency crisis . The attempt of the employees to take over the company in view of the good order situation and to continue it on their own failed due to the lack of capital of the workforce. In October 2008 the shipping company was finally closed. Efforts in this direction had already been made in 1985 when the Meinerzhagen picture frame company Mersch with 450 employees was closed, but these failed because of the Federal Labor Court's interpretation of Section 613a of the Civil Code , which stipulates that all claims to the company also for the new ones cooperative owners would apply.

Population development

Population development of Meinerzhagen.svg Population development of Meinerzhagen - from 1871 onwards
Population development of Meinerzhagen. Above from 1765 to 2017. Below a section from 1871
year Residents
1765 1,523
1819 1,986
1828 2.126
1839 2,364
1840 2,382
year Residents
1871 2,318
1885 2,567
1910 3,228
1939 4,735
1946 6,649
year Residents
1950 7.211
1956 8,700
1961 10,634
1966 12,884
1968 13,318

From 1969 Meinerzhagen was united with Valbert through the municipal reorganization.

year Residents
1969 17,250
1970 17,749
1971 17,889
1972 18,350
1973 18,837
1974 18,834
year Residents
1975 18,521
1976 18,484
1977 18,427
1978 18,562
1986 19,355
1996 21,767
year Residents
1999 21,872
2001 22,031
2002 21,970
2005 21,752
2006 21,661
2007 21,452
year Residents
2008 21,289
2009 21,049
2010 20,838
2011 20,974
2012 20,814
2013 20,689
year Residents
2015 20,670
2016 20,650
2017 20,406
2018 20,397

Source: State database NRW, reference date December 31st

The Federal Statistical Office predicts Meinerzhagen's population will decrease by 17 percent to 17,500 by 2030.


Denomination statistics

According to the 2011 census , 39.9% of the population in 2011 were Protestant , 19.7% (4,155 inhabitants) Roman Catholic and 40.4% were non-denominational , belonged to another religious community or did not provide any information. The number of Catholics has decreased since then. Currently (as of December 31, 2019) Meinerzhagen has 20,367 inhabitants, of which 18% (3,659) are Catholics.


Evangelical denomination
The following Protestant congregations or church buildings exist: Jesus Christ Church , St. John's Church, Valbert Church.

Catholic denomination

The Magdalenenkirche in Grotewiese

All Catholic churches in Meinerzhagen belong to the diocese of Essen . On September 23, 2006, all parishes previously existing in Meinerzhagen were dissolved; on September 24th a new large parish was founded. Now there is only one parish in Meinerzhagen and Kierspe .

The parish church is the newly built in 1973 and consecrated by the Essen bishop Franz Hengsbach Church of St. Maria Immaculata . Two parish churches are assigned to it : In Valbert the church of the former rectorate parish St. Christophorus , designed in 1962 by Hermann Gehrig, and in Kierspe the church of the former rectorate parish St. Josef, designed in 1958 by Gottfried Böhm .

Filial churches are the church of the former parish vicarie ( Expositur ) St. Martin (Birkeshöh), built in 1966 by the architect Hans Schilling , and St. Maria Magdalena in Meinerzhagen-Grotewiese in the Ihnetal, built in 1866 by the Paderborn diocesan master builder Arnold Güldenpfennig .

St. Peter am See (Hunswinkel) at the Lister Dam, built in 1964 by the architect Hans Schilling , and St. Engelbert in Kierspe- Rönsahl , built in 1954 by the Archdiocese of Cologne (architect: Marcel Felten ) have the status of " Other Church " and consecrated by the Cologne Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ferche . These last two churches receive neither personal nor financial allocations from the diocese of Essen.

A small area of ​​the Meinerzhagen city area, which belonged to the city of Drolshagen before the municipal reform , is still assigned to the Archdiocese of Paderborn .

Some Catholics from the Archdiocese of Cologne have been referred to the parish of Meinerzhagen for pastoral care: The town of Rönsahl is politically in Kierspe, but some of the streets there are already part of the Archbishopric of Cologne because they belonged to Marienheide when the diocese was founded in 1958 . These Catholics are now transferred to the parish of St. Josef, Kierspe, and thus to the parish of Meinerzhagen for pastoral care. This means, for example, that they retain their right to vote for the church council in Marienheide in the Archdiocese of Cologne, but have their right to vote for the local council in Kierspe and for the parish council in Meinerzhagen in the diocese of Essen.

The village of Wilbringhausen near Marienheide in the Oberbergischer Kreis also belongs to the Meinerzhagen parish because it belonged to Kierspe when the diocese was founded in 1958. The political borders have changed in the meantime, but not the church borders; in accordance with the Prussian Concordat of 1929, a treaty between the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Vatican would be necessary. However, the neighboring Archdiocese of Cologne wrongly equates the ecclesiastical with the new political borders and includes the Catholics from Wilbringhausen as part of its own diocese.

Other denominations
Other religious communities in Meinerzhagen are the Evangelical Christians (Baptists) and the Free Evangelical Churches Werkshagen (dissolved on December 31, 2010), Ihne, Baberg and Meinerzhagen. There is a meeting place for Jehovah's Witnesses on Lindenstrasse .


The Selçuk Mosque on Siepener Weg has existed since 1986 and is operated by the Turkish-Islamic Community in Meinerzhagen.


Up until the Reichspogromnacht there was a Jewish community in Meinerzhagen that had a small synagogue in a back yard on the main street in the city center. The building was later converted into an apartment and record store. In 2005 or 2006 the building was demolished.


Municipal council

Local election 2014
Turnout: 45.7% (2009: 51.0%)
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
+ 4.4  % p
-4.8  % p
-1.3  % p
+ 0.2  % p
+ 0.5  % p
-1.5  % p
+ 2.3  % p

The council of the municipality of Meinerzhagen consists of 38 honorary council members and the full-time mayor (in the 2009 local elections there were 34 honorary council members). After the local elections on May 25, 2014 , the seats are distributed among the individual parties and groups of voters as follows:

Party / list Seats
2014 2009
CDU 17th 14th
SPD 9 10
FDP 4th 4th
LEFT 1 1
Pirates 1 -
UWG 3 3

The elected officials belong to their respective political groups. The councilors of the left and the pirates form a common faction.


The full-time mayor is the lawyer Jan Nesselrath. He was elected in the 2014 local elections with 55.83% of the valid votes cast.

coat of arms

City arms

The coat of arms of the city of Meinerzhagen shows a red lion as a symbol of the Duchy of Berg , behind it a blue St. Andrew's cross on a yellow background. The cross is the symbol of the von Badinghagen family, who died out in the 17th century. In the lower part of the escutcheon is the red and white checkerboard pattern as a symbol of the county of Mark , overlaid with a yellow horn as a symbol of the municipality of Valbert. The coat of arms was awarded on June 14, 1975.

Before the unification of Meinerzhagen and Valbert, both communities had their own coats of arms. The old coat of arms of Meinerzhagen dates back at least to the year 1857, because it has already been depicted above the entrance to the town hall, which was completed in 1857. The coat of arms shows on a green shield base on the left Mary on a throne with the baby Jesus in her arms, on the right is a building with three towers with red roofs, above a sun and two stars.

Coat of arms of the former municipality of Valbert

The coat of arms of the former municipality of Valbert showed the checkerboard pattern of the county of Mark, including the Cologne cross as a symbol of the Electorate of Cologne, as the municipality was made up of parts of both territories. Above it is a hunter who, like the deer in the coat of arms of Herscheid, symbolizes the hunting privileges granted to the communities of Duke Johann III. were awarded by Kleve . The coat of arms was designed by Otto Hupp and awarded on October 27, 1935.

The Meinerzhagen office also had its own coat of arms, which combined the symbols of the three historical territories - below the Electoral Cologne cross, above the Brandenburg checkerboard pattern and at the top the lion of the county of Berg.

Town twinning

From 1961 to 2001 there was a town partnership between Meinerzhagen and the Dutch municipality of Ijsselmuiden. After Ijsselmuiden was incorporated into the city of Kampen in 2001, the city took over the partnership.

A partnership with the French city of Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire has existed since April 13, 1987 .

Culture and sights


The town hall shows an annually selected program of theater guest performances and musical performances.


All architectural monuments are listed in the list of architectural monuments in Meinerzhagen .

Jesus Christ Church

The most striking building in the city center is the Jesus Christ Church , a late Romanesque gallery basilica. Badinghagen Castle is just outside . This is a moated castle that is used privately. It cannot be visited.

Protected areas for nature

The northern part of the urban area is part of the Ebbegebirge Nature Park . A large part of the nature park area was also designated as a landscape protection area in 1964, the year the nature park was founded .


Lister dam near Hunswinkel

Meinerzhagen is a center of winter sports . Water sports are practiced at the Listertalsperre around the village of Hunswinkel . There are numerous hiking trails in the forests of the Ebbe Mountains and at the reservoirs. In addition to hotels and pensions, there is a youth hostel . Meinerzhagen is connected to the Sauerland-Höhenflug long-distance hiking trail .


Sports facilities

An ice rink was also planned in the 1960s, but it was never built.

A small bike park was built in early 2011 mainly by young people in cooperation with the city of Meinerzhagen.

sports clubs

  • KKSV Meinerzhagen 1951 e. V. (Small caliber sports club Meinerzhagen)
  • The RSV Meinerzhagen (Meinerzhagen lawn sports club) is home club Nuri Şahin , the previously youngest Bundesliga player .
  • The SG Kierspe-Meinerzhagen is a handball community with 8 youth, one women and three men teams. The venues are the Felderhof sports hall in Kierspe and the Rothenstein sports hall in Meinerzhagen.
  • The SC Rotenstein Wiebelsaat is dedicated to sport shooting, summer biathlon and football.
  • The Meinerzhagen riding club has a riding facility on the Grünenbecke.
  • TV Jahn Grotewiese
  • RSV Listertal
  • TSG Valbert
  • TuS Meinerzhagen
  • LRFV Meinerzhagen
  • In the Meinerzhagen 1911 e. V. is operated, among other things, alpine skiing, ski jumping, Nordic skiing, Nordic walking, popular sports and children's gymnastics.

Regular events
The most important cultural event for the people of Meinerzhagen is their rifle festival, which takes place every two years and is one of the largest in the Märkischer Kreis. His motto: "Put on the blue smock!" Is aimed at the traditional blue peasant smock used here. In 2007, the shooting society could look back on a 425-year history of shooting tradition in Meinerzhagen.

Economy and Infrastructure

Karl vom Ebbe sculpture in front of the Volksbank

Established businesses

The largest employer in the city is Otto Fuchs KG , a metalworking company that is one of the top 500 in terms of turnover in Germany.

Other local businesses:

  • Albert Turk GmbH & Co KG (foundry tools)
  • Battenfeld Spritzgießtechnik (closure of the site on June 30, 2006; new establishment of Battenfeld Vertriebs GmbH & Co KG and Battenfeld customer service GmbH & Co KG)
  • Burg-Wächter KG
  • Busch & Müller
  • Danieli Fröhling
  • Märkischer Zeitungsverlag (printing house)
  • Krugmann spirits
  • Voswinkel (since 2015 part of Walter Stauffenberg GmbH & Co. KG, manufacturer of fluid components for machine and plant construction)
  • W. u. H. Fernholz (plastic packaging)


Road traffic

Meinerzhagen is on the A 45 (Sauerland line) Dortmund –Hagen– Siegen - Wetzlar - Hanau / Aschaffenburg , which runs through the city with the Meinerzhagen junction.

In addition, the urban area is crossed by the B 54 .

Bus transport

Meinerzhagen lies at the intersection of three transport associations :

Meinerzhagen and Valbert form two tariff zones in the expanded VRS network. The VRS tariff applies to journeys by train or buses of the Oberbergische Verkehrs-AG (OVAG) as well as in the buses of the Märkische Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG) and the Verkehrsbetriebe Westfalen Süd (VWS) , if a ticket for a journey in the VRS -Compound space is solved, for example from Valbert to Gummersbach.

Train traffic

There is currently rail passenger transport from Meinerzhagen station in the directions of Cologne and Lüdenscheid with a connection in the direction of Dortmund.

Volme-Agger Railway

The City-Bahn in pop paintwork ran from Meinerzhagen to Cologne in the 1980s

The single-track railway line from Hagen to Dieringhausen ( Volmetalbahn ) in the section Meinerzhagen - Bruges (Lüdenscheid) was closed for passenger traffic in 1986 , the station building was cleared in 1983 and demolished in 1987. The decoupling of Meinerzhagen from rail traffic was taken up by Wladimir Kaminer in “My German Jungle Book” (Manhattan / Munich 2003, pp. 161 ff) and processed satirically.

The Meinerzhagen station had previously been served by the following connections:

In 2003 the Volme-Agger-Bahn was to be reactivated continuously to Cologne. However, the project was ended by the new state government of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2005.

In 2006 the route was checked again, which turned out to be positive. After that, new tracks were laid halfway , signals were installed and level crossings were built. The official opening took place on February 27, 2014 by train from Meinerzhagen station via Cologne main station to Cologne Hansaring stop

Since December 2017, the train also goes back in the other direction across the train station Bruges (Westphalia) to the station Lüdenscheid . You can take the Volmetalbahn to Hagen and Dortmund via a change at Bruges (Westphalia) station. The railway line is in three transport associations : The Cologne-Meinerzhagen section belongs to the Rhein-Sieg transport association (VRS), the Meinerzhagen- Rummenohl section to the Ruhr-Lippe transport association (VRL), and the Rummenohl-Hagen section to the Rhein-Ruhr transport association (VRR). .

In November 2009, the company was put out to tender from December 15, 2013 until 2028. The target for the RB 25 Meinerzhagen was specified.

A regional express (line RE 22) from Trier to Lüdenscheid with a stop in Meinerzhagen is planned for 2030 .

Listertal Railway

The line to Krummenerl in the Listertal branching off in Meinerzhagen was also used by passenger trains. The train stations Meinerzhagen, Scherl, Valbert, Krummenerl existed. The route was originally supposed to be continued via Olpe to Kreuztal . But nothing came of that and so passenger traffic was discontinued as early as 1955. This is why this route is popularly known as “The Unfinished”. Today the junction is still used daily for freight transport (gravel trains). There is a fish belly bridge at Scherl .

air traffic

In the west of the city, on the border with the Oberbergischer Kreis, is the Meinerzhagen airfield . The former corporate airport of the Battenfeld company is a special airfield equipped with a 1,170 meter long asphalt runway and approved for aircraft up to 5.7 tons .


The local daily newspaper is the Meinerzhagener Zeitung . The local radio for NRW is provided by Radio MK , to which the broadcasting location No. 66, frequency 88.3 (Meinerzhagen) has been assigned by the State Agency for Media. The responsible ARD broadcaster is WDR with its regional studio in Siegen . It is broadcast via the radio tower on the Nordhelle .

Public facilities

The district court of Meinerzhagen is responsible for the cities of Meinerzhagen and Kierspe.

Meinerzhagen has a heated outdoor pool with mini golf course, a city library and a city park, which is often used as a backdrop for wedding photos.

In a former elementary school, the north school, there is now a music school and a youth center.

Medical supplies

Meinerzhagen does not have its own hospital. The closest hospitals are in Lüdenscheid, Gummersbach and Attendorn.


In Meinerzhagen there are three primary schools (Kohlberg, Auf der Wahr, Ebbeschule Valbert), the secondary school, the Evangelical Gymnasium Meinerzhagen (since Easter 1962, around 1000 pupils) and a special school (Volmetal) with a special focus on learning, language, social and emotional development .

From May 1968 to the end of the 1990s, Meinerzhagen was home to the Evangelische Landesschule zur Pforte , a boarding high school that saw itself as a continuation of the Pforta state school near Naumburg, which in GDR times was no longer run in the sense of its tradition, but as a socialist secondary school . No agreement could be reached about another use of the building, so it was demolished in 2005.


sons and daughters of the town

Personalities who have worked on site

Web links

Commons : Meinerzhagen  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Meinerzhagen  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

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  6. Cf. Dietmar Simon: Workers' Movement in the Province. Social conflicts and socialist politics in Lüdenscheid in the 19th and 20th centuries, Essen: Klartext Verlag, p. 436
  8. See also the Lüdenscheider Memorial Book for the Victims of Persecution and War of the National Socialists, 1933–1945 ( PDF )
  9. Benninghaus, Rüdiger, On the history of the Jewish community in Meinerzhagen, in: Meinhardus (Meinerzhagener Heimatblätter), 16. Jg., H. 1/1982, pp. 5-14 (I); H. 2/1982, pp. 32-45 (II)
  10. Benninghaus, Rüdiger, For thought and thought - April 28, 1942: The fate of the Meinerzhagen Jews, in: Meinerzhagener Zeitung, edition of April 28, 1977
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  12. "boys democracy as an educational model", in: Time , No. 18, May 3 1,963th
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  16. Michael Kröger: forwarding of the BDI boss before the end. In: Spiegel Online , October 6, 2006
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  21. ^ City of Meinerzhagen Religion , 2011 census
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  23. After 150 years the "end" comes . In: . November 3, 2010 ( [accessed April 17, 2018]).
  24. a b NRW election results local elections 2014 - Meinerzhagen
  25. ^ NRW election results local elections 2009 - Meinerzhagen
  26. European elections / municipal elections 2014 in the city of Meinerzhagen - overview. Retrieved April 17, 2018 .
  27. Bike Park Meinerzhagen
  28. STAUFF: VOSWINKEL becomes part of the STAUFF Group. Retrieved September 2, 2019 .
  29. Tendering of the traffic from 2013 , accessed on December 20, 2009
  30. SPNV - Local Transport Plan 2016. (PDF) In: Retrieved August 21, 2018 .
  31. ^ Website of the Evangelical High School
  32. From communard to boss