is a town in the Märkischer Kreis
district, in North Rhine-Westphalia
, Germany. It is located in the Sauerland
region. Lüdenscheid is seat of the administration of the Märkischer Kreis
district. However, the county council meets in the county hall in Iserlohn
While first settlement in the Lüdenscheid area is confirmed for the 9th century, the first mention of the city was made in 1268. In the 15th
and 16th century Lüdenscheid was a member of the Hanseatic League
. In 1815 it became part of the Province of Westphalia
, and 1975, with the creation of the Märkischer Kreis, became seat of its administration.
Coat of arms
The coat of arms shows Saint Medardus as the patron of the city. Below it has the red-and-white checked fess from the arms of the Counts of the Mark. The city wall at the bottom denotes the city rights that Lüdenscheid received in 1287.
is a mockery name of the football
club Borussia Dortmund
, most commonly used by the fans of FC Schalke 04
. The real football club Rot-Weiß Lüdenscheid
is playing in the Verbandsliga
, the fourth level below the Bundesliga
, but did play once in the second Bundesliga in 1977/78.
Persons of interest
One of Lüdenscheid's newspaper is the Lüdenscheider Nachrichten
with its Süderländer Volksfreund