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Flag of Hochsauerlandkreis
Coat of arms of Hochsauerlandkreis
Coat of arms
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Country Germany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. regionArnsberg
 • Total1,958.708 km2 (756.261 sq mi)
 • Total281,188
 • Density143.55790/km2 (371.8132/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationHSK

Hochsauerland is a Landkreis (rural district, or county) in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


The district was established in 1975 in the reorganization of the districts in North Rhine-Westphalia by joining the old districts Arnsberg, Brilon and Meschede.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Hochsauerland The coat of arms is the same as the old district of Arnsberg. It shows the eagle as the symbol of the earls of Arnsberg. When their county lost independence in 1368 it fell to the bishops of Cologne, so the eagle also has the Cologne cross.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Arnsberg
  2. Brilon
  3. Hallenberg
  4. Marsberg
  5. Medebach
  1. Meschede
  2. Olsberg
  3. Schmallenberg
  4. Sundern
  5. Winterberg
  1. Bestwig
  2. Eslohe


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