Lüdenscheid lü´dənshīt [key], city (1994 pop. 80,280), North Rhine–Westphalia, W Germany. It is an industrial center; manufactures include aluminum, metal products, plastics, and synthetics. Lüdenscheid was chartered in 1287 and later was a member of the Hanseatic League. Noteworthy buildings include Neuenhof (1694), a moated castle.

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