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Germany or the Federal Republic of Germany is located in Central Europe with Berlin as its capital city. The German language was once the lingua franca of central, eastern and northern Europe. It is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G8, Group of 8, and the G4, Group of 4, nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It is the European Union's most populous and most economically powerful member state. Germany is one of the largest European economies and the third largest economy in the world in real terms.
Amberg is a city in Bavaria, Germany. It is located in the Oberpfalz or Upper Palatinate, roughly half way between Regensburg and Bayreuth. As of 2001, it had a population of 44,200 residents. The town was first mentioned in 1034, at that time under the name Ammenberg. It became an important trading centre in the Middle Ages, exporting mainly iron ore and iron products. In a geographic sense, it was regarded as Bavarian and the region was part of the Bavarian circle in the organisation of the Imperial Circles. In the 16th century, it turned to Lutheranism. In 1628, Amberg and the Oberfalz became part of the electorate of Bavaria.
Amberg was home to Pond Barracks, a United States Army base. It was closed in 1992 due to the military drawdown. The main landmark of the town is the Stadtbrille, a bridge, originally a part of the city fortifications, whose arches reflected on the river waters resemble a pair of eyeglasses. Other tourist attractions in Amberg include, The Marktplatz or Market Square that contains the Gothic Town Hall and the late-Gothic Pfarrkirche St Martin. The Neues Schlos or New Palace, the former residence of the Counts of the Rhennish Palatinate was built at the beginning of the 15th century and renovated in 1603. The baroque Franciscan monastery on the Mariahilfberg hill above the city Amberg Basilica.

Tourism in Germany has expanded since the end of World War II, and many tourists visit Germany to experience a sense of European history. The countryside exhibits a pastoral aura, while its cities exhibit both a modern and classical feel.

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