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Germany is located in Central Europe and it shares borders with Denmark in the North, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France in the West, Austria and Switzerland in the South and Poland and the Czech Republic in the East. The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. The official language of Germany is German and Berlin is the capital.
Castrop-Rauxel is a town in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Castrop-Rauxel is nestled between the major cities of Dortmund in the east, Bochum in the south, Herne in the west, and Recklinghausen and Waltrop in the north, right in the eastern part of the Ruhr. During the 19th and most of the 20th century the Ruhr was a coalmining and steel producing area, famous for big companies like Krupp, Hosch, or Thyssen. Castrop-Rauxel used to have seven coalmines. In 1984, the last mine, called Erin, named by its Irish founder Mulvany, closed. Just like the rest of the Ruhr, Castrop-Rauxel has been attempting to change from a former blue collar image to a city with a modern lifestyle, high recreational value, new economy companies, a 27-hole golf course, and various cultural events.
The WLT, Westphalian State Theater is the oldest and most relevant source of theatrical entertainment in Castrop-Rauxel. There is one cinema with two screens in Castrop. Castrop’s history is closely connected to horse racing, the Reiterbrunnen in the very center of Castrop’s market square is a reminder of the race days on the Naturhindernisbahn, now part of the Goldschmieding Park. More recently Castrop-Rauxel has attracted a few hundred visitors a year to its Titanic museum in the northern borough of Habinghorst. Castrop-Rauxel has many sports clubs are Soccer, Tennis, Squash, Rowing, and especially Korfball are sports successfully played by Castrop-Rauxelians.

Castrop-Rauxel is a city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages. It is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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