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Detmold is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was the capital of the small principality of Lippe until 1918 and then of the Free State of Lippe until 1947. Today it is the administrative center of the district or Kreis Lippe. As of 2005, the population stood at 73,517 living within a total area of 129.39 square kilometers and had population density of 568 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Detmold was first mentioned in 783 as Theotmalli, and in 1005 a Tietmelli or Theotmalli region or Gau is referred to in documents. In 1263, Bernard III of Lippe fortified the settlement at the crossing of the trade route from Paderborn to Lemgo over the Werre river with stone walls and granted it a municipal charter. Market rights granted in 1265 led to rapid economic development. Its defenses were greatly strengthed after severe damage had been inflicted on the town during the conflict with Soest in 1447.

Detmold main attractions are the Westfalisches Freilichtmuseum Detmold or Westfalian Open Air Museum, the Lippisches Landesmuseum, a museum, the Landestheater Detmold, a theater, the Hermannsdenkmal or Arminius Monument, the Adlerwarte Berlebeck, falconry, the Furstliches Residenzschlos, a Renaissance castle in the center of the town park, the Donoper Teich, a pond, the Hasselbachteich, a pond and the Vogelpark Heiligenkirchen, a bird sanctuary.

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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