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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. The climate is quite pleasant with almost all variety of seasonal flavors as temperate, marine, cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers, occasional warm, tropical foehn wind and high relative humidity.
Germany is divided into 16 states which are further subdivided into 439 districts and cities. Germany is one of the largest European economy and the third largest economy in the world in real terms, placed behind the United States and Japan, and fifth behind the United States, China, India and Japan counted by purchasing power parity.
Erlangen is a German city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages. It is also one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers. It is located at the confluence of the river Regnitz and its tributary, the Untere Schwabach.
Erlangen was initially known as Villa Erlangon in 1002 and later in 1361 was sold to Emperor Karl IV. Three years later, a city was built close to the village, which in 1374 got its own coining station. In 1402, the city was vested to the Hohenzollern as part of the principality of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, staying under their rule until 1806. Erlangen was also the capital of the so-called Unterland of the principality, encompassing the area until Neustadt an der Aisch and separated from the Oberland by a land corridor.
Today, Erlangen is dominated by its university and the numerous branch offices of the Siemens, as well as a large Institute of the Fraunhofer Society. An event still influencing the city is the settlement of Huguenots after the withdrawal of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. The industrial development in and around the city has resulted into a sharp social, economic and population growth that reveals more than 100,000 inhabitants.

Even though Erlangen meant the partial loss of its tourist profile due to urbanization, some features of its past times of splendor still remain resulting in hotels and hostelries to be swarmed by thousands of visitors each year.

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