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Kleve occasionally referred to in English as Cleves, is a city in the north-west of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, near the Dutch border and the river Rhine. In 2002, the population of the city was 49,398 and an area of 97.72 square kilometers. Today it belongs to and is capital of the district of Kleve. The name Kleve derives from the word cliff, as the Schwanenburg, where the dukes of Cleves resided, was founded on a steep hill. The old fort has a massive tower, the Schwanenturm 180 feet high that is associated in legend with the Knights of the Swan, immortalized in Richard Wagner's Lohengrin.
The mineral waters of Kleve and the wooded parkland surrounding it made it a stylish spa in the 19th century. Kleve suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War, with over 90 percent of buildings in the city severely damaged. It is a city with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.

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