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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.
Konstanz is a city of around 80,000 inhabitants at the western end of Lake Constance in the south-west corner of Germany, bordering Switzerland. Konstanz is located on the river Rhine which starts in the Swiss Alps and runs through Lake Constance. North of the river lies the bigger part with residential areas and industrial estates, while south of the river is the old town which houses the administrative centre and shopping facilities. To the south, the old town merges into the Swiss city of Kreuzlingen. In 2005, the population of the city was 81,919 and an area of 54.11 square kilometers.
The first traces of civilisation in Konstanz date back to the late Stone Age. Konstanz owned the only bridge in the region which crossed the Rhine, making it a strategic place. Their linen production had made a global name and the municipality was prosperous. In 1192, Konstanz got the status of Imperial City so it was henceforth subject only to the emperor. Konstanz is served by major railway lines running west to Singen with connections to all parts of Germany, and south into Switzerland, connecting to major routes at Weinfelden. Konstanz is an attractive city with natural beauty and historical places, while traveling in Germany.

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