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Schwabisch Gmund

Germany or the Federal Republic of Germany is located in Central Europe with Berlin as its capital city. The German language was once the lingua franca of central, eastern and northern Europe. It is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G8, Group of 8, and the G4, Group of 4, nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It is the European Union's most populous and most economically powerful member state. Germany is one of the largest European economies and the third largest economy in the world in real terms.
Schwabisch Gmund is a town in the eastern part of the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg. With a population of around 62,000 living within an area of 113.78 square kilometers, the town is the second largest in the Ostalbkreis and the whole region of East Wurttemberg after Aalen. The town is a Grose Kreisstadt, a chief town under district administration, it was the chief town of its own rural district until the district reform in 1973. The rural district was called Schwabisch Gmund.
Schwabisch Gmund lies on the Rems river about 50 kilometers east of Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg. It also lies at the northern foot of the Swabian Jura Mountains. Schwabish Gmund is twinned with the town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire in the UK.
Schwabish Gmund was founded in the mid 12th century. It was a free imperial city from 1268 until 1803, when it passed to Württemberg. From the 17th century until today Schwabisch Gmund have been producers of gold and silver handicrafts. In the city is the Forschungsinstitut fur Edelmetalle und Metallchemie, which is an institute for precious metal work.
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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