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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.
Straubing is an independent city in Niederbayern. It is seat of the district Straubing-Bogen. Annually in August the Gäubodenvolksfest, the second largest folk celebration in Bavaria, is held. The city is located on the Danube forming the centre of the Gauboden.
The city has been twinned with Tuam, Ireland for many years.
Straubing was founded as a city by Louis I Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria in the year 1218 and became the capital of Bavaria-Straubing under the dukes of Bavaria-Straubing-Holland under Duke William I when Bavaria was divided among the sons of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor in 1349. In 1429 Straubing passed to Ernest, Duke of Bavaria-Munich.
Straubing’s main attractions are the Straubinger Frühlingsfest, the Ostbayernschau, the Museum containing Roman artifacts, the Agnes-Bernauer-Festspiele, the Straubinger Zoo, the Jazz festival, the City tower, the Herzogsschloss, the Romanesque Church of Saint Peter and the Basilica of Saint Jacob.
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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