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Achern (Baden-Wurttemberg)

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Achern is a municipality in Western Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. It is located approximately 18 kilometers southwest of Baden-Baden and 19 kilometers northeast of Offenburg. Achern is the fourth biggest city in the county of Ortenau, after Offenburg, Lahr Black Forest and Kehl. As subsequent to the district reform in the 1970s the population passed the 20,000 mark, Achern requested to be awarded the status of Grobe Kreisstadt.  
Achern was first mentioned in 1095 as Acchara and developed later into Oberachern and Niederachern. Eventually, Niederachern was referred to only as Achern. Besides Achern itself, the municipality includes the boroughs of Fautenbach, Gamshurst, Grobweier, Mosbach, Oberachern, Onsbach, Sasbachried and Wagshurst.
Achern is located in the northern Black Forest near the Hornisgrinde, at the entrance to the Acher Valley and not far from the eastern edge of the Upper Rhine Valley. Coming from the Black Forest, the Acher enters the city from the southeast and passes Oberachern on its way to the center of city with the historic center. Numerous artificially created lakes are created, some of which still produce gravel and sand. The biggest lake is called Achernsee, near the Achern Autobahn ramp, in the West of the city.
Also Achern is home of the Music and Art School Achern-Oberkirch. The Sensen und Heimatmuseum Achern features an original scythe manufacturing facility. It is a city with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.

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