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Ahrensburg (Schleswig-Holstein)

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Ahrensburg is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost of the 16 Bundeslander or federal states in Germany. It is a northeastern suburb of Hamburg, situated in Stormarn district. As of 2004, it had a population of around 30,100. Its outstanding sight is the Renaissance castle dating from 1595. Other cultural sights include the adjacent castle church with its Gottesbuden Almshouses. Ahrensburg is situated in the Tunneltal, in which Alfred Rust excavated many items dating back to the ice age. Ahrensburg is easily accessible by car and train, being situated next to the Autobahn A1 and the railway route between the Hanseatic cities of Hamburg and Lubeck.
The town dates back to the 13th Century, when the Counts of Schauenburg founded the village of Woldenhorn, which later became the town of Ahrensburg, and the neighbouring villages of Ahrensfelde, Meilsdorf and Beimoor. The Ahrensburg Tunneltal contains a lot of evidence for late palaeolithic reindeer hunters. The finds in the valley are so important, that prehistorians talk about the Ahrensburger Stufe in general.
Ahrensburg had a small Jewish community until the beginning of the 1930s. The Synagogue had to be demolished in 1931 due to structural problems. The Jewish cemetery which opened in 1822 can still be seen at the edge of town, Ahrensburg-West, not far from the golf course and is a reminder of this bygone time. Today the railway line between Hamburg and Lubeck follows the flat valley bottom.
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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