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Alsfeld (Hesse)

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.
Alsfeld is a town in the center of Hesse. The large towns nearby are Bad Hersfeld about 33 kilometers to the east, Fulda 36 kilometers to the southeast, Giessen 47 kilometers to the west and Marburg an der Lahn about 36 kilometers to the northwest. Alsfeld is located on the upper part of the Schwalm in the northern Vogelsberg Mountains and just to the south of the Knull Mountains at the western edge of the Alsfeld basin.
Alsfeld was first mentioned in an official document in 1069. Excavations in the Walpurgiskirche have discovered that a Roman church existed here already between the 9thand 10th centuries. Between 1180 and 1190 the Counts of Thuringia built a castle along the historic trading route of the Kurze Hessen. That location favored the development of Alsfeld and it was subsequently documented as a town as early as 1222.
Alsfeld cultural sights and activities include Regional plays in the community center, theater productions at the local high schools, the Regional museum Alsfeld, the Neurath-Haus, the Minnigerode-Haus, the Alsfeld Toy Museum, the Alsfeld Fairy Tale House, the Alsfeld Tourist Center at the marketplace, the Altstadt, or historic center of town, the remains of the town wall, which was built in an almost perfect circle, for strategic reasons, with the Leonhardsturm or Leonard's Tower, the Town Hall, constructed in medieval times with the Rahmbau style timber framing, the late Gothic Beinhaus and the Dreifaltigkeitskirche, which was built as an Augustinian monastery church.
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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