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Garz-Rugen (Mecklenburg-Vorpomm.)

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Garz-Rugen is a city in Rugen district in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a state in northern Germany. The city is administered by the Amt of Bergen auf Rugen, in the city of the same name. In 2004, the once self-governing community of Zudar on the peninsula of the same name and in 2005, Karnitz was amalgamated into Garz. The city had a population of 2,625 residents as of 2005, living within an area of 65.44 square kilometers and had a population density of 40 residents per square kilometer. It lies situated at an elevation of 20 meter above sea level.
The name Garz comes from the Slavic Gardec and means fortified place or little castle. The town was the former princely residence of Charenza, whose castle wall may still be seen today. Garz was raised to city in 1319 and thus is said to be the oldest city on the island of Rugen. It was an important trading centre in the Middle Ages. The city is moulded today, as in the past, by an agricultural economy. In 1930, the diabetes researcher Gerhardt Katsch founded Germany's first home for the clinical and sociomedical treatment of diabetics in Garz.
Its Cultural sights are the Slavic castle wall which is the remains of Charenza’s Castle, which are counted among Germany's best preserved, The St. Petri Evangelical Church in the Gothic style, built about 1400, near Garz and the Deutsche Telekom AG. The town has at its disposal a well built network of bicycle paths with a length of about 42.5 kilometers.
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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