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Hersbruck (Bavaria)

Germany is located in Central Europe and it shares borders with Denmark in the North, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France in the West, Austria and Switzerland in the South and Poland and the Czech Republic in the East. The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. The official language of Germany is German and Berlin is the capital.
Germany is divided into 16 states which are further subdivided into 439 districts and cities. Germany is one of the largest European economy and the third largest economy in the world in real terms, placed behind the United States and Japan, and fifth behind the United States, China, India and Japan counted by purchasing power parity.
Hersbruck is a small town in middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, belonging to the district Nurnberger land. The Hersbruck city is famous for the late-gothic artwork of the Hersbruck altar, the Hirtenmuseum and the beautiful landscape of the Hersbrucker Schweiz. Population of Hersbruck was 12,384 in 2005 and  its population density was 541 square kilometers.
Hersbruck was founded in 976 when a castle was built near a bridge. The name probably comes from Haderihesprucga, the bridge of Haderich. In the middle ages the town was situated on the golden route from Nuremberg to Prague, which brought prosperity to Hersbruck. In 1297 Hersbruck was given municipal rights, after 1504 the town belonged to the area of the free imperial town Nuremberg and in 1806 became Bavarian.

During the Nazi-Regime Hersbruck was a subsidiary camp of Flossenburg concentration camp. The camp had about 10,000 prisoners, about 4,000 of them died in Hersbruck. Today, the whole area where the camp used to be has been completely redeveloped. In Hersbruck the Deutsche Hirtenmuseum, is the only museum in Germany which shows the working and living conditions of herdsmen.

Hersbruck, justifiably so, enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers, and is one of the most visited place. It is also said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origins back to prehistoric times.

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