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Hettstedt (Saxony-Anhalt)

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.
Hettstedt is one of the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destinations in Germany. It is basically a town in Mansfelder Land district of Saxony-Anhalt and also the seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft which means collective municipality. The Verwaltungsgemeinschaft consists of following municipalities such as Hettstedt, Ritterode and Walbeck. As of 2005, the population of Hettstedt was 15,855 inhabitants.
The earliest documentary found reveals the existence of Hettstedt as early as 1046 century. It was the seat of the realm and possessed a castle of the emperor in 1220. In 1380, it received all the civic privileges to become the most important centre. However, when the county of Mansfeld was sequestrated, Hettstedt came into the possession of Saxony, passing to Prussia in 1815.
Today, Hettstedt experiences a sharp social, economic and population growth derivative of the industrialization and strategic position of the locality and the high level of well-being. As of 1911, Hettstedt engaged in the manufacture of machinery, pianofortes and artificial manure resulting into the development of the town and surrounding area. The surrounding districts and villages were also occupied with smelting due to the nearby mines of argentiferous copper. Other products included silver, sulphuric acid, and small quantities of nickel and gold.
Hettstedt has also grown as one of the most chosen tourist destinations because of the various interesting activities available in the region. Like some of its sister municipalities and towns in the, Hettstedt is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of the mountains, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Germany.

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