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Idar-Oberstein (Rhineland-Palatinate)

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. The climate is quite pleasant with almost all variety of seasonal flavors as temperate, marine, cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers, occasional warm, tropical foehn wind and high relative humidity.
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.
Idar-Oberstein also known as the Gemstone Capital is one of the popular destinations in Germany, and is well known for the quantity of cultural related attractions and monuments. It is a city in the Rhineland-Palatinate and lies on the banks of Nahe River, in the district of Birkenfeld. It is the largest city in the Hunsruck region of southwest Germany, and lists a total population of around 32,000 inhabitants.
The towns of Idar and Oberstein initially belonged to the magnate of Daun-Oberstein until 1670. In 1865, both Idar and Oberstein were chartered as cities, and finally in 1933, they were unified to form the modern town of Idar-Oberstein. This town later developed and grew as an important seat in Germany.
Since 1960s, ecotourism became a vital aspect for Idar-Oberstein due to its historic memorials and Steinkaulenberg which is a gemstone mine open for visitors. There are also other attractions including Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum which is a gemstone museum, two ruined medieval castles that are perched on the hills above the town, along with the Felsenkirche that was constructed in a crevice in the side of the cliffs on which the castles rest.
Like some of its sister municipalities and towns, Idar-Oberstein is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, 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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