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Ilmenau (Thuringia)

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.
Ilmenau is one of the popular destinations in Germany, and is well known for the quantity of cultural related attractions and monuments. It is a town located in the district of Ilm-Kreis in Thuringia. Standing as the biggest town in Ilm-Kreis district, Ilmenau has a total population of 27,000 inhabitants, and additionally 7,200 students studying at the Technical University of Ilmenau.
The surrounding area of Ilmenau is marked by the Thuringian forest and its mountains. The highest mountain in Ilmenau is the Kickelhahn, with a height of 861 meters. The highest mountains of the Thuringian forest are the Schneekopf meaning snow-head with a height of 978 meters and the Grosser Beerberg with 982.9 meters, a few kilometers to the south-west of Ilmenau.
Ilmenau was founded in the 13th century and had its roots long before in 1273. Since 1341, it has some town rights. Between 1660 and 1920, it belonged to Saxe-Weimar, earlier the majors about Ilmenau were the Kafernburger from Arnstadt, the Schwarzburger from Arnstadt, later Rudolstadt, and the Henneberger from Meiningen.
The main income Ilmenau is marked by production of glasswares and some high-tech-industries like programming software. Ilmenau has a very strong economy in comparison to other Eastern German regions. The unemployment rate is still 16 percent, but it is getting smaller.
Like some of its sister municipalities and towns, Ilmenau 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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