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Landau in der Pfalz (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.
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.
Landau in der Pfalz is one of the popular destinations in Germany. It is well known for the quantity of cultural related attractions and monuments. It is an autonomous city surrounded by the Sudliche Weinstrasse or the southern wineroute district of southern Rhineland-Palatinate. It is also known as a university town since 1990, a long-standing cultural centre, and a market and shopping town, surrounded by vineyards and wine-growing villages.
Landau was first mentioned as a settlement in 1106. It was in the possession of the counts of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Landeck, whose arms, differenced by an escutcheon of the Imperial eagle, served as the arms of Landau until 1955. The city was granted a charter in 1274 by Rudolf I von Habsburg, King of Germany, who declared the city an Imperial Free City in 1291. However, the city was again seized in 1324 by the bishop of Speyer, a major landowner in the district. Later, the city did not regain its ancient rights until 1511, through the offices of Maximilian I.

Presently, Landau in der Pfalz experiences a boom with day tourists, owing to the clear air, town character with rich culture, high quality of life and conspicuously original history. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people also combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Germany.

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