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Lauenburg (Schleswig-Holstein)

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.
Lauenburg 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 in Schleswig-Holstein and is situated on the northern bank of the river Elbe, east of Hamburg. Lauenburg belongs to the Kreis district and has a total population of 11,900 inhabitants as of 2002.
The town was founded in 1182 by Bernard of Ascania, the ancestor of the dukes of Lauenburg. Lauenburg was a duchy until 1689. The area of the medieval fief was roughly identical with today's district. In medieval times, Lauenburg was a waypoint on the Old Salt Route. Today, it is the southern terminus of the Elbe-Lubeck Canal.

Presently, Lauenburg 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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