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Waldkirchen (Bavaria)

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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.
Waldkirchen is the biggest city in the district of Freyung Grafenau in Germany. Freyung Grafenau is a district in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by the districts of Passau, Deggendorf and Regen, and by the Czech Republic. The population of the city Waldkirchen was 10,673 in the year 2005. Waldkirchen's main industry is tourism. Embedded in the Bavarian forest, Waldkirchen is close to Prague, Munich and Vienna.
Waldkirchen city was mentioned for the first time in 1203. Soon it became an important trading place along the Goldener Steig, a salt trading route between Bavaria and Bohemia in the late middle ages. In the 13th century the Bishop of Passau gave Waldkirchen the title of a Markt. After several raids of Bohemian soldiers during the 15th century the city was surrounded by the Ringmauer, a big stonewall which is still to be seen in many places of the city. Belonging to the Bishop of Passau's territory for more than 600 years,the city became part of Bavaria in 1806 and in 1871 of the German Kaiserreich.

Waldkirchen was burnt down 6 times. A dozen people lost their lives in the barrage. The totally devastated city was rebuilt during the 1950's and became a city in 1972. Waldkirchen is host of the 2007 Landesgartenschau. Due to its many historic events and places it has been one of the favorite destinations of visitors. It is also said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origins back to prehistoric times.

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