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Lugde (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Germany or the Federal Republic of Germany is located in Central Europe with Berlin as its capital city. The German language was once the lingua franca of central, eastern and northern Europe. It is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G8, Group of 8, and the G4, Group of 4, nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It is the European Union's most populous and most economically powerful member state. Germany is one of the largest European economies and the third largest economy in the world in real terms.
Lugde is a town in the Lippe district, a Kreis or district in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Its neighboring districts are Herford, Minden-Lubbecke, Schaumburg, Hamelin-Pyrmont, Holzminden, Hoxter, Paderborn, Gutersloh, and district-free Bielefeld. As of 2003, Lugde had a population of 11,397 inhabitants residing within an area of 88.61 square kilometers.
The first written issue of Lugde appears in 784, in the annals of the Frankish empire, when Charlemagne visited the village during the Saxon Wars. During these wars, Charlemagne celebrated his first Christmas in Saxony in Lugde, and the site then became the location of the first church to be built in Saxony. The gothic church was rebuilt in the 12th Century and it is still standing today. The church is known as the Kilianskirche.
Tourism in Germany has expanded since the end of World War II, and many tourists visit Germany to experience a sense of European history. The countryside exhibits a pastoral aura, while its cities exhibit both a modern and classical feel.

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