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Wachtersbach (Hesse)

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.

The city of Wachtersbach lies in the Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hesse, Germany. Wachtersbach lies between the Spessart and the Vogelsberg Mountains in the middle Kinzig valley at the edge of the Budingen Forest, not far from the towns of Gelnhausen, Bad Orb and Bad Soden-Salmunster. To the north, Wachtersbach borders on the communities of Kefenrod and Brachttal. To the east it abuts the town of Bad Soden-Salmunster, and in the south the town of Bad Orb and the community of Biebergemund. In the west it borders the community of Grundau. Darmstadt is the administrative region. It had a population of 12,446 till 2005 with population density of 245 per square kilometers. It covered an area of 50.79 square kilometers with an elevation of 144 to 400 meters above sea level.

Since the 18th century Wachtersbach's coat of arms has shown a guard or a watchman in the seal. It is supposed to be a rebus of the town's name with the wavy line representing a brook. The five communities of Hesseldorf, Weilers, Wittgenborn, Waldensberg and Leisenwald are symbolized by the five bars beneath the watchman's feet. They belonged, together with the original Wachtersbach to the count's domain of Isenburg-Budingen. Wachtersbach is well known for its retail fair, the held yearly for end customers in the week around Ascension Day. Retail business and the electrical engineering industry underpin the town's economic life.

Wachtersbach is served by a station on the railway line between Frankfurt am Main and Fulda. Until the 1960s, a branch line called the Vogelsberger Sudbahn ran from Wachtersbach through the Bracht valley to join with the Gedern-Lauterbach line in the Vogelsberg Mountains. Today the town's importance to transportation is limited to the Bundesstrasse B 276, which serves as a bypass connecting the Vogelsberg Mountains with Autobahn A 66.

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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