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Wegberg (North Rhine-Westphalia)

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 climate is quite pleasant with almost all variety of seasonal flavors as temperate, marine, cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers, occasional warm, tropical foehn wind and high relative humidity.
Wegberg is the northernmost city in the district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated between Monchengladbach in the northeast and Erkelenz in the southeast. The city had 29,492 inhabitants as per the 2004 census spread in more than 40 different townships, and covers an area of approximately 85 squared kilometers. The city lies in the Naturpark Maas-Schwalm-Nette, a nature and wildlife park hugging the border to the Netherlands. Its name derives from the three rivers that define its boundaries.
The first mention of Wegberg under the name of Berck is in a document dating from during the reign of Otto I, dated 966. Its current name appeared around the 14th century, and is derived from the city's location on an old Roman road. The many castles and defense structures, which dot the area in whole or as ruins are indications of a history of martial as well as raiding forays in and around Wegberg. One notorious stronghold, which remains the crucial point of many anecdotes, is the castle of a robber baron situated in nearby Gripekoven. The castle with its walls and swampy trenches was considered indestructible until 1354, when it was besieged and razed. Today, only a small hill hints at its former location.

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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