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Monschau (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 and wet.
Monschau is a city in the west of Germany, located in the district Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located at 50 degree North and 6 degree East. As of the 2002 survey, it had a recorded population of 13,050 inhabitants in an area of 94.61 squared kilometers. The city lies on an altitude between 350 and 650 meters above the mean sea level. Monschau is located in the hills of the Eifel, in the narrow valley of the Rur River. The historic city center was not destroyed in World War II, thus the many half-timbered houses and narrow streets remained unchanged for 300 years and made it a popular tourist attraction. Historically the main industry of Monschau was cloth mills.
Monschau city is named after castle Monschau that dates back to the 13th century. In 1198, the initial mention of Monschau was made and in 1433 the castle was used as a seat of the dukes of Julich. In 1543, Emperor Charles, besieged it as part of the Geldern Feud and captured and plundered the city. The castle remained with Julich till 1609 and became part of Palatinate-Neuburg. In 1795, the French captured the area and under the name Montjoie, made it the capital of the Roer department. After the region became part of Prussia in 1815, Monschau became the capital of a district, the Kreis Montjoie.
In 1972, Monschau was enlarged with the earlier independent municipalities of Hofen, Imgenbroich, Kalterherberg, Konzen, Mützenich and Rohren. Monschau is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Germany. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Germany.

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