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Schmalkalden (Thuringia)

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.
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.
Schmalkalden is one of the popular destinations in Germany, well known for its beautiful countryside and the quantity of cultural related attractions. It is a town in the Kreis district of Schmalkalden Meiningen in the southwestern portion of the German state of Thuringia.
Schmalkalden is known as early as 874 AD and received its town charter in 1180. In 1583, it became a possession of the Landgrave of Hesse. Before the Second World War, it was in the Prussian province of Hesse Nassau. The town sustained heavy bomb damage in the war. After the reunification of Germany, it attained its present political configuration.
Schmalkalden is the home town of Sven Fischer and Kati Wilhelm. In its town hall, in 1531 the important Protestant League of Schmalkalden or Smalkald, was concluded and where later the articles of Schmalkalden were drawn up in 1537 by Luther, Melanchthon and other reformers.

Presently, Schmalkalden experiences a boom with day tourists, owing to the clear air, town character with rich culture, high quality of life and conspicuously original history. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people also combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Germany.

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