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Ohrdruf (Thuringia)

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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.
Ohrdruf is one of the popular destinations in Germany, and is well known for the quantity of cultural related attractions and monuments that the town has embraced. Located in the German federal state of Thuringia, Ohrdruf lies almost 30 kilometers to the southwest direction of Erfurt.
Ohrdruf was founded in between 724 to 726 century by Saint Boniface, who founded here the first monastery in Thuringia, dedicated to Saint Michael. It was the first of numerous religious foundations in the town, the latest of which is the Carmelite monastery, Karmel Saint Elija, founded in 1991.
The Ohrdruf death camp located here was the first Nazi concentration camp to be liberated by the American Army, on 4 April 1945. According to a book written by the German historian Rainer Karlsch and published in 2005, Ohrdruf may have been one of two locations where the Nazis tested their nuclear energy project, in the process killing prisoners of war under the supervision.

Like some of its sister municipalities and towns in the Thuringia, Ohrdruf is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Germany.

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