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Oldenburg in Holstein (Schleswig-Holst.)

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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.
Oldenburg in Holstein 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 on the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea, the town belongs to the historical province of Holstein, today in the Schleswig-Holstein state of Germany.
Oldenburg’s history reveals that it was the chief town of the Wagrians, one of the Slavic people that migrated as far west as the river Elbe in or after the 6th century Volkerwanderung, also known as Wends and Obotrites. The Slavonic name was Starigard or Stargard, meaning old castle.
To the Vikings, the city was known as Brandehuse that means burned houses, indicating the bellicose times. For centuries, Oldenburg remained the Slavic competitor of Hedeby on the Baltic trade, until the counts Adolph I and Adolph II of Schauenburg and Holstein, supported by Henry the Lion, finally defeated the Wends during the first half of the 12th century.

Today, Oldenburg 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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