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Olfen (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.
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.
Olfen is one of the popular destinations in Germany, and is well known for its beautiful countryside and the quantity of cultural related attractions. It is a small town in the Coesfeld district of North Rhine-Westphalia state. Sometimes also referred as the Gate to the Ruhr Area, Olfen is considered the horse-friendliest town in North Rhine-Westphalia.
According to precious archeological findings, the first mentions of Olfen in travel recordings date from 889 when the Bishop Wolfhelm, who originated from the Ulfloa Oberhof, gave the small town its name. Wolfhelm was the fourth bishop of Mimingardeford. Later, the fire disaster of 1857, in which 142 houses were destroyed, has gone down as the Great Fire of Olfen in Olfen's history books.

Presently, Olfen 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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