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Oppenheim (Rhineland-Palatinate)

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.
Oppenheim is one of the popular destinations in Germany, well known for its beautiful countryside and the quantity of cultural related attractions. It is a small town on the Upper Rhine that is Rheinhessen, between Mainz and Worms. It is in the county of Mainz-Bingen which is in state Rheinland-Pfalz and belongs to the Nierstein-Oppenheim Verbandsgemeinde an administrative unit. The city stretches over an area of 7.09 square kilometers with a total population of 7,136 inhabitants as of 2005 census.
According to precious archeological findings, Oppenheim became prominent during the Hohenstaufen period because of its regional castle and its governors. It only became an Imperial Free City in the 13th century. Later in the 14th century, the town was pledged to the Mainz palatinate Kurmainz. From 1398, Oppenheim belonged to the palatinate of Kurpfalz. After belonging to France, in 1816 Oppenheim became part of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt. The town remained part of Hesse until 1945. However, in March 1945, American troops succeeded in crossing the Rhein near Oppenheim.
Oppenheim boasts many cultural attractions that include the Gothic Katharinenkirche Saint Katherine's Church with its stained-glass windows, including the famous Oppenheim Rose, the Landskron ruins with their lovely view of the Rhine rift and a summer festival. Other attractions also include the old town and its clock tower, the German Viticultural Museum, and the marketplace.

Presently, Oppenheim 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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