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is one of Germany the world's leading industrialised countries, located in the heart of Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, to the west by France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic.
Germany is a democratic federal parliamentary republic, containing 16 federal-
states ( Bundesländer), which in certain spheres act independently of the Federation or "Bund".
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was one of the longest Eifel Aqueduct aqueducts of the Roman Empire. It shows the great skill of the Roman engineers, whose level of technical achievement was lost in the Middle Ages and regained only in recent times.
The aqueduct, constructed in AD 80, carried water some
95 km (60 miles) from the hilly Eifel region of what is now Germany to the ancient city of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (present-day Cologne). If the auxiliary spurs to additional springs are included, the length was 130 km (80 miles). The construction was almost entirely below ground, and the flow of the water was produced entirely by gravity. A few bridges, including one up to 1,400 m (0.87 miles) in length, were needed to pass over valleys. Unlike some of the other famous Roman aqueducts, the Eifel aqueduct was specifically designed to minimize the above-ground portion to protect it from damage and freezing. More...
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expressionist dancer and Clotilde von Derp her husband (pictured) were known for their transvestite costumes? ... that Romantic period writer
was overshadowed by Sophie Tieck her brother? ... that
edited several volumes of the first complete edition of the Works of Johann Sebastian Bach by the Alfred Dörffel , beginning with Bach Gesellschaft cantatas in 1878 and ending in 1898? ... that runner
represented Germany in three Olympic Games, broke Olympic records and set a world record, but never won an Olympic medal? Marie Dollinger ... that
, prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet under Birgit Keil John Cranko, inspired international choreographers such as Kenneth MacMillan, John Neumeier and Heinz Spoerli? ... that on
, Berlin celebrities are buried in forest landscape, including chancellor Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf Willy Brandt and ballet dancer Tatjana Gsovsky? ... that German professor
led the committee that investigated the killing of German prisoners-of-war in World War II? Erich Maschke ... that the
dance school was moved by the Nazis to smaller premises? Hertha Feist ... that
, prima ballerina in Munich remembered as Konstanze Vernon Giselle, created and directed an academy in memory of her ballet partner Heinz Bosl?
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