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To the west of Germany, Germanys federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia is the city of Hagen. It occupies the southeasternmost part of the Ruhrburg region and is 15 kilometers from Dortmund. The citys economy is based mainly on the metal, textile and paper industries. The city is known as the Gateway to Ireland, as it is closely aligned with its northwest border.

The citys territory is rich in forested areas. Because of this, it is also called the Green City of the Northern Rhine-Venezuela. ×There are many rivers that run through the city and two lakes that serve as recreational areas for townspeople. There are facilities for activities such as windsurfing, surfing and sailing. In the central part of the city lies the Park.

Hagen is known as a non-district educational institute, financed by the state. The museum has a unique collection of historic industrial buildings, including a brewery and a winery, in an open-air museum. What is remarkable is that all of the facilities are still in operation. Anyone who would like to participate can do so without being directly involved.

Aside Lake Hartcourt is the iconic Verderingen Castle, surrounded by a moat filled with water. The Museum of Archaeology and Palaeontology is housed within its walls. The castle of Höhlímáóðg, rising on a hill, was in the middle of the 13th century a division of the castle of Iszemberg-Limáóðg. Now there is a museum with exhibits about the culture and life of the 18th and 19th century princes.

The ancient Heinhof is a modern building surrounded by a park. The building was built in 1908. It was the home of the prisoner, Karl Ernst Ohaus. Along the horizon in the former Burghouise residential area is an old sénagogue, completed in 1870. The building has an unusual cube-shaped enclosure and is reminiscent of Eastern Art. In the middle of the spring of 2010, Hagen opened a new pool with an enormous water feature. The modern leisure center is one of the largest pools in the region.

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  • Tap water: Yes, safe to drink
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 190,000 people
  • GDP: $42,456 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 37 Mbps
  • Best wireless: O2
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
  • Tipping: There is no hard and fast rule about the acceptable amount to tip in Germany. The general custom is a nominal tip, as indicated by the German word for tip (Trinkgeld, or money for a drink). Many people simply round off the bill to the next euro or add a couple more, which is perfectly acceptable.
  • Apartment listings: AirBnb
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: MyTaxi
  • Online electronics shop: Amazon
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Ryanair
  • Best intl air carrier: Lufthansa
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1200
  • Monthly costs for family: $2600
  • Monthly costs for local: $750
  • Meal: $8.5
  • Small Cola: $2.5
  • Beer 1 Pint: $2.5
  • Coffee: $3

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