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Heidelberg (Heidelberg, ger. Heidelberg, Alem. Heidelbärg) is a town in Germany, in the North-West of Baden-württemberg. Population (2011) — 149 000 inhabitants (fifth largest city in Baden-württemberg).
One of the most picturesque towns of Baden-württemberg - Heidelberg (correct - Heidelberg, Heidelberg) lies in the lower course of the Neckar, in the very place where he breaks out of the hills of Odenwald (Odenwald) to the vast Verhnelenskoe lowland. Here, in the triangle Rhine - Neckar converge, in Hesse, Baden-württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, forming a vast urban agglomeration Heidelberg - Mannheim - Ludwigshafen-am-Rhein, the seventh largest economic region of the country. These places are considered the warmest region of Germany, so there are a lot of exotic Mediterranean plants and green area of the Odenwald is one of the best places in the country for eco-tourism - despite the proximity of large industrial centers.
Heidelberg is a densely populated region at the junction of Hessen, Baden-württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate and together with Mannheim and Ludwigshafen forms the region-agglomeration of the triangle Rhine-Neckar area, the seventh largest economic region of the country.
Heidelberg is located on Verhnelenskoe lowlands, on the banks of the river Neckar. In this place the river leaves its valley in the Odenwald and overlooks the plain where, 20 kilometres Northwest of Heidelberg merges with the Rhine.
Above the town is dominated by three hills: Koenigstuhl (568 m) and the Gaisberg (375 m) on the left Bank of the Neckar and the Heiligenberg ("Holy mountain", 445 m) on the right.
Because the city is located in one of the warmest regions of Germany, here you can find such unusual for Central European species as almond and Fig trees, and even an olive tree (Geisbergstrasse).
In Heidelberg is one of the most viable populations of free-living gerlovich parrots (Psittacula krameri) and the only European population in the red book of Swan geese (Anser cygnoides).
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