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Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, sometimes translated as Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, is a state in northern Germany comprising of two regions, Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania (German: Vorpommern, also Hither Pomerania). Its capital is in Schwerin. Due to its lengthy name, it is often abbreviated as MV or shortened to Meck-Pomm.

The state was formed in the aftermath of World War II, from Mecklenburg and the remainder of the former Province of Pomerania, after portions of the eastern territories of Germany and the corresponding region of Pomerania, were ceded to Poland, following the directives of the Potsdam Agreement. With the establishment of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1949, the state's name was shortened to Mecklenburg, before being dissolved into three districts in 1952. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was recreated after the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Socialist Unity Party's regime and became a state of reunited Germany on 03 October 1990.

The Baltic Sea coastline and its islands (such as Rügen), the cities, as well as the Mecklenburg Lake District are very popular with tourists, making the state one of Germany's leading tourist destinations. Moreover, the University of Rostock (est. 1419) and the University of Greifswald (est. 1456) are amongst the oldest in Europe. Also, this German Bundesland is one of the least densely populated federal-states in contemporary Germany, with abundant nature and farmland dotting the bucolic landscape.

Major cities include Rostock, Schwerin, Neubrandenburg, Stralsund, Greifswald and Wismar. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was the site of the 33rd G8 summit in 2007.

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    Rügen

    Rügen or Rugia is Germany's largest island. It is located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Rügen is located in one of the most popular holiday and recreation areas within Germany, comprising such seaside resorts as Binz and…  [ + ] More Details

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    Binz Rügen

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    Rostock

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    Göhren-Lebbin

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    Greifswald

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Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

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Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

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