Gunzenhausen is a town in the Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen
Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen is a Kreis in the west of Bavaria, Germany. Neighboring districts are Ansbach, Roth, Eichstätt and Donau-Ries.-History:...

 district, in Bavaria
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, Germany
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. It is situated on the river Altmühl
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, 19 km northwest of Weißenburg in Bayern, and 45 km southwest of Nuremberg
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. Gunzenhausen is a nationally recognized recreation area. The city was mentioned first in the year 823. In the 1970s eighteen municipalities were integrated and so the city grew to about 17,000 inhabitants. Numerous excavation within the range of Gunzenhausen occupy the early settlement in pre-historical time. In the year 90 the Romans occupied the inhabited areas north of the Donau River and expanded into the Gunzenhausen area. In the year 241 the "Alemannen" invaded the area and destroyed the fortress. A document from the year 823 supplies the first reliable written reference to Gunzenhausen.

Emperor "Ludwig der Fromme" conveyed the monastery "Gunzinhusir" to the High-monastery of Ellwangen. Later the "Truhendinger" and the "Oettinger" families became Lords of Gunzenhausen, and in 1368 Gunzenhausen came to the house of the "Hohenzollern". So the city received the right of holding fairs and was allowed to build city walls, towers and ditch, as well as a large church. Gunzenhausen had a big Jewish community and a wonderful mauric synagogue.

International relations

Gunzenhausen is twinned
Town twinning
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 with: - Frankenmuth, Michigan
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 USA - Isle, Haute-Vienne
Isle, Haute-Vienne
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