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Braunau am Inn

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Braunau am Inn is a city in the Innviertel region of Upper Austria, the north-western state of Austria. It lies about 90 kilometers west of Linz and about 60 kilometers north of Salzburg, on the border with the German state of Bavaria. The population in 2001 was 16,372. A port of entry, it is connected by bridges over the Inn River with its Bavarian counterpart, Simbach am Inn.
The town was first mentioned around 810 and received the city statute in 1260, which makes it one of the oldest cities in Austria. It became a fortress and important trading route junction, dealing with the salt trade and with ship traffic on the River Inn. Through its history it changed hands four times. It was Bavarian until 1779 and became an Austrian town under the terms of the treaty of Teschen, which settled the War of the Bavarian Succession. As a major Bavarian city the town played an outstanding role in the Bavarian uprising against the Austrian occupation during the War of the Spanish Succession, when it hosted a provisional Bavarian Parliament in 1705 headed by Sebastian Plinganser.
Braunau has a remarkable 15th-century church with a 99 meters high spire, as well as castle remains housing a museum, and parts of the former town walls. Braunau has a full range of schools and colleges and industries including electronics, metal and woodworking, and glass. After two successful seasons, the local football team, S.V. Braunau, reached the Austrian first division before suddenly going bankrupt in 2000. The team was re-founded as F.C. Braunau.
As it is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts of Europe one of the most visited places amongst the most die-hard travelers the world over.

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