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Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked Alpine country in Central Europe. The country, which borders Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east, was historically a confederation, and has been a federation since 1848. Switzerland is a federation of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, arguably putting them among the world's oldest surviving republics. With an area of 41,285 square kilometres, Switzerland is a relatively small country. Switzerland comprises three basic topographical areas namely the Swiss Alps, the Swiss plateau, and the Jura mountains. Switzerland has four official languages namely German, French, Italian and Romansh.
Laufen is a small German town situated on the southeastern border of Bavaria. This city was first mentioned in 748. When the independent principality was at last divided in 1816 between the Bavarian kingdom and the Habsburg Empire in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars, the town was divided into a Bavarian part carrying the name of Laufen and into an Austrian town by the name of Oberndorf. A new iron bridge was built in a safer place up the river and opened in cooperation by the King of Bavaria and the Austrian Emperor in the year 1903. For the duration of the Second World War Laufen was the site of an internment camp housing some hundreds of men deported from the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.
A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, luxurious hotels and cottages, Laufen is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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