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Gengenbach is a town in the district of Ortenaumarker, Baden-W├╝rttembergmarker, Germanymarker and a popular tourist destination on the western edge of the Black Forestmarker with about 11,000 inhabitants.Gengenbach is well known for its traditional Swabian-Alemanic "fasnacht", ("Fasend"), a kind of historically influenced celebration of carnival, where tradition is followed, from wearing costumes with carved wooden masks to clapping with a "Ratsche" (a traditional-classic wooden "sound-producing" toy). Gengenbach also boasts a picturesque, traditional, medieval town centre ("Altstadt"). The traditional town Gengenbach is the proud owner of the world's biggest advent calendar. The 24 windows of the 18th century town hall represent the 24 "windows" of an Advent calendar. The town also hosts a department of the University of Applied Science of Offenburgmarker.The nearest cities in the region are Freiburgmarker, Karlsruhemarker, Baden-Badenmarker and Strasbourgmarker/Francemarker.

Gengenbach is twinned with the town of Obernaimarker, Alsacemarker, Francemarker.

History

Gengenbach was founded in the 13th century and became an Imperial Free City in 1360.

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