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Idar-Oberstein is a town in the Birkenfeld district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. As a Große kreisangehörige Stadt (large town belonging to a district), it assumes some of the responsibilities that for smaller municipalities in the district are assumed by the district administration. Today’s town of Idar-Oberstein is the product of two rounds of administrative reform, one in 1933 and the other in 1969, which saw many municipalities amalgamated into one. The various Stadtteile have, however, retained their original identities, which, aside from the somewhat more urban character encountered in Idar and Oberstein, tend to hearken back to each centre’s history as a rural village. Idar-Oberstein is known as a gemstone town, and also as a garrison town. It is also the largest town in the Hunsrück and has a population of around 30,000.GeographyLocationThe town lies on the southern edge of the Hunsrück on both sides of the river Nahe.Constituent communitiesThe following are the divisions within the town of Idar-Oberstein as at 30 June 2005:Centres merged in 1933 administrative reform Oberstein (8,794 inhabitants) Idar (8,466 inhabitants) Tiefenstein (2,642 inhabitants) Algenrodt (2,385 inhabitants)Total population: 22,284Centres merged in 1969 administrative reform Göttschied Weierbach Nahbollenbach Mittelbollenbach Kirchenbollenbach Regulshausen Enzweiler Georg-Weierbach Hammerstein Total population: 12,596
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