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Hockenheim is a German town in northwest Baden-Württemberg, about 20 km south of Mannheim. It is located in the Upper Rhine valley on the touristical theme routes Baden Asparagus Route ("Badische Spargelstraße") and Bertha Benz Memorial Route. The town is widely known for it's Hockenheimring, a motor racing cource, which hosted over 30 Formula One German Grand Prix races since 1970.

Hockenheim is one of the six largest towns in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis district; since 1999 the number of inhabitants exceeded the 20,000 threshold, thus getting the status of a regional central town ("Große Kreisstadt") in 2001. It is twinned with the French town of Commercy, the German town of Hohenstein-Ernstthal in Saxony and the American town of Mooresville.


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Hockenheim is located in the Upper Rhine valley on an old trade route from Frankfurt to Basel. Through the town flows the Kraichbach, which divides Hockenheim in an eastern and a smaller western area, and flows into the Rhine to the north near Ketsch. Hockenheim's total municipal area covers 3,484 ha, with ca. 28.2 percent used for settlement and transportation and ca. 47.5 percent for agriculture. The remaining area consists of ca. 2.3 percent rivers and seas and 21.1 percent forests.

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