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DEUTSCHLAND GERMANY
Bundesland: Rheinland-Pfalz Rhineland-Palatinate
Landkreis: Kaiserslautern  

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Landstuhl

sr: Ландштул ru, uk: Ландштуль bg: Ландщул

2261 Landstuhl Landstuhl is situated at an altitude of 238 m at the northwestern edge of the Pfälzerwald low mountain region. Landstuhl has a population of about 9,200 (2004) and is also the seat of the administration of the collective municipality ('Verbandsgemeinde') Landstuhl, which consists of the municipalities Bann, Hauptstuhl, Kindsbach, Landstuhl, Mittelbrunn and Oberarnbach.

The oldest traces of human settlements are tombs of the La Tène period (c. 5th to 1st century BC). A wellspring sanctuary from the Celtic period was unearthed in the area between Landstuhl and nearby Kindsbach. A Roman settlement existed between the 1st and 4th century AD.

In the mid 12th century Landstuhl became the centre of a feudal domain, which in the 15th century came in possession of the Sickingen family. The best-known member of this family was certainly Franz von Sickingen, a leader of the revolting Rhenish and Swabian knights in the early Reformation period. In 1522 the council of regency placed him under the ban, to which he replied, in the spring of 1523, by plundering Kaiserslautern. The archbishop of Trier, the landgrave of Hesse and the count palatine of the Rhine decided to move against him, and having obtained help from the Swabian League, marched on Landstuhl. Sickingen refused to negotiate, and during the siege was seriously wounded. This attack was one of the first occasions on which artillery was used, and breaches were soon made in an otherwise impregnable fortress. On 6 May 1523 Sickingen was forced to capitulate, and on the following day he died. Sickingen's castle Nanstein was destroyed by the French in 1689. The Landstuhl domains became part of Bavaria in 1815. Since 1946, Landstuhl is part of Germany's state of Rheinland-Pfalz.

The picture on glass no.2261 [left] shows a view of the Stadtpark (municipal park). On the right, three asndstone blocks form a popular landmark of Landstuhl, the so-called three Sickinger Würfel (Sickingen dices). According to the popular legend, Franz von Sickingen used the blocks as dices but having had no luck had thrown them down into the valley. In reality, the cuboids are the remains of one or two Roman tombs.

Landstuhl is the site of the United States' largest military hospital outside the U.S.A.


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