Nanstein Castle

Address: Burgweg 1, 66849 Landstuhl

Website: www.landstuhl.de

Phone: +49 (6371) 13 000 12

Nanstein Castle was erected in 1150 A.D. by Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa (Friedrich I) above a 15-meter-high sandstone ledge. The castle was part of a fortification system of the Hohenstaufen Dynasty in the Palatinate to protect the country and its people. Today, the castle ruin is the city’s landmark, which owes its popularity to the rebellious knight Franz von Sickingen – one of the last knights. A glimpse into the spooky vault shows where he got seriously injured during a battle for the castle and died in 1523 A.D. The castle ruin contains building material of five centuries. The partially rebuilt battery tower dating back to the time of Franz von Sickingen is particularly impressive. The castle hill raises 80 meters above the city and offers a sweeping view over Landstuhl and into the Nordpfälzer Bergland. In summer the castle ruin becomes the romantic backdrop for the Landstuhl Castle Plays, concerts and guided castle tours.
A self-guided information leaflet in English is available at the castle entrance. Audio guides are available as well.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 9.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays!

It is required to register for your visit in advance – please call +49 (6371) 13 460 for your registration!

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Bismarck Tower

Address: Kirchberg/ access via Luitpoldstrasse, 66849 Landstuhl

Website: www.landstuhl.de

Phone: +49 (6371) 13 000 12

The Bismarck Tower was built and named in honor of the first German Imperial Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. It was a donation by the mining industrialist Carl Ferdinand von Stumm-Halberg (1836-1901) – built to the plan of architect Wilhelm Kreis (1873–1955). The tower was inaugurated in 1900 and in 1907 it was handed over to the city of Landstuhl. The viewing tower is located west of Landstuhl on the “Kirchberg” hill. It has a height of 19 meters. In the interior you can take a 74-step stone staircase to the observation deck. From there you have a magnificent view over the Sickingenstadt Landstuhl and the surrounding region.

Opening hours:
The Bismarck Tower is closed during the Advent season until shortly after Epiphany.
Otherwise, it is accessible year-round, if the weather permits.
Free admission!

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Historic Old Town with Historic City Walk

Address: Kaiserstrasse 37 (AOK Building), 66849 Landstuhl

Length: 2 kilometers

Website: www.landstuhl.de

Phone: +49 (6371) 13 000 12

On an interesting round tour through the scenic historic city you can experience a time journey on the traces of the legendary Franz von Sickingen, the last knight. 23 stations await to be discovered individually and without the pressure of time. The starting point is at Kaiserstrasse 37 and the tour is approx. 2 km long.

Hint: Watch out for the knight symbol embedded in the pavement, which guides you in the right direction. Get the tour flyer at the Landstuhl Tourist Information (Address: Hauptstrasse 3a, 66849 Landstuhl)!

Opening hours:
Year-round!
Free admission!

Please note: On a short, approx. 60 meters long section along the busy main road, the width of the sidewalk is not suitable for wheelchair users and strollers.

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Mammoth Trees

Address: Next to the road from Landstuhl to Martinshöhe and Zweibrücken (L 456)

Website: www.landstuhl.de

Phone: +49 (6371) 13 000 12

Around 1861, seven American mammoth trees – so called Wellingtonias – were planted as a botanical peculiarity. By now they have reached the respectable height of 40 meters and a diameter of 2 meters. The pilgrim scallop shows the direction to the impressive wellingtonias. You won’t miss them!
100 meters in direction of Zweibrücken is the entry to a forest parking lot, which is also the starting point to several circular hiking trails.

Opening hours:
Year-round!
Free admission!

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Fleischackerloch and Krämerstein

Location: Between Bismarck Tower and Mammoth Trees, Access close to LRMC Gate 3, 66849 Landstuhl

Website: www.landstuhl.de

Phone: +49 (6371) 13 000 12

The “Fleischackerloch” is a romantic ravine with primeval-like old trees. The pastures and fields used to be rented out against delivery of meat, hence the name of this natural monument. Well-developed hiking trails, such as the long-distance trails “Westpfalz-Wanderweg” and the “Pfälzer Jakobspilgerweg” – the Palatinate Way of St. James – which pass impressive rock formations between Fleischackerloch and Bismarckturm, invite visitors to leave every day stress behind and enjoy voyages of discovery well away from the hustle and bustle of traffic.
The “Krämerstein” is a block formation with red sandstone. It comes from the geological period of the Germanic Trias.
Because of its originality, the “Fleischackerloch”, as well as the “Krämerstein” were the film sets for a few black-and-white Western films recorded in the Palatinate in 1920.

Opening hours:
Year-round!
Free admission!

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