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Kallstadt is located in Germany
Kallstadt is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Coordinates: 49°29′26″N 08°10′33″E / 49.49056°N 8.17583°E / 49.49056; 8.17583Coordinates: 49°29′26″N 08°10′33″E / 49.49056°N 8.17583°E / 49.49056; 8.17583
DistrictBad Dürkheim
Municipal assoc.Freinsheim
 • Mayor (2019–24) Dr. Thomas Jaworek[1] (CDU)
 • Total6.58 km2 (2.54 sq mi)
134 m (440 ft)
 • Total1,214
 • Density180/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes06322
Vehicle registrationDÜW

Kallstadt (German pronunciation: [ˈkalʃtat]) is a village in the Palatine part of Rhineland-Palatinate, one of Germany's 16 federal states. It is part of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region whose largest city is Mannheim, Germany's 22nd largest city. During much of the 19th century, it was part of the Kingdom of Bavaria. It has gained international media attention as the ancestral home of the related Heinz and Trump families, two prominent business and political families in the United States.


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Winegrowing in Kallstadt, 2014.

Kallstadt is located on the German Wine Route.

It is part of the Verbandsgemeinde of Freinsheim, whose seat is in the like-named town.

The village of 1,200 inhabitants is in a region whose economy is booming. It has restaurants that can accommodate about 2,000 guests and hotels with about 400 beds. Tourists include Americans from Ramstein Air Base.[3]


The main street

A Roman road linked Altenstadt – now in French Alsace and a constituent community of Wissembourg – with the Rhineland; an early settlement here was prosperous in Roman times. Many archaeological finds are evidence of settlement by merchants, former legionnaires and also winegrowers from about 79 BC to at least 383 AD. A Frankish clan arose about 500 and its chief, Chagilo, became the village's namesake.

In 824, Kallstadt was first mentioned in records as Cagelenstat. Originally an Imperial Village, it later passed to the County of Pfeffingen (Homburg). From 1321 it was held in fief first by the Monfort knights, and then from 1451 until about 1551 by the House of Blicken von Lichtenberg. From then until 1794, Kallstadt belonged as an Electoral Palatinate fief to the holdings of the House of Leiningen.

The Left Bank of the Rhine was occupied by France during the War of the First Coalition in 1794. Following the Treaty of Campo Formio (1797), the First French Republic annexed the region and, between 1798 and 1814, Kallstadt belonged to the French department of Mont-Tonnerre.

Neither the Holy Roman Empire nor the Electoral Palatinate was restored at the Congress of Vienna in 1815. Germany became a loose confederation of states dominated by Austria and Prussia, which both annexed most of the German territories left of the Rhine. Kallstadt came under Austrian rule, but Austria quickly exchanged the area with the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1816. After this agreement, Kallstadt belonged to Bavaria, which joined the German Empire in 1871.

The (Western) Palatinate, including Kallstadt, remained Bavarian until after the end of World War II, when the German states were formally reorganized after becoming virtually defunct under the Nazi regime, when Kallstadt belonged to the Gau Westmark. The Palatinate was separated from Bavaria in 1946 and became a part of the new State of Rhineland-Palatinate, a founding state of the Federal Republic of Germany. A referendum to restore the union of the Palatinate and Bavaria failed in 1956, and Kallstadt continues to belong to Rhineland-Palatinate.

Buildings and structures[edit]

Heinz and Trump families[edit]

The Salvatorkirche (Savior's church) of Kallstadt

Kallstadt is the ancestral home of immigrant ancestors of both the Heinz and Trump families in the United States. The two families are related. The Trump family has resided in Kallstadt since the 17th century.

In 2015, filmmaker Simone Wendel, who is from Kallstadt (and remotely related to the Trump family), produced a documentary called Kings of Kallstadt. The film explores the relationship between the local inhabitants and their prominent relatives in the USA. Wendel showed the strong and longstanding winemaking and gastronomic tradition in Kallstadt. She suggests that the locals have more appreciation for the Heinz family, as their main product has been practical condiment, and is less abstract than Trump's real-estate business.[6][7] The locals positively remember the Heinz trust receiving a Kallstadt delegation. The Heinz family recently provided a major donation (40,000) for the renovation of the organ in the local church, St. Salvator, while Donald Trump did not contribute to this project.[8] Wendel interviewed Donald Trump in New York and showed a Kallstadt delegation at the Steuben Day parade. Trump prolonged the interview over the preset time and promised to visit Kallstadt.[6]

The 2016 media interest about Kallstadt started in the middle of the night after the announcement of Trump's election. The local reaction has been mixed.[3] Residents are not interested in the city as a destination for Trump fans; local tourism is already flourishing.[3] Deutsche Welle notes: "[T]he villagers used to have a better opinion of Donald Trump before he started his boisterous campaign."[9]


Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 16 council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 25 May 2014, and the mayor as chairman.

The municipal election held on 25 May 2014 yielded the following results:[10]

2014 4 7 5 16 seats
2009 4 6 6 16 seats
2004 4 5 7 16 seats

Coat of arms[edit]

The German blazon reads: Über goldener Zinnenmauer, darin ein roter Reichsapfel mit goldenem Reif und rotem Kreuz, beseitet von je einer blauen Schießscharte, in Blau ein rotbewehrter silberner Adler.

The municipality's arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per fess embattled, azure an eagle displayed argent armed and langued gules, and Or masoned an orb of the third banded of the field and ensigned with a cross fleuretty of the third, this last between two arrowslits of the first.

Kallstadt's oldest known seal dates from 1494 and bears as charges both the Palatine Lion and the Wittelsbach bendy lozengy pattern (slanted diamond shapes alternating in tincture between argent and azure, that is, silver and blue) accompanied by a small letter K in base. In 1506, something similar to the current arms appeared when another seal showed an eagle above a wall. This reflected the village's incorporation into the Leiningen holdings. A similar composition prevailed until 1711 when a seal charged simply with a globus cruciger appeared. This stood for the Counts Palatine, possibly putting its origin before 1506. On 15 January 1845, a coat of arms that might be described as "Azure an orb ensigned with a cross Or", that is, a blue escutcheon bearing a golden globus cruciger with a cross on top, was granted as the municipality's arms. On 22 June 1962, however, the current arms combining the charges of these last arms and the 1506 seal were granted.[11]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Direktwahlen 2019, Landkreis Bad Dürkheim, Landeswahlleiter Rheinland-Pfalz, accessed 3 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2020, Kreise, Gemeinden, Verbandsgemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Frasch, Timo (2016-11-09). "Im Ort von Trumps Vorfahren: 'Trump hat sich wenigstens getraut, das auch zu zeigen'". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ISSN 0174-4909. Archived from the original on 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  4. ^ Gwenda Blair (2000). The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire. Simon and Schuster. pp. 28–9. ISBN 9780743210799.
  5. ^ "Geschichte des Henningers". Hotel und Restaurant Weinhaus Henninger (in German). Archived from the original on 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  6. ^ a b "Deutsche Großeltern: Donald Trump, King of Kallstadt". Die Welt. Archived from the original on 2016-11-30. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  7. ^ "Kings of Kallstadt | Dokumentarfilm: Mein Dorf, Ketchup & der König von New York" (in German). SWR Fernsehen. Archived from the original on 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  8. ^ "Donald Trumps Wurzeln: King of New York, Knallkopf of Kallstadt". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 20 January 2016. Archived from the original on 20 October 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Donald Trump's German roots". Deutsche Welle. Archived from the original on 2016-11-19. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  10. ^ Rheinland-Pfalz, Statistisches Landesamt. "LWL RLP - Kommunalwahlen: Ergebnisse der Ratswahlen: Wahlergebnisse 2014: Stadt- und Gemeinderatswahlen". Archived from the original on 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  11. ^ "Heraldry of the world - Outdated file". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  12. ^ Kurt Stuck. Verwaltungspersonal im Herzogtum Zweibrücken. Ludwigshafen am Rhein: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Pfälzisch-Rheinische Familienkunde, 1993, p. 16.

Further reading[edit]

  • Merk, Ernst. Heimatbuch des Edelweinortes Kallstadt. 1952

External links[edit]

Media related to Kallstadt at Wikimedia Commons