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HISTORY OF KAISERSLAUTERN You are living in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz which was formed as recently as 1946 from parts of Bavaria, Hessen and Prussia which had previously never joined together. The Pfalz borders on Luxembourg, France, and Belgium ad contains two-thirds of the wine growing area in Germany. The Mosel and Rhein Rivers flow through much of the Rheinland-Pfalz and their valleys comprise the main wine regions. Kaiserslautern itself received the name from the favorite hunting retreat of Emporer (Kaiser) Frederick barbarossa who ruled the diverse lands of the Holy Roman Empire from 1155 until 1190. The Lauter was then an important river that made the old section of Kaiserslautern an island in medieval times. The symbol of the city is a red and white shield-shaped coat of arms, with an open-mouthed carp on it. This was reportedly the favorite dish of Frederick Barbarossa. He was a powerful ruler, controlling lands from the North Sea to Sicily, and under his rule, medieval