Königslutter

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Königslutter
Coat of arms of Königslutter
Königslutter is located in Germany
Königslutter
Coordinates 52°15′N 10°49′E / 52.25°N 10.81667°E / 52.25; 10.81667
Administration
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Helmstedt
Town subdivisions 18 Stadtteile
Mayor Ottomar Lippelt (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 130.58 km2 (50.42 sq mi)
Elevation 134 m  (440 ft)
Population 16,214  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 124 /km2 (322 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate HE
Postal code 38154
Area code 05353
Website www.koenigslutter.de

Königslutter am Elm is a city in the district of Helmstedt, Lower Saxony, Germany, near the Elm hills. In 2003, about 17,000 people lived in Königslutter. Königslutter is twinned with Taunton in Somerset, in the southwest of England.

Königslutter is on the tourist route called the German Half-Timbered House Road (Deutsche Fachwerkstraße).

In its current form, the city was created in 1974 by joining the following 18 municipalities:

Monastery church (Kaiserdom) in Königslutter
Lion support for a twist-turned colonnette

Königslutter proper is on the Lutter stream and developed from the village of Lutter which was first mentioned in 1150. It became a market town around 1300, then a city around 1400. In early modern times, beer brewing and Elm limestone mining and cutting have been its main industries. Tourism is also important, because of the German Half-Timbered House Road and the Dom - the monastery church built by Emperor Lothar II.

In 1924, the village of Oberlutter and the monastery church of Königslutter were incorporated as a city. The Benedictine monastery was founded near the village of Lutter in 1135 by Holy Roman Emperor Lothar II. The monastery church is known for its sculptural art and the tomb of the emperor.

Königslutter is also the site for a large psychiatric hospital. The hospital, run by AWO can treat over 500 people plus outpatients and day-care therapy in the clinics in Wolfsburg and Peine

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