FORTE CULTURA Station: Defence lines on the Queich, Bellheim (DE)

On the trail of European history in the Southern Palatinate

Unique cultural landscape between historical heritage and nature conservation

The Queich lines were built as field fortifications during the War of the Austrian Succession from 1743 from Annweiler via Landau to the Rhine. To the east of Queichheim, the Queich was completely diverted in 1744/45. Around 30 embankments with embankments in front of them were built for large-scale flooding.

The lines were planned by French military engineers (including Cormontaigne). At the beginning of the Revolutionary Wars in 1792, the defences of Offenbach, Ottersheim and Bellheim were reinforced with redoubts and a redoubt was built in Hördt, the outline of which can still be seen today. When the left bank of the Rhine became part of France, the Queich lines lost their military significance.

FORTE CULTURA Fortress portrait

Get to know the Queich lines on the Upper Rhine know.

Cultural heritage
fortified monuments
of the Upper Rhine region

The Upper Rhine region is one of the most fought-over regions in Europe. Fortified monuments from all eras bear witness to this exciting cultural history. Today they are monuments full of life and culture.

Discover the history of fortress construction over the last 350 years in the 30 FORTE CULTURA fortresses and museums on the Upper Rhine.

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