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The city of Landshut is located on Isar River in Bavaria in southeastern Germany. It was founded in 1204 as a fortress for dukes of Bavaria, and was chartered in 1279. It was badly damaged in the Thirty Years' War between 1618 and 1648. Since it was a major rail junction, the city received over 12,000 refugees after World War II. The city has retained much of its medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, notably the ducal castle of Trausnitz built between the 13th and the 16th century, and the Gothic St. Martin's Church with one of the world's highest brick steeples at 436 feet. Industries include electronics and machinery manufacture as well as chocolate making, brewing, and tobacco processing. The 2004 estimated population was 60,500.
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