Way of living
This is very common in this kind of little towns in Germany (at least in Ingolstadt!)... These look as regular houses, but many of them have 3-4 apartments inside, which house one family each. They are spacious and some even have a nice terrace from which you can have this nice view of the surrounding houses... I liked this neighborhood! Very clean, organized and pretty.
This house made history in the middle of the 30 Year War. In 1632 Johann t’Serclaes Count of Tilly, the general of the Emperor's army, died here of tetanus on April 30, 15 days after being wounded in the battle of Rain am Lech. In those times the house belonged to the university professor Arnold Roth. An inscription on the facade recalls this houese's "one moment in time".
Note the relief of the lion on the oriel on the corner. The golden angels are a recent, rather kitschy addition.
Neues Schloss - New Castle
The castle is named the "new" because it was new in the 15th century. In 1392 the Duchy of Bavaria was divided among three heirs and Ingolstadt became a ducal residence. The present castle, Herzogskasten, was suitable for occasional stays but too small to accommodate a permanent court. Duke Ludwig der Gebratete ("the Bearded") decided to build a new castle on the southeastern corner of the town close to the river. His sister Isabeau was the Queen of France and Ludwig was well used to court life in more powerful and fashionable countries. So he started an ambitious project for his new home. The castle was only finished two generations later, though.
The front of the main palace with the three towers is an eyecatcher from the other side of the river. The front is not regular. The main tower is attached diagonally to the corner of the building. This seems to be a local fashion - compare the steeples of Münster church.
The main palace and a number of economy buildings surround a wide rectangular court. Access is either from Ludwigstraße, the main pedestrian street of the old town, over the bridge and through the baroque gate tower, or from the river bank up some stairs. The courtyard is free to access during the day but closed at nighttime.
The main palace hosts the Bavarian Army Museum (see separate tip).
Ingolstadt - My hometown
Ingolstadt is a Bavarian city, close to Munich. When it's not cloudy or rainy it can be really nice here, especially in spring or summertime. Due to the fact that I am living in the Donau valley, it is very often foggy here in the fall. But even then you can find nice things to visit or to do.
This page about my hometown is permanently "under construction" to get better.
Have a nice day!
Friday: Exploring the Old Town
We arrived on a Friday around lunchtime. It was lovely sunny weather so we set out to explore immediately after moving into our temporary burrow, eh hotel room.
Ingolstadt's old town has lots of pretty old houses. The wide main street has all those shops and stuff that female humans like. Most of it is pedestrianized but as you see in the left photo, they have not totally banned cars. A wombat on foot has to take care not to be run over.
After all, Ingolstadt is the seat of a big car factory so it is no surprise that humans are into cars there.
We stayed a few minutes from the main square and the town hall. In the meantime I have learned enough about architecture to see that this pretty facade is not as old as it pretends to be but 19th century.
There is a big old church behind the town hall, though. It has two tall towers, only one iss visible here.
In the side lanes they have many old houses and beer pubs. They make very good beer in that city (don't tell Mommy how I found out).
Many facades have those gables like the one behind me.
This big building is the High School, i.e. the oldest part of Ingolstadt's very old university.
I had a closer look at it from the roof of a neighbouring house.
The medieval town walls are partly preserved and they have some gate towers in them, too. I liked this white one. Of course the white paint is not medieval. Almost everything in Ingolstadt is well restored and freshly painted.
I found a good seat on a hedge for a better perspective of the tower.