Landshut Travel Guide

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Landshut Things to Do

  • Stadtresidenz: First Renaissance Palace...

    ... of the Alps.Now this is, from an art historian's point of view, Landshut's top sight. The Residenz in the old town was built in 1536-1543 as the first palace in pure Italian Renaissance style North of the Alps. Duke Ludwig X. left the castle on the hilltop and built a palace in the middle of the town in the then most modern style. First he...

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  • Mühleninsel and Rauchensteiner Estate

    The tip of the island between the two branches of the Isar, opposite Ländtor by the pedetrian bridge, is a pretty park nowadays. Nothing tells us any more that this was more or less an industrial area until the 1970. The water power was used to drive water mills. Only in 1975 the large mill was demolished and the ground was turned into a...

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  • Landschaftshaus

    The house with the painted facade is located in Altstadt, pposite the church of St Martin. The name "Landschaftshaus" indicates that this was the meeting place of the estates of Lower Bavaria. The representatives of the nobility, the clerics and the cities assembled to negotiate their issues with the Duke.The facade was painted in 1599. It shows...

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  • Portrait and Epitaph of the Master of St...

    On the wall of St Martin's church, on the Southern side, there is a tombstone or rather epitaph with three crests and the fine portrait of an elderly man, which is protected behind glass. This man was the "master of the church". In Landshut this is interpreted as: He was the master builder. Which makes me wonder: is Steinmetz his family name or his...

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  • Church of St Jodok: Tombstones on the...

    Once upon a time there was a graveyard around St Jodok: All churches in Landshut had their own cemeteries until 1805, when they were closed and a new one was opened outside the town for hygienic reasons. What's left of the graveyard are many tombstones which have been attached to the outer walls of the church. Have a look at them. Most of them are...

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  • Church of St Jodok

    St Jodok, the second largest church in the old town, is the parish church of Freyung quarter. Like St Martin, the big one, it is entirely built from bricks. The original church was built in the 14th century, badly damaged by a fire in 1403 and rebuilt, then renovated and extended again and again over the centuries. Its present shape is partly early...

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  • Dreifaltigkeitsplatz and Herzogskasten

    Dreifaltigkeitsplatz ("Trinity Square") is one of the oldest parts of Landshut and originally belonged to the grounds of the castle. The most striking building is the large yellow Herzogskasten, a medieval storage building. Citizens had to pay their taxes in kind here. The natural goods were then stored in here as supply for the castle's...

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  • Seligenthal Convent and Church

    Seligenthal ("valley of the blessed") was founded as a convent of Cistercian nuns in the 13th century. The abbey prospered, in the 18th century they were able to refurbish the church and erect new convent buildings. In the secularization of 1803 the convent was closed down but the nuns were allowed to stay, and three decades later it was reopened...

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  • Museum of Sculpture - The Artist Fritz...

    The famous sculptor Fritz Koenig (* 1924) donated his life's work to his hometown Landshut as a foundation, under the condition that a museum would be built to accommodate and present his works of art. The museum was opened in 1997. Its permanent exhibition presents Koenig's works, temporary exhibitions are also dedicated to other artists. To...

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  • Ländtor and Town Wall

    Ländtor is the only preserved town gate. It leads right down to the bank of the Isar. It received its name because it lead to Schifflände, the ship landing, or rather raft landing because the Isar is shallow and transport had to be done with rafts. Only the inner gate is still there, the outward gate tower and bailey have been demolished in the...

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  • Landshut Wedding Frescoes in the Town...

    The main hall of the town hall is painted with frescoes that depict the "Landshut Wedding" of 1475 when Duke Georg the Rich of Bavaria married Hedwig (Jadwiga), the daughter of King Kasimir IV of Poland. Fesitivities lasted several weeks, this was one of the biggest social events of the late middle ages. The festival is reenacted every couple of...

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  • Rathaus - Town Hall

    Landshut's town hall consists of three medieval houses that were connected. The facade with the three gables still indicates the three parts. The town hall, the centre of the citizen's administration and representation, is located in the middle of Altstadt market street, roughly opposite the (younger) town residence of the Bavarian Duke.The...

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  • Hofgarten

    The so-called Hofgarten (court garden) on the top and slope of the hill by the castle included the gardens and hunting grounds of the ducal court. Nowadays it is a park with many beautiful trees of a wide variety of specieses, local and introduced. The walk through Hofgarten is the most pleasant way up to the castle. At the top there is a small...

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  • Schanzl - Viewpoint

    Schanzl is an openly accessible viewpoint in Hofgarten, right outside the castle walls. The name indicates that this was part of the fortifications. A sentinel posted here could control who was coming up from this side. Nowadays it is a place to enjoy the view of the old town.Getting there from the castle or from Hofgarten is a little detour on a...

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  • Ochsenklavier - Stairway to the Castle

    The official name of this brick-paved passage is Fürstentreppe, the "Princes' Stairway", however, everyone in Landshut knows it as Ochsenklavier, the "Oxen Piano". Why? Because the pattern of the bricks roughly resembles a keyboard and because this path was built for the ox carts that had to transport everything that was needed in the castle.It...

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Landshut Hotels

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  • Romantik Hotel Fuerstenhof

    Stethaimer Strasse 3, Landshut, Bavaria, 84034, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Goldene Sonne

    Neustadt 520, Landshut, 84028, de

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • City Hotel Isar Residenz

    PapiererstraÃ?e 6, Landshut, 84034, de

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Landshut Restaurants

  • More rain

    Repeat of the previous day, another downpour and this the closest restaurant. Another lucky day!Right on the riverbank a large and comfortable hotel restaurant, also has a beer garden for good weather. Food excellent, Mrs Bonio very happy with the vegetarian options and a couple of Paulaner beers to go with it, very enjoyable.

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  • Warm and dry!

    Wandering around the Alstadt we were wondering where to have lunch, when the heavens opened we were just outside this restaurant - chioce made.Good choices on the menu with several vegetarian options for Mrs Bonio and an old favourite, Leberkäse for me washed down by a couple of good beers.Enjoyed our visit.

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  • Good pizza

    Large and tasty pizzas for us on a quiet and rainy monday evening. Easy to find, friendly and comfortable with good prices too. Worth a visit.

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Landshut Nightlife

  • Music & Dances - Nächtlicher...

    "Nächtlicher Mummenschanz" is one of the various events that you may attend during the "Landshuter Hochzeit" and it is a performance of medieval musicians & dancers in the "Residenz" - opposite of the townhall in Landshut.Performances will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridaysreserve your tickets as soon as possible at the link below...

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  • Tavern in der Steckengasse

    "Tavern in der Steckengasse" is another event taking place during the Landshuter Hochzeit, and THIS is my favorite, although it is quite expensive :For 48 Euros entrance-fee you will be able to attend one of the meals that the king was giving for the local population during the whole week after the marriage, and you may eat as much as you can,...

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  • Festliche Spiele - the night at the...

    Festliche Spiele im nächtlichen Lager ( festivities & games at the camp-fire) is another highlight of Landshuter Hochzeit and the historic background to this festivity is the night before the wedding of 1475, when all of the many wedding-guests had finally arrived Landshut - the carriages from Poland had needed about 2 months to arrive in Landshut...

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Landshut Transportation

  • City Buses

    As the train station is a bit away from the old town, you need the bus to reach the centre, otherwise it's quite a walk. Buses 3 and 6 depart in front of the station building and take you to Altstadt, bus 3 also to Neustadt (useful if you have a hotel there). Back to the station, take the 3 or 6 from Altstadt. These bus lines only run every 30...

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  • Taxi in the main street

    They may be convenient to get around if you are going maybe up to the Traunitz Castle and do not want to walk. The main street is pedestrian, so that would not help there.

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  • Easy by train

    On a line between Munich and Nürnburg and just about an hour or so to each, very easy to get to. The station is around a 15 - 20 minute walk from the Altstadt

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Landshut Local Customs

  • Knitting...

    Walking across Freyung I noticed lots of weird knitwear, not worn by people but by trees and benches. Very fancy.My first thought was, "Do they have guerilla knitters here?" Later I heard that they don't, it was some kind of art project.

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  • Schirmgasse and its Advent Calendar

    Schirmgasse is one of the small streets that connect Altstadt and Neustadt. It has many small, specialized shops which are all private owned. The owners of these shops started a cooperation to promote their street, and of course their businesses, together. The street has its own website where they are all presented, and they have their events...

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  • Painting Roof Tiles

    Paintings on old roof tiles are, according to my local friend, popular in the area. Artisans paint all kinds of pictures on them, from romantic to funny. They can be put up by the front door as name tag, with the name of the house's inhabitants written on it, or display the street number of the house. Or they are just decoration for outdoors or...

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Landshut Warnings and Dangers

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    by BruceDunning Written Jul 9, 2012

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    It could/would be a bit of a trek for one who is not in good shape for walking some 250 + steps to get to the castle. It is off Bergstrasse, then take those steps for the next leg, so to speak.

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Landshut Off The Beaten Path

  • Burg Trausnitz - die Wunderkammer

    The "Wunderkammer" ( chamber of miracles) is an interesting museum showing things that might be quite common nowadays, but in medieval times they were quite exotic, like the crocodile on my picture. Several rooms and vitrines are full of souvenirs from places far away, like a box made of of a Seychell-nut ( see a pic in my travelogue) , the armours...

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  • giant gobelins in Burg Trausnitz

    In Burg Trausnitz you may see giant gobelins as a wall-decoration in many of the big halls. Most of these gobelins show historical events of the royal Wittelsbacher family and they are in a quite good condition, they seem to have been restored recently.

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  • Till Eulenspiegel on a fountain in...

    Till Eulenspiegel is a historic character of Germany (born 1300 and died in 1350) He was a simple man, a singer and commedian, who was able to make fun about everyday life and also about kings and noble people and he had a certain way to do it,that he was never harmed by the kings he made fun about. You may see him standing on top of a fountain in...

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Landshut Favorites

  • Saints

    Landshut is, like most of Upper and Lower Bavaria, a traditionally catholic place. Various saints are worshipped, and so is of course the Virgin Mary. Many houses bear images of the Madonna or a saint that must have been particularly meaningful to the owners. These images date from all eras. They can be statues sculpted in stone, or reliefs, or...

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  • Signs

    Many businesses and shops have signs with elaborate details dangling from wrought-iron holders above their entrance door. Some of these are historical, others are not as old as they pretend to be but nevertheless interesting. I should have collected more of them in photos.The sign of Hotel Sonne (photo 1) is perhaps the prettiest of them all.But...

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  • Gables

    Landshut's houses were built on long but narrow patches of land, with the gables lined up along the streets. All the streets in the old town have them. The oldest of these are indeed medieval i.e. gothic, but many are younger. (Not everything that looks old is gothic.) There are facades from the Renaissance, the baroque era, and also many from the...

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