Landau in der Pfalz Things to Do

  • Jugendstil-Festhalle - West facade
    Jugendstil-Festhalle - West facade
    by robertbaum
  • Jugendstil-Festhalle - Main entrance
    Jugendstil-Festhalle - Main entrance
    by robertbaum
  • Altes Kaufhaus - Side facade
    Altes Kaufhaus - Side facade
    by robertbaum

Most Recent Things to Do in Landau in der Pfalz

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Zoo Landau

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jul 3, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Who is watching whom?
    3 more images

    The zoo in Landau is not very big but excellent. It is run as a modern scientific zoo according to IUCN standards. The zoo takes part in several breeding programmes of endangered specieses and administers the international breeding register for the Philippine Spotted Deer.

    They have animals from all continents but only a selection of specieses, as space and conditions allow. In the middle of the town the zoo cannot expand. Tigers, zebras, penguins, chimps are there, for example, but no elephants or lions. Bears used to be there but when they died of old age some years ago the zoo decided not to get new ones but give their large enclosure to the tigers instead. They rather show less animals but keep them well.

    At the same time the zoo is a place of leisure and entertainment. It seems to be popular among local kids, there were lots and lots of families there. Visitory may feed some of the animals but only healthy food (pellets) that has been bought at the zoo. Signs at the enclosures state clearly where visitors can or cannot feed the inmates.

    Landau zoo was one of the first that started educational programmes for children. They have a "zoo school" where schools can book lessons about a wide variety of topics about animals, nature, care for the environment and so on, which take place in the zoo. During the school holidays and on weekends they also offer activities and courses for children. The zoo school has received its own building in the zoo grounds a few years ago.

    The zoo is located just north of the town centre within the walls of the 18th century fortress. From the market square it is a walk of less than 10 minutes.

    More pictures in the travelogues.

    Opening hours: March - October 9.00-18.00, November - February 10.00-1600 (hours of the cash desk. Visitory can stay until one hour after the closure of the cash desk.)
    Entrance fees: adults 6 €, seniors 5 €, concessions 4 €, children 4-12 years 3 €. Different family and group tickets available.

    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Family Travel
    • Zoo

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    What's Left of Old Landau

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jul 3, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Old town quarter
    3 more images

    Throughout the century Landau got its share of fires and destructions. Bein a fortress it was even more involved in wars. Only one quarter of the old town has never been severely damaged and still has a notable amount of architecture that dates before the big fire of 1689. These few blocks are located right north of the main square and east of Marktstraße around the old warehouse, the Chapel of St Catherine, the Frank-Loeb House.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Kaufhaus

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jul 3, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Kaufhaus
    4 more images

    The Kaufhaus (warehouse) served as the town's centre of trade from the middle ages. It was also used for meetings and dancing. The earliest known mentioning dates from 1315. Its present appearance derives from profound changes aroudn 1840 when it was refurbished according to the ideas of 19th century Neo-Romanesque historism. Facades and the stepped gables were renewed. The building was turned into a theatre and concert hall. In the 1990s it has been renovated and now serves as cultural centre.

    The eastern facade is covered in a modern mural. It shows the invention and naming of the "Landauer", a type of horse-drawn carriage with a cover that folds to the front and back. Such a carriage was (first??) used by the Austrian King Joseph I. during the siege of Landau in 1702 and thus named after the town.

    The fountain in front of it shows scenes from Landau's history - which take a bit of time to figure out, though.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Marktstraße - the Old Market Street

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jul 3, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Marktstra��e
    4 more images

    Medieval Landau had no central square. The backbone of the town plan was a long market street, or street market, that ran through the entire town from north to south. A series of minor streets cut through the street market at a right angle. Even the modern town plan still shows this very old structure and the former market street is still named Marktstraße.

    Marktstraße and several of its side streets are pedestrianized and this is where the shops are. Landau is actually much better for shopping than one would expect, especially for lower to medium budgets. There are several small local shops that don't exist in the large cities where the chains have taken over more or less everything.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Women's Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • robertbaum's Profile Photo

    Jugendstil-Festhalle - Art Nouveau Festival Hall

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Jugendstil-Festhalle - West facade
    2 more images

    Landau's Festival Hall was built be­tween 1905 and1907 by the Düsseldorf ar­chitect Hermann Goerke in the style of Southern German Art Nouveau.

    Although the artistically grouped external features of the structure remained for the most part untouched throughout the deca­des, renovation work carried out on the in­terior in the years 1958/1959 and 1971/1972 which involved extensive change had a major effect on the original work of Art Nouveau.
    General refurbishment work carried out from 1999 - 2001 succeeded in signifi­cantly restoring the original image of the Large and Small Halls. This went a long way to re-capturing the air of splendour and quality once secured through the work of art now lost.

    The old stage machinery underwent rareplacement and the stage area and foyer were rearranged and extended. The Large Hall received movable platforms to accommodate multi-level seating.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • robertbaum's Profile Photo

    Altes Kaufhaus - Old Merchant's House

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Altes Kaufhaus - Front facade
    3 more images

    1415 first mentioning of the then free standing building "Das Alte Kaufhaus"
    1839/40 renovation by August von Voit
    1995 conversion into a culture centre
    1997 reopening

    The beautiful drawing on the side facade explains the history of a "Landauer" called carriage, named after this town since the 18th century.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Französisches Tor - French Gate

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 22, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Franz��sisches Tor
    1 more image

    The French gate is the second of the two remaining gatehouses in Vauban's huge fortification which was built around the town in 1688-1691. It is pointing south, towards the mainland of France (Landau WAS part of France when it was built) and thus named the "French" gate.

    The building is, unlike the neglected German Gate, well restored. It hosts a restaurant. The location is much closer to the lively town centre and pedestrian zone and far more attractive.

    Post-war times brought a drastic and great change in politics: After being almost constantly at war for centuries, the two neighbouring nations France and Germany have become the closest friends and allies. A modern inscription honours the present French-German friendship.

    Location: Obertorplatz, corner Reiterstraße/Xylanderstraße

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    By the River Queich

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 22, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    In case you need to know a river with a name that starts in Q, for quizzes and such, here is one...

    The streets along the river have probably been neglected for a long time. Modern town planning has decided to create a promenade walk with little bridges, with cafes and shops, benches and flower pots and such. This looks still very new and has not yet been accepted as much as the planners hoped, it seems. But there is potential...

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Marienkirche - Assumption of Mary Church

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 22, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Marienkirche
    4 more images

    A new catholic parish church was built on the southern edge of the old town shortly after 1900. The neogothic building with the two tall spires has become a landmark in Landau's skyline. If you arrive, for example, on the train from Karlsruhe this church is the first striking building you notice from afar.

    The ground it was built on was part of the glacis on the outside of the baroque fortress. The fortress had been demolished after the war of 1871, so the ground became available. A whole new quarter was built in typical Gründerzeit style. The street behind the church is still named Glacisstraße, the only reminiscence to the fortifications.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Religious Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Deutsches Tor - German Gate

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 22, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Deutsches Tor, town side
    4 more images

    The German gate is one of the two remaining gatehouses in Vauban's huge fortification which was built around the town in 1688-1691. The sheer size gives an idea how huge the ramparts must have been.

    It was named the "German" gate because it is pointing north, towards Germany, as opposed to its southern opposite whichwas named the "French" gate (see separate tip).

    The outward gable bears a relief of Louis XIV's symbol, the sun, and his motto. The ideology behind: just like the rays of the sun reaches and warms everyone equally, the reign of the good sun king means well-being for all his subjects. A popular symbol among absolutist rulers.

    The building is unused and in a sorry shape. Seems the town does not know what to do with it. It is surrounded by a well kept garden with lawns and blooming flower beds, though.

    Post-war times brought a drastic and great change in politics: After being almost constantly at war for centuries, the two neighbouring nations France and Germany have become the closest friends and allies. Both gatehouses have received inscriptions and memorials that point out the French-German friendship. Here it is the stone monument in the garden with two pairs of hands building a stone column. The sculpture was a donation of Ribeauville, Landau's French partner town, in 1987. It is entitled "Contruisons ensemble" - Let's build together.

    Location: northern end of Königstraße

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Landau The Fortress: Military History

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 22, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Quartier Chopin, 19th century barracks
    4 more images

    Laundau's history as a town begins in times of the Staufer dynasty who built a castle in what is now the northwestern corner of the town centre. After 1308 the castle was demolished and the material used to build a wall round the whole town. For a short time Landau obtained the privileges of a free imperial city. Only one tower is left of the medieval fortification, the so-called Galeerenturm.

    Since France under Louis XIV annected Alsace in 1672/78 the area around Landau has been a border region. Being the largest town into the area Landau had quite some military significance. In 1689 Landau shared the fate of most towns and villages on both sides of the Upper Rhine: French troops burned it to ashes in the Palatinate Heritage War. Only a small quarter survived.

    The left Rhine bank was then occupied and kept by France for some years. The French military engineer Vauban turned Landau into a huge baroque fortress of enormous extent. The stones of the medieval town walls were used in the construction. Not much is left of the ramparts and bulwarks, though. The impressive two gatehouses, French Gate and German Gate, give an idea of the measures the fortification had. It covered probably more ground than the town itself.

    Landau was restituted to Palatine but conquered by France again in the Revolution Wars. Until 1813 the entire left Rhine bank remained French territory. A fresco in Kleiner Platz recalls the good news when the bailiff announces the victory of the German coalition over Napoleon.

    Lanadau remained a military centre in the 19th century due to its location by the border and was again a significant base in the German-French War of 1870/71. In the 19th century the French baroque fortress was taken down and new military buildings were erected. Several of them are preserved, like the Red Casern which is now used by the university or the former barracks which have recently been turned into a shopping gallery and named Quartier Chopin .

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Edith-Stein-Platz

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 22, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Edith Stein Monument
    1 more image

    The square east of the former Augustine monastery has been dedicated to Saint Edith Stein, who used to live in a Carmelite convent in nearby Speyer as Sister Theresia Benedicta vom Kreuz before her and her sister's deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau. The modern monument shows her portrait and signature in a steel frame. It is surrounded by a small park.

    Related to:
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Cloister of the Augustine Monastery

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 22, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cloister of the Augustine Monastery
    4 more images

    An oasis of peace in the town centre: The cloister of the former Augustine monastery next to the church. The late gothic cloister dates from the 15th century and has been integrated in the new baroque convent buildings that were erected in the mid-18th century. Old tombstones have been put up along the walls.

    The beautiful garden in the courtyard with the fountain in the middle has been planted a few years ago by initiative of Landau citizens. Benches invite to rest.

    The quiet cloister is used for meditation services and concerts and "talks by the fountain", meetings about religious topics.

    World War II bombs have hit the complex and destroyed the eastern wing. A stone memorial on the wall recalls the 38 people who died in an air raid in that very spot.

    Free entry in the daytime. Entrance is not through the church but through the portals next to the church into the convent building, both from Königstraße and Edith-Stein-Platz.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Augustine Church of the Holy Cross

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 22, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Augustine Church of the Holy Cross
    4 more images

    The catholic parish church zum Heiligen Kreuz (of the Holy Cross) used to be the church of the adjacent Augustine monastery until 1791 when the monastery was closed down. The gothic church was built in the typical plain pattern used by the mendicant orders, no steeple but just a tiny spire on top of the choir for the bells.

    The church has been hit by World War II bombs. The architecture has been repaired in its former shape but most of the furniture, the windows, the organ are modern. The stone baptismal font, dated 1506, has been brought here from the Stiftskirche.

    The three wings of the baroque convent buildings adjacent to the church surround a beutiful cloister (see separate tip).

    The church is open in the daytime.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo

    Galeerenturm - the Prison Tower

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 20, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The
    1 more image

    The tower is the last remnant of the fortifications in the place of the castle that used to be in the northwestern corner of medieval Landau. The castle was demolished in 1308 and the stones were used to build the medieval town walls. These were torn down when the French built the baroque fortress under Vauban. Only this tower remained to be used as prison. Soon it was nicknamed the "galley tower" instead of prison tower, and the name stayed.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Landau in der Pfalz

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

69 travelers online now

Comments

Landau in der Pfalz Travel Guide

Landau in der Pfalz Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Landau in der Pfalz things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Landau in der Pfalz sightseeing.

View all Landau in der Pfalz hotels