Landau in der Pfalz Travel Guide
View of the other castles from the...
Saturday morning market
Nice to meet Ewe???
Meeting distant cousins
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...
What's Left of Old Landau
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....
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...
Marktstraße - the Old Market Street
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...
Jugendstil-Festhalle - Art Nouveau Festival Hall
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,...
Altes Kaufhaus - Old Merchant's House
1415 first mentioning of the then free standing building "Das Alte Kaufhaus"1839/40 renovation by August von Voit1995 conversion into a culture centre1997 reopeningThe beautiful drawing on the side facade explains the history of a "Landauer" called carriage, named after this...
Französisches Tor - French Gate
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...
By the River Queich
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,...
Marienkirche - Assumption of Mary Church
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...
Deutsches Tor - German Gate
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...
Landau The Fortress: Military History
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 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...
Cloister of the Augustine Monastery
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...
Augustine Church of the Holy Cross
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...
Galeerenturm - the Prison Tower
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...
Göcklinger Hausbräu: Nice little Brewery near the Town
Tired after a long day exploring the sights along the Deutisch Weinstrasse (German Wine Road) but don’t drink wine (or just want something different)? If so, I suggest you try the Göcklinger Hausbräu located new the Southern end of the road in the little town of Göcklingen....
Don't remember: Great Italian food
The restaurant is situated just across the road from Hotel Brenner. The food was really good besides the fact that each dish was heavily loaded with garlic. I love garlic, but by the end of the meal it was far too much for sure.The decor in the restaurant had a middle...
Parking area map - Free parking
If you are on a road trip arriving by car, bike or motor home than you may find this map useful (see link). In Landau are about 1400 parking places, of which the green are without charge and at the blue a one-day ticket costs just 1,50 €.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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- Road Trip
The crest of the town featured only a lion originally. The Phoenix bird was added later to signify the importance of the town.
Written Jul 3, 2006
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- Arts and Culture
Thirteen kilometers west of Landau (about 16 minutes as Google calculates) is Trifel Castle perched atop a rocky crag. According to the “Castles, Palaces and Antiquities of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate” book this castle was once the most noble of the royal fortresses of the Hobenstaufen period. Today not much of the original castle remains and what you see is mostly reconstruction work started back in the late nineteenth century.
There is a short but fairly steep walk from the parking lot to the castle entrance. Plan on paying one Euro and fifty cents for the privilege of parking in the parking lot (at least on the weekend) and three Euros to get into the castle. While probably worth the cost, this is not a castle I need to go back to. You do get a great view of the area and they do a nice job telling you about who used to own the castle. The most interesting fact is that King Richard, Lion-Heart of England was kept as a prisoner there for almost a year.
The other interesting part of the visit is the ability to walk over to the other two castle ruins that used to protect Trifel. There is almost nothing left of Anebos castle except for a ditch and some marking on the rock facings. The other castle ruin (Scharfenberg) is slightly better. As least you can tell their used to be a castle there. However, it is the rock formations that make the hike up the other hill worthwhile. If you like rock climbing this place is for you.
Written Apr 23, 2012
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- Castles and Palaces
- Hiking and Walking
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