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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 town since the 18th century.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The small church behind the Kaufhaus was built in the mid-14th century for a community of Beguines, religious women who served in nursing. After the reformation it was used for several profane functions. Since 1872 it has been used by the Old Catholic community of Landau, since 1959 together with the Lutheran community. Restoration works discovered...more
The prettiest residential house of old Landau was begun shortly after 1600. Its four wings surround a beautiful courtyard with wooden galleries. Just walk in (photos 2 and 3). The courtyard has some tables that belong to a little restaurant and winery. The building is used as a cultural centre and memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.Before...more
After the fire of 1689 three blocks in the old town were laid down to create a wide square. It is now the centre of city life. In the mornings, not sure how often per week, a farmers market is held here. The town hall was built in 1827 and originally housed the offices of the commander of the fortress.The equestrian monument depicts the Bavarian...more
The main protestant church of the town originally belonged to a convent of Augustine canons. Their old church next to the castle in the old town soon became too small, so the new one was begun soon after 1300 in the new suburb south of the river Queich. Nave and choir were consecrated in 1333. The steeple was, according to an inscription on the...more
The festival hall of Landau is one of the largest art nouveau buildings in the Southwest of Germany. A local industrial donated the money to build it. The architect Hermann Goerke from Düsseldorf won the competition and designed the building, which was erected in 1905 - 1907. The rich decoration of the facade includes Egyptian motives which were...more
Protestant town parish church. Basilika with nave and two aisles, construction starting in 1281. In 1490 addition of the second aisle with late gothic reticulated vaulting. During the reformation the inside was separated with an iron fence; the choir for the Catholics and nave and aisles for the Lutherians. Since 1893 it is owned by the...more
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 expect a fancy menu or one that has lots of choices. This is a small...more
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 eastern/ mediteranian feel to it.more
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 €.
The crest of the town featured only a lion originally. The Phoenix bird was added later to signify the importance of the town.
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.