What can you do in Landshut?
What is there to do in Landshut? That is the question we ask ourselves before we visit the city on the Isar. Landshut is one of the most beautiful cities in Bavaria. It offers a medieval townscape with St. Martin's Church and Trausnitz Castle, which is enthroned on a hill above the town. This is a cityscape worth exploring. We drive off spontaneously on an autumn day in October to take a closer look at the city. Buildings decorated in autumn to see. We also discover Landshut Hotels and Landshut Restaurants.
Landshut already advertises itself as the “Gothic city” along the motorway, and it owes this advertising slogan not only to the brick Gothic style church with the highest brick tower in Germany (130 meters), which always draws our gaze upwards. The houses along the pedestrian zone in the city center have survived for centuries and are so well cared for by their residents that the city looks like freshly cleaned.
Tips for the old town of Landshut
It is best to start a city tour through Landshut at the parking lot on Wittstraße. From there you can already see Trausnitz Castle and the spire of St. Martin's Church. We leave this on the right and first walk through the green areas along the Isar. Under the deciduous trees there is a promenade along the shore, from which there are always views of the tower of St. Martin's Church and Trausnitz Castle. I find even more beautiful the chuckling of the Isar next to us and the ducks, which - not at all shy - swim past us with a chatter. Again and again we stop because we have views and photo opportunities.
Right behind the city theater, we turn right and follow Theaterstraße through the Ländtor. It is one of the city gates of Landshut from the 14th century city fortifications that still exist today. Cars still come towards us here, but just a few steps further the pedestrian zone begins, which keeps part of the old town car-free. As we turn the corner, the tower of St. Martin's Church looms in front of us. It is so high that we almost always have it in view on our walk.
When we finally stand in front of it, it impresses us even more with its height. In Daniela Schetar's guide about Eastern Bavaria * from the DuMont publishing house (ISBN: 978-3-7701-7438-6), which we have for information, it even says that structural engineers have calculated that this brick tower should not actually stop. But he has been doing this for a long time. The construction work on this church from the Gothic period began in 1385.
In the old City
In the old town of Landshut there are market stalls where local traders and farmers offer their products and goods. The Schwaigermarkt, where vegetables, fruit and flowers are sold, takes place here from Monday to Thursday. Again and again - despite the already cool autumn temperatures - invite coffee tables to linger. We postpone our lunch a bit and decide to take a closer look at the Gothic St. Martin's Church. As soon as we entered the nave, our breath caught. Not only the tower of this church is breathtaking.
What can you do in Landshut?
Visit Trausnitz Castle
A visit to Trausnitz Castle is worth it because of the view that you have from the castle hill over the city of Landshut. The castle rises directly above the old town. In the courtyard garden there is a lookout point on Landshut. This was once the castle park of the castle, but was opened to the public in 1837. Since then it has been a popular place for walks.
The castle is also accessible and can be visited. More information about opening times and guided tours can be found at Burg Trausnitz website.
What do you need for a trip to Landshut?
- You will be walking a lot on foot in Landshut. Therefore are comfortable shoes important.
- forget comfortable pumps not, because you can dine elegantly in some restaurants in Landshut.
- We are happy to take one for city tours backpack with where we put everything we need for the day. There is also space for one or the other souvenir.
- Tips for Landshut in one day * can be found in this brochure.
- The most beautiful Landshut restaurants and taverns Landshut and surroundings * introduces this book.
Visit St. Martin
At the sight of the long, slender columns with their height of 29 meters, we feel tiny in this church building, which otherwise initially seems rather unadorned. It is only when we take a closer look that we discover the interesting grave slabs of former city dignitaries, the exposed frescoes over one of the side entrances that were discovered during renovation work. I like the wrought-iron portals that lead to small side chapels on the back of the nave.
On the tour of the church, I notice the carved pews and a confessional with woodwork. The Gothic stone altar looks almost inconspicuous under the huge nave. This one has only in 19. Century rediscovered under a baroque superstructure.
Information about tours and guided tours can be found at St Martin's Basilica website.
Bavarian specialties in the Augustiner at the St. Martins church
Our tour of the interior of the church finally made us hungry, and we interrupt our visit to St. Martin with a typical Bavarian Lunch in the Augustiner beer industry at St. Martin's Church. The Munich brewery is obviously doing good business with church friends, because we are just getting the last free table. With a fresh cyclist, a Bavarian sausage salad for petar and autumnal mushrooms with bread dumplings for me, our hunger will soon be satisfied and we listen to our table neighbors as he explains the advantages of Bavarian cuisine to his companion in faultless English with a Bavarian accent. He obviously can't convince her completely because she carefully chooses a beef broth and white sausages with cabbage.
More Landshut restaurants
- Your Landshut restaurant with hearty home cooking is the Heilig-Geist-Stüberl on Heilig-Geist-Str. 414.
- One of the popular Landshut restaurants is the Nannan in Altstadt 337, which serves sushi and Thai dishes.
- A popular Landshut restaurant is the juice shop at Schirmgasse 264. Here you can eat vegan and vegetarian, enjoy cakes and smoothies.
- There are several restaurants on the Isar (with a beer garden), e.g. the Gasthof zur Insel at Badstrasse 16 or the Isarklause at Ländgasse 124 (with a raft on the Isar if the weather is nice)
- At Burg Trausnitz you can eat in the castle tavern (with beer garden). The address is Burg Trausnitz 168.
Tour of St. Martin's Church
After this entertaining lunch break, we continue our tour around the St. Martin's Church and discover next to a magnificent Gothic side entrance, a small chapel and other memorial stones for dignitaries and dignitaries of the city Landshut.
From the back of the church we look up to the castle Trausnitz, which rises on the mountain above us. In front of the mountain slope are some apparently old, but nicely maintained small houses around a tree-lined place, which gives this corner of Landshut a almost village character. Only when we step through the gate separating the church tower from the neighboring house do we feel Landshut again as what it is - the largest city in Lower Bavaria.
Back on the main street through the old town, we look at a house with a particularly striking facade: the landscape house. On its front the big Wittelsbacher are shown. From King Ludwig the Bavarian to Elector Maximilian I are all represented. This building once served as the venue for the country estates. Today, every second person passing by pulls out his cell phone for a quick snapshot.
On our way back to the parking lot we pass in a small side lane remnants of the old city wall and a house, where once the building guilds did their work.
Landshut is a city in which the history is still noticeable: in the impressive Gothic brick church, but also in the old residential buildings, the city gates and the remains of the city wall, which we discovered on this tour.
Do you like to travel by motorhome?
- Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information and a selection in these Booking options. Or do you prefer to travel with him roof tent on the car?
- Check with our packing list for camperswhether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- A campsite near Landshut is Camping Landshut Mitterwöhr, Breslauer Str. 122, 84028 Landshut. However, there are other campsites in the region. There you can after a day trip in a Dutch Oven on the portable grill or maybe on that Campfire to prepare your dinner.
The nearest airport is in Munich. From there you go by train (Timetable and booking*), bus or rental car to Landshut. We traveled to Landshut by car.
Accommodation in Landshut:
Accommodation in Landshutthat we recommend, you can find here.
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Source Landshut Restaurants and Landshut Hotels: own research on site and Daniela Schetar, Eastern Bavaria, DuMont travel paperback, ISBN: 978-3-7701-7438-6
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