Medieval history festival, castle tour, city stroll or art exhibition? Landshut has a lot to offer its visitors. What you have to see and experience in the largest city in Lower Bavaria, you can read here
Landshut Sights and Highlights: 9 Tips
Every four years (the next time being in 2027) Landshut is the venue for the largest medieval history play in Europe. Around 2,500 people from Landshut will relive the historical events surrounding the marriage of Duke “Georg dem Reiche” to the Polish king’s daughter, Hedwig. Numerous events in historical buildings and on the “Ringelstecherwiese” flank the spectacle with music, dance and equestrian games, while “sutlers” serve drinks from large clay jugs.
landshuter-hochzeit.de (only in German)
The castle, built entirely of brick, towers high above the city and offers the best panoramic view of the city from the “Schanzl” viewing area. Inside, all kinds of curious gifts from the dukes can be admired in the “Kunst- und Wunderkammer”. With its eight-kilometre network of paths, the “Hof- und Herzoggarten” (Court and Duke’s Gardens) are ideal for enjoying walks. The “Burgschänke” is a particularly nice place to sit.
High-vaulted halls with ornate stuccowork enchant all in this spacious ensemble, which can also be visited on guided tours during the renovation of the Italian-style inner courtyard (approx. 45 minutes, by appointment only).
The “Haferlmärkte” Markets
For three days in September, the “Haferlmarkt” takes place outdoors on the beautiful, spacious grounds of the “Freyung”, east of Neustadt. The spring ceramics market around Mother’s Day and the “Haferlwinter” in November also keep the long-standing Landshut ceramics tradition alive. Normally, these two markets take place in the enchanting courtyard of the “Stadtresidenz” (City Residence), but until the renovation work is completed, they will have to move out of the way.
The eight-metre-high “spherical caryatid” in New York, which survived the attacks of 11 September 2001, was created by the Landshut artist Fritz Koenig. The fountain sculpture is Koenig’s best-known work. The modern museum below Trausnitz Castle provides an overview of his entire oeuvre.
koenigmuseum.de (only in German)
Every Saturday at 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and every Wednesday at 2 p.m., you can join a public guided tour of the town for EUR 7, which starts at the town hall. Many other related tours for groups, as well as the new virtual city tours with actress Janina Hartwig, round off the offer.
landshut-tourismus.bayern (only in German)
Town Hall - Prunksaal
You can visit the magnificent hall with the monumental painting of the “Landshut Wedding” individually on weekdays from 2 to 3 p.m. and, of course, experience it as a stylish setting for musical events.
In the Middle Ages, the narrow tower on the Isar was the scene of a conspiracy against the Duke “Heinrich den Reiche”, the end result of which was severe punishment for members of 50 Landshut families. Today, the ground floor houses the literature café. On the lawn by the Isar, you can relax on deckchairs, and a bookcase provides free reading for all.
Isar Cycle Route
For cyclists on the Isar cycle path from Munich, Landshut is just as suitable as an overnight stop as it is for cyclists on the Isar-Laber or Isar-Vils cycle paths. Most hotels are well-equipped to accommodate cycling guests.