An extensive, intact old town complex, romantic narrow streets, unique and exceptional features. A town with character, style and an individual image – deeply historic, traditional and cosmopolitan. Despite being over 800 years old, Landshut is now livelier than ever. Everywhere you turn you encounter its distinctive atmosphere.
The gastronomic palette is broad and sure to thrill the taste buds - when it comes to culinary matters, Landshut takes a multicultural approach. Ancient bars, bustling Mediterranean-style street cafés, idyllic Bavarian beer gardens and exquisite restaurants abound in this town amidst its picturesque and colourful façades.
Aristocratic Bavaria – The Residence and Trausnitz CastleThe Landshut Residence, the first Renaissance palazzo north of the Alps
The Landshut Residence, the first and, in its faithfulness to the original design, only Renaissance Italian-style palace north of the Alps was based on the model of the Palazzo Té in Mantua and built in 1536 by Duke Ludwig X, who had been captivated by the splendour of the palazzo during his travels in Italy. The magnificent rooms of the Residence, such as the Italian Hall, the Hall of Nemesis and the Arachne Room, are decorated with elaborate stucco work and fresco paintings. Guided tours are available to visit the interior rooms of the Residence.
A wide variety of interesting exhibitions and musical events are held in the Italianate surroundings of the courtyard. During the summer, a café offers an enjoyable place to linger among the splendid arcades, away from the bustle of the old town.
Trausnitz Castle - “Do not dare to attack me!”
Ancestral seat of the Wittelsbachs and the “first Bavarian state chancellery” during the Middle Ages
Trausnitz Castle looms impressively and majestically above the historic centre of the city of Landshut. It continues to exude a majestic grandeur as a visible attraction and symbol of the city.
From 1255 to 1503 it was also the residence and seat of government of the Dukes of Lower Bavaria. It underwent extensive rebuilding and expansion, especially under the “rich dukes” of Bavaria-Landshut in the 15th century. Even the Emperor Frederick II and several minstrels, such as Tannhäuser and Walther von der Vogelweide, also stayed here.
See & Experience:You can also visit the Chamber of Curiosities (“Kunst- und Wunderkammer”) in Trausnitz Castle. Here you will find an extraordinary collection of curiosities in four categories:
- Artificialia, works of art created by man
- Naturalia, treasures of nature
- Exotica, unfamiliar items from far-off lands
- Scientifica with scientific instruments.
Trausnitz Castle is surrounded by many outstanding attractions. These include the Residence and the Sculpture Museum, built into the mountain at the foot of the Castle.
Find out how St. Martin’s church, in which Duke George the Wealthy from Landshut in Bavaria and Hedwig of Poland were married in the famous “Landshut Wedding”, has changed over the centuries.
Events:Landshut not only sits in a picturesque location, but also charms visitors with its interesting architecture, its hospitality and its attractive offers in terms of art, culture, sport and festivals. Whatever time of year you visit - you will always find something typical of Landshut. Landshut radiates charm all through the year.
Every four years it still celebrates the “Landshut Wedding“, one of Europe’s biggest historic festivals. Ludwig the Rich organised the original wedding when his son George married Hedwig, the daughter of the king of Poland, in 1475. It was an occasion of European proportions, which even the Emperor himself was invited to attend. The next performance will take place in 2021.
Christkindlmarkt Landshut | November/December 2020
Atmospheric Christmas markets compete for the best locations in Landshut. The charming Landshuter Haferlwinter takes place among the magnificent arcades of the inner court of the Residence, romantically lit by candlelight. Trausnitz Castle is immersed in a mystical light during the “Burgweihnacht” (Castle Christmas Market). And the classic Christmas market in Landshut in the imposing setting of Freyung at the foot of the castle is noted for being one of the most beautiful in Bavaria.
Landshuter Hofmusiktage | May 2020
The Landshuter Hofmusiktage festival takes place every two years and is Bavaria’s oldest festival of music from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque times.