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Altstadt, Landshut, Germany

Altstadt Landshut Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Altstadt Feb 02, 2017
Altstadt in fact translates to "old town", but in Landshut it is the name of the main market street. The old town has three of these (Altstadt, Neustadt and Freyung). Rather wide streets than squares, they were the arterias of business and trade and location of street markets. Altstadt is still the liveliest. It is the heart of the town, the main shopping area. One half is pedestrianized, the other is rather busy with cars and buses.

The street view is dominated by the tall steeple of St Martin in the South, the church of the Holy Spirit in the North. Thew town hall with its three neogothic gables is located here. On the opposite side Duke Ludwig X. built his renaissance town residence. The entire street is lined with the gables of historical houses from all eras - some are still gothic, others renaissance, others baroque, some 19th century historism. (No. they are not all "medieval".) The houses are painted in any shade of pastel colours you can think of.

If you take the bus from the train station into town, the stop named "Altstadt" is the one you need. It is the central stop in the old town with several lines meeting here.

The oldest part of Altstadt market street has arcades in front of the houses on the Southern side. The arcades begin at the corner of Steckengasse, one block from the town hall, continue up to the church of St Martin and then again on the other side of the church for another two blocks. This is almost equal to the pedestrianized part of Altstadt. The pointed arches and ribbed vaults indicate their origin in the gothic era. This was the area where, after the foundation of the town in 1204, craftsmen and merchants settled here while the well-to-do built their houses on the opposite street side. The arcades covered the shops and workshops and protected both the goods and the customers from the weather. They still do, there are shops and cafes underneath.

A Forgotten Relic of the Nazi Era can be spotted in the Eastern part of Altstadt. I only found him by coincidence: the eagle with the date 1939 that clearly resembles the one used by the NSDAP. The metal eagle is perched on top of the gable of the pale blue-grey house right by the bus stop. Looks as if he has been forgotten up there. A trace of an era most don't want to be reminded of.

FARMERS MARKET: An old privilege allows farmers from the surroundings to have a market in Altstadt in the mornings, every day except Friday. These merchants are named Schwaiger. They put up their stalls along the sunny side of the market street. All of them are local producers selling fruit and vegetables and flowers from their own gardens, orchards, greenhouses and fields. Some are certified organic producers. The goods don't look as picture-perfect and painted as the supermarket stuff but quality is excellent. Prices are very reasonable since you buy right from the producers. If you want to buy fruit or veggie snacks, check these out.
Altstadt, view towards St Martin
Typical houses in Altstadt
Altstadt, general view
Houses in Altstadt
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