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Landshut is a hidden gem just outside Munich. here is a list of things to do and see in the old town and around the castle.

Updated February 12, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    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 …
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    Neustadt translates to "new town". Here it is the name of the second market street in the old town. It was named the new town because it was new in the late 13th century. About 75-80 years after its foundation the town was extended around this second…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    Freyung is the third of the market streets in the old town. In 1338, 134 years after its foundation, the town was extended once more. People who settled here were exempt from all taxes for 10 years, hence the name "Freyung", the "free" (i.e. tax-free…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    The main parish church of Landshut is a magnificent gothic building with an enormous steeple that is visible from almost everywhere. So far I knew brick gothic only from the North on the Baltic Sea coast. In this part of Lower Bavaria, though, they a…
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    Dreifaltigkeitsplatz (Trinity Square) is one of the oldest parts of Landshut and originally belonged to the grounds of the castle. The most striking building is the large yellow Herzogskasten, a medieval storage building. Citizens had to pay their ta…
  6. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Gengenbach, Germany
    The farmers market takes place in the main square in front ot the town hall every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Merchandise is mostly fresh fruit and veggies, so if you need a healthy snack, you'll find a wide selection. You will also f…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    Landshut's houses were built on long but narrow patches of land, with the gables lined up along the streets. All the streets in the old town have them. They are the most striking feature in the old town's appearance. All the gables are different. Th…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    A walk over the various bridges and through the park on the island along the river bank is a pleasant pastime after all that sightseeing. From here, opposite the old town, you can enjoy the town panorama with the churches of St Martin and, further do…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    One of the most striking houses in Altstadt is the so-called "Landschaftshaus" due to its painted facade. It is located opposite the church of St Martin. The name Landschaftshaus indicates that this was the meeting place of the estates of Lower Bavar…
  10. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    Now this is, from an art historian's point of view, Landshut's top sight. The Residenz in the old town was built in 1536-1543 as the first palace in pure Italian Renaissance style North of the Alps. Duke Ludwig X. left the castle on the hilltop an…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    Ländtor is the only preserved town gate. It leads right down to the bank of the Isar. It received its name because it lead to Schifflände, the ship landing, or rather raft landing because the Isar is shallow and transport had to be done with rafts.…
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    Landshut's town hall consists of three medieval houses that were connected. The facade with the three gables still indicates the three parts. The town hall, the centre of the citizen's administration and representation, is located in the middle of Al…
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    The main hall of the town hall is painted with frescoes that depict the "Landshut Wedding" of 1475 when Duke Georg the Rich of Bavaria married Hedwig (Jadwiga), the daughter of King Kasimir IV of Poland. Fesitivities lasted several weeks, this was on…
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    St Jodok, the second largest church in the old town, is the parish church of Freyung quarter and the dominant building in the quiet and pretty Freyung square (see separate tip). Like St Martin, the big one, it is entirely built from bricks. The origi…
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    Seligenthal ("valley of the blessed") was founded as a convent of Cistercian nuns in the 13th century. The abbey prospered, in the 18th century they were able to refurbish the church and erect new convent buildings. In the secularization of 1803 the …
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    The so-called Hofgarten (court garden) on the top and slope of the hill by the castle included the gardens and hunting grounds of the ducal court. Nowadays it is a park with many beautiful trees of a wide variety of specieses, local and introduced. T…
  17. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    The castle on the hill above the old town tells of those times when Landshut was the capital of Bavaria. Together with the foundation of the city in 1204, the castle was begun. It stayed the seat and residence of the Dukes until the 16th century. Ove…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Landshut, Germany
    The official name of this brick-paved passage is Fürstentreppe, the "Princes' Stairway", however, everyone in Landshut knows it as Ochsenklavier, the "Oxen Piano". Why? Because the pattern of the bricks roughly resembles a keyboard and because this …
  19. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Baden-Baden, Germany
    The train station of Baden-Baden is far out of the town centre in the suburb of Oos. Don't try walking. Distance is about 5 kilometres. The way is not dangerous at all but looooooong.You'd be on your feet for an hour, walking along a boring street, b…
  20. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Landshut, Germany
    Hotel Herzog Ludwig is located in the middle of the old town in Neustadt, i.e. within a few minutes walk from about everything of interest. As convenient as can be. Bus 3 from the station stops almost in front of the hotel, on the way back to the sta…
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