The capital of Lower Bavaria, Landshut straddles the River Isar within easy reach of Munich. Its tourist attractions are perhaps a bit limited, but a walk among its centuries-old facades is sure to please, and a visit during the city’s full-tilt mediaeval festival Landshuter Hochzeit is unforgettable.
Landshut’s Gothic architecture inspires admiration in many a traveller. The Church of Saint Martin is host the world’s tallest brick tower, while Landtor forms the only remaining part of the town’s mediaeval fortifications. Other Gothic points of interest include Trausnitz Castle, the Town Hall, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the Church of St. Jodok. There are a fair number of Renaissance and Baroque churches in Landshut as well.
Closely situated to the Munich airport, Landshut is one of the most convenient day trips from the more famous Bavarian city. Buses directly connect the airport to Landshut, less than 50 kilometres away. The city is also accessible via train. Landshut Central Station connects to Munich, Ingolstadt, Nürnberg, Rosenheim, Salzburg, and many other regional stops.
Founded in 1204 by Duke Louis I, the city has long been popular with nobility. The town’s mediaeval festival Landshuter Hochzeit echoes a real festival of the Middle Ages celebrating the 1475 nuptials of Duke George and Princess Jadwiga Jagiellon.