16 July 2014
We began the journey from Katzwang to Landshut with a Bavaria ticket, valid from 9am Monday to Friday, midnight onwards during the weekend. Two persons cost €27, travel valid on local trains only. The direct train took less than 2 hours.
Landshut was founded by the Duke of Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1204. Wow, over 800 years of history! Its most glorious period ranged from 1393 to 1503. It was famous for its arts and crafts, attributed to master craftsmen, carvers, sculptors, goldsmiths, etc.
The Trausnitz Castle is situated atop a hill above Landshut. It was founded by Duke Ludwig I in 1204 and completed in 1235. The medieval castle underwent renovation and restoration between 16th & 19th century. The Dürntiz was built and the wall heightened and extended. Ludwig X furnished the castle in south German Renaissance style in 1516. Fires destroyed much of the interior and the paintings.
One can see the interior only through a guided tour, lasts about 1 hour. Rooms furnished with old time furniture, paintings and sculptures are explained in German. The more special stuff are the chapel and a staircase with the remains of Renaissance paintings restored beautifully.
Town Residence (Stadtresidenz)
It is the first Italian Renaissance palace built north of the Alps, dated between 1536 and 1543. Viewed from the main street, the façade is like a big four-storey plain box. The beauty is behind the wall. It consists of two parallel wings. The front is known as the ‘German’ building and the back as the ‘Italian’. The halls and rooms of the Italian wing contain very nice Renaissance frescoes.
Duke Ludwig X left the hilltop castle and built a palace in the town centre, the most modern style at his time. It started with ‘German’ and then ‘Italian’ style after his trip to Mantova. He was so impressed with the Italian art and completed the leftover in the admired Italian way. A slide show put together Landshut Residence and Giulio Romano Palazzo del Te in Mantova together. They share very much similarity.
The interior can be viewed only through a guided tour. Combined ticket for the castle Trausnitz and the residence cost €8. It was conducted in German. It depends if the guide can speak English. Mine? He could sparely answer simple questions in English. But we could take photos which was nice to compensate for not covering the English audience. The tour started with the Italian building with fantastic renaissance frescoes. Painters include Hermanus Posthumus, Hans Bocksberger, etc. Themes are from the Bible, mythology and historical topics. Then we were led through to the German building to view the living rooms in German style.
Opening time for Trausnitz and Residence:
April – September: 9.00 -18.00
October to March: 10.00 – 16.00
Guided tour lasts 45 minutes. Last one 17.00 (summer) and 15.30 (winter)
The medieval church St Martin was built in 1389 and completed in 110 years. The most striking feature is the tower, 130.6m high, the tallest brick building in the world. It alone took 55 years to build.
You will also like the Rathaus with a beautiful façade, the river shore and the colours of the buildings under the sunshine.
The largest European Middle Ages festival – LandshutWedding. The marriage of Duke George and Hedwig, the daughter of the king of Poland, is celebrated every four years. The next one will take place in summer 2017.