Landshut is a rich and remarkable Bavarian city in which the modern and Medieval are delicately intertwined. The Old and New town run parallel to one another, and feature a magnificent medley of architectural styles including everything from grandiose Gothic to remarkable Renaissance styles. Landshut is a place that has embraced the cosmopolitan culture of the modern world while also maintaining it’s distinctive Bavarian culture and intriguing historical heritage.
Landshut’s most prominent landmark is undoubtedly St. Martin’s Church, an exquisite ecclesiastical structure that boasts the world’s highest brick tower. Take the picturesque mountain path from the Old Town in order to enjoy lush forest and the encompassing atmosphere of the Trausnitz Castle, an ancient structure from which you can enjoy panoramic vistas of the city. Back at sea level, architectural marvels await with the stunning sight of the Italian Renaissance palace and the awe inspiring city hall.
Landshut is home to the largest European Middle Ages festival, the Landshut Wedding, which occurs every four years in order to celebrate the marriage anniversary of Duke George and Hedwig, who were married in 1475. The city is overwhelmed with revellers wearing tailored Medieval costumes and sipping hearty Bavarian ales while jugglers, artists and fire eaters frolic amongst guests in order to paint the city with colour and vibrancy. The appealing aroma of suckling pig fills the air and the atmosphere is completely reminiscent of the 15th century: it’s an unmissable event and the next festival will occur in 2017.
Enjoy traditional Bavarian cuisine amongst authentic and atmospheric surroundings at Augustiner restaurant, an exquisite eatery which prides itself on refining traditional German dishes. Sample the distinctive flavours of the St. Martin’s Platter, which features rich cuts of meat accompanied by red cabbage, sauerkraut, and of course, a pitcher of beautiful Bavarian beer. (Kirchgasse 251, 84028 Landshut, Germany, +49 871 4305624)