Landshut is a town in Lower Bavaria (Niederbayern) where time stands still and lets you breathe in the ambience of a bygone era, encapsulated for all time in the towers, castles, and stately mansions; lingering in the perfumed gardens; skipping daintily on the cobblestone streets; gently flowing in the blue waters of the Isar.
Extraneous influences reverently stand back, allowing the medieval magic to stir your senses and captivate your heart.
Yes, this is the land where history refuses to stay in the past. As you stand in the shadow of the famed brick-clad tower of the majestic St. Martin’s Church (St. Martinskirche), you’ll be overcome with a sense of insignificance in the face of such colossal art.
Explore the grounds of the Trausnitz Castle, nestling a picturesque hillside. You’ll come away impressed by the immensity of proportions, as well as the ingenious architectural details that adorn it.
If you’re here in the summer months make sure you pop into Burgshenke, the 15th century cellar turned into a restaurant.
Walk along the Altstadt and the Neustadt, savoring every moment as you gather unto yourself as much as possible of a beauteous culture and lifestyle.
While in the Trinity Square, it’s very easy to mentally transport yourself back to the 14th century. You’ll most certainly pause for a photo by the Jester fountain while you’re here. Further along stands the Church of the Holy Spirit in all its Gothic glory.
For fine specimens of Baroque architecture in Landshut, take a walk along the Neustadt.
Lovely wayside cafés, beer gardens, and restaurants hold promises of culinary delights. Delightful little shops offer plenty of curiosities and souvenirs. Look out for opera and concert notices posted here and there, to inform you of events in the offing.
You can never really get too much of this medieval charm and having to leave Landshut is decidedly painful. But for a change of scene that will ease you back into mainstream big city chic, visit the outer area of the old town where you’ll find a more contemporary air.
You can always come back for the quadrennial Landshuter Hochzeit, due in 2009, as many people will.