Landsberg am Lech

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Landsberg am Lech (Landsberg on the river Lech) is a town in southwest Bavaria, Germany, about 65 kilometers west of Munich and 35 kilometers south of Augsburg.

It is the capital of the district of Landsberg am Lech. Landsberg is situated on the Romantic Road and is the center of the Lechrain region, the boundary region between Swabia and Bavaria. It is noted for its picturesque historic center. Landsberg am Lech developed where a major historic salt road crossed over the Lech. To protect the bridge, Duke Henry the Lion ordered a castle to be built, Castrum Landespurch, incorporating an older settlement and castle named Phetine. Soon a greater settlement evolved, which received its town charter as early as the 13th century.

In 1315, the town burned down, but was rebuilt because of its important location. In 1320, Landsberg was permitted to collect salt duties, bringing considerable wealth to the town. In 1419, a river tax added a further source of income.It is the birthplace of the Nobel laureate Erwin Neher.
Districts of Landsberg are also the villages Ellighofen, Erpfting with Friedheim, Geratshof and Mittelstetten, Pitzling with Poring and Reisch with Thalhofen and the hamlets Sandau and Possing.

Access : Coordinates: 48.047778, 10.898889 / By plane : Nearest major airport is “Franz Josef Strauss” (IATA Code: MUC) near Munich (about 100 km distance). From the airport Memmingen (IATA code: FFM) take off and land mostly domestic German flights of the low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizzair (about 60 km distance).

By train :  Landsberg station can be reached via Kaufering (on the railway line Munich – Memmingen). By car :  Directions from west and east: via the A96 motorway, Munich – Memmingen
Directions from north and south: Landsberg is located on the Romantic Road, one of the most popular holiday routes in Germany, which leads from the Main to the Allgau. The section through Landsberg is the federal highway B 17, it leads along the Lech of Augsburg on Landsberg am Lech and Schongau to the federal border at Fussen

Get around : LVG bus: association of the ten bus companies operating in the district A community rate and a ticket for all bus companies  further information: lvg-bus.de
Schedules for the city bus Landsberg and the regional bus (LVG): see bahnhof-landsberg.de

Highlights :

  • Bavarian Gate (Bayertor) The defense gate at the East exit of the old city was finished 1425 : Altberg Strasse, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria
  • Salzstadel : medieval building dated to 1754. The building has historical significance considering that salt trade was very important
  • Hexenviertel : This quarter of the old town of Landsberg am Lech backs onto the former taner and dyer works
  • Stadtmauer : The city wall of Landsberg is very well preserved. You can make a good walk along the wall on the Lechsteilufer overlooking the city
  • Vater-Lech-Skulptur : Katharinestrasse | Karolinenbruecke, 86899, Landsberg am Lech : On the west side of the northern Lech Brucke, it is a wonderful sculpture
  • Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt : The main Church Maria Himmelfahrt is a late gothic church from the 13th/14th century. Georg-Hellmair-Platz, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria
  • Nonnenturm : Klosterl, 86899, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria : The tower is round, standing almost on the banks of the river. It offers a beautiful view from the bridge over the river Lech
  • Historisches Rathaus ( Historical Town Hall) : Hauptplatz, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria : This structure is dated to 1719 and is bang in the old town centre. It also houses the Tourist information building
  • Mutterturm ( Historic Tower & Residence ) : Von-Kuehlmann-Str. 2, 86899, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria Open : 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM / Marienbrunnen ( This fountain, dating back to the 1700’s, is in the center of the square in the middle of Lansberg ) : Hauptplatz, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria / Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche ( This is a former Jesuit college church dated to 1752 ) : Alte Bergstr. 415, 86899, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria
  • Kirche St. Katharina ( Neo-Gothic brick church near the train station (1890-1892) with very beautiful pointed altars, stained glass windows and wooden statues) : Katharinenstrasse, 8 | Ecke Spottinger Strasse, 86899, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria
  • Ex-Ursulinenkloster und Klosterkirche ( The monastery Landsberg is a former monastery of the Ursulines and present Dominican nunnery. The monastery located in the Upper Bavarian town of Landsberg am Lech belongs to the Diocese of Augsburg. ) : Hubert-von-Herkomer-Str. 110, 86899, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria
  • Johanniskirche ( Baroque historic residential building on the medieval trade route to Augsburg). Motives: John the Baptist. Especially nice if the little church is illuminated with candles ) : Vorderer Anger, 86899, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria

Museums
New Town Museum, built in 1693 by the Jesuits as a high school.
Finds from the early and prehistoric times, exhibits on the settlement history of the Archaologische Staatssammlung Munchen, collection on the Landsberg cultural and craft history.
Hours: The. – Sun. 2 – 5 pm  Admission adults: 3 €, children free.
Von-Helfenstein-Gasse 426 (opposite the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche), 86899 Landsberg

Herkomer Museum in the residence of the painter “Sir Hubert von Herkomer” , born 1849 in Waal near Landsberg (at that time belonging to Landsberg). Paintings, graphics, sculptures and memorabilia of the artist.
Opening hours: April – Jan .: until 2 pm – 5 pm  Admission adults: 3 €, children free
Von Kuhlmann-Str. 42, 86899 Landsberg am Lech.  info
Landsberger Schuhmuseum, shoe fashion from eight centuries, created from a private collection.
Exhibits are z.Bsp. Traditional shoes, wedding shoes from Afghanistan, shoes from China and other shoe styles.
Opening hours by appointment only (except Sundays), registration at Schuhhaus Pflanz Admission: adults 2.00 Euro
Vorderer Anger 274, 86899 Landsberg.

activities

Ruethenfest, a folk festival that takes place in a four-year summer cycle. Since 1647, disguised children from Landsberg are moving through the city in a procession. The story of Landsberg is replayed. There are also dance performances, medieval stands, camp life and concerts.
Regular events
Lumpiger Thursday, the Landsberg variant of the Altweiberfasching: the street carnival in February around the Hellmaierplatz in the old town.
Culture
Stadttheater, one of the oldest bourgeois theaters in Bavaria with regular play operation
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 10.00 – 12.30, 15.00 – 18.00
Schlossergasse 381, 86899 Landsberg am Lech.
Saulenhalle am Stadttheater: changing exhibitions
Walk along the Lech River starting at the North-West edge of the Karolinenbrucke (Katharinenstrasse) bridge and find our solar system represented to-scale by installations along the path heading north.
Wildpark (Walk south on the east side of the Karolinenbrucke (Katharinenstra?e) bridge). free-roaming deer and an enclosure with wild boars

Go next : Augsburg / Andechs / Memmingen

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