Landshut (German: [ˈlantshuːt] (listen);[3] Bavarian: Landshuad) is a town in Bavaria in the south-east of Germany. Situated on the banks of the River Isar, Landshut is the capital of Lower Bavaria, one of the seven administrative regions of the Free State of Bavaria. It is also the seat of the surrounding district and has a population of more than 70,000. Landshut is the largest city in Lower Bavaria, followed by Passau and Straubing, and Eastern Bavaria's second biggest city.

Town centre with St. Martin's Church
Town centre with St. Martin's Church
Flag of Landshut
Coat of arms of Landshut
Location of Landshut
Landshut is located in Germany
Landshut is located in Bavaria
Coordinates: 48°32′23″N 12°09′03″E / 48.53972°N 12.15083°E / 48.53972; 12.15083
Admin. regionLower Bavaria
DistrictUrban district
 • Lord mayor (2020–26) Alexander Putz[1] (Ind.)
 • Total65.7 km2 (25.4 sq mi)
445 m (1,460 ft)
 • Total73,150
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes0871
Vehicle registrationLA

Owing to its characteristic coat of arms, the town is also often called "City of the three Helmets" (German: Dreihelmenstadt). Furthermore, the town is popularly known for the Landshuter Hochzeit (Landshut Wedding), a full-tilt medieval festival.

Due to its proximity and easy access to Munich and the Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, Landshut became a powerful and future-oriented investment area. The town is one of the richest industrialized towns in Bavaria and has East Bavaria's lowest unemployment rate.



Landshut lies in the centre of Lower Bavaria and is part of the Alpine foothills. The River Isar runs through the city centre. Landshut is about 72 kilometres (45 mi) northeast of Munich.


The city of Landshut and Trausnitz Castle were founded in 1204 by Duke Louis I. Landshut was already a Wittelsbach residence by 1231, and in 1255, when the duchy of Bavaria was split in two, Landshut also became the capital of Lower Bavaria. Duke Henry XVI was the first of the three famous rich dukes who ruled Bayern-Landshut in the 15th century. The wedding of Duke George with the Polish Princess Royal Jadwiga Jagiellon in 1475 was celebrated in Landshut with one of the most splendid festivals of the Middle Ages (called "Landshuter Hochzeit"). After his death and the Landshut War of Succession, Bavaria-Landshut was reunited with Bavaria-Munich.

Louis X, Duke of Bavaria built the Landshut Residence 1537–1543 after his visit to Italy. Louis built the first Renaissance palace constructed north of the Alps after the Palazzo Te in Mantua. William V, Duke of Bavaria ordered to upgrade Trausnitz Castle from a gothic fortification into a Renaissance complex when he lived in Landshut as crown prince for ten years until 1579. Afterwards Landshut lost most of its importance until the University of Ingolstadt was moved to Landshut in 1800. However, in 1826 the university was transferred to Munich.

During the Thirty Years' War, the city was taken and plundered by Swedish forces three times, (1632, 1634 and 1648).[4]

Napoleon fought and won the Battle of Landshut in 1809 against an Austrian army as part of the War of the Fifth Coalition.

During World War II, a subcamp of Dachau concentration camp was located in the city to provide slave labour for local industry. The city was taken by US troops on April 29, 1945.

The U.S. Army maintained facilities in Landshut, including Pinder Kaserne and a dependent housing area, until 1968.

Since the opening of Munich Airport close to Landshut in 1992, the town has become an attractive business location.

A panoramic view of Landshut
Largest groups of foreign residents
Nationality Population (2013)
  Turkey 1,275
  Romania 911
  Poland 730
  Greece 532
  Croatia 407
  Austria 345

Main sights and cultureEdit

Coat of arms, depicted in 1605

The town is of national importance because of its predominantly Gothic architecture within the historic town centre, especially Trausnitz Castle and the Church of Saint Martin featuring the world's tallest brick tower. Among other Gothic architecture are the churches of St. Jodok and Holy Spirit, but also the Town Hall and the Ländtor, the only still existing gate of the medieval fortification.

Landshut is also known for a festival celebrated every four years called the Landshuter Hochzeit, commemorating the 1475 marriage of George of Bavaria and Jadwiga Jagiellon.

The Renaissance era produced in particular the decorated inner courtyard of the Trausnitz Castle and the ducal Landshut Residence in the inner town. Baroque churches are represented by the Jesuit church St. Ignatius, the Dominican church St. Blasius and the church of St. Joseph. Also the medieval churches of the Seligenthal convent and of the Cistercians were redesigned in baroque style. Many old middle-class houses of the past in the Old Town still represent the history of the town from the Gothic times to the Neo-Classicism.


There are regular regional train connections to Munich, Passau, Salzburg, Rosenheim, Nuremberg and Hof.


The most successful professional team in the city is ice hockey team EV Landshut, playing currently in the Second Division.

The other professional team in the city is motorcycle speedway team Landshut Devils, who are based at the Ellermühle Speedway Stadium.

The local association football team is SpVgg Landshut with both men's and women's teams previously having reached the top state division.





  • Skulpturenmuseum im Hofberg (Sculptural Museum in Hofberg)
  • LANDSHUTmuseum in the cloister of the old Franciscan monastery[5]



There are also two nuclear power plants located 14 km away from Landshut, Isar I (Inactive) and Isar II (active until 2022).

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Landshut is twinned with:[6]

Notable peopleEdit

Ludwig Feuerbach
Roman Herzog, Karlspreis 2012 (Charlemagne prize)

Before 1920Edit


Honorary citizensEdit

Notable inhabitantsEdit

Gregor Strasser 1928


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Liste der Oberbürgermeister in den kreisfreien Städten, accessed 18 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Tabelle 12411-003r Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes: Gemeinden, Stichtag" (in German). Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik. June 2022.
  3. ^ "Landshut". Unabridged (Online). n.d.
  4. ^ Helfferich, Tryntje, The Thirty Years War: A Documentary History (Cambridge, 2009), pp. 274-302.
  5. ^ "Besucherinfo - Museen der Stadt Landshut" (in German).
  6. ^ "Partner- und Patenstädte". (in German). Landshut. Retrieved 2021-02-18.

External linksEdit

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