The city residence is located in the heart of Landshut's pedestrian zone. On a guided tour, the halls of the Italian building, the Birkenfeld Rooms and the Residence Chapel can be viewed. Visitors can expect to see an Italian Renaissance palace with an impressive inner courtyard that has been transferred to Germany. Events and performances still take place in this courtyard today. The interior of the Residenz can only be admired on guided tours. Access to the courtyard is free of charge.
The city residence is currently being completely restored. Depending on the construction phase, the residence is only accessible as far as the café.
In 1536, Duke Ludwig X of Bavaria ordered the construction of the city residence to begin. The so-called "German Building" was created, which today is the façade facing the pedestrian zone. During a trip to Upper Italy, however, the Duke was inspired by the residences of Italian princes. He had a second building, the "Italian Building", erected behind the German Building as early as 1537. The project was completed in 1543.
Changes were only made to the city residence between 1780 and 1799, when Count Palatine Wilhelm von Birkenfeld-Gelnhausen gave the façade its classicist appearance. Later, the future King Ludwig I of Bavaria moved into the so-called Birkenfeld Rooms to study. It was probably at this time that the classical French paper wallpapers were applied, which were discovered and uncovered in 2003. Today they are among the rare remains of the earlier wallpaper art.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to the city residence is on foot or by public transport.
- The bus stop near the city residence is called "Altstadt".
- It takes about 25 minutes to walk from the central station and about 10 minutes by bus.
If you come by car, you can park here:
- Grieserwiese car park
- City Center multistory car park
- Parking spaces in the Neustadt