Look Up, Look Down: Trausnitz Castle, Landshut

Yesterday, I posted a bunch of pictures of the beautiful Bavarian city of Landshut (click here if you’ve missed them), so most of you will already be well prepared for what’s coming today: We’re schlepping up the hill to gawp at (and down from) the castle, Burg Trausnitz.

This thing was built in 1204. The Wittelsbach dynasty, which ruled Bavaria for hundreds of years, had its main seat in Landshut for a while, so Castle Trausnitz was ramshackle full of medieval splendour, art and culture. “Was” is the operative word here, because, unfortunately, there was a fire in 1961, which destroyed most of the building and its contents. Cause: faulty electrical wiring. Oh, the (sad) irony…

Anyway, the (rebuilt) place is still pretty impressive, and makes a worthy entry for travelwithintent’s weekly Look Up, Look Down photo challenge 🙂

Burg Trausnitz ArchBurg Trausnitz Way UPBurg Trausnitz White PartBurg Trausnitz TurmBurg Trausnitz InnenhofBurg Trausnitz Innenhof

We took a guided tour, and, although, the rooms were relatively bare (except for the chapel), there were some pretty pieces to view. We weren't allowed to take photos, but I manage this sneaky shot of the "Narrentreppe" (staircase of fools).

We took a guided tour. Although the rooms were relatively bare (except for the chapel), there were some pretty pieces on show. We weren’t allowed to take photos, but I managed this sneaky shot of the “Narrentreppe” (staircase of fools).

The Martinskirche through a window.

The Martinskirche through a Trausnitz Castle window.

Martin's church steeple is Bavaria's highest church steeple.

The Martinskirche steeple is Bavaria’s highest church steeple.

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39 thoughts on “Look Up, Look Down: Trausnitz Castle, Landshut

      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        You can’t really go much wrong with Bavarian towns. They’ve managed to re-build them all, rather than creating a disastrous eyesore like, for example, Coventry.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      It was a quiet day, mid-week. Always best to avoid weekends for this kind of thing.

      Re. Bavarian towns: I’m from Fürstenfeldbruck, which wouldn’t draw any tourists, but it’s still pretty presentable. Right now, I live in Castilla-La Mancha, where most of the smaller towns are really quite ugly. NOT Toledo, though, where I actually live – it’s totally beautiful.

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      1. TheLastWord

        Hmm, so you can see the face. But can you tell the time? Or do you rely on the bells? I wonder now. When was the 24 hour thing invented? Didn’t Copernicus or the gold-nosed Tycho Brahe invent our system much later ? In the 1500s? I gotta look that up now.

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      1. linnetmoss

        Oh man, I am totally in love with that gorgeous Seppi. He is so handsome and, dare I say it, manly! I would love to take him home and feed him continuously 🙂
        You have a lot of geriatric cats there! Obviously they are being well cared for 🙂 Sweethearts all.

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