During our recent visit to Munich, we had a fantastic day trip to the picturesque Bavarian town of Landsberg am Lech, which lies between Munich and Augsburg. It was one of our favourite days on holiday ever. Landsberg is on the famous Romantic Road, full of character and cobbled streets, with views across the Lech river.
To get there, we got the train from Munich Pasing to Kaufering and changed to get the local connecting train to Landsberg from there. It was a smooth journey that took about 50 minutes in total, with some really nice Bavarian scenery to look at out of the window. There’s something extra magical about Bavaria in autumn. After arriving into the train station, our first sight of Landsberg was from across the bridge.
There were spectacular views both sides of the bridge: one was an array of autumn colour and the other, across the weir, an array pastel-coloured buildings.
Pastel-coloured buildings and cobbled streets
The main square in the town also delivered highly on the pastel buildings front. Some market stalls were just packing up as we took the photo. The tower dominating the square is apparently known as the Schöner Turm (beautiful tower), which is a bit nicer than its official name, Schmalzturm (lard tower). It’s from the 14th century and formed part of the old city walls.
Landsberg is most famous for being the place where Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf, while imprisoned there. The prison still exists, but fortunately Landsberg has more to it than this horrible history. We had a good explore of the whole town. It’s full of little cobbled alleyways, pretty archways and bridges.
Pretty houses and cottages
Wherever we go, we tend to find somewhere we’d like to live. In Landsberg, we found at least 10 houses we’d be happy to have if we win the lottery. The one below is should be in the dictionary under ‘autumnal house’.
The main road of shops in Landsberg winds along to the town walls.
The Rathaus of Landsberg am Lech
Bavarian towns love a good Rathaus and Landsberg is no exception. Its town hall is a solid 10/10 for effort, with all kinds of intricate gold detail on the facade. It’s in the aforementioned main square, but who needs blogs to be in any semblance of order? As in Munich, the tourist information office is located inside the Rathaus.
By this point, we were getting hungry, so we mooched our way towards a spot for lunch via the old tanning works (wooden-framed buildings in the third picture below).
Obviously there’s always time for a quick shot when your top accidentally matches a golden tree in the background.
A very Bavarian inn for lunch
Everything always comes back to food on our blog.
Our chosen lunch destination was Fischerwirt, a cosy old Bavarian inn that was perfect for a cold autumn day. We had the very affordable lunch menu: one sausage dish and one kässpätzle (a better version of macaroni cheese). And a Helles – naturlich.
A walk round the town
After lunch, we hauled ourselves out again before we fell asleep. This tiny fairytale cottage was opposite Fischerwirt.
The sun came out and we went for a walk up to the Neues Stadtmuseum, which was resoundingly closed. This was fine because we had some gorgeous views.
It sounds like we did very little here, but we actually covered a lot of ground and must have seen nearly the whole town. What holiday would be complete without a thorough investigation of random residential areas?!
Kaffee und Kuchen
About 4pm, we needed sustenance. We’d spotted the Lechcafé earlier and earmarked it for later, based on chalkboard menus (always a good sign) and being pastel blue. It was a ‘kleines literaturcafé’ (little book café), which reminded us of a similar one we’d been to in Bergen on our honeymoon. But this one really was kleines. Very cute. It also did real English tea and the lady serving us was lovely.
She very helpfully reminded us of the German word for gloves (handschuhe, if you’re interested, which is quite literally, hand shoes – it doesn’t get any more German than that does it?!). And she didn’t look at us like we had two heads when we asked for a bit of milk for the tea, which is a rarity in central Europe.
So we had tea and cake – the cake being some incredible homemade layered creation called a ‘kalterhund’ (cold dog). Delicious.
The cutest street in Bavaria
We had another quarter of an hour before our train, so we nipped back to the official cutest street in Bavaria (happy to challenge that claim by visiting more pretty towns next time) for a photo with the sun out, and then we headed back across the bridge to the station. Some swans appeared to wave us off, naturally.
Taking in the Autumn colours on the train
The train ‘home’ to Aubing, where we were staying in Munich, was easy and efficient (like most German transport, of course), with some fantastic autumnal views.
We were both really taken with Landsberg am Lech (and not just for the plethora of Instagram-worthy houses with pretty flowers). After the hustle and bustle of Munich, it was nice to go somewhere smaller and quieter for the day to wind down (despite us walking around for hours like we always end up doing). We did manage to take hundreds of photos though, which has made this blog post one of the hardest ever to narrow down.
Our next post is going to be about eating and drinking (beer) in Munich, so stay tuned for more Bavarian fun…
Day trip to Landsberg am Lech: useful information
How to get there (and away)
From Munich, we got the train from Munich Pasing to Kaufering and changed to get the local connecting train to Landsberg from there. It was a smooth journey that took about 50 minutes in total, with some really nice Bavarian scenery to look at out of the window.
Where to stay
It’s probably not worth staying over because it’s more of a day trip.
How to get around
The only way to see it is on foot, which is easy because it’s only little.
When to go
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Bavaria is at its best in autumn. But Landsberg is probably pretty in all seasons.