We had a fantastic day trip from Munich to the fairytale Bavarian town of Landsberg am Lech, which lies between Munich and Augsburg in Germany. It was on another level of quaintness. I don’t know why we were surprised, because Landsberg is on the famous Romantic Road, which takes you round all the prettiest towns in Bavaria. Cobbled streets and rows of pastel-coloured buildings are par for the course.
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. Landsberg am Lech 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.
So here are some of the things to do, see and eat on a day trip to Landsberg am Lech….
Admire Landsberg am Lech’s pastel-coloured buildings and cobbled streets
The main square in the town delivers highly on the good old pastel-coloured buildings front.
Some market stalls were just packing up when we arrived and it was bustling with locals – very few other tourists, which is always a good thing when you’re after a bit of escapsim.
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). Yum.
Find some fairytale cottages you wish you could live in
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 first one below is should be in the dictionary under ‘autumnal’. I was squealing at this point.
Wander through rows of independent shops
The main road of shops in Landsberg winds along to the town walls. Although it has the usual H&M and generic chains, there are plenty of cute little independents shops to browse through.
It’s also a good area to stand in the middle of the road and almost get run over because you’re trying to take a photo of all the colourful buildings. Ahem.
Admire the gorgeous Rathaus (town hall)
You knew this was coming didn’t you? 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, looming over the city very impressively.
As in Munich, the tourist information office is located inside the Rathaus.
Go for a walk above the town
If the sun is out and you have any energy left from running round the cobbled streets squealing at pastel houses, there’s a hill you can walk up behind the town that will lead you to the Neues Stadtmuseum.
This was er, resoundingly closed when we went, so make sure you check opening times if it’s important to you. This was fine for us because we had some gorgeous views from up there and we didn’t want to waste a beautiful day indoors when the weather was up and down, being October.
I was glad I had flat shoes on though, because it was fairly steep and no one wants to be hobbling up a hill in annoying heels. We covered a lot of ground on our walk actually, and must have seen nearly the whole town. It’s only small so you can take it all in over an hour or so.
What holiday would be complete without a thorough investigation of random residential areas?!
Eat something traditional and oh so Bavarian: where to eat in Landsberg am Lech
Lunch at Fischerwirt: a very Bavarian inn
Everything always comes back to food on this blog. Sorrynotsorry.
Our chosen lunch destination while in Landsberg for the day was Fischerwirt, a cosy old Bavarian inn that was perfect for a windy autumn day.
We had the very affordable lunch menu: one sausage dish and one kässpätzle (a better version of macaroni cheese). And a pint of Helles – naturlich.
Amusingly, we turned up at half one and they stopped serving lunch at 2, so the food was almost literally thrown at us to hurry us out. I’m so fond of Bavarian efficiency and kind of enjoy the horror you’re greeted with if you don’t do things at designated times. Lunch is between 12 and 2 in most places and you have to fit in with that. Or starve to death.
Obviously there’s always time for a quick post-lunch shot when your top accidentally matches a golden tree in the background.
Afternoon tea, Bavarian style: tea and cake at the very cute Lechcafe
About 4pm, we needed some sugary sustenance in the form of kaffee und kuchen. Only tea instead of coffee. I apologise to all German people but it will always be tea and cake to us. I just can’t get my head around coffee at the best of times.
We’d spotted the little Lechcafé earlier and mentally noted it based on it having chalkboard menus (always a good sign) and being pastel blue (v cute). 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 was even more kleines. Very cute indeed.
It also did real English tea with milk and the lady serving us was lovely. She didn’t even recoil in horror giving me a little pot of milk instead of making me drink the tea black or with lemon. Perhaps she’d had UK visitors before.
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?!).
So we had tea and cake – the cake being some incredible homemade layered creation called a ‘kalterhund‘ (cold dog). I have no idea how it got the name but it was beyond delicious.
Overall… the perfect fairytale day trip from Munich
At the end of our day trip, we headed back across the bridge to the station. Some swans appeared to wave us off, naturally.
The whole town felt so bloody cute and Disney that I wouldn’t have been surprised if a fairytale squirrel wearing clothes was driving the train back to Munich. This blog post was one of the hardest ever to narrow down photos for, because the town was just so photogenic.
As you can probably tell, 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. I’d highly recommend it if you’re in Munich or anywhere in Bavaria.
Day trip from Munich to Landsberg am Lech: useful information
How to get there (and away)
We got the train from Munich Pasing to Kaufering and changed to get the local connecting train to Landsberg. It only took about 50 minutes, with some really nice Bavarian scenery to look at out of the window. Easy and efficient (like most German transport, of course).
Where to stay
It’s probably not worth staying over because it’s more of a day trip. Soz, Landsberg – but annual leave is precious. You could stay in either Munich or Ausberg as a base for seeing it and other beautiful Bavarian towns in the area.
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.
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