We had a fantastic day trip 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.
Here are some of the things we did, saw and ate on our day trip there.
Pastel-coloured buildings and cobbled streets
The main square in the town delivered highly on the good old pastel-coloured buildings front. Some market stalls were just packing up and it was bustling with locals – very few other tourists, which was nice.
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.
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’. What more do you want in life?
Rows of independent shops
The main road of shops in Landsberg winds along to the town walls.
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, but who needs blogs to be in any semblance of order?
As in Munich, the tourist information office is located inside the Rathaus.
A walk round the town
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 from up there. I was glad I had flats 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.
What holiday would be complete without a thorough investigation of random residential areas?!
The cutest street in Bavaria?
I’ve decided that this may be the official cutest street in Bavaria. Happy to challenge that claim by visiting more pretty towns next time.
Where to eat in Landsberg
It’s only little, but there was a good selection of places to eat.
Lunch at Fischerwirt: a very Bavarian inn
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 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. Lunch is between 12 and 2 in most places and you have to fit in with it. 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.
Tea and cake at Lechcafe
About 4pm, we needed some sugary sustenance in the form of kaffee und kuchen.
We’d spotted the Lechcafé earlier and mentally noted it 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 was even more 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). Beyond delicious.
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 squirrel was driving the train back to Munich.
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.
This blog post was one of the hardest ever to narrow down photos for, because the town was so photogenic.
Day trip 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. You could stay in Munich or Ausberg as a base for seeing it and other beautiful places 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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