Burg Trausnitz und Kirche St. Martin in Landshut, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V. Radeln in Landshut, Foto: Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V. Landshuter Altstadt, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V. Rast in Landshut an der Isar, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V. Isarradweg Landshut, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V. Panoramablick auf Landshut, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V. Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Foto: pixabay La╠łndtor in Landshut, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V. Burg Trausnitz von oben, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V. Isar und Isarauen, Foto: TOM e.V., Peter von Felbert
Bycicle tour

Off to the Landshut Shire

Castles
Animals & Nature

Idyllic riparian forests, dunes with wild herbs and reed landscapes await you on this cycle tour from Landshut along the Isar to the bird sanctuary of the middle Isar reservoirs.

Start
Landshut
Duration
5 h
Distance
39 km
Key facts of the tour
Landshut is the government town of Lower Bavaria and, with its well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance architecture, is an urban gem. On this tour you have the opportunity to visit the starting point of Landshut's history, Trausnitz Castle. You then cycle through the lush green meadow landscape of the banks of the Isar and right into the centre of the Middle Isar Reservoirs bird sanctuary.

As the name suggests, you will experience two reservoirs with their very own habitats for flora and fauna. Impenetrable riparian forests, dunes with wild herbs, reed landscapes. A unique bird world has found its way here and can be admired in the wild.

Along the way, there is always the opportunity to stop off at rustic beer gardens and breweries and take a break.
A cycle tour for nature lovers and explorers

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and, depending on capacity utilisation, taking your own bike on board cannot be guaranteed.

Start and end station

Start station
Landshut (Bay) Hbf
5 tour steps
39 km / 5 Stunden
End station
Landshut (Bay) Hbf

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.

Schedule

Tour starts on Landshut (Bay) Hbf

Direction

DB Bicycle Service Hbf. Landshut (Bay)

There are 950 parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the railway station.

Bahnhofsplatz 1
84032
Landshut

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG

Direction

You can get to the Tourist Information bike hire centre in the town hall on foot from the train station or by taking bus number 3 towards Kanalstra├če. The bus takes you to the Altstadt stop every 20 minutes in just 12 minutes. From here it is only 300 metres to the town hall and the bike hire shop.

If you choose to walk from the main station, you should allow around 25 minutes. You first walk through the lively residential and business district of Luitpoldstra├če, then across the Kleine Isar river into the old town. Walk through the picturesque Hauptwachg├Ą├čchen to the town hall. There you will find the tourist information centre and e-bike hire, where you have already reserved your bikes online.

Tourist information centre in the town hall with e-bike hire

In addition to good tourist services, the city of Landshut also offers its guests the opportunity to hire an e-bike at the tourist information centre. The supply is limited to 6 bikes, so visitors should book the bikes via the homepage before starting their excursion.
The tourist information centre also has an e-cargo bike available for hire.
In addition to an identity card, visitors must also bring a bicycle helmet. Child seats are not available.
The batteries are of course charged. However, repairs and technical services cannot be carried out by the Tourist Information Centre.
It is important that the bikes are returned within the opening hours.

Altstadt 315
84028
Landshut

Phone: 0871 - 922 05 0
01.04. - 31.10.
Monday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 03:30pm
01.11. - 31.03.
Monday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 05:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 02:00pm
Foto: pixabay

Direction

You've probably already noticed it on the way to the bike hire shop at the town hall - the L├Ąndtor. Now you can take a look at it at your leisure.

Country gate

Two of Landshut's eight former town gates have been preserved. One of these is the L├Ąndtor.

The name comes from the term "L├Ąnde" and refers to the once nearby ship or raft landing stage. In the Middle Ages, raftsmen from the Isar landed their goods here with their rafts and barges. There was a lot of activity at the landing stage.

The roads over land were unpaved at the time and, depending on the weather, were difficult to navigate with carts. Transport on the rivers was faster and safer. And it offered protection from thieves and looters, who were more likely to lurk on the country lanes.

Today, only the outer gate of the kennel remains. There used to be a higher gate facing the town, which was demolished in the 19th century. At the time, the city council felt that the medieval fortifications narrowed the adjacent Theatre Street too much. City gates and walls were considered unnecessary at the time and stood in the way of the city's expansion.

It was only with intensified historical research, archaeology and the emergence of tourism that some people regretted the fact that historic town walls fell victim to the pickaxe in the 19th century.

Landtorplatz 114
84028
Landshut

La╠łndtor in Landshut, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V.

Direction

The route now continues southwards. At Dreifaltigkeitsplatz, turn left and make your way through small alleyways up to Trausnitz Castle.

Trausnitz Castle

Until the 16th century, it was Trausnitz Castle, which bore the name "Landshut" even before the town was founded - guarding and protecting the land and its people.

The castle was first mentioned under this name in 1150 and was probably built of wood in its earliest days. The oldest parts of today's castle building date back to 1204, the year Landshut was founded. Minstrels such as Walter von der Vogelweide and Tannh├Ąuser lived and worked here at this time.

The fact that the castle was called "Trausnitz" in the 16th century was probably intended to ward off overly brazen visitors, as it means: "Don't dare".

The Wittelsbach dynasty lived here until 1530. In 1516, the castle was remodelled into a Renaissance palace. Between 1568 and 1579, William V brought artists and comedians to the castle and built the first Bavarian Hofbr├Ąuhaus here in 1573.

From the 18th century, the castle housed the Electoral Rent Office Registry, later the State Archives for Lower Bavaria. A devastating fire on 21 October 1961 destroyed large parts of the princely building. The castle was subsequently extensively restored and rebuilt.

On today's visit, the tour leads through medieval halls, the impressive vaulted hall of the Old D├╝rnitz and the castle chapel with its sculptural decorations and winged altars. Vaulted cabinets, panelled parlours and the famous Fools' Staircase with its monumental painted scenes from the Italian Commedia dell'arte represent the Renaissance era. The crowning glory of the castle tour is the view of the city from the S├Âller.

The Kunst- und Wunderkammer, a 16th century forerunner of today's museums, conveys a clear impression of how the world was understood at that time, according to which there were even more marvellous things than for today's sober-modern man.

Burg Trausnitz 168
84036
Landshut

Phone: 0871 924110
01.04. - 03.10.
Monday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
05.10. - 31.03.
Monday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 04:00pm
Burg Trausnitz von oben, Foto: Verkehrsverein Landshut e.V.
Burg Trausnitz, Landshut, Foto: Bayerische Schlo╠łsserverwaltung
Burgkapelle Burg Trausnitz, Foto: Bayerische Schlo╠łsserverwaltung
Kabinett im Ital. Anbau, Burg Trausnitz, Foto: Bayerische Schlo╠łsserverwaltung

Direction

Continue down to the Isar cycle path. On ├äu├čere M├╝nchener Stra├če you will pass the Zollhaus brewery pub. (├äu├čere M├╝nchener Str. 83, 84036 Landshut, Tel. 0871 27552263) It is worth booking a table in advance.

You then cycle along the Isar cycle path to Viecht and along the Eching reservoir.

This is where the "Middle Isar reservoirs bird sanctuary" begins, which you cycle through now and later also at the Moosburg reservoir.

Both lakes offer very different living conditions for birdlife and so a wide variety of bird species can be observed here.

Middle Isar reservoirs bird sanctuary

The core area of the "Mittlere Isarstauseen" bird sanctuary lies between Moosburg and Eching. It is one of the most important protected areas for water birds in Bavaria. The entire area is part of the European Natura 2000 network of protected areas.

Exciting bird and other nature observations can be made on various walking trails. The landscape has largely been shaped by man and reappropriated by nature. The Eching reservoir is characterised by silt and shallow water areas, which provide food for wading birds in particular.

The extensive reed beds are good nesting sites for reed dwellers. Great reed warblers, heron species and swallows can be observed here in large numbers. The common tern has been reintroduced thanks to special artificial nesting sites.

The Moosburg reservoir is home to thousands of ducks of various species and coots. They all find food and shelter in the constant water conditions here.

The alluvial forests with their fluctuating water levels and dry phases have developed a special flora and fauna. Not only countless species of small animals and insects live in the protection of the sometimes impenetrable thickets, but also birds of prey, woodpeckers and orioles.

The dams are a habitat for thermophilic plants and animals. The dams are carefully managed and maintained by grazing.

Even thyme, meadow sage, devil's claw and carthusian pink still grow wild here. Butterflies love the numerous wild flowers and herbs, and the sand lizard, which has become rare elsewhere, can also be found here.

Sempt 1
85368
Moosburg a. d. Isar

Contact person: Landshut District Office
Phone: 0871 4081840
Isar und Isarauen, Foto: TOM e.V., Peter von Felbert

Tour ends on Landshut (Bay) Hbf

Direction

In Volksmannsdorf you have the opportunity to stop at the K├Ąmper Br├Ąu beer garden (Isarstra├če 10, 85368 Wang, 087617298989, open from 4 pm).

The route then continues eastwards over the Isar bridge. On the banks of the flood channel of the Isar (Flutmulde) and on the banks of the Landshut flood channel, you cycle back to Landshut.

If you want to round off the tour, it is worth stopping off at the Landshuter Hof (L├Âschebrandstra├če 23, 84032 Landshut, Tel. 0871 962720).

From here it is not far to the railway station and the cycle station.

Tour map

Start/Ende

Landshut (Bay) Hbf

Bahnhofsplatz 1

84032 Landshut

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