Lower Bavaria

Regional Overview

Wittelsbach Renaissance

Lower Bavaria had a brief moment of glory in the 15th century when it became Southern Germany’s center of the Renaissance. But with its Golden Age quickly over, obscurity has preserved this moment for us. Lower Bavaria is full of beautiful towns and villages, despite war and ravages of industrialization.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The truly unique Renaissance cityscape of Landshut
  • Austrian Baroque influence on the Danube and Salzach rivers
  • Bavarian Brick-Gothic Construction, otherwise unique outside of the Baltic region





Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is Lower Bavaria?

Lower Bavaria is the portion of Bavaria that follows the lower part of the Isar River as it merges into the Danube and flows into Austria. Lower Bavaria is focused on the ancient Duchies of Bavaria-Landshut and Bavaria-Straubing, which played important, if not brief, roles in the struggle for Bavarian unification.

By the middle of the 15th century, consolidation had left Bavaria-Landshut as the largest and possibly the strongest of the Bavarian states. Landshut would become the first major Renaissance Capital in Germany, complete with imported Italian Palazzo and Roman sculptures. Spared destruction in the centuries of conflict that followed, Landshut and the surrounding region offer a glimpse into a different age from what you see in Munich and its immediate orbit.

My Quantitative Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

Social Score

3.9 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Hype: 3.1
  • Growth: 1.5
  • Wealth: 8.2
  • Recognition: 1.9
Ease of Travel

3.9 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 5.5
  • Transportation: 1.9
  • Ease of Planning: 5.9
  • Infrastructure: 5.3
  • Interactivity: 1.9
  • Airport: Yes
Historical Immersion

4.5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Historical Context: 3.0
  • Monuments: 2.0
  • Quality*: 8.0
  • Landscape: 4.2
  • Vineyards: 5.30

4.4 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Undiscovered: 3.1
  • Cultural Immersion: 5.9
  • Tradition*: 4.0



The glories of a pan-European dynasty

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