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 which 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 itself would become the first major Renaissance Capital in Germany, complete with an imported Italian Palazzo and Roman sculptures. Spared destruction in the centuries of conflict that followed, both Landshut and the surrounding region offer a glimpse into a different age from what you see in Munich and its immediate orbit.

My Subjective Travel Rankings

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

8.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 8
  • Transportation: 10
  • Volume/Capacity: 10
  • Infrastructure: 7
  • Interactivity: 8

9.3 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 10
  • Monuments: 10
  • Quality: 8

6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 8
  • Tradition: 4



The heart of the region is centered on the four ancient capitals of the Bavarian state: Munich, Landshut, Ingolstadt and Straubing.

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