Trausnitz Castle was established as a seat of the Wittelsbacher family in 1204 by Duke Ludwig I of Bavaria, known as the “Kehlheimer". In the late Middle Ages, between 1255 and 1503, when Bavaria was divided into many separate dukedoms, Landshut became the central point of Lower Bavaria. As the seat of the Lower Bavarian dukes the castle gained considerably in significance. After the end of the Middle Ages, the castle enjoyed its heyday as the court of the Bavarian crown princes, particularly during the time of crown prince Wilhelm from 1568 to 1579.
As its importance grew over the centuries the castle was extended and furnished with artworks and artefacts which can still bear witness today to all significant eras of the castle's history.
The castle can be recognised by its impressive medieval fortifications, the high Wittelsbacher Tower, the castle chapel with its distinguished sculptural decoration and winged altar from the rich dukes. The arcades in the castle courtyard and the famous Commedia dell'arte paintings on the “Steps of Fools" date from the Renaissance.
360 Degree Castle Courtyard
The castle in pictures
April - September:
Daily 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
October - March:
Daily 10.00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Viewing the interior of the castle is only possible as part of a tour (approx. 45 mins)
Tours are offers on a regular basis