Cloister Fürstenfeldbruck and the Klosterstüberl

Should you ever be in the vicinity of Munich, you should head out to Fürstenfeldbruck and its Cistercian cloister with its excellent restaurant. It is not far behind the quaint town and there is a good Autobahn and the S-Bahn nearby.

It seems the Duke Louis II “the Severe” had his first wife Maria of Brabant beheaded, because he read the wrong letter, causing him to believe her unfaithful. He therefore had the choice of founding a monastery or some other difficult task. He chose the friary of Cistercians and quickly obtained papal permission in 1256, but could only begin building 9 years later.

During the 30-year war from 1618-48 the abbey was sacked and monks had to flee to Munich. In 1691 however, the new baroque building were entrusted to the famous court architect Viscardi, later to Ettenhofer and the altars and paintings to the unique Asam brothers. At the bottom of the altar the church also features a beautiful Madonna of the Roman-Gothic period in lime wood which used to be on the main altar. There are services every Sunday. The facade was painted with a special, traditional green.

Don’t forget to stop in the restaurant Klosterstüberl. They offer a large variety of Bavarian “slow” food, have won prizes of excellency and their éclairs and cakes are mouth-watering. Bring along a huge appetite or you won’t manage their portions! In the warm season there are various gardening and other markets in the courtyard.

Landshut – betrothal, ceramics, The Sphere

Tu felix Landshut, nube” must have been the idea of the politically arranged marriage Landshuter Hochzeit 1475 celebrated every four years (next one in 2021) in Landshut – head of the Land Lower Bavaria. The betrothal between the Bavarian Duke Georg der Reiche and Hedwig Jagiellonica, daughter of Kasimir IV Andreas, King of Poland and the wedding festivities are depicted on the walls of the Prunksaal, the Magnificent Hall of the Old Town Hall, Altes Rathaus – or simply go there for the next magnificent celebration, lasting several weeks with parades and knights’ tournaments in historical costumes dating all the way back to 1475.

close-up of a wall painting in the Rathaus

The town itself started out with the castle Burg Trausnitz and several long, very narrow streets along the river, with the textile and ceramic trade and tanners closest to the water. The Great Fire of 1342 conveniently burned down all the wooden houses in the middle, thereafter only brick and stone houses were built, leaving us with today’s view of the Altmarkt.

The Catholic Church being “mightier than the sword”, there are quite a few churches worth visiting, especially the one recently converted into an exposition hall for works of art by Fritz Koenig, whom everybody will recognize as the creator of The Sphere in front of the World Trade Center and found under tons of debris after nine/eleven, now removed as a symbol of hope and survival to Liberty Park. Fritz Koenig (1924 – 2017) was fascinated by Arabian horses and had lovely ones in his stables and grounds in Landshut. Another of his works, Bildschriften, usually located in Unterföhring, is currently on loan to Florence. Near his former property is the Berufsfachschule für Keramik, a world-renowned school for ceramics.

The nuns of the Ursulinen Kloster were among the very first to promote free education for girls, which they successfully did until not so many years ago. Currently there is a fine exposition ZUgeneigt on their history till 11 November 2018, Wednesday – Sunday.

Europe Park near Berufsfachschule für Keramik, Landshut

Don’t miss out on the Rosentage (rose festival) in the castle Burg Trausnitz in June (Park and Ride with a shuttle bus up the very steep hill from the Grieserwiese). Do enjoy some typical Bavarian food and (what else?) beer! (Augustiner of course) while you are in Landshut. Enjoy!

Krustenbraten mit Kraut und Knödel