After a one-night stopover in Augsburg, our next destination on Romantic Road was Landsberg am Lech. Landsberg is a small town in southwestern Bavaria — approximately a 50-minute drive from Munich.
History & Old Town
Landsberg, which was founded in the 13th century, had been responsible for defending the natural border formed by the river Lech, until the early 1800s. The town wall, that still surrounds the old town of Landsberg, goes back to the 15th century.
Being on the salt route and trading “white gold” made Landsberg one of the most prosperous towns in Bavaria. However, the city was exposed to a plague epidemic that caused its population to decrease drastically.
The colossal Parish Church in the old town was built in the 15th century by Matthäus von Ensingen. In the basilica you can find beautiful statues carved by Lorenz Luidl, including Madonna with Christ Child.
After the Beer Hall Putsch — the failed coup attempt of Hitler and his supporters, Hitler was sentenced to five years in Landsberg Prison, where he wrote his book ‘Mein Kampf’.
During World War II, more than 5000 people had been imprisoned in Landsberg Concentration Camp, until the camp was liberated by the United States Army.
Mutterturm & Herkomer Museum
Sir Hubert von Herkomer was a 19th-century German-British painter, composer, and movie director.
Besides his portaits, he is renowned for his realistic paintings featuring poor people and their living conditions. His art is believed to reflect the struggles of his childhood, as he was the only child of a poor wood carver and a music teacher.
In 1851, Herkomer left Bavaria for the United States with his family. Until his return to Germany, he’d lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Southampton, UK.
After making a considerable fortune, Herkomer returned to Bavaria, and he built Mutterturm (Mother Tower in English) as his studio in Landsberg.
Today, Mutterturm (below) houses Herkomer Museum. Inside, you can find the artist’s paintings, and, explore his studio. The museum offers audio guides in German and English.