Impressions of Landshut, east of Munich, where I currently “jumping in” for an ailing singer in two back-to-back performances. Today being Sunday, the shops are closed, and so the thing to do was to take a long mid-day walk.
First destination: up in the wooded hills behind town, to see the earthworks. No signs around to enlighten the visitor, but this is apparently the old fortified hilltop referred to on my map as the Schwedenschanze “Swedes’ trench”. Many earthworks are called so because people associated them with the Thirty Years War, when they were enlarged and used to hide the livestock from invading troops. There are grave mounds in the vicinity, and they of course go back much earlier than the 1600s. There are no maintained trails here, but the mountain bikers have set up obstacles all over for single track stuff.
On the promenades along the Isar River. Landshut has many cafes and restaurants right along the river, something that my current hometown of Innsbruck lacks.
A traveling theater, with a tent and a rail-car cafe. Parked behind the tent are a dozen old-fashioned wooden trailer caravans for the artists. We musicians say that we live like gypsies from the traveling we do, but it seems this little traveling show really does that.