Over seven hundred years ago in a corner of northern Bavaria, Landschute was the capital of the powerful state of Lower Bavaria. It enjoyed unparalleled prosperity as its rich agricultural land was uniquely protected by the location of the local duke's castle.

Architecturally, Landschute thrived as one Gothic structure after another was built and eventually became home of the first Renaissance palace in Germany. Today, the old town of Landschute, with exception of the automobile, looks much as it did five hundred years ago.

In 1975, as part of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture's foreign study program, Jon Monson was among the students to study the significance of this medieval town.