10 places to see in Augsburg, Germany

Augsburg is Germany’s oldest social housing city

Augsburg, Germany is an ancient city in Bavaria. There are not many tourists here, so you can have a good rest: you can enjoy the deserted streets of the Middle Ages, walk through the oldest social quarter of the world or visit a botanical garden.

Old Town in Augsburg

Overview

Augsburg is a Bavarian city in the south of Germany. Its population is 290,000 people. Area – 146.87 km². The nearest large settlements are Munich (55 km), Nuremberg (120 km), Stuttgart (133 km), Zurich (203 km).

Augsburg is the third largest city in Bavaria, the administrative center of Swabia and the largest industrial center of the country.

Augsburg fountain

This is one of the oldest cities in modern Germany, founded in the 15th century BC. The heyday of the city came in the Middle Ages. Until the 16th century, it was the largest shopping center, and from the 17th to the 19th century, it was the industrial capital of Bavaria.

Augsburg was lucky, because during World War II, it was not badly damaged, and unlike other German cities, it preserved the historic buildings.

Attractions

Compared to other cities in Bavaria, the Swabian capital is not very rich in sights, but you won’t have any trouble finding things to see in Augsburg.

Fuggerei quarter

The Fuggerei is perhaps the most atmospheric historic part of the city. It is the oldest social settlement in the world, with construction dating back to the time of Jacob II Fuggerre the Younger in 1514-1523.

The old quarter consisted of 8 gates, 7 streets and 53 two-story houses. There was a temple in the center of the town. Interestingly, only very poor people who could not afford to buy their own homes could live in this neighborhood. In fact, this is the prototype of modern apartment buildings.

Today, this part of Augsburg is still home to people who can’t afford to rent expensive housing. When selecting tenants, a special commission also pays attention to religion (necessarily Catholicism) and the number of years lived in Augsburg (at least 2). The gates to the quarter, as before, close at 10 pm, and residents who have not managed to return by this time must pay the keeper 1 euro for admission.

The Fuggerei Quarter, Germany

But still today it is more of a tourist area, which is much loved by travelers. Here you can:

  1. Take a walk.
  2. Visit the Fuggerei Museum, which consists of two rooms. The first shows the dwelling of people in the 15th century, and the second is a room of modern residents.
  3. See the small Fuggerei church, which still holds services.
  4. See the fountain and the monument to Jacob Fugger, Augsburg’s famous patron of the arts, who financed the building of the neighborhood.
  5. Stop by the beer garden.

The legend says that the doorknobs were specially made in different shapes and sizes so that people who came home late at night (and there was no electricity back then) could find their own door.

If you want to take a break from the bustling Augsburg streets, you should visit this neighborhood.

  • The address is Jakoberstr. 26 | At the end of Vorderer Lech, 86152 Augsburg, Germany.
  • Opening times: 8.00 – 20.00
  • Price: 5 €.

Botanischer Garten

The only botanical garden in Augsburg, covering an area of 10 square kilometers, consists of:

  • Japanese garden. The largest part of the botanical garden. Here you can admire the minimalistic flowerbeds, succulents, small fountains and picturesque bridges over the river.
  • The medicinal plant garden. Herbs and flowers that are used to combat a number of diseases are planted here. The collection includes about 1200 species of plants.
  • Rose Garden. More than 280 varieties of roses grow in this part of the park. They are planted both in beds and in special beds. Each rose blooms at a certain time of year, so whenever you come, you’re sure to see a couple of buds open.
  • Wild Herbs and Ferns Park. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the botanical garden. The plants are planted right in the grass, but this in no way prevents you from enjoying their beauty.
  • Collections of cacti, succulents and thrush. These are some of the most famous collections found within the botanical garden. About 300 species of succulents and over 400 species of cacti are represented.
  • A tropical garden with butterflies flying and orchids growing year-round.
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Tourists note that the botanical garden is very well maintained: no overgrowth or garbage.

  • Address: Dr.-Ziegenspeck-Weg 10, 86161 Augsburg, Germany.
  • Opening times: 9.00 – 19.00
  • Cost: 9 €.

Augsburg Zoo

The zoo, located near the city center, you can see about 2500 animals from five continents, 350 species of birds. Augsburg Zoo covers an area of 22 hectares and is divided into the following parts:

  1. The Sea Basin. Sea lions, seals and dolphins live here.
  2. Pavilion with an aquarium. It is home to over 200 species of fish and 10 species of urchins.
  3. Aviaries with animals. The spacious aviaries are lions, zebras, giraffes, tigers, llamas and other animals.
  4. Outdoor area. Ponies and goats walk in this area.

The zoo often hosts performances and festivities. Also at 1 p.m. you can see how the zoo staff feed the seals.

  • Address: Brehmplatz 1, 86161 Augsburg, Bavaria
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (November – February), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (March, October), 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (April, May, September), 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (all summer).

Cost in euros:

Population Category. Winter Summer Autumn/spring
Adults 8 10 9
Children 4 5 5
Teens 7 9 8

Central Square and Town Hall

Augsburg’s central square is the heart of the Old Town. The main historic buildings are located here, and on weekdays there is a farmer’s market. In December, before Christmas, a Christmas fair opens where residents and visitors to Augsburg, Germany can buy traditional German sweets, Christmas toys, decorations, woolen goods and souvenirs.

The most important building on the square is Augsburg City Hall, which for centuries remained the tallest in Europe (and even today its size is impressive). On the facade of the main building is the image of a black double-headed eagle – the symbol of the Free Imperial City.

The main room of the Town Hall is the Golden Hall, where solemn events are held up to this day. On the gilded ceiling – images of saints and emperors, on the walls – ancient frescoes.

Many tourists say that this is the most beautiful town hall on the territory of modern Germany. And this is the attraction, which is often seen in photos of Augsburg in Germany.

  • Where to find: Rathausplatz 2, 86150 Augsburg, Bavaria.
  • Opening hours of the town hall: 7.30 am – 12 noon.

Perlachturm Tower

Perlachturm Tower – the main watchtower of the city. Its height reaches 70 meters and it was built in 890. On top of the landmark is a clock.

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If you climb to the top, you can get to the observation deck: from here you can look at the city, which is visible as if in the palm of your hand, and take beautiful pictures of Augsburg. But to do so, you first have to climb the 261 steps.

More than 300 people visit this landmark in Augsburg every day and on holidays this figure reaches 700.

  • Address: St. Peter am Perlach, 86150 Augsburg, Bavaria
  • Opening hours: May – October (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Cost: 1.5 euros (charged at the observation deck).

During World War II, the German Ohmichen family opened their own puppet theater. They made the characters for the performances and decorations with their own hands, and the first performances were held in their small house.

Puppet Theater Museum

Now the puppet theater is a separate building and is managed by the grandchildren of the founders. There is a museum at the theater. Here you can see both modern and old models of the puppets, look at the process of making scenery and learn how to write a script. In the museum from time to time held master classes in puppet production.

  • Address: Spitalgasse 15, 86150 Augsburg, Germany.
  • Opening time: 10.00 – 17.00.
  • Cost: 6 euros.

Like most temples in the city, the Basilica of Sts. Ulrich and Aphra was built in the Baroque style: white walls and ceilings, gilded partitions and an opulent altar. However, there are also a number of Gothic elements. These are, first of all, the wooden organ, and secondly, the lancet windows.

Basilica of Sts.

In the temple you can see a rich collection of Orthodox icons from Russia and antique icon covers. Also, the Basilica of Saints Urlich and Aphra is known for the fact that under the altar is the tomb of Saint Aphra.

Services are still held in the cathedral, so there is no problem getting into the building.

  • Address: Ulrichplatz 19, 86150 Augsburg, Bavaria.
  • Open: 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral (Dom St. Maria) or Augsburg Cathedral is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Augsburg. It was built in the 15th century, and the last restoration was completed in 1997.

The interiors of Augsburg Cathedral in Augsburg are decorated in the Baroque style: snow-white ceilings, frescoes on the walls and a gold altar. There are also a number of elements characteristic of the Gothic style. These are window stained glass windows and lancet arches.

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to get into the church for free, as there are no services and it works only for tourists. Also, you can not go to the cathedral at any time: you must come to the time of the tour, which begins daily at 14:30.

  • Address: Hoher Weg, Augsburg, Germany.
  • Price: 2 euros.

Where to stay

Augsburg Hotel

There are about 45 hotels and inns in Augsburg (most are non-star hotels). Bavaria is a very popular tourist destination, so hotel rooms should be booked at least 2 months before your trip.

Room for two in the high season in a 3 * hotel will cost 80-100 euros, which is somewhat cheaper than in neighboring cities. Typically, this price includes: free Wi-Fi in the hotel, breakfast (European or American), all necessary equipment in the room and facilities for people with disabilities.

Apartments for two people with European renovation in the center of Augsburg will cost 40-45 euros. All apartments have all the necessary appliances and essentials.

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The city is small, so wherever you stay, you can get to the attractions of Augsburg, Germany fairly quickly.

Transport links

Augsburg is located in a very favorable location, so there is no problem with how to get to the city. Nearest airports:

  • Augsburg Airport – Augsburg, Germany (9 km);
  • Memmingen-Allgäu Airport Memmingen, Germany (76 km);
  • Franz Josef Strauss Airport – Munich, Germany (80 km).

Nearest large cities:

  • Munich – 55 km;
  • Nuremberg – 120 km;
  • Stuttgart – 133 km.

The main flow of tourists goes to Augsburg from Munich, and to get from one city to another is most convenient by train. You need to take the train Re at the station München Hbf and get off at Augsburg Hbf. Travel time – 40 minutes. Ticket price is 15-25 euros. You can buy tickets at the Central Station in the city. Trains run every 3-4 hours.

All prices on the page are for May 2019.

Interesting facts

Festival of Peace

  1. Wolfgang Mozart’s grandfather lived in one of the houses in the Fuggerei quarter. Thirty years later, his girlfriend also settled in the house next door. A festival of peace
  2. Every year on August 8, Augsburg celebrates the Feast of Peace. It is the only official public holiday that exists only in one city.
  3. During the national holidays, a race takes place in the Perlachturm tower: You have to climb to the top of the landmark in less than a minute. The winner gets a nice surprise.
  4. Augsburg is one of the greenest cities in Germany.

Augsburg, Germany – a city with well-preserved historical sites, which is not inferior in beauty to Nuremberg and Munich.

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Augsburg Attractions

Virgin Mary Cathedral Railway Park Augsburg Hockey Hall of Fame Germany Augsburg Zoo Basilica of Saints Ulrich and Aphra Park Zibentischanlagen Schätzler Palace Leopold Mozart House Museum

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Virgin Mary Cathedral

Virgin Mary Cathedral (photo)

The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, located in the German city of Augsburg, is considered the main cathedral of the diocese of Augsburg. The cathedral is a five-nave church (the church has five longitudinal rooms), which was built from the ninth to the fourteenth century. The main decorative elements of the cathedral are paintings on the aisles depicting the Mother of God, performed by the German artist Hans Holbein the elder.

The main attraction of the cathedral of Our Lady are the five high windows on the southern wall. In them are inserted stained glass windows, made in the technique of “transparent mosaic”, depicting the saints. These stained-glass windows are valuable in that they were made in XII century and are the most ancient stained-glass windows in all Europe.

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For a long time, the bronze double-leaf door in the southern portal, made in the XI century, was considered to be the cathedral’s landmark. It is divided into 35 panels, on each of which is written a subject from the Bible. The bronze doors are now replaced by a replica, which was commissioned by the cathedral in 2000. The real doors are in the temple museum.

Coordinates : 48.37297000,10.89705600

Augsburg Railway Park

Augsburg Railway Park (photo)

Augsburg Railway Park is currently under construction but is already ready to receive visitors. It is one of the largest and most extensive cultural and museum projects in Bavaria. The railway park consists of four main buildings on an area of about 35,000 square meters and 29 museum exhibits brought here from the member states of the European Union.

In addition to locomotives you will be interested to attend lectures about the history of train construction and development of railway construction in the world. The museum regularly organizes all sorts of events and themed parties devoted to trains. Moreover, there are creative studios where visitors can draw, hold literary readings, theatrical performances and exhibitions.

When going to the museum, be sure to take your children with you. Don’t think that they will get bored on excursion, because there is a mini-train that takes young visitors through the whole territory of the museum.

Coordinates: 48.34834900,10.89433200

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Hockey Hall of Fame Germany

Hockey Hall of Fame in Germany (photo)

Germany has been playing hockey for about a hundred years. As a tribute to the German tradition of the game on ice and to the merits of the players, coaches and referees, the Hockey Hall of Fame of Germany was established in 1988.

It is not that easy to induct hockey players into the Hall of Fame – there are strict criteria. During the previous 90 years of hockey in Germany, a total of only about 210 people were included. Among them are outstanding coaches, players and team captains who have made major contributions to the history of the game and its development, as well as winners of major world championships.

In the Hockey Hall of Fame, you can learn more about the biographies of the champions and see the cups and medals, hockey equipment and uniforms that the athletes wore during the fateful games.

Here you can join hockey yourself. There is an ice arena in the hall, which is equipped for visitors and home matches of local teams. You can have a great time playing or just skating.

Coordinates: 48.37515800, 10.87911800

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Augsburg Zoo

Augsburg Zoo (photo)

Augsburg Zoo, located in Augsburg, Germany, offers visitors a variety of ways to spend their time.

Spectators are invited to feed seals, can ride elephants, and can interact with pets in the contact zoo.

The zoo is home to about two thousand animals and birds. A quarter of the zoo occupies the African Panorama – aviaries inhabited by giraffes, zebras, antelope and watusi. From where visitors to the zoo stand, it seems as if all these animals are grazing together.

Coordinates: 48.34860600,10.91600500

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Basilica of Sts. Ulrich and Aphra

Basilica of saints Ulrich and Aphra (photo)

The Basilica of Saints Ulrich and Aphra, located in the German city of Augsburg, is considered a real longevity among churches.

The first church on this site was built back in the 5th century. It was destroyed, as were many subsequent buildings located on this site and dedicated to St. Ulrich and Aphra.

The present basilica dates from the 15th century. It holds the relics of the holy martyr Aphra, who in 304 gave her life for the faith, and of bishop Ulrich, who saved the city from the ravages of the Hungarians in the 10th century.

In the Chapel of Bartholomew in the Basilica of Saints Ulrich and Aphra, 30 Russian icons from the 17th to 19th centuries are preserved.

Coordinates : 48.36197000,10.90009700

Zibentischanlagen Park

Zibentischangen Park (photo)

Zibentischanlagen Park is a unique landscape park in Augsburg, which is located in Bavaria. The idea of founding such an area emerged at the end of the 19th century. The total area of the park is 27 hectares, and its dimensions are 250 meters in width and 1.5 kilometers in length. Ludwig Leybold began to work on the territory in 1870. Industrialization had severely displaced the green spaces, and they had to be restored. Based on this, Carl von Effner in 1874 began to create a plan for the creation of the park.

In the 1950s, sports fields and play areas were made and new greenery was planted. The most serious intervention in the landscape of the park is the creation of miniature golf courses here, this happened in 1967.

In 1908, a fountain was built on the south side of Siebentischanlagen in memory of Baron Edmund von Schaezler, who participated in the expansion of the park.

Coordinates : 48.34506900,10.91358000

Schaezler Palace

Shetsler Palace (photo)

Schaezler Palace, located in the German city of Augsburg, was built by a local banker in the 18th century.

An urban legend says that the French queen Marie Antoinette attended the palace opening banquet.

Currently, the palace building with its luxurious interiors: full-height mirrors on the walls, stucco and paintings on the ceilings, is divided between the German Baroque Gallery and the State Art Gallery.

The German Baroque Gallery displays paintings by Veronese, Van Dyck, Canaletto and other great masters.

In the State Art Gallery visitors can see works by old masters – Dürer, Holbein, Burgkmayr.

Coordinates: 48.36503900,10.89926000

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Leopold Mozart House Museum

Leopold Mozart House-Museum (photo)

The Leopold Mozart House Museum, located in the German city of Augsburg, was the birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father and teacher.

Leopold Mozart lived in the house until he moved to Salzburg. The house is now the most important point in the city’s itinerary dedicated to the Mozart family.

The museum exhibits furnishings, documents, and notes of the Mozart family.

The main exhibit of the museum is the harpsichord, on which both Mozart the father and the son played.

Coordinates : 48.37557600,10.89565000

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