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WELCOME TO AUGSBURG
You’ll be impressed with Augsburg on your first walk through town. Past the and historic buildings, you’ll find yourself strolling down narrow alleyways and over small bridges in the wonderfully quaint historic city centre. Augsburg is over 2,000 years old, making it the oldest city in Bavaria and one of the oldest cities in Germany. For a long time, it was also the cultural centre of northern Europe.
Augsburg is well-known for its relaxed atmosphere. At the Rathausplatz – the square in front of the city hall – you’ll discover a number of the city’s most famous landmarks. You can find yourself a comfortable spot right on the brick pavement on the marketplace, listen to street musicians and enjoy the view of the , the and the , from which you have a fantastic of the city. And if you’re in luck, you’ll be able to spot the Alps on the horizon. And you don’t have to go very far to reach the nearest park. You can walk directly from downtown to the Stadtwald or the Altstadtring with the herbal garden.
When it’s sunny at the weekend, you might want to take a bike tour to places around the region. I recommend taking an excursion to Bobingen, and not only for its breath-taking landscape, but also to visit the small village church of St. Felicity.
The famous German playwright Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg. The house, where he was born, is now a dedicated to his life and works. We also recommend visiting the Mozart House, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father Leopold was born. Today, the building is a memorial to the Mozart family and a presentation venue for lectures and concerts. Wolfgang Amadeus was a frequent visitor to Augsburg and gave concerts there as well. After Salzburg and Vienna, Augsburg was the third-most important city in the composer’s life.
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LIVING IN AUGSBURG
Augsburg is a great place to live – it’s exciting and affordable, not too overpriced. Compared with nearby , the rental prices downtown are reasonable. The bars and restaurants are much cheaper than in other major German cities. Yet Augsburg has its fair share of cultural highlights.
If you live in Augsburg, you should definitely know something about the “Fugger”. Augsburg is often called the “Fugger city”. Fugger was the last name of a well-known family of merchants which became extremely wealthy in the Middle Ages. They were responsible for the construction of many of the canals and historic buildings in town. The most prominent examples are the in downtown Augsburg.
At the weekends, we recommend spending a day at the Augsburg Zoo. The Botanical Garden is located right next door. It’s worth going to the Botanical Garden on summer evenings when the entire grounds are romantically illuminated. The , built in 1929, is something you must absolutely see. In the summer months, you can watch operas, operettas and musicals there and attend events and concerts by well-known German artists and bands. And don’t forget the world-famous .
There are numerous cafés everywhere downtown where you can hang out and relax. Most bars, clubs and restaurants are within walking distance. You should also go to one of the many beer gardens in Augsburg. There you can sit under the shady chestnut trees and enjoy one of the many local beers or a cool soft-drink. In the summer you can party outdoors from dusk till dawn at the or the festival.
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