AUGSBURG
YOUNG AND HISTORIC

Ansicht der Türme der Augsburger Basilika Sankt Ulrich und Afra im historischen Zentrum der Hochschulstadt. © S. Kerpf/Stadt Augsburg
Sankt Ulrich und Afra© S. Kerpf/Stadt Augsburg

Several hundred years ago, visitors described Augsburg as Germany’s “Little Italy”. With its historic city centre, numerous parks and modern higher education institutions, Augsburg is an attractive and affordable city for students today.

Facts

296,582 Inhabitants ¹

26,596 Students ²

2 Higher education institutions ²

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.

 

View of Augsburg city hall and the city hall square, with many students sitting on its brick floor. © Media and Communications Office of the City of Augsburg
Augsburg City Hall Square© Media and Communications Office of the City of Augsburg
View of St. Ulrich and Afra from above, the Augsburg city panorama in the background. © Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH, Photo by Felix Hartmann
View of St. Ulrich & Afra© Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH: Felix Hartmann

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.

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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 .

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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.

How to find a room in Augsburg

Many university and college towns have dormitories or student halls, and a room there is often the most affordable accommodation. To obtain a room in a dormitory or student hall, you have to apply to your college or university’s student union (). Our ‘Find Student Hall’ function can be of practical help. You only need to make a few mouse clicks to get to the online application form. Find a room and more information about dormitories and student halls in Augsburg.

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