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 university, Augsburg is an attractive and affordable city for students today.

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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 now 2,000 years old, making it the second-oldest city in Germany. For a long time, it was also the cultural centre of northern Europe.

 

  • Across the canal at the Brechthaus, students can walk in the footsteps of the German poet. © Christine Pemsl
    Augsburg: Canal at Brechthaus© Christine Pemsl
  • 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
  • The Augsburg Puppet Show is also internationally known and offers students a cultural change of pace. © S. Kerpf/City of Augsburg
    Augsburg Puppet Show © S. Kerpf/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 historic city hall, the and the , where you can enjoy 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.

The famous German playwright Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg. The house, where he was born, is now a museum 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.

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 on Maximilianstrasse 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 1919, 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. At the „Drei Königinnen“, for example, you can sit under the shady chestnut trees and enjoy one of the many local beers or a cool soft-drink. If you want to “paint the town red”, you’ll meet lots of students at the „Liquidclub“ or the „Mo Club“. In the summer you can party outdoors from dusk till dawn at the Festival der Kulturen or the festival.

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