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Augsburg


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City Hall                                                      

 

History

Founded in 15 B.C. by the Roman emperor Augustus at the confluence of the rivers Lech and Wertach, Augsburg is one of Germany's oldest cities. Especially during the Renaissance, Rococo, and the era of industrialization, Augsburg played a leading role in Europe. Today it is the third-largest city in the state of Bavaria giving birth to famous sons of the city including the renaissance merchant and banker Jakob Fugger, the composer Leopold Mozart and the writer Bertolt Brecht.

 

 

Regio-Freilichtbuehne     Regio-Fuggerei1

Open Air Theater                         Fuggerei

 

Augsburg Today

Today, Augsburg has a population of around 260,000. The city of Augsburg is a great tourist attraction, both because of its carefully preserved buildings, monuments, museums and churches, and its vibrant cultural scene. The peaceful old town with its narrow alleyways, canals and bars, together with the busy squares and shopping precincts of this old patrician city, create a charming Mediterranean atmosphere. Augsburg has even been called the northernmost city of Italy. The new Augsburg-trailer (3:30 minutes) gives a nice impression of Augsburg (watch here).

Regio-Maxstrasse_Nacht      max-fest

Downtown Augsburg          Open Air Festival Max

 

Nightlife

The centre of Augsburg´s nightlife is represented by a street in the heart of the city, the Maximilianstrasse. In this magnificent street, located in downtown Augsburg, students are able to encounter plenty of bars, clubs, cafes and discotheques, offering a variety of choices for everyone. The open air festival "Max" is considered to be the highlight of the summer, attracting hundreds of thousands to enjoy cultural performances.

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View of the Castle                        View of the Castle
Neuschwanstein                             Hohenschwangau

 

Spectacular Environment

The city's geographical location is another factor that adds to the quality of life there and makes it more attractive to tourists. Munich, the state capital of Bavaria, is within easy distance, as are several of Germany's most popular holiday destinations. These include the German Alps and the fairytale lakes of Upper Bavaria that provide the backdrop for Neuschwanstein Castle and the other royal castles built by King Ludwig II.