This post was originally written in September 2009. It’s part of the series of posts I wish more people had read and which I will repost during my absence…
In 1985 Augsburg celebrated its 2000th birthday. That makes it one of the oldest cities in Germany. That fact is often forgotten, as is the city itself with Munich just at 80 km away. However, if you want to visit a city that unifies history throughout the last 20 centuries you will barely find another city like Augsburg.
This weekend Hannes and I decided to make a tour around the city to visit nice places that we have been before and to explore new hidden paradises. I have to say, that even I have been living in this city all my life there is still something to discover… Unfortunately, the weather was typically autumn-like with only a bit sun and the sky full with gray clouds. Still, we had a great time.
We decided to take a whole tour of the city. We started the tour at the Rotes Tor (Red Gate), an old Gate from the late Medieval times. You can see part of it on the picture above and on the following pictures.
It’s a very romantic place that now unites the city with one of its great parks. We continued through the old city, visiting the remains of the abbey at St. Ulrich and Afra and some palaces of grand merchant families, like the Fugger and the Schaezler Palais:
On our way through the city we went on to the townhall with its famous golden hall.
Afterwards we visited the former episcopal residence which now houses the Swabian government and the Hofgarten.
This is one of my favourite places in town. It’s a really small park in the middle of the city with trees and a pond. The atmosphere there is just so peaceful and quiet you totally forget you’re in the middle of a big city.
On our way we also took a short visit at the Mozarthaus, the house where Leopold Mozart the father of the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived.
Our second last place was the Dome of Augsburg. It’s a wonderful mix of different styles. It has a crypt that has just this incredible atmosphere which I tried to catch with these two photographs:
There is also an old cloister where I took this nice picture.
Our last visit was the Fuggerei – the world’s oldest social housing compound. It was built by the merchant family Fugger in the 16th century and has uphold its status until today. To be able to live here you have to be a civil of Augsburg, be Roman-catholic and poor. The annual rent is 0,88 € which is about 1 US$. Often it’s called the city in the city and it really is a peaceful place to spend some time. Of course, visitors are welcome, there is a little museum that tells the history of the Fuggerei and has a exemplary apartment.
After walking all day we were almost starving. So we went to the Dult, a autumn fairy that takes place every October. After enjoying a pair of Wurstel we also bought some sweets like the candied almonds.
Our conculsion?! Augsburg is definitely worth a visit. You can have guided tours in German, English, French and some other languages. It is great throughout the year, though early autumn or late spring might be the best season to visit as it won’t be to hot or cold. And take your time to explore the hidden secrets and escapes all over the town…