Augsburg lies in the South of Germany and it belongs to the federal state of Bavaria. It is the third largest city in Bavaria and that can be traced back to the incorporation of various towns at the beginning of the 20th Century. Economically speaking, Augsburg has an important position in Germany and the city is also a very significant cultural symbol. This is, above all, linked to the city´s long history which began with a legion camp of the Emperor Augustus in the year 15 before the birth of Christ. The Augsburger Puppenkiste, „the Marionette Theatre in Augsburg“, and the Fugger, are definitely terms that are strongly linked with Augsburg.
You can take the federal motorway A 8 in order to reach Augsburg which has several exits at the city zone. From here you can travel on one of the fast roads to get to directly into the town centre. The urban area has seven railway stations, the ICE and IC trains call at the main railway station in Augsburg from almost all of the German regions. The airport in Augsburg is still only used as a regional airport. If you want to arrive by plane, the airport in Munich is the nearest. By virtue of the well-developed road network, you will reach the city centre of Augsburg in approx. 1 hour.
Augsburg is split up in to 17 planning areas, the majority of them then subdivide in to individual parts of the city. For this reason, the city centre in Augsburg is a planning area with a total of 9 urban districts.
The district of Kriegshaber is located to the West of the city and it currently has the most inhabitants. This can be ascribed to the many new housing developments here. Up until the First World War, this district was its own town but it was then subsequently incorporated into the rest of the city. For a long time, Kriegshaber was deemed to be the headquarters for army barracks and the military. Many US soldiers resided here but now it is exactly these places where residential space has been created and which many young people now use today. Kriegshaber is the district with the lowest average age.
Bergheim is located to the South West of Augsburg and even today, it still displays its village-like nature in the large city. Many old people live in this district, the average age is currently around 40 years old. It is also astonishing that the proportion of migrants is a meagre 2% while the percentage for the whole of Augsburg lies at around 16%.
With respect to the medieval times, you should take a look at the Cathedral of Augsburg. The Dom Unserer Lieben Frau dates back to the 8th Century. Both clock towers can be spotted even from afar. The bronze door of the Cathedral of Augsburg is interesting to look at. It dates back to the year 2000, however, it has been crafted according to the historical records. The original door is now housed in the Diözesanmuseum, „Diocesan Museum“. The old bronze door constitutes the grand cast gateways of Europe.
In the time of the Renaissance, Augsburg was a cultural centre and some of which was financed by the influential Fugger family. The Rathaus von Augsburg „Augsburg Town Hall“, also dates back to this time and it is regarded as an important building from the Renaissance era on a world-wide scale. The building was constructed between 1615 and 1624 and after the bomb attacks during the Second World War, the town hall was reconstructed in line with the original style. Today, the town hall serves as a museum, a place for events and an information centre. The „Fuggerei“ which is the contemporary social housing complex that is still in existence, also has its origins in the Fugger times in which socially disadvantaged people are accommodated.
TheSchaezlerpalais, amongst others, dates from the rococo period. Today, it is in this magnificent building where the national art collection is housed. In the past, concerts and festivals etc took place here. For the opening of the building, it was Marie Antoinette for instance, who was invited as a guest.
The Augsburger Zoo is the most visited cultural institution in Augsburg. It looks back at a long-standing tradition which began in 1937. After the Second World War, the zoological garden became a zoo because it was enhanced with exotic species. Today, it ranks amongst one of the top 20 things to see and do in Germany with respect to visitor numbers.
The Augsburger Puppenkiste is well-known throughout Germany. It is a marionette theatre that appeals to both children and adults alike. The theatre was founded in 1948 in the rooms of the Holy Ghost Hospital in the old town district of Augsburg. The family business had the same idea before this, however, the puppet chest dating back from the year 1943 was destroyed in the war. The trademark of the Augsburger Puppenkiste is the box lid that opens at the start of an event. Several productions were also filmed such as Peter and the Wolf, which first appeared as a television series. Jim Knopf ranked as the most well-known filming from the Augsburger Puppenkiste.
Would you like to eat some traditional food? If so, you should stop off at the traditional restaurant of the Ratskeller. Since 1937, it has been located in the arched cellars of Augsburg Town Hall. The atmosphere alone will win you over and these are regional dishes from Southern Germany. You will find the Bavarian classics on the menu such as Bavarian veal sausage. But you can also get a steak which costs 17,00 euros with side orders.