Ingolstadt is situated in the federal state of Bavaria directly on the river Danube. The large city belongs to the administrative district of Upper Bavaria and it is the largest city here after Munich. It was not until 1989 that it reached 100.000 inhabitants which is important for the title of a large city. The first settlers in Ingolstadt dates back to the year 800 and the settlements were to be predominantly found in the suburbs of the city. The old town, which became the capital city of Bavaria from the year 1300, is still very well preserved today. Ingolstadt is a university city and it also of particular importance for the economy.
The railway station in Ingolstadt is an important junction for the ICE traffic. Trains travel to the railway station from all directions. The same can be said about journeys by car, the A 9 connects Ingolstadt with Munich and Berlin, and it runs somewhat to the East of the actual city-centre. Several main roads cross Ingolstadt.
You can make the journey by plane from the Munich Airport. From here a shuttle bus is in place which brings you to the city-centre in less than one hour.
Ingolstadt can be divided into 12 urban districts. These can then be divided further into 61 sub-districts. Haunwöhr is a popular district in Ingolstadt. That could of course be as a result of the mainly residential housing here and there are less industrial establishments. Yet, a problem with this district is the impending flood water from the river Danube and thus the rental prices are comparatively lower. Nevertheless, the number of inhabitants is continually rising, the infrastructure has been constructed in such a way that families with children feel comfortable here.
The district of Igertsheim is well-known by its inhabitants for its nature and its bathing lakes. During the summer months, considerably more people than there are inhabitants come to the town in order to enjoy the tranquility away from the large city.
Ingolstadt´s ancient city centre is well preserved on the whole. If you are out and about in Ingolstadt, you can admire buildings from the different epochs.
The Alte Schloss „Old Castle“ is the oldest building in Ingolstadt that is not a church. The Gothic profane building was built in 1255. The castle is 8 floors high overall and they are all built from brick. At the side there is a city wall tower yet this is certainly a few years younger. The steeped gable on the roof was also built a few years later and this gives the building its special charm. Until the 15th Century it was the residence for the Dukes of Ingolstadt. With the building of the Neuen Schlosses „New Castle“ it served as a grain warehouse and today the city library can be found here. The new castle was built at around 1430 and in the following years it was continually extended until it was developed into a modern residence. Later it served as part of the city fortifications and ramparts were erected around the castle. During the Second World War, the castle was badly damaged and this can still be easily discerned today with the arches that are still missing. Since 1972 the Bavarian army museum has been located in the castle.A landmark of Ingolstadt is the Kreuztor. It was once part of the city walls. The seven tower building was erected in 1363. It is rather strangely designed and the reason for this remains a mystery. When exhibitions or events are organised, you are able to then go and visit the Kreuztor.
The long history of the city also means that you will find a variety of museums in Ingolstadt. The Stadtmuseum Ingolstadt has several exhibits that explain a few things about the development of the city and it also includes the region as well. Here you will find out everything you need to know about Ingolstadt from the early period up until our present day. The Stadtmuseum is located in Kavalier hepp, a fortress dating back tot he 19th Century. Since 1981 the Stadtmuseum has been in this place, the more than 50 rooms are all divided up into the individual historical periods.
The Bayerische Armeemuseum „Bavarian Army Museum“ is the oldest in Ingolstadt. The main focus is the Bavarian army but the museum essentially demonstrates everything that was to do with the army. Starting with weapons, to uniforms to the personal records of the soldiers. It was founded as early as 1879 and it once merely served to contain all of the collections in Bavaria under one roof. In those days, it also had a seat in Munich, then in rather roundabout ways it found itself in the rooms of the new castle.
You will find a very special museum in the museum mobile. It is run by the Audi plc and it shows you the history of the company. There are also cars, bicycles and motorbikes exhibited here.
What could fit better in a city like Ingolstadt than a restaurant in the colonial style. There, where the architectural history is still very well preserved, a restaurant like the Stiftl in the Ingolstadt village should not be absent. The menu offers you regional Bavarian dishes but many of them have a Mediterrenean flair. You can choose between the Bavarian roast pork with dark beer sauce and the potato dumplings and the chicken breast with grilled vegetables and couscous for 11.90 euros. In the summer months, it naturally all taste better in the beer garden.