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The Roman city of Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide) is in the shadow of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), but it’s certainly worth exploring. Augsburg is an easy day trip from Munich, and an essential stop along Germany’s “Romantic Road”. Augsburg is the third largest city in Bavaria, and has much to offer in terms of history, culture, and entertainment.
The old town of Augsburg is a collection of windy cobbled streets, and amidst them you will find plenty of historic sites. St. Anna’s Kirche was home to Martin Luther in 1518, and a new display explaining the history of the Reformation can be found in the upper level of the church, to the right of the entrance. Head over to the Dom Maria Heimsuching and check out the “Prophets’ Windows”, which are some of the oldest stained-glass in Germany. The Rathaus, Augsburg’s city hall, is in the center of the Alstadt and boasts twin spires and a 4m-tall pinecone; the pinecone is the emblem of the city and represents fertility.
Augsburg has its own Maximilianstrasse, and though it’s not as grand as the one in Munich, it offers views of centuries-old mansions and the Fugger Stadtpalast. Another must-see in Augsburg is the Fuggerei. The Fuggerei is the legacy of Jakob Fugger and serves as a Catholic welfare community. People still live here today, in neat little apartments along pedestrian lanes. To learn more about the history of the Fuggerei, check out the Fuggereimuseum. Augsburg is also home to an impressive Art Nouveau-style synagogue that is in great condition. The synagogue now contains the Judisches Kulturmuseum, which houses a permanent exhibition on Jewish life and culture. This is definitely worth a stop while visiting Augsburg
Visiting Augsburg with kids? Augsburg’s famous Puppenkiste, or puppet theater, should keep the young ones entertained.
How to get there:
The train from Munich’s Hauptbahnhof takes about 50 minutes. If you are visiting Augsburg with a group of up to five people, it’s better to purchase the daily “Bayern Ticket”, for only 29 Euros. With this pass five people can travel on all regional trains (not fast trains) in Bavaria.
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This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.
Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.
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