Explore: Augsburg and the Fuggerei

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Basilika St Ulrich und Afra in the background with the covered Hercules Fountain at the front | EatExploreEtc.com

Thinking of visiting Augsburg? It’s an easy day out from Munich!

We visited on a Saturday during early April 2017.

Augsburg

Augsburg, the third largest city in Bavaria, was founded by the Romans and is one of the oldest cities in Germany. | Augsburg-Tourismus.de

It’s quick and simple to get to Augsburg from Munich Hauptbahnhof, with direct trains leaving frequently throughout the day. Trains can take around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on whether it’s a Regional or ICE service. Have a look at the DB website to get an idea of times and prices for your trip.

Snapshots of Augsburg | EatExploreEtc.com

We started our morning off with a leisurely walk to Augsburg Zoo from the Haunstetterstraße train station. It took us around half an hour and though it wasn’t a signposted walk, Google Maps did the job nicely. The zoo is in a handy location too, being straight across the road from the Botanical Gardens. You can read more about those here! At around lunchtime we headed off on foot towards Augsburg city centre.

The Mercury Fountain in Augsburg | EatExploreEtc.com

Georgsbrunnen in Augsburg | EatExploreEtc.com

On our visit, city fountains were still covered up as protection from the harsh Bavarian winter weather. That being said and despite it being the beginning of April, the sun was out! The blue skies and warm weather drew people eager for summer onto the streets for something to eat and drink. Walk along Maximilianstraße on a nice day and you’ll find cafe culture is alive and well in Augsburg!

Picture of Buildings in Augsburg | EatExploreEtc.com

If sitting at a cafe or restaurant isn’t for you, don’t miss the lovely and incredibly busy Stadmarkt (City Market). I saw everything from fruit and vegetables, meat and cheese, breads and flowers to beer and wine. There’s also an indoor market hall with a range of vendors: You’ll find deli produce, international food and a range of meals being served.

Whilst we mostly wandered around the city streets, peering up at the beautiful buildings and enjoying the sunshine, we did make a final stop at the Fuggerei. It’s the oldest social settlement in the world…

The Fuggerei

One of the most unique aspects about Augsburg is the history of the Fuggers, a wealthy family of merchants and bankers. The Fuggers built a huge trade empire in Augsburg and founded the famous Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing complex. | Historic Germany

The Fuggerei, Augsburg | EatExploreEtc.com

Founded in 1521 as a social settlement for needy citizens of Augsburg, the annual rent (excluding heating) is still the nominal value of one Rhine guilder – which today works out as 88 cents – as well as three different prayers per day for the founder and the Fugger family.

This collection of buildings are still peoples homes, though there is one building set aside which includes the museum and an opportunity to have a look inside one of these old houses. Whilst the rooms are preserved, the furniture comes from earlier centuries. For the curious, you can read more about the model apartment here.

By the entrance to the Fuggerei in Augsburg is a plaque featuring a coat of arms | EatExploreEtc.com

There’s also an opportunity to eat here at the “Fuggerei-Stube”, which is right next to the main entrance. You’ll find a restaurant with home-style cooking offering regional cuisine.

As you arrive, make sure to pick up a leaflet from the main entrance as it highlights the points of interest around the site. There’s the home of Mozart’s great-grandfather (who moved into the Fuggerei in 1681) as well as where the first victim of witch-hunting in Augsburg lived in 1625!

Useful Info

Address | Jakoberstraße 26, Augsburg
Opening Times | April – September, Daily, 8am to 8pm | October – March, Daily, 9am to 6pm
Admission | €4 Adults, €2 Children (Aged 8 – 18)
Find Out More | Website

Always check with the attraction website to confirm any details important to you before you travel!

WWII Bunker

Entry to the WWII Bunker is included with the entrance price of the Fuggerei.

Located within the Fuggerei, this air raid bunker includes a permanent exhibition entitled “The Fuggerei in WWII – Destruction and Reconstruction”. This is only a small exhibit but it’s worth a quick look on your visit here.

The displays outline some of the damage to the settlement and Augsburg itself during World War II, with particular emphasis on the night of February 25th 1944. This bombing raid aimed to cause heavy damage to the local Messerschmitt works, whilst it also inflicted significant damage and casualties to the local population and its housing.

WWII Bunker with small exhibition in the Fuggerei, Augsburg | EatExploreEtc.com

The bombing raid on the night of the 25th to the 26th of February 1944 claimed 730 lives in Augsburg. 200 Fuggerei residents escaped into the World War Bunker, which the Fugger Family Seniorat had the foresight to build in late 1943. | Fugger.de

The effect of these bombing raids is still occasionally felt in Augsburg, with a WWII bomb disposal required as recently as December last year.

Explore Further

If you’re looking for more ideas for what to see and do whilst you’re in Augsburg…

  • Look out for my second post on Augsburg, featuring the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens | EatExploreEtc
  • Read this blog post from Love and Compass. Augsburg is their home city, so who better to show you around? The website is in German but if you’re using Google Chrome, just tap the translation icon on your address bar and you’re good to go! | Love and Compass
  • Scroll through the suggestions from Augsburg City on their tourism website | Augsburg-Tourismus.de
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