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Augsburg is like the beat of a drum: self confident, powerful and reverberant at the same time. The city was founded more than 2000 years ago by the Romans and presents itself these days with its great past and overwhelming monuments.
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.
Furthermore, Augsburg is the home of German Renaissance and Rococo style. Discover the Rathaus (Town Hall), the Perlachturm (Perlach Tower), the Schaezlerpalais (Schaezler Palace) and the three Prachtbrunnen (Pracht Fountains) that give the city its Italian flair.
The impressive industrial architecture from the 19th century provides a nice contrast to the epochs of Renaissance and Rococo. Augsburg used to be a center of industrialization and possesses significant monuments of Europe’s industrial heritage.
A definite highlight is a five-storied glass palace, the famous Kammgarnspinnerei (Worsted Spinning Mill) that houses three museums of contemporary art. Only a few steps from here: the recently opened Staatliches Textil-und Industriemuseum “tim” (State Museum of Textiles and Textile Industry).
Follow the traces of famous personalities: The Deutsches Mozartfestival (German Mozart Festival) remembers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father Leopold who was born in Augsburg. It was in this city where Bert Brecht wrote his early works and where the engineer Rudolf Diesel built the first diesel engine.
© Image Rights: Mozart House – Regio Augsburg, Schaezlerpalais – Karsten Kronas / Kunstsammlungen und Museen Augsburg