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Augsburg[1] is a lovely city of about 300,000 people in the German Bundesland (Federal State) of Bavaria (German: Bayern).

Rathaus (City Hall); Oldest secular Renaissance building north of the Alps

Get in

Augsburg is most easily reached via bus or private transfer from Munich Airport (German: München Flughafen). Low-budged travellers may prefer to reach Augsburg via bus from Memmingen Airport.

  • Private Transport

A private transfer service (like Supershuttle in the U.S.) is also a good alternative. Costs are about €25 per person per way. The main advantage is they pick you up at the time you want and drop you off in the augsburg area where you want. [2]

  • Train

If you arrive in Munich at the airport then you will need to take the S-Bahn S1 or S8 to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station), a 45 min ride, before you can catch a train bound for Augsburg. At least once per hour a Regional Bahn train leaves from Munich's Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) towards Augsburg. The ride last about 50 min. Plan at least 2 h in total from Munich Airport to Augsburg (as you can see taking a bus or private transfer will be much faster). It is best to purchase a Bayern-Ticket (Bavaria Ticket) from one of the ticket machines located in the train station. A Bayern-Ticket allows one (along with up to four other friends) to travel within Bavaria using all regional trains (no InterCity Express) and city transportations (trams, buses, etc.) from the time of purchase until 3 a.m. the following day. The Bayern-Ticket costs €28 when purchased from the ticket machines and €30 when bought from the counter.

Get around

Augsburg has a small but efficient transportation system [3] with four main streetcar (German: Straßenbahn) lines and several buslines which cover the whole urban and suburban areas. These lines run Monday through Sunday from around 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, a night bus runs from midnight to 3 a.m., making limited stops along all Augsburg stations.

If you purchase a Bayern-Ticket (Bavaria Ticket), you will be covered during your stay in Augsburg and will not be required to purchase additional tickets for using the Augsburg transportation system. However, if you did not purchase a Bayern-Ticket then you must purchase a ticket (€1) and stamp it each time you enter a streetcar or bus. Riding without a ticket (German: schwarzfahren, "black driving") will get you a €40 fee and a visit with the police.

You can also buy a 24 h ticket, a single ticket, or a family ticket.

The Bayern Ticket is only valid after 9AM to the airport from Augsburg Hbf if you are traveling to the airport. Also, if traveling from Munich Airport to Augsburg, it may be possible to use a Bayern-Ticket Nacht (Bavaria Night Ticket), is valid Monday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, Monday and Friday, from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m if you book online for €20, at the ticket machine or at the Reisezentrum (Travel Centre) for €22.

See

Bertolt Brecht Haus The birth place of the writer. Auf dem Rain 7

Fuggerei The Fuggerei is the world's oldest welfare housing and dates back to 1516.

Fugger Stadtpalast This 16th century renaissance building is the former residence of Jakob Fugger. Maximilianstraße 36 - 38

Maximilianmuseum Displays verious topics connected with Augsburg. Fuggerplatz 1 http://www.kunstsammlungen-museen.augsburg.de

Rathaus City hall built in the 17th century by Elias Holl.


Römisches Museum Museum containing roman founds from in and around Augsburg. It is situated in the 16th century church St. Magdalena. Dominikanergasse 15 http://www.kunstsammlungen-museen.augsburg.de

Schaetzlerpalais Displays art from baroque and rococo eras. Maximilianstraße 46 http://www.kunstsammlungen-museen.augsburg.de

Augsburg Zoo Old zoo of medium size.

Do

  • Augsburger Puppenkiste Modern and classic fairy tales are played at the Augsburger Puppenkiste . The stars on strings are so endearing and the sets so elaborate that even non-German speakers (and non-kids) will enjoy a show. It's often sold out; make advance reservations or check with the tourist office for remaining tickets.
  • ADK german courses, Schaezlerstr.8, +49 821 314905, [4]. Learn German in a well-known and friendly private school in the city centre. Qualified team, dedicated school-leadership. Accommodation with German host families or in shared student apartments (no accommodation handling fee). Attractive prices, personal help and counsel.


Buy

Augsburg is a lively University town, a city for business and recreation. Enjoy the benefits like traditional pubs, theatre, museums and lots of shopping facilities. You find many shops in the pedestrian zone, but don´t miss to go downhill to the "Altstadt" with its fancy shops! There is also a mall called "City Galerie", common brands, big stores, but in the weekend it is a noisy place. Regarding souvenirs go to the Rathausplatz, find Augsburg-umbrellas and Brecht-T-shirts. The local brewery Thorbräu sells giftboxes with 6 different types of beer!

Eat

Augsburg is famous for its plum cake called Zwetschgendatschi.

Budget

  • Asia-Imbiß Ginseng‎ Fresh Asian Food for little money. Friendly stuff. (Karlstraße 5, 86150 Augsburg) [update 2011/04/17: not sure whether this store still exists]
  • Arkadas Döner Most popular doner kebab & other turkish food in the middle of the city - most young people say you get the city's best doner kebab there. Good for a snack at night when visiting the bars in Maximilianstraße, since it is the only fast food shop which is open in the night! (Maximilianstraße 64, 86150 Augsburg)
  • Subway Subway Stores selling all the sandwiches available at Subway Germany. One of them is located in the main train station, the other one close to the city hall (Train Station: Viktoriastraße 1, 86150 Augsburg | near city hall: Karlstraße 5, 86150 Augsburg)
  • McDonalds McDonalds Stores in Augsburg: One is located in the building of the main train station, one near Königsplatz at the start of the pedestrian precinct, one in the "City Galerie" (shopping mall), and several others around Augsburg. (Train Station: Viktoriastraße 1, 86150 Augsburg | near Königsplatz: Bürgerm-Fischer-Str 12, 86150 Augsburg | Inside City Galerie: Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 86153 Augsburg)
  • Burger King Burger King Stores in Augsburg: One of them is located in the FuggerCenter right outside the main train station, one in Maximilianstraße (center of Augsburg), and one in Lechhausen which is not very interesting for tourists. (Train Station: Viktoriastraße 3, 86150 Augsburg | Maximilianstraße: Maximilianstraße 17, 86150 Augsburg)
  • Fastwok Very cheap, clean and friendly chinese fastfood - looks like a McDonalds but offers chinese foods instead of burgers. Located in the middle of the university district. (Hermann-Köhl-Str. 28, 86159 Augsburg)

The Stadtmarkt or city market, enter from Fuggerstrasse or Annastrasse, has fresh fruits or vegetables as well as the Fleischhalle and Viktualienhalle, which have various budget options available, including typical Bavarian, Greek, Thai, sushi and more. A standard for the locals.

Mid range

  • Joe Peña's Mexican restaurant with really good food, beer garden and nice atmosphere. (Müllerstraße 19, 86153 Augsburg near bus stop Stephingerberg)
  • Vapiano Fast food italian restaurant, new franchise which is opening shops all around Germany. Nice but not really cheap. Located near the Theatre and the pedestrian precinct. (Fuggerstr. 20, 86150 Augsburg)
  • Cafe Il Gabbiano Upper mid-range italian restaurant, good food for fair prices, great atmosphere; in the middle of the "Altstadt" (historic district) (Predigerberg 20, 86150 Augsburg)
  • Thing Bavarian "Biergarten" (although not a REAL one, since in a REAL Biergarten it's usual to bring your own food and only buy the beverages there) - good german food, nice atmosphere, in the middle of the "Altstadt" (historic district) and also 5 minutes by foot away from the City Galerie (Vorderer Lech 45, 86150 Augsburg)

Splurge

Drink

A good part of Augsburg's night life takes place in Maximilianstraße and the historic district right beneath the Maximilianstraße. There is great diversity in the type of clubs/bars, ranging from disco to student bars. It is a great idea to go see more than one place and find out which is the most comforting to you.

Beer gardens: In Augsburg there are several beer gardens, and although they are smaller and may lack some facilities like children's playground, what is written in the Munich travel guide about beer gardens also applies to Augsburg's beer gardens (Link to Beer gardens and beer halls in Munich travelguide)

If its local flavor and cheap liters you are hunting, Bine's is the best bet. Take the #3 tram toward Inniger stasse and get off at the schertlin strasse stop. take a left and its about a block up on the left. you can also take the #41 bus from konigsplatz to the prinz-karl stop. Bine's is great and the people who own and operate it are friendly to Americans.

Sleep

Budget

Augsburg has some cheap places to stay. One is the Jugendherberge the other is a private hostel called Übernacht Hostel (http://www.uebernacht-hostel.de). The Jugendherberge (http://www.jugendherberge.de/jh/bayern/augsburg/index.shtml.de) is a little Outside of the city center (5 Minutes walk to the town center). The Übernacht Hostel is near the town hall.

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