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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

  • Public transportation

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.

  • Bike rental

Since Augsburg's topography is not that easy to get, but actually everything is quite near together, it is a great idea to explore this little city by bike. That way you'll have a little more time to get lost and then find out where you are again, instead of waiting for buses or walking around.

Also, a bike can be used for a little trip into Augsburg's Siebentischwald, a big forest and recreational area with many trails going through it, which reaches almost into the inner parts of the city. Augsburg's Zoo is also located on the edge of Siebentischwald, and thus can be visited easily by bike.

Bikes can be rented on several bus stations from the "Stadtwerke", and at some bike stores in Augsburg: Zweirad Bäuml, Jakoberstr. 70, Augsburg; UNI - RAD, Salomon-Idler-Str. 26, 86159 Augsburg; GEPE Sportgeräteverleih UG, Reisingerstr. 27, 86159 Augsburg

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. 160 people still live in this complex. The rent of an apartment today is only one euro.

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.

Mozarthaus Leopold Mozart's birthplace. Now this house hosts an interesting museum which is dedicated to Leopold Mozart and his son Wolfgang A Mozart.

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Razz Fazz Finger food Falafel and Samosas lovingly made from fresh ingredients. The food is take-away. Healthiest (and filling) vegetarian fast food in all the city for a cheap price. (Moritzplatz, at the tram stop).
  • Cosmos Heart Cafe Small, bright and cozy cafe with teas, coffee, and light vegetarian food like sandwiches, bagels and homemade cake. At midday lunch is served. The staff are very friendly and bilingual. Quiet and intimate. (Traunerpassage Augsburg -- between Steingasse and Karolinenstrasse, near Rathaus Platz)

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. The food is basically different kinds of salads, pasta and pizza. Located near the Theatre and the pedestrian precinct. (Fuggerstr. 20, 86150 Augsburg)
  • Cafe Il Gabbiano Upper mid-range italian cafe & 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)
  • Charlie Bräu Very atmospheric, the restaurant area is inside an old beer brewery. The food is good, Swabian cuisine. They serve really good home-brewed beer. (Ulmer Straße 43, near Oberhausen train station)

Splurge

  • Maximilian's - Steigenberger Drei Mohren Being part of the luxury hotel Steigenberger Drei Mohren, the Restaurant Maximilian's offers all kinds of expensive (but not excessively expensive) food.

Drink

  • Clubs/Bars

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.

  • Beim Weissen Lamm, Ludwigstr. 23 (Near the Theater), [5]. Cafe by day,pub and sometimes even a club by night. Living-room atmosphere with retro mis-matched chairs and sofas salvaged from somewhere. Red walls and wallpaper. Nice music, good drinks. On the opposite side of the street is the disco & club Schwarzes Schaf.
  • Beer gardens

Beer gardens: In Augsburg there are several beer gardens, and although they are smaller and may lack some facilities like a 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)

  • Gay scene

Gay scene: Augsburg has a fairly small gay scene, but there is one gay bar in particular, the Fegefeuer, which is about 5-10 minutes by foot from the city hall/Maximilianstraße (Ludwigstr. 34, 86152 Augsburg)

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.

Stay Safe

Augsburg is a very safe city, maybe nearly as safe as Munich. Virtually all crimes are domestic violence, drug abuse or drunk people getting in a fight at a bar, so no dangers for tourists, except if you get drunk and then get into a fight. There is a drug scene in Augsburg, which has been a little more spread over the city after the police wiped them out of the Königsplatz. However, if you are not behaving very stupid (showing off as a tourist & having an easy pickable wallet or alike), you will not be bothered. Augsburg also tends to be pretty safe at night. Don't be afraid of using the small and poorly lighted streets in the historic district, since this is one of the best areas in the city!

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