Swabia (region) : Memmingen
Memmingen is a city of about 41,000 people in the German federal state of Bavaria. The numerous courtyards, patricians' houses and fortification in its old town are well worth seeing. Due to its proximity to the Allgäu region it is also a popular base for tourists who are planning to visit the Bavarian Alps or Lake Constance.
Memmingen is a small town with central functions in a rural area of Bavaria. Tourism was once widely limited to guests from places close by. With the opening of the Allgäu Airport increasingly more international guests discover the charm of the town which is conveniently located for trips to the tourism regions around as well as to the popular destinations Ulm, Augsburg and Munich.
Memmingen can be easily reached via car, train and plane.
Memmingen Airport (IATA: FMM) (until 2008 Allgäu-Airport/Memmingen)  is located about 2.5 km from the city centre of Memmingen. Ryanair serves the airport (named Airport Munich-West) and offers flights from Alghero, Alicante, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Girona, London-Stansted, Malaga, Manchester, Oslo (Moss-Rygge), Palma, Porto , Reus, Rome, Stockholm-Skavsta, Trapani and Valencia. Wizzair connects Memmingen with Kiev, Belgrade, Skopje, Targu Mures, and Bucharest. A bus service in front of the terminal connects the airport with the train station in the centre of town. The bus ride with the bus lines 810/811 or 2 costs €2.50 and takes about 10 min. A taxi from the airport to the town will cost between €10 and €15.
The railway station is about 5 min walk away from the town centre. Remember there are special train tickets for Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. With these ticket up to five people can use all regional trains for a whole day for about 38 Euro (all together, for single: 22 €). Both the Baden-Württemberg-Ticket and the Bayern-Ticket are valid for travelling to Memmingen. The Bayern-Ticket also covers the costs für the local public bus transport. More information about these tickets can be obtained from the Deutsche Bahn . There are luggage lockers next to the building. If all lockers are occupied it is suggested to ask at the DB booking office for alternatives.
Memmingen is right at the intersection of the A 7 (Danish border - Hamburg - Hanover - Ulm - Memmingen - Füssen - Austrian border) and A 96 (Austrian border - Memmingen - Munich) autobahns.
The town center is small enough to walk to all places of interest in the city. You can get a free map at the tourist office ("Stadtinformation") at the market square.
Going by bike is a fast way to get around in Memmingen. This way you get around independently from the rather poor public transportation and moreover this way you might even visit some attractions in and around Memmingen which are not easy to reach by foot. Special signs for cyclists point the direction to regional bicycle routes. The Iller-Radweg is a long-distance route leading to Ulm in the north and Oberstdorf in the south. The Kneipp-Radweg leads to the spas Bad Grönenbach and Bad Wörishofen. Bicycles can be hired at:
However, if you you plan to visit nearby attractions out of town taking a bus might be the right choice. The bus station is next to the train station. Tickets can be bought when entering the bus. Please check the return times in advance. After 7 p.m. there is no regular bus service but a so called "Anrufsammeltaxi" (hailed shared taxi), where a telephone notification in advance is necessary. Connections for public transport (within Bavaria) can be looked up at www.bayern-fahrplan.de. For prices see this link.
If you choose to discover the countryside around Memmingen, smaller villages in the Allgäu region or if you want to follow the touristic route "Oberschwäbische Barockstraße" you may decide to hire a car. At the airport you will find the car hire agencies Sixt, Hertz and Europcar. Another car hire service by Europcar is near the train station. A local car hire service called "Auto Greif" is located at Colmarerstr. 34.
Medieval old town
The medieval old town center consists of several attractions:
Around the old town walls, where the moats used to be in the Middle Ages, public park areas have been created. The moats have been filled up with exception of the "Hohe Wacht" in the south of the old town and a part of the "Königsgraben" south of the "Westertorplatz". One of the parks is the Zollergarten a short walk north of the market place. In the north outside the old town there is a wider-ranging park named "Neue Welt". Although it is a 10 minute walk away from the center it is a popular place for relaxation. A beer garden, Kneipp facility, volleyball field, streetball court and a skate park are a part of it.
The major shopping street starts at the marketplace and leads directly to the Schrannenplatz.
For a pub crawl start your way at Lindentorstraße near the train station, head to the Schrannenplatz suare and then continue along the street Baumstraße. On your way you will find an nice number of pubs and bars. While on weekends all pubs are open, many of them are closed on weekdays. Some of them might be open at the early evening, but close down for the rest of the day if there are no guests. Especially on Sunday and Monday night the pubs are empty if not closed and you might prefer to go to a nice café earlier that evening instead.
Clubs and discos
A post office in the inner city of Memmingen can be found at Lindentorstraße 22. Other post offices:
There is an internet cafe "Internet Café Unlimited" at Kalchstraße 35. At some cafes such as Coffee Fellows and Cafe Rau you can get free access using Wifi.
Citys of touristic interest around Memmingen can be reached easily by train or by car: