Augsburg, the third oldest city in Germany after Neuss and Trier, is placed in the south-west of the free state of Bavaria. With a population of more than 264,000 inhabitants, Augsburg is the third largest city in Bavaria.
The city of Augsburg is home to the administrative district of Schwaben and to the institutions of the Augsburg County, in German Landkreis Augsburg. As a university town, the majority of Augsburg’s population works or studies at the city’s university.
Augsburg is the sole German city with its own law-protected holiday, the Augsburger Hohes Friedensfest, (the Peace Fest of Augsburg). Originally, the holiday was a commemoration of Ferdinand II’s decision to prohibit the protestant religion. Over the years, the holiday became a celebration of peaceful coexistence. The festival begins on the 8th of August and lastsfor three weeks.
Augsburg was home to the Fugger and the Welsser patrician families, who accumulated so much wealth,that they replaced the Medicis as Europe’s most important bankers. The former residence of the Fugger family was restored and is opened to the public.
Some of the most interesting edifices in Augsburg are the Cathedral, erected in the 9th century, the Town Hall which was built in 1620 in the Renaissance style, as well as one of the synagogues that survived the war. A Jewish museum is housed inside the walls of the synagogue.
The memorial house of Bertolt Brecht and the house where Mozart lived his childhood are also located in Augsburg.
Augsburg’s impressive art museum is housed in a Rococo mansion dating from 1756 called the Schaezlerpalais. Other museums are the Walter Art Museum, the Maximilian Museum, and the Roman Museum, which is housed in the old building of St. Margaret Monastery.
Three lovely fountains, built in the Baroque style, as well as the Botanical Gardens await you to stop by for a moment of relaxation.
Fans of rafting can take a ride down the Eiskanal, the world’s first artificial white-water rafting course, built in the 70s for the Munich Olympic Games.
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