Augsburg

Overview

Introduction

On the Romantic Road (a scenic driving route) and 43 mi/70 km northwest of Munich, Augsburg, Germany, was founded by Roman legions: The town name comes from the Emperor Augustus. This city merits a one-day visit.

Among the interesting sights are the unusual Dom (cathedral) with 11th-century bronze door panels; St. Anna Church, where Martin Luther took refuge to defend his reformed thesis, with its beautiful Renaissance Fugger Chapel; the Romisches Museum (housed in a baroque church); and the shining Renaissance Golden Room in the Rathaus (Town Hall). On clear sunny days, climb the Perlachturm (230 ft/70 m) for a great view of the Alps.

Be sure to see the Fuggerei, founded in 1516 and the world's oldest social housing project for the poor. For a small fee, you can visit both the Fuggerei and the Fuggerei museum, which is located at Mittlere Gasse, Entrance House No. 14.

If traveling with children, don't miss a performance of the Augsburger Puppenkiste, Germany's most popular puppet theater. It's located in the Heilig-Geist-Spital, built in 1631.

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