Germany off the beaten track

Schaezler Palais (Schaezler Palace) houses the German Baroque Gallery and the State Gallery. © Christina Bleier

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  • Monuments
  • Lifestyle
  • Heritage
  • Experiences
  • Atmosphere
  • Culture

Why go?


A cradle of western culture: art, society and science all found their bearings in one of the cities where the European Renaissance began.

Augsburg was founded in 15 B.C. under the rule of Roman Emperor Augustus. For 400 years the city used to be the seat of a provincial government of the Roman Empire. Its ideal location made it a crossroad of all important trade routes to the south, from which powerful merchants and bankers like the Fugger family and the seafaring Welsers benefited. They elevated Augsburg to rank among the world's most powerful cities. Kings and emperors were frequent guests here.

When to go ?

/assetimage_1932_240w161.jpgGermany is a popular travel destination all year-round, with a typical four-season climate. Winter temperatures vary from west to east, with around freezing temperatures in the west and well below freezing in the east of Germany. Summer temperatures are typically between 20°C (68°F) and 30°C (86°F). In terms of tourist numbers, May through to September are the most popular months to visit. However, the winter holidays with their enchanting Christmas Markets are also a major highlight. Those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions will favor January through to April.

Augsburg is influenced by the climate of the Bavarian Alps which is particularly famous for its foehn winds. These warm-blowing winds mostly occur in autumn and spring and can account for temperature fluctuations. Long periods of fine weather can be followed by unsettled conditions.To be on the safe side, make sure you bring a sweater and wet weather clothing with you.

What to eat?


Augsburg's splendor, wealth and tradition are manifested not only in its historic landmarks and rich culture but also in the warm hospitality and local lifestyle, which residents are pleased to share with guests.

Any visit requires at least a taste of delectable Swabian cooking, by no means limited to Spätzle (home-style noodles), Maultaschen (a close relative to ravioli) and Flädlesuppe (crêpe soup). And since a merchant's town prospers from trade with the entire world, international cuisine is also a long-standing tradition in Augsburg.

Nightlife centers on the "Entertainment Mile" between Theater and Ulrichsplatz (Ulrich Square). There is something for everyone here - from avant-garde tavern to jazz pub, from bustling bistro to literary café. And given that Augsburg is part of Bavaria, there is no lack of local brewery taprooms.

Augsburg Gallery

Map of Germany


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In Augsburg, Germany’s Mozart City, where Leopold Mozart, the father of the musical prodigy was born, hosts a diverse musical and literary festival in historical venues. 

VIP: Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht, the house where the most influential German playwright of the 20th century was born is now a memorial site and museum.