Personalities

Saint Afra

Saint Afra (died 304) was a Christian martyr. Her actual existence is not mentioned until the 5th century martyrologies, giving her dubious historicity.

 

Sights:

St. Ulrich's and St. Afra's Abbey Augsburg
Pilgrimage church St. Afra Friedberg

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Agnes Bernauer

Agnes Bernauer (c. 1410 – 12 October 1435) was the mistress and perhaps also the first wife of Albert, later Albert III, Duke of Bavaria. Because his father, Ernest, ruling Duke of Bavaria at the time, considered this liaison with a commoner unbefitting his son's social standing, he clashed with his son over the matter and finally arranged to have Agnes condemned for witchcraft and drowned in the Danube in 1435. Her life and death have been depicted in numerous literary works, the most well known being Friedrich Hebbel's tragedy of the same name and the folk musical Die Bernauerin by the composer Carl Orff.

 

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Bertolt Brecht

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (10 February 1898 in Augsburg – 14 August 1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. As an influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble - the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife, long-time collaborator, and actress Helene Weigel.

 

Sights:

Brecht house Augsburg

Further residential houses of Brecht‘s family

 

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Jacob Fugger the Rich

Jacob Fugger (German: Jakob Fugger) (6 March 1459 – 30 December 1525), sometimes known as Jacob Fugger the Rich, was a German banker and a member of the Fugger family. In 1521 Jacob Fugger donated the now world famous “Fuggerei“, the oldest social settlement in existence in the world, together with the Fugger Choir in Augsburg’s church of St. Anna designed by Albrecht Duerer. Buildings and artistic works of the Fuggers can be found today in several countries of Europe. The most important sights to see in the Bavarian region of Swabia are in Augsburg the Fuggerei, the Fugger Chapel in the church of St. Anna and the Fugger houses (including the Ladies’ Courtyard).

 

Sights:

Fugger houses und Ladies‘ court

Fugger chapel in St. Anna

Fuggerei 

Dürers Porträt of Jacob Fugger

 

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Anton Fugger

Anton Fugger (June 10, 1493 – September 14, 1560) was a German merchant and member of the Fugger family. He was a nephew of Jacob Fugger. Under Anton Fugger, the successor to Jakob Fugger, the company assets reached their highest level in 1546.

 

Sights:

Fugger houses und Ladies court

Fugger chapel in St. Anna

Fuggerei 

 

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Helmut Haller

Helmut Haller (born 21 July 1939 in Augsburg, Germany) is a former footballer who represented West Germany at three World Cups.

 

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Elias Holl

Elias Holl (born on February 28, 1573 in Augsburg; died January 6, 1646 in Augsburg) was the most important architect of early German Baroque architecture. Elias Holl was born in Augsburg, Werbhausgasse 2. He was descended from a master-builder-family. His father Hans Holl (1512-1594) taught him. In 1596 he passed the exam, the Meisterprüfung. After an abidance in Italy in the years 1600/1601 – he visited Bolzano and Venice – in 1602 he became Werkmeister of Augsburg. 1629 he lost his office as Stadtbaumeister because he was a protestant. Since then he was only called Stadtgeometer. He was dismissed from office in 1631.

 

Sights:

City Hall

Perlach tower

Zeughaus

Stadtmetzg

Heilig-Geist-Spital (home of the „Augsburger Puppenkiste“)

 

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Hans Holbein the Younger

Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497 - between 7 October and 29 November 1543) was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He was born in Augsburg. Holbein travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus. He was welcomed into the humanist circle of Thomas More, where he quickly built a high reputation. After returning to Basel for four years, he resumed his career in England in 1532. This time he worked for the twin founts of patronage, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. By 1535, he was King's Painter to King Henry VIII. In this role, he produced not only portraits and festive decorations but designs for jewellery, plate, and other precious objects. His portraits of the royal family and nobles are a vivid record of a brilliant court in the momentous years when Henry was asserting his supremacy over the English church.

 

Sights:

Holbein house

Staatsgalerie Altdeutsche Meister

 

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Willy Messerschmitt

Wilhelm Emil "Willy" Messerschmitt (June 26, 1898 – September 15, 1978) was a German aircraft designer and manufacturer. He was born in Frankfurt am Main, the son of a wine merchant. His stepfather was the American painter and Munich Academy Professor Carl von Marr. Probably Messerschmitt's single most important design was the Messerschmitt Bf 109, designed in 1934 with the collaboration of Walter Rethel. The Bf 109 became the most important fighter in the Luftwaffe as Germany re-armed prior to World War II. To this day, it remains the most-produced fighter in history, with some 35,000 built. Another Messerschmitt aircraft, first called "Bf 109R", purpose-built for record setting, but later re-designated Messerschmitt Me 209, broke the absolute world air-speed record and held the world speed record for propeller-driven aircraft until 1969. His firm also produced the first jet-powered fighter to enter service — the Messerschmitt Me 262, although Messerschmitt himself did not design it.

 

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Maria Anna Thekla Mozart

Maria Anna Thekla Mozart (September 25, 1758 – January 25, 1841), called Marianne, known as Bäsle ("little cousin"), was the cousin of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. She was born in Augsburg, Germany, the third (and only surviving one) of five daughters of Franz Alois Mozart, a younger brother of Leopold Mozart and Maria Victoria Eschenbach. Between October 11 and October 26, 1777, 19-year-old Marianne met the 21-year-old Mozart in Augsburg. The young people developed a close, probably intimate relationship. Ten letters of their subsequent correspondence have been preserved, all from Wolfgang to Marianne. These are called the "Bäsle letters".

 

Sights:

Mozart house

 

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Leopold Mozart

Johann Georg Leopold Mozart (November 14, 1719 – May 28, 1787) was a German composer, conductor, teacher, and violinist. Mozart is best known today as the father and teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and for his violin textbook Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule. He was born in Augsburg, son of Johann Georg Mozart (1679–1736), a bookbinder.

 

Sights:

Mozart house

 

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Ulrich of Augsburg

Saint Ulrich (c. 890 – July 4, 973), sometimes spelled Uodalric or Odalrici, was Bishop of Augsburg and a leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany. He was the first saint to be canonized. It was due to Ulrich's ability and courage that Augsburg was able to hold out against the besiegers until the Emperor Otto arrived. On 10 August 955, the Battle of Lechfeld took place and the invaders were finally defeated.

 

Sights:

St. Ulrich‘s and St. Afra‘s Abbey

Diocesan museum St. Afra

 

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Philippine Welser

Philippine Welser (Augsburg, 1527 – April 24, 1580 at Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck in Tyrol) was the morganatic wife of Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria. Her family, the Welsers of Augsburg, were merchants and financiers of European significance and great wealth.

 

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