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Jakob Fugger

The Fugger

The name “Fugger” can be found today in history books and school books all over the world. The most famous member of this family was the Renaissance merchant, the mining industry businessman and banker Jacob Fugger the Rich (1459 to 1525). The network of subsidiaries of the Fugger business empire spread out throughout Europe. The Fugger Company also traded with India, South America and Africa. The most famous customers were the various Popes, the emperors Maximilian I, Karl V and Ferdinand I of Habsburg, the kings of Germany, Spain and Portugal, England and Hungary as well as the Medici family of Florence. 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.


Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel (March 18, 1858 – last seen alive September 29, 1913) was a German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the diesel engine. From 1893 to 1897, Heinrich von Buz, director of MAN AG in Augsburg, gave Rudolf Diesel the opportunity to test and develop his ideas.



Kaiserin Elisabeth

The Sisi Road

Sisi’s Road leads to many places which played a significant role in the life of Elisabeth, born in Bavaria into the House of Wittelsbach and lovingly called “Sisi” in her childhood and youth. Through her marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Habsburg, she became Empress of Austria which included rule over much of modern-day Italy. Only a few years later she was also crowned Queen of Hungary. The unconventional Elisabeth, especially fond of horseback riding and travelling, was long considered the most beautiful woman of her time. Sisi’s Road is a European route leading to castles and cities which were a part of the monarch’s life. Its highlights are recommended for individual tourists as well as groups: large cities, castles, monuments, museums, gardens and parks.

Romantic Road

The Romantic Road (German: Romantische Straße) is the term for a theme route coined by travel agents in the 1950s to describe the 350 kilometres (220 mi) of highway in southern Germany (in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg), between Würzburg and Füssen. In medieval times it used to be a trade route, connecting the centre of Germany with the South. Today this region is thought by many international travellers to possess "quintessentially" German scenery and culture, specifically in towns and cities such as Augsburg, Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The route is also known for passing a lot of castles, such as Burg Harburg and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.


Historic Highlights of Germany

Visitors are certain to be impressed with the variety that Germany has to offer. Historic Highlights of Germany will help to get the most out of a visit to Germany´s historic cities and geographic diversity. 13 member cities (Augsburg is one of them) have been carefully selected and are perfect for travellers who wish to go beyond casual sightseeing and truly experience Germany´s rich culture and history.

Christmas market

Discover one of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas markets in Augsburg. Some even say it is one of the best. One thing’s for sure: it’s worth seeing. Not only because the “Christkindlesmarkt” in front of the Renaissance city hall is founded on more than 500 years of tradition. Christmas carols, the scent of spruce, golden lights, the aroma of hot mulled wine and sausages, gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, nativity scenes, Christmas decorations, toys for children and more entice visitors into the glistening “village” of quaint booths. The Augsburg “Christkindlesmarkt” appeals to all the senses. What fascinates visitors? The charming and impressive scenery of the Renaissance city hall and the Perlach “tower,” the gables of decorated patrician homes, a huge Christmas tree and an angels’ pyramid eight metres high all create a delightful and unique setting. Augustus, founder of Augsburg, takes the Christmas city under his wing: In reference to the Christmas story, the newly restored nativity scene is placed next to the statue of the emperor of Rome who ordered the census of that time.

Environmental competence region of Augsburg

The “Augsburger Umweltpfad” is an environment path, that offers a survey of services and products, innovations and know-how. It presents the environment competence region with the city of Augsburg and its neighbouring counties Aichach-Friedberg and Augsburg-Land in their variety and quality to visitors.


Brochure “environmental competence region of Augsburg”

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