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Augsburg is over 2000 years old. It was founded by the Romans. It is known as the "Fuggerstadt".
Fugger is the family name of a very rich medieval owner of a large trading house.
Jakob Fugger, the founder did not only finance politicians - in this case Maximilan II and Karl V - he also spent lots of money to help the poor.
In Augsburg he created the first know project of low cost housing at the beginning of the 16th century.
During WWII a mayor part was destroyed during a bomb raid. Obviously heavy industry was expected there similar to what happened in Nuremberg were I grew up.
It is still used for this purpose and according to Wikipedia the annual rent is less than one Euro.
Please use the Internet to learn about Jakob Fugger and the empire he built up. According to my understanding he must have been the richest person of all times. Today's billionaires are dwarfs compared to him.
The Fuggerei "Medieval low cost housing" - many thanks to "Martin Kluger" and Wikipedia
Naturally this old project became an attraction for visitors. Guided tours are offered. We have installed a link to a German video which will give you an impression.
A palace used by the Fugger family in Augsburg - many thanks to "Alois Wüst" and Wikipedia
Augsburg - many thanks to "Peter Bubenik" and Wikipedia
After I was called back to Canada I returned for a few very brief business trips back to Germany. At this time we already had already established our own small business.
I visited Augsburg alone to purchase some beautiful articles made of pewter. I wished Elizabeth could have joined me because she loved this city.
We recommend that you join a guided tour through the city. Contact a tourist office and ask for details. They should also be offered in the English language.
Besides the Fugger's many other famous people were born or lived in Augsburg. Just to name a few: the painter Hans Burgkmair, the engineers Rudolf Diesel, Willy Messerschmitt and the writer Bertolt Brecht.
You can spend days just visiting all the museums.
Rathausplatz - many thanks to "Sven Jansen" and Wikipedia
The shown "Rathaus" (city hall) was built between 1615 and 1620.
Naturally it has also been destroyed during a bomb ride. As you can see it was renovated following the old plans.
Together with the "Perlachturm" on its side it forms the landmark of Augsburg.
The old city hall is open to the public but for a certain area including the "Goldene Saal" an entry fee is charged. Don't be cheap - spend the money. It is worth it.
You will be convinced that Augsburg was a wealthy town despite all the misery caused by wars. Just dig into the history.
The old city hall - many thanks to "Sven Jansen" and Wikipedia
St. Ulrich - many thanks to "KlausF" and Wikipedia
Jakob Fugger was a Catholic and only Catholics could qualify for his low cost housing project.
But there were also many protestants (Lutherans) living in Augsburg.
The following churches belonged to them: St. Anna, St. Ulrich, Zu den Barfüßern und St. Jakob.
A hotel - many thanks to "JD" and Wikipedia
Augsburg has today a population of about 265 000. We lived so close that we never stayed over night. But I know attractive accommodation are provided such as in the tower shown in the image on the left.
It is certainly a good idea to stay here to explore many of the highlights which this city has to over.
Please check the Internet for more information. We only wanted to raise tour interest.
The "Schätzler Palais"
Watch the video "Pfarrer5Szafera: Die Fuggerei in Augsburg - die älteste Sozialsiedlung der Welt":
Many thanks for pictures also to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities
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