Self-guided walking tour of Augsburg

With a population of around 300,000, Augsburg, located in Bavaria between Munich and Memmingen, is the third largest city in the region. The city's name comes from the original Roman settlement Augusta Vindelicorum, with 'Burg' meaning a small town or fortress. Augsburg serves as the administrative capital of Bavarian Swabia and has a rich history influenced by the Fugger family since the 14th century. The city is positioned along the Romantic Road, like Wurtzburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, making it a convenient stop for travellers exploring the region. A good starting point for the tour is Augsburg's main station, followed by a walk down Bahnhofstrasse into the city centre, with St. Anne's Church being a notable landmark along the way.17 townhall augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385636

St. Anne's Church

St. Anne's Church was originally a Carmelite monastery established in the early 14th century. It has since been repurposed into a Protestant place of worship.10 st annes augsburg thesanetravel.comP138591711 st annes augsburg thesanetravel.comP138592012 st annes augsburg thesanetravel.comP138592413 st annes augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385925 The church's Baroque sanctuary was finished in 1749 and features the Gold Smith's chapel and the Fugger Mausoleum, which is Bavaria's earliest Renaissance building and the burial site of Jakob Fugger. In 1518, Martin Luther resided at the monastery; and visitors can see his well-known portrait painted by Lucas Cranach.

Afterwards, make your way to Town Hall Square with a short stop at Fugger Square.

Monument to Hans Jakob Fugger

In the centre of Fugger Square stands a monument to the scholar Hans Jakob Fugger, which Louis I of Bavaria commissioned. Contrary to popular belief, the monument does not commemorate Jakob Fugger the Rich, but rather Johann (Hans) Jakob Fugger (1516–1575), who was the nephew of Jakob Fugger and was known for supporting art and science. 16 fugger augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385637

Town Hall Square

Town Hall

Augsburg Town Hall, constructed in the early 17th century by master builder Elias Holl, is considered a significant secular building of the German Renaissance. The Golden Hall within the town hall is known for its gilded wooden ceiling and is considered one of the most impressive ceremonial rooms in Germany. It is a popular tourist attraction in Augsburg, featuring three storeys filled with lavish gilding, decoration and various artworks.

Perlach Tower

The Town Hall and the Perlach Tower in Augsburg are impressive places you do not want to miss. Originally built in 989 as a watchtower, Perlach Tower offers excellent views of the city and is one of the tallest buildings in Augsburg. The tower has been expanded over the years and now reaches 70 metres in height. Climbing 258 steps to the observation deck is challenging, but the panoramic view of Augsburg is worth it. On clear days, a yellow flag is raised on the tower, indicating visibility to the Alps.18 townhall augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385903

Your next stop is Augsburg Cathedral.

Augsburg Cathedral

Augsburg Cathedral, constructed in the 11th century, was built on top of a Carolingian structure that still has a preserved crypt. In the 14th and 15th centuries, a Gothic chancel and two significant figural portals were added to the church. The cathedral is home to numerous artistically crafted tombstones from the late 13th century. It also houses what are believed to be the world's oldest antique stained glass windows, with the stained glass windows in the southern clerestory likely being the oldest. These windows feature portraits of the prophets David, Jonah, Daniel, Moses and Hosea, which are thought to be a part of a larger series that is now missing. Additionally, more recent stained glass windows within the church depict biblical scenes and stories of the Virgin Mary.20 cathedral augsburg thesanetravel.comP138586221 cathedral augsburg thesanetravel.comP138586523 cathedral augsburg thesanetravel.comP138588024 cathedral augsburg thesanetravel.comP138589225 cathedral augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385893

In front of the cathedral, you will see three statues.

Monument to three saints

The life-size bronze statues of three diocese patrons closely connected to Augsburg are Saint Bishop Ulrich, Saint Afra and Saint Bishop Simpert. Ulrich is depicted on a horse with a raised cross, symbolising his role in the Battle of Lechfeld. Afra is shown enduring her supposed ordeal, tied to a tree trunk and either beheaded or burned. Simpert is portrayed with an infant and a wolf, as it is believed that his intercession helped save a child from the clutches of a wolf. The fountain also includes a triangular water basin made of Flossenburger granite, with water flowing from two fish heads into the basin.26 3 saints augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385864

Then head to Fuggerei.


Augsburg is well-known for the Fuggerei, a historic social housing estate built by the Fugger family of bankers in the Middle Ages. The Fugger and Welser families were prominent in European banking during the 16th century, with Jakob Fugger being the wealthiest man in the world 500 years ago. The Fuggerei was founded by Jakob Fugger in 1521 as a housing estate for needy citizens of Augsburg, providing them with dignified accommodation for a nominal annual fee. Today, the Fuggerei is the oldest social housing complex in the world, consisting of 67 buildings and 147 residences, along with a church. 27 fuggerei augsburg thesanetravel.comP138580328 fuggerei augsburg thesanetravel.comP138581030 fuggerei augsburg thesanetravel.comP138581631 fuggerei augsburg thesanetravel.comP138584232 fuggerei augsburg thesanetravel.comP138585033 fuggerei augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385851The Fugger family, now in its 19th generation since Jakob, maintains the foundation and trust established in 1520. The Fuggerei is open to visitors daily, with museums on-site accessible for an entrance fee.

A helpful tip to remember is to pay attention to the doorbell pulls. Since all the buildings and doors look similar, residents in the past would often mistakenly try to enter the wrong apartment. To prevent confusion, each apartment door is equipped with a unique wrought iron doorbell pull, allowing residents to distinguish their door by touch.76 fuggerei doors augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385821

Meal at Fuggerei restaurant

The Fuggerei's historic atmosphere sets the stage for a distinctive dining concept that brings a fresh twist to Augsburg's culinary scene. At this restaurant, traditional dishes are reimagined as Bavarian-Swabian tapas. Additionally, the menu offers a variety of other dishes to enjoy.34 fuggerei augsburg thesanetravel.comP138585678 food augsburg thesanetravel.com20240426 154330

Your next stop is Waterworks at Vogeltor.

Waterworks at Vogeltor

UNESCO recognised the Augsburg Water Management System as a World Heritage Site in 2019 due to its medieval canals and water towers, showcasing advancements in hydraulic engineering. This system, consisting of 22 components, including hydroelectric power stations and fountains, has been instrumental in technological innovations related to waterways and drinking water supply. Originating in the Middle Ages, the canals were initially built to provide water to various industries such as mills, tanneries, textile producers and goldsmiths. The third waterworks, constructed in 1538 next to the Vogeltor city wall, primarily supplied drinking water. The system includes twenty-nine Lech River canals stretching 77 km throughout the urban area, essential for water supply to craftsmen's businesses and later to factories and for electricity generation.72 water augsburg thesanetravel.comP138578773 water augsburg thesanetravel.comP138578871 water augsburg thesanetravel.comP138578670 water augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385778

Schaezlerpalace museum

The Schaezlerpalace, located near the Hercules Fountain on Maximilianstrasse, is considered Augsburg's most significant and well-preserved private residential and commercial building from the 18th century. 35 schaezer augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385690Originally acquired by Augsburg banker Benedikt Adam Liebert v. Liebenhofen in 1764, the present building was constructed in a few years, resulting in the most magnificent townhouse of that era in Augsburg. Following Liebert's passing, the palace remained in the family's hands until it was donated to Augsburg city in 1958. The palace was then converted into a museum. Visitors to Augsburg should not miss this rococo masterpiece, which features the Deutsche Barockgalerie on the first floor and stunning enfilade leading to the renowned Rococo ballroom. 99 anfilade augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385724The ballroom, built between 1765 and 1770, boasts a ceiling painting depicting an allegory of international trade dominated by Europe. The room's original walls and ceiling, created by esteemed artists of the time, showcase the unique beauty of southern German Rococo. 41 schaezer augsburg thesanetravel.comP138573040 schaezer augsburg thesanetravel.comP138572942 schaezer augsburg thesanetravel.comP138573243 schaezer augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385734The second floor hosts special exhibitions on various themes throughout the year, in addition to paintings from the Karl and Magdalene Haberstock Foundation.36 schaezer augsburg thesanetravel.comP138569738 schaezer augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385714

Hercules Fountain

The Hercules Fountain, designed by Adriaen de Vries in the late 16th century, is a significant component of the Augsburg Water Management System and forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The sculpture features Hercules slaying the Hydra, a mythical seven-headed creature from Greek mythology. Below the sculpture are naiads, thought to represent goddesses associated with time and fate. Additionally, there are three boys with geese and three men with seashells depicted in the design, which was quite popular during the Middle Ages.47 hercules augsburg thesanetravel.comP138568748 hercules augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385688

Kathan House

The Kathan House, located at Kapuzinergasse 10, is a townhouse with a core dating back to the 17th century. It is known for its stunning rococo facade paintings featuring colourful religious and allegorical motifs on both the street and garden sides of the building. This style of facade painting was common in Augsburg during the Rococo period, and the Kathan House is one of the few remaining examples. Although the painting is not original, it provides insight into what painted houses in Augsburg looked like in the 18th century. The house was owned by Johann Baptist Schger and his family from 1730 to 1770, during which the facade painting was added. In 1847, the house was acquired by merchant and paper manufacturer Peter Kathan (1821–1893), whose name it still bears today.50 kathan augsburg thesanetravel.comP138574751 kathan augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385750

Basilica of SS. Ulrich and Afra

The Basilica of SS. Ulrich and Afra originated in the Roman tomb of Saint Afra, who was martyred in 304 during the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Bishop Narcissus converted Afra and her family to Christianity. When her faith was discovered, Afra was brought before Diocletian and ordered to worship pagan gods, but she refused and was sentenced to death by fire. Along with Saint Ulrich, she is a patron saint of Augsburg. Saint Ulrich, born around 890, became the Bishop of Augsburg and was the first saint canonised by Pope John XV in 993. He was consecrated as bishop of Augsburg in 923 and was known for his leadership during times of invasion, as well as for rebuilding decayed churches and caring for the sick. The Basilica of St. Ulrich and St. Afra in Augsburg is a significant church and the final resting place of Saint Ulrich, Saint Afra and Saint Simpert. The basilica is a place of worship, prayer and pilgrimage, showcasing Gothic architecture and three impressive altars of Renaissance art.55 basilica augsburg thesanetravel.comP138575156 basilica augsburg thesanetravel.comP138576057 basilica augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385763

The tour concludes here, so it is time to return to the railway station. Hop on your train and take the opportunity to reflect on the memorable day and all the sights you experienced in Augsburg.77 train augsburg thesanetravel.comP1385934

Few suggestions

A few suggestions for additional stops on your tour could include the vibrant Weavers House at the corner of Moritzplatz, the nearby Mercury Fountain and the Augsburg Synagogue. This historic synagogue, more than a century old, is considered one of the most impressive synagogues in Europe. It can be found at Halderstraße 6-8.

Practical tips

If you decide to arrive by car, you have the flexibility to start and end your tour at a location along the route that is convenient for you. I have included a map outlining the walking route and main points of interest for your tour of Augsburg to help you visualise the distances and attractions.

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  • Published by Anita on May 10, 2024
  • Author: Anita Sane

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    Anita is a part-time traveller, passionate photographer and a retired career woman from Latvia, 
    travelling mostly solo for more than 15 years. She is a skilled travel planner who plans and executes her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Bloglovin.


    We have not done any travelling in Germany but head that way for the first time this Fall. So reading your post on Augsburg gave us a good look in to this charming smaller city. The architecture certainly won’t disappoint. And the hearty food will keep us going. Always interesting to find different types of UNESCO sites. Augsburg looks like a great spot for a self guided walking tour.
    Your photos are inspiring me to make a return visit to Augsburg. The Fuggerei looks quite interesting, with its vine covered buildings.
    I love the photos. I am always hesitant to put so many images in my posts thinking they are not good enough, and it might be too many of them. However, the photos are important to take the reader around where you have been, and what you have experienced.
    Great tour and love your photos. We love to walk as a way to explore when visiting new places.

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