Augsburg (UK: /ˈaʊɡzbɜːrɡ/ OWGZ-burgAWGZ-[ˈʔaʊksbʊʁk listen Austro-Bavarian Augschburgcity Swabia Bavaria Germany university town nal seat of the Regierungsbezirk Schwaben. Augsburg is an urban district and home to the institutions of the Landkreis Augsburg. It is the third-largest city in Bavaria (after Munich and Nuremberg) with a population of 300,000 inhabitants, with 885,000 in its metropolitan area.
After Neuss and Trier, Augsburg is Germany's third oldest city, founded in 15 BC by the Romans as Augusta Vindelicorum, named after the Roman emperor Augustus. It was a Free Imperial City from 1276 to 1803 and the home of the patrician Fugger and Welser families that dominated European banking in the 16th century. The city played a leading role in the Reformation as the site of the 1530 Augsburg Confession and 1555 Peace of Augsburg. The Fuggerei, the oldest social housing complex in the world, was founded in 1513 by Jakob Fugger.
Augsburg lies at the convergence of the Alpine rivers Lech and Wertach and on the Singold. The oldest part of the city and the southern quarters are on the northern foothills of a high terrace, which emerged between the steep rim of the hills of Friedberg in the east and the high hills of the west. In the south extends the Lechfeld, an outwash plain of the post ice age between the rivers Lech and Wertach, where rare primeval landscapes were preserved. The Augsburg city forest and the Lech valley heaths today rank among the most species-rich middle European habitats.
On Augsburg borders the nature park Augsburg Western Woods - a large forestland. The city itself is also heavily greened. As a result, in 1997 Augsburg was the first German city to win the Europe-wide contest Entente Florale for Europe's greenest and most livable city.
The city was founded in 15 BC by Drusus and Tiberius as Augusta Vindelicorum (Latin pronunciation: [awˈɡʊsta wɪndɛlɪˈkoːrʊ̃] English pronunciation of Latin: /aʊˈɡuːstə vɪnˈdɛlɪˌkoʊrəm/), on the orders of their stepfather Emperor Augustus. The name means "Augusta of the Vindelici". This garrison camp soon became the capital of the Roman province of Raetia.
Early development was due to a 400-year affiliation with the Roman Empire, especially because of its excellent military, economic and geographic position at the convergence of the Alpine rivers Lech and Wertach, and with direct access to most important Alpine passes. Thus, Augsburg was the intersection of many important European east-west and north-south connections, which later evolved as major trade routes of the Middle Ages.
Around 120 AD Augsburg became the capital of the Roman province Raetia. Augsburg was sacked by the Huns in the 5th century AD, by Charlemagne in the 8th century, and by Welf of Bavaria in the 11th century, but arose each time to greater prosperity.
Augsburg was granted the status of a Free Imperial City on March 9, 1276 and from then until 1803, it was independent of its former overlord, the Prince-Bishop of Augsburg. Frictions between the city-state and the prince-bishops were to remain frequent however, particularly after Augsburg became Protestant and curtailed the rights and freedoms of Catholics.
With its strategic location at an intersection of trade routes to Italy, the Free Imperial City became a major trading center.
In 1530, the Augsburg Confession was presented to the Holy Roman Emperor at the Diet of Augsburg. Following the Peace of Augsburg in 1555, after which the rights of religious minorities in imperial cities were to be legally protected, a mixed Catholic–Protestant city council presided over a majority Protestant population; Paritätische Reichsstadt
Religious peace in the city was largely maintained despite increasing Confessional tensions until the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648). In 1629, Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II issued the Edict of Restitution, which restored the legal situation of 1552 and again curtailed the rights of the Protestant citizens. The inequality of the Edict of Restitution was rescinded when in April 1632, the Swedish army under Gustavus Adolphus captured Augsburg without resistance.
In 1634, the Swedish army was routed at nearby Nördlingen. By October 1634, Catholic troops had surrounded Augsburg. The Swedish garrison refused to surrender and a siege ensued through the winter of 1634/35 and thousands died from hunger and disease. According to J. N. Hays, "In the period of the Swedish occupation and the Imperial siege the population of the city was reduced from about 70,000 to about 16,000, with typhus and plague playing major roles."
In 1686, Emperor Leopold I formed the League of Augsburg, termed by the English as the "Grand Alliance" after England joined in 1689: a European coalition, consisting (at various times) of Austria, Bavaria, Brandenburg, England, the Holy Roman Empire, the Palatinate of the Rhine, Portugal, Savoy, Saxony, Spain, Sweden, and the United Provinces. It was formed to defend the Palatinate from France. This organization fought against France in the Nine Years War.
Augsburg's peak boom years occurred during the 15th and 16th centuries thanks to the bank and metal businesses of the merchant families Fugger and Welser, who held a local near total monopoly on their respective industries.
In 1806, when the Holy Roman Empire was dissolved, Augsburg lost its independence and was annexed to the Kingdom of Bavaria. In 1817, the city became an administrative capital of the Oberdonaukreis, then administrative capital in 1837 for the district Swabia and Neuburg.
During the end of the 19th century, Augsburg's textile industry again rose to prominence followed by the connected machine manufacturing industry.
Augsburg was historically a militarily important city due to its strategic location.
During World War II, one subcamp of the Dachau concentration camp was located outside Augsburg, supplying approximately 1,300 forced labourers to local military-related industry, most especially the Messerschmitt AG military aircraft firm headquartered in Augsburg.
In 1941, Rudolf Hess without Adolf Hitler's permission secretly took off from a local Augsburg airport and flew to Scotland to meet the Duke of Hamilton, and crashed in Eaglesham in an attempt to mediate the end of the European front of World War II and join sides for the upcoming Russian Campaign.
The Reichswehr Infanterie Regiment 19 was stationed in Augsburg and became the base unit for the Wehrmacht Infanterie Regiment 40, a subsection of the Wehrmacht Infanterie Division 27 (which later became the Wehrmacht Panzerdivision 17).
Following the war, the three Kaserne would change hands confusingly between the American and Germans, finally ending up in US hands for the duration of the Cold War. The former Wehrmacht Kaserne became the three main US barracks in Augsburg: Reese, Sheridan and FLAK. US Base FLAK had been an anti-aircraft barracks since 1936 and US Base Sheridan "united" the former infantry barracks with a smaller Kaserne for former Luftwaffe communications units.
The American military presence in the city started with the U.S. 5th Infantry Division stationed at FLAK Kaserne from 1945 to 1955, then by 11th Airborne Division, followed by the 24th Infantry Division, U.S. Army VII Corps artillery, USASA Field Station Augsburg and finally the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, which returned the former Kaserne to German hands in 1998. Originally the Heeresverpflegungshauptamt Südbayern and an Officers' caisson existed on or near the location of Reese-Kaserne, but was demolished by the occupying Americans.
From 1266 until 1548, the terms Stadtpfleger (head of town council) and Mayor were used interchangeably, or occasionally, simultaneously. In 1548 the title was finally fixed to Stadtpfleger, who officiated for several years and was then awarded the title for life (though no longer governing), thus resulting confusingly, in records of two or more simultaneous Stadtpfleger.
- Town Hall, built in 1620 in Renaissance style with the Goldener Saal
- Perlachturm, a bell tower built in 989
- Fuggerei, the oldest social housing estate in the world, inhabited since 1523
- Fuggerhäuser (Fugger houses), restored renaissance palatial homes of the Fugger banking family
- Bishop's Residence, built about 1750 in order to replace the older bishop's palace; today the administrative seat of Swabia
- Cathedral, founded in the 9th century
- St. Anne's Church
- Augsburg Synagogue, one of the few German synagogues to survive the war, now beautifully restored and open with a Jewish museum inside
- Augsburg textile and industry museum-or just tim, organises it displays under headings Mensch-Maschine-Muster-Mode.
- Schaezlerpalais, a Rococo mansion (1765) now housing a major art museum
- St. Ulrich and St. Afra—one church is Roman Catholic, the other Lutheran, the duality being a result of the Peace of Augsburg concluded in 1555 between Catholics and Protestants
- Mozart Haus Augsburg (where composer's father Leopold Mozart was born and Mozart visited it several times)
- Augsburger Puppenkiste, a puppet theatre
- Luther Stiege, museum located in a church, that shows Martin Luthers life and different rooms.
- Eiskanal, the world's first artificial whitewater course (venue for the whitewater events of the 1972 Munich Olympics)
- Dorint Hotel Tower
- Childhood home of Bertolt Brecht
- The Augsburg Botanical Gardens (Botanischer Garten Augsburg)
- Maximillian Museum
- Bahnpark Augsburg home of 29 historic locomotives, blacksmith, historic roundhouse
- 3 magnificent renaissance fountains, the Agustus Fountain, Mercury Fountain and Hercules Fountain from 15th century, build for the 1500 anniversary of city foundation
- Walter Art Museum at the "Glas-Palace"
- Roman Museum located in the former Monastery of St. Margaret (closed at the moment due to risk of collapsing).
- Medieval canals, used to run numerous industries, medieval arms production, silver art, sanitation and water pumping
- Kulturhaus Abraxas
Allegedly Cisa (dea Ciza) was the city goddess of Augsburg.
The "Stoinerne Ma" ("Stony Man") is a life-size stone figure on the eastern Augsburg city wall in the area of the so-called "Sweden staircase", which is located in the immediate vicinity of the Galluskirche and St. Stephan convent (on the outside of the city wall).
According to the legend, it is the baker "Konrad Hackher" who, during a long siege of the city, baked bread from sawdust and threw it into the ditch clearly visible for the besiegers over the city wall.
The statue is often visited by walkers strolling along the city wall.
In the wall of the property Bei den Sieben Kindeln 3 ("At the seven infants 3") there is a recessed stone relief from the Roman period depicting six playing, naked children standing around a coffin.
Legend says that the commemorative plaque was commissioned by a Roman officer to commemorate the drowning of one of his children (therefore it is said to be "seven" children, although the plaque represents only six: the seventh child is drowned and lies in the coffin). According to current knowledge, the plate once formed the long side of a Sarcophagus, representing Erotes.
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- Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom, since 1956
- Amagasaki, Japan, since 1959
- [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9e/Flag_of_Japan.svg/23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9e/Flag_of_Japan.svg/35px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9e/Flag_of_Japan.svg/45px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png 2x|Japan|h15|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Nagahama, Japan, since 1959
- Bourges, France, since 1963
- [[INLINE_IMAGE|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png|//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/35px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/46px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png 2x|United States|h12|w23|thumbborder flagicon-img flagicon-img]] Dayton, Ohio, United States, since 1964
- Liberec, Czech Republic, since 2001
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Information on the partner cities can also be found at www.augsburg.de 
Public transport is very well catered for.
The Augsburg tramway network is now 35.5 km-long after the opening of new lines to the university in 1996, the northern city boundary in 2001 and to the Klinikum Augsburg (Augsburg hospital) in 2002. Tram line 6, which runs 5.2 km from Friedberg West to Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), opened in December 2010.
Augsburg has seven stations, the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), Hochzoll, Oberhausen, Haunstetterstraße, Morellstraße, Messe and Inningen. The Central Station, built from 1843 to 1846, is Germany’s oldest main station in a large city still providing services in the original building. It is currently being modernized and an underground tram station is built underneath it. Hauptbahnhof is on the Munich–Augsburg and Ulm–Augsburg lines and is connected by ICE and IC services to Munich, Berlin, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart. As of December 2007, the French TGV connected Augsburg with a direct High Speed Connection to Paris. In addition EC and night train services connect to Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna and connections will be substantially improved by the creation of the planned Magistrale for Europe.
The AVV operates seven Regionalbahn lines from the main station to:
- Schmiechen (direction to Ammersee)
Starting in 2008, the regional services are planned to be altered to S-Bahn frequencies and developed long term as integrated into the Augsburg S-Bahn.
Until 2005 Augsburg was served by nearby Augsburg Airport (AGB). In that year all air passenger transport was relocated to Munich Airport. Since then, the airport is used almost entirely by business airplanes.
Augsburg is a vibrant industrial city.
- Boewe Systec
- Fujitsu Technology Solutions
- KUKA Robotics / Systems
- MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg)
- MT-Aerospace (former MAN Technologie)
- Premium AEROTEC
- RENK AG (offshoot of MAN SE)
- UPM-Kymmene (former Haindl)
- WashTec (former Kleindienst)
- Synlab Group
- Patrizia Immobilien
The water systems of Augsburg were built between the 14th century and today.
Augsburg is home to the following universities and colleges:
- University of Augsburg, founded in 1970
- Hochschule Augsburg (University of Applied Sciences, formerly Fachhochschule Augsburg)
- died 304 Saint Afra
- died 807 Simpert
- c.890–973 Saint Ulrich
- 1070–1127 Saint Wolfhard
- 1398–1469 Jakob Fugger the Elder
- 1442–1528 Erhard Ratdolt Printer, famous for having produced the first known printers type specimen book.
- 1459–1525 Jakob Fugger Noted banker and financial broker. An area within the city, called the Fuggerei was set aside for the poor and needy. Founded in 1519.
- 1460–1524 Hans Holbein the Elder, a pioneer in the transformation of German art from the Gothic to the Renaissance style.
- 1497–1543 Hans Holbein the Younger, portrait and religious painter.
- 1497–c.1574 Matthäus Schwarz, accountant and author
- 1517–1579 Paulus Hector Mair, martial artist.
- 1573–1646 Elias Holl, architect
- 1578–1647 Philipp Hainhofer, merchant, banker, diplomat and art collector.
- 1580–1627 Julius Schiller, lawyer and astronomer.
- 1589-1643 Johann Georg Wirsung, anatomist
- 1701–1776 Andreas Christoph Graf, German teacher, author and poet.
- 1704–1767 Johann Jakob Haid, engraver.
- 1719–1787 Leopold Mozart, violinist-composer and father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- 1740–1786 Christoph Christian Sturm, preacher and author.
- 1822–1908 Eduard Bayer, composer and classical guitarist.
- 1858–1913 Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine.
- 1871–1949 Albert Rehm, philologist who first understood the significance of the Antikythera mechanism
- 1873–1964 Hans von Euler-Chelpin, co-recipient of 1929 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- 1878-1956 Karl Haberstock, Art dealer to the Nazis.
- 1885-1946 Julius Streicher, prominent Nazi prior to World War II, founder and publisher of anti-Semitic Der Stürmer
- 1887–1943 Julius Schaxel, biologist
- 1895–1946 Hans Loritz, Nazi SS concentration camp commandant
- 1898–1956 Bertolt Brecht, writer and theater director
- 1901-1947 August Schmidhuber, Nazi SS officer executed for war crimes
- 1908–1944 Wilhelm Gerstenmeier, SS concentration camp officer executed for war crimes
- 1915–1961 Josef Priller, Luftwaffe ace
- 1920–2011 Mietek Pemper, Polish-born Jew compiled and typed Oskar Schindler's list, which saved 1,200 Jewish prisoners from the Holocaust.
- 1926–2015 Günther Schneider-Siemssen, scenic designer
- 1927–1956 Werner Haas, Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
- 1933–2011 Ulrich Biesinger, former German footballer, part of the team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup
- 1939–2012 Helmut Haller, footballer who represented West Germany at three World Cups
- 1944 Hans Henning Atrott, German author and theorist
- 1948 Wolf Blitzer, American journalist and CNN reporter
- 1957 Bernhard Langer, professional golfer.
- 1959 Bernd Schuster, football coach and former player
- 1961 Armin Veh, football coach.
- 1967 Sheryl Lee, actress, poet, and activist.
- 1968 Alexander Wesselsky, lead singer of the German band Eisbrecher
- 1977 Marisa Olson, artist
- 1980 Benny Greb, solo drum artist
- 1983 Andreas Bourani, singer-songwriter
- 1983 Philipp Kohlschreiber, tennis player
- 1985 Bianca Voitek, female bodybuilder
- 1986 Maximilian Hornung, cellist
- 1989 Stefan Bradl, motorcycle racer
- 1989 Johnny Cecotto Jr., racing career
FC Augsburg is a football team based in Augsburg and plays in the WWK ARENA. FC Augsburg was promoted to Bundesliga in 2011. The new stadium (opened in July 2009) also hosted games of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The city is home to a DEL (first-division) ice hockey team, the Augsburger Panther. The original club, AEV, was formed in 1878, the oldest German ice sport club and regularly draws around 4000 spectators, quite reasonable for German ice hockey. Home games are played at the Curt Frenzel Stadion: a recently rebuilt (2012–2013) indoor rink and modern stadium. Also Augsburg is home to one of the most traditional German Baseball clubs, the Augsburg Gators and 2 American Football Clubs, the Raptors and Augsburg Storm, and in nearby Königsbrunn there's the Königsbrunn Ants.
For the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, a Lech River dam protective diversionary canal for river ice was converted into the world's first artificial whitewater slalom course: the Eiskanal and remains a world-class venue for whitewater competition and served as prototype for two dozen similar foreign courses.
Local city nicknames
While commonly called Fuggerstadt (Fuggers' city) due to the Fuggers residing there, within Swabia it is also often referred to as Datschiburg: which originated sometime in the 19th century refers to Augsburg's favorite sweet: the Datschi made from fruit, preferably prunes, and thin cake dough. The Datschiburger Kickers charity football team (founded in 1965) reflects this in its choice of team name.
Among younger people, the city is commonly called "Aux" for short.