With roots stretching as far back as the 10th century, the Basilika of St.Ulrich and Afra is one of the oldest Gothic churches in the city of Augsburg. It serves as a popular religious site for pilgrimages. The notable elements of the church include the Renaissance style interiors that beautifully blends with the Gothic theme that it boasts of. The easily recognizable red-roof structure with white flashes and the onion dome makes it easily distinguishable to locals and tourists alike.
Though stained glass windows may seem like just another feature of a Gothic church, at the Augsburger Dom they hold a special significance. The cathedral is renowned for having the oldest windows of this kind. This Gothic structure is a delight to the eye and gives you the perfect setting to pray.
In 1943, Walter Oehmichen found a small puppet theater along with his wife Rose and daughters Hannah and Ulla. However, on 26th February 1944, the theater suffered bombings during an air raid. After the war, the Puppenkiste started functioning on 26 February 1948 with Der gestiefelte Kater (Puss in Boots) being the first one. Over the year, several characters were brought to life here. The Joker, the Moomin family, Jim Button and Luke the Urmel, Bill Bo and Sam are just some of the classics performed here. With many TV shows the puppet theater is known far beyond the borders of Augsburg.
Home to over 3100 plant species, the Botanical Garden of Augsburg is a haven for lovers of natural beauty. Made up of beautifully designed individual gardens and greenhouses, the Botanical Garden is a cultural destination as much as it is a place that celebrates nature. Stretching over a surface area of 10 hectares (24.7 acres), the flora here includes ferns, grasses, wild herbs and a wide range of perennials. The park has over one million onion plants and different kinds of roses.
St. Peter am Perlach is an ancient church that was built in the 11th century. Constructed in the Romanesque style, the church is home to several religious artifacts including a terracotta figurine of Jesus Christ. The church has been destroyed and reconstructed several times, primarily because of its relation to the Berlin Wall. From every resurrection, the church has managed to retain a piece of its previous form; giving it a historical significance. There are also several sculptures and paintings including, Mary Untier of Knots.
One of the landmarks of the city, the Augsburger Rathaus stands majestically in the heart of the town. It is one of the most important Renaissance-style secular structures in the region. Built between 1615 through 1624, it was the first building in the globe to have over six floors at that time. Elegant stonework, and symbols of the Imperial Eagle of the Holy Roman Empire and Zirbelnuss on its façade are impressive to look at. The monumental Lower Fletz and the ornate Goldener Saal are open to the public to get a glimpse of its splendorous past.
The magnificent Renaissance facade of the Town Hall is Friedberg's one of the most recognizable landmark. Located in Marienplatz, the town hall, as seen today, was built in the 17th Century when the earlier construction faced damages during the Thirty Years' War. The interiors of the hall are beautifully ornamented with colorful frescoes which were the work of famed painter Josef Witmann. Hosting numerous cultural events, the Town Hall is a historical and cultural monument of the city.
A stately structure, Wallfahrtskirche Herrgottsruh is a prominent revered place of worship in Friedberg. A fine example of Baroque architecture, hidden behind the relatively demure exterior lies a colorful and awe-inspiring space. Featuring an nave with three aisles and a high vaulted ceiling that features lovely stucco works and paintings, the inside of the church induces a sense of aesthetic pleasure. Soaked in a spiritual aura, it is a significant religious landmark in Friedberg that is visited by locals and tourists alike.
Take a break from your regular schedule and enjoy a family outing at the Friedberger Baggersee. This pristine lake is a popular spot for relaxation and is visited by tourists and locals alike. The clear blue waters of the lake are great for swimming and also offer diving opportunities. Besides, the lake has a separate swimming area for your little ones, playgrounds, volleyball facilities changing rooms and more. In addition to this, the lake neighborhood is dotted with ample of restaurants, bars and nightclubs for your recreation.
Nestled in the scenic Augsburg region, Hochzoll is a historic district. This region boasts of picturesque views of the Lech and is a popular tourist spot. The history of this region can be traced back to the 10th Century when the first attempt of building a bridge over the mighty river Lech was made. Hochzoll was earlier a part of Friedberg and was only formed in the early 19th Century. Today, this place is known for the recreation facilities at Kuhsee and the white-water canoeing at Eiskanal. This is a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts and is dotted with several restaurants, hotels and retail outlets for your convenience.