During my trip to Germany I decided to visit the city of Augsburg which is only a short ride from Munich so I was able to go back and forth in one day which suited me perfectly. We decided to drive which was pretty easy and its always fun driving in Germany along the autobahn where you can pretty much drive as quickly as you like so getting anywhere can be as quick or as slow as you like. Traveling with my mate we stocked up on snacks and off we set..

Once we arrived in Augsburg I found a long term parking garage and parked my little car First thing was to find the Tourist Information office and then get some lunch. However the first sign I saw was for “Barfüsser Strasse” (Barefooters Street). We decided that we would have to find out why a street had such a cool name, we eventually found out that a little way down the street when we reached “Barfüsser Kirche’’( Barefooters Church ) This was the first known Franciscan church north of the Alps and was founded during St. Francis of Assisi’s lifetime. Franciscans were mendicant monks and went everywhere barefoot.. The current church is not the original structure, and it was rebuilt after WWII. The church’s other “claim to fame” is that it was where Bertolt Brecht’s was baptized and confirmed. So that was our first piece of history for the day.

From the church we continued walking and found the Tourist Information. They gave us a local map and some information, including how to find the Maximilian Museum After that we decided to get some lunch. Augsburg’s people have a refined taste. The Zwetschgendatschi (Plum tart) is a traditional recipe from the area and the yeast dough is finely stretched on a baking tray and garnished with plum halves, so after dinner we tried some of this tart and it was delightful but probably not the best thing to eat when a day of walking is ahead of you.

After the fill of pie we started exploring the city. We went inside the Rathaus (City Hall – and went into the Goldener Saal which is a beautiful large room that which has had lots of events happen there. Next stop was Schlachthausgässchen (Slaughter House Alley), which is where the city once had a slaughter house.

One thing I like about Germany is that many of the street names have something to do with its past we walked through Metzgplatz (Butcher Square) and up to Schiedgasse (Smithy Alley), passing many other cool named streets before making our way to the Fuggerei one of the most popular places that tourists visit.  The Fuggerei is a walled enclave, which gets its name from the Fugger family and was founded by Jacob Fugger the Younger (known as “Jacob Fugger the Rich”) in 1516.  It was a place where the poor people of Augsburg could be housed. It’s the world’s oldest “social housing” complex, with 52 houses and 147 apartments. It is still being used today, by the people of Augsburg.

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