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Leisure activities

Augsburg offers both impressive sights and adventure. Augsburg is the city of Romans and of the renaissance, the Fugger family, Mozart and Brecht, the city of Rudolf Diesel and the famous Augsburger Puppenkiste puppet theatre. The number of sights worth visiting is huge in this fascinating city. The Youth Hostel is centrally located at the heart of the historic city centre and is an ideal starting point for getting to know Augsburg. Being Bavaria's oldest city and an important former centre of the textile industry, there is lots discover from every era here, such as the old crafts town with the Lech channels, Bertold Brecht's birthplace, or the MAN museum. Augsburg's location close to the Allgäu Alps and the state capital, Munich, is another plus for the Youth Hostel. But Augsburg is also a university city with a varied nightlife.

Leisure activities at the Youth Hostel

  • Billiard and table football room
  • Library and children's play room
  • Party and TV room with access to wireless LAN
  • Outdoor seating
  • Outdoor ping-pong table

Leisure activities in the area

  • Augsburg - 2000 years of city history...
  • ... within easy reach of the Youth Hostel. Highlights that visitors to Augsburg shouldn't miss!
  • The Fuggerei
  • The Fuggerei was founded by Jacob Fugger the Rich in 1521 to help hard-working Catholics from Augsburg who suffered from poverty through no fault of their own. The oldest social housing estate in the world consists of 67 houses and 140 flats. The annual rent of 1 Rhineland Guilder is equivalent to less than 1 Euro today. Augsburg, Fuggerei 56, main entrance Jakoberstrasse. Open daily, April - September: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., October - March 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Town hall and Perlachturm tower
  • The town hall was built by Elias Holl between 1615 and 1620, and is the symbol of the city. It is regarded as the most significant secular renaissance building north of the Alps. The reconstructed "Golden Hall" is famous for its splendid portals, panelled ceiling and murals. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., open to the public on payment of an entry fee unless used for private functions.
  • The Perlach tower next to the city hall offers a spectacular panoramic view of Augsburg. (1st May to mid-October, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.).
  • Prachtbrunnen fountains
  • These magnificent monumental fountains and precious bronze sculptures were erected around 1600 along Maximilianstraße, which is also called the "emperor's mile". The Augustusbrunnen (on Rathausplatz) shows four life-size figures at the feet of Emperor Augustus. They symbolise the four rivers of Augsburg: Lech, Brunnenbach, Wertach and Singold.
  • The Merkurbrunnen (on Moritzplatz) stands for trade and commerce.
  • The Herkulesbrunnen (on Maximilianstrasse) denotes the use of the elements of fire and water, which are also important for Augsburg.
  • Augsburg cathedral
  • Augsburg cathedral took almost 1,000 years to build. It combines romanesque and gothic elements, and its frescos, the romanesque crypt and famous 12th-century prophet windows are truly impressive. Roman finds are on display on the square in front of the cathedral.
  • Augsburg city market
  • ...is a great place for a stroll to finish off a tour of the city. The Stadtmarkt - or city market - is to the people of Augsburg what the Viktualienmarkt is to the people of Munich (albeit not as big) - a lively, colourful place that still has a calming effect.
  • Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Just round the corner from Augsburg Youth Hostel, you can book a boat tour. The water splashes away, the boats rock on the waves. A little tour with a rowing or pedal boat are great to keep you fit, particularly after an opulent picknick. But there are also electric boats for rent for "captains". Open from easter to October.
  • Augsburger Puppenkiste
  • Visit the world-famous Ausburger Puppenkiste puppet theatre. Tickets are available online via the theatre's web site.
  • Augsburg Zoo
  • The zoo is one of the most popular leisure attractions in the Bavarian part of Swabia. It covers 22 hectares, is home to 50 different species of mammals, over 200 species of birds and 1,500 reptiles and amphibians, and offers great insights into the whole world of animals. Augsburg zoo is open all year round.
  • Augsburg botanical gardens
  • Only a few metres from the zoo you will find Augsburg's botanical gardens. Gorgeous summer flowers, Far Eastern horticulture in the Japanese garden, the rose garden and music garden, the popular pharmacist's and farmer's gardens and the stone garden all invite you to stay a while. The botanical gardens are open all year round.
  • The old city baths
  • The "Stadtbad" is only a few minutes walk away from Augusburg Youth Hostel. Enjoy swimming in the pool in a beautiful art nouveau building. The playful architectural details, such as stone frogs on the walls or sea horses and fishes on the doors to the changing rooms set the mood in the historic baths.
  • The Liliom film art theatre...
  • ...is just on the other side of the road from the Youth Hostel. The lovingly refurbished cinema is located opposite the Youth Hostel. It was originally constructed as a pumping station for wells in the mid-16th century.
  • The new stateTextile andIndustry Museum (TIM) in Augsburg...
  • ...resides in the historic halls of the former combed yarn spinning works , and was founded in 1836. Go there to travel through time! Expect fascinating insights into the fashion of the past 200 years. Watch how TIM products, such as the Fugger barrancan, are manufactured in the show weaving mill. The highlight of the exhibition is the collection of material samples, the most important of its kind in the world, in the "Neue Augsburger Kattunfabrik" (NAK).
  • Roman museum
  • The two-span hall church of the former St. Magdalen convent is home to the Roman museum. It boasts a large variety of exhibits from the pre-historic era and fascinating Roman finds. Augsburg, Dominikanergasse 15. Opening hours: Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Maximilian museum
  • The mural on the facade of the building, which was built in 1546, has been reconstructed according to old designs. It contains interesting testimonials of the city's history and an extensive exhibition of gold and silver ware produced by famous Augsburg masters. The originals of the main figures of Augsburg's famous fountains are on show here. Fuggerplatz 1 (Philippine-Weseler-Strasse 24). Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Schaezlerpalais
  • Financier Liebert von Liebenhofen built this city palais, one of Germany's most important rococo buildings. Today, it is home to the German baroque gallery, the collection of the Karl and Magdalene Haberstock foundation, the graphic collection, the rococo ballroom of 1767 and the state gallery with paintings by old masters such as Dürer, Holbein the Elder and Cranach the Elder. Augsburg, Maximilianstrasse 46. Opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • State gallery of old masters in the Katharinenkirche church
  • Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • UIrich churches
  • When the churches of Augsburg were divided after the 30-year war, this twin building with a Catholic and a Protestant church was constructed to house the Catholic St. Ulrich church and the Protestant Ulrich church.
  • Mozart house
  • The birthplace of Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus' father, is a residential home of the 16th and 17th century. Today, the house is a Mozart memorial site and runs a permanent exhibition with fascinating exhibits. Augsburg, Frauenstorstrasse 30. 30. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Brecht house
  • This is the house where Bert Brecht was born in 1898. It is a typical craftman's house on one of the Lech channels. Today, it is a Bert Brecht memorial site. Augsburg, Auf dem Rain 7. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sports and fun
  • Experience Aubsburg's ice hockey team live. The atmosphere is great when the Panthers play a match at home in the ice hockey stadium. For match dates please refer to the club's website.
  • FC Augsburg
  • You will get the best impression of Augsburg's football club by going to one of their matches in their brand-new home arena. For match dates please refer to the club's website.
  • Climbing fun for the whole family - the RobinsWood climbing course
  • RobinsWood, the climbing park near Augsburg in Bavaria is located in the middle of Scherneck Forest. Large and small climbers can climb, balance and swing along ropes, bars, nets and bridges here.

Outings and excursions

  • LEGOLAND Deutschland
  • (near Günzburg, about 30 km away)
  • LEGOLAND Deutschland covers the size of about 26 fooball fields. It is divided into eight areas. Every area has a theme, and each is designed to offer something for old and young LEGO fans: experimenting centres, roller coasters, water attractions and shows. A day of fun and adventure for the whole family!
  • A day in the state capital: Munich
  • (about 60 km away)
  • Munich and its many different typically Bavarian attractions are an ideal destination for a day outing. Munich is easy to reach from Augsburg by train (30 minutes) or car (40 minutes).
  • Oberschönefeld Abbey
  • (about 15 km away)
  • Oberschönefeld abbey is the oldest known Cistercian abbey in Germany. It is worth an extended visit at any time of year thanks to its baroque architecture and its beautiful setting in the Schwarzachtal valley. In summer, you can enjoy the sunshine in the beer garden and the convent's show garden, a playground with world sun dial, nature trails and a sculpture trail.
  • A day out at the beautiful Ammersee lake
  • (about 60 km away)
  • How about hiking, horse-riding and riding in a horse-drawn carriage, beer gardens, nature and scenery, a steam boat tour on the lake or a bike tour around the lake with a visit to the famous Andechs Abbey? Having a great time is easy in the Ammersee region in Bavaria at any time of year. In the Ammersee region.
  • Skyline Park near Bad Wörishofen
  • (about 60 km away)
  • The Allgäu Skyline Park is the most exciting leisure park in Bavaria, and only 40 minutes away from Augsburg by car. It offers a huge variety of rides, such as the Sky Wheel - the highest roller coaster in the world, that turns you upside down, and is the most spectacular steel construction of our day and age. You'll think twice before you enter - who dares to ride the Sky Wheel? Its fans refer to the Sky Shot only as "the bullet". The world belongs to the brave! So let yourself be shot 90 metres up into the sky with 4.5 times the power of your body in a bullet...
  • Bad Wörishofen thermal baths
  • (about 60 km away)
  • Sit back and relax beneath palm trees in an exotic atmosphere all year round, and discover the beneficial effects of the mineral waters rich in fluoride and iodide. When the convertible rooftop is opened in summer, you will even find yourself in an open-air bathing paradise. Therapeutic baths have never been so enjoyable!
  • The healing force of heat in a beautiful setting - let yourself be enchanted by the SPA Jewel saunas at Bad Wörishofen thermal bath. Fascinating sauna attractions, the turquoise mineral water and light-flooded rest areas where you can lie beneath countless real palm trees and tropical plants make sure you can enjoy a day off in paradise.