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A Day in Augsburg

By JC, Germany, August 2011

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At just over half an hour away by train, the city of Augsburg makes an easy day trip from Munich. As well as being a must-see destination in its own right, Augsburg is also a major stop on the Romantic Road which takes in some of southern Germany’s most important historic sites on its route from Würzburg to the Austrian border. And while it’s barely a fifth the size of the Bavarian capital, it has over a millennium of seniority, having been founded by the Romans in 15 BC.

Despite wartime bombing the city center is largely unchanged, and the skyline bristles with spires rather than skyscrapers. All roads lead to the Rathausplatz which is dominated by the towering Perlachturm and the enormous Renaissance-era Rathaus, recalling a time when finance and trade made Augsburg one of the largest and most important cities in Europe. At Christmas the square is transformed into a glittering Christmas market.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Munich Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Munich. Photo courtesy of Brego via Wikimedia Commons.

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