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|Only about 40 miles north of Munich, the town was founded in 15 BC under the rule of Emperor Augustus: you'll still find plenty of Roman ruins here. Augsburg went on to become a center of medieval trade and banking, with the elaborate Renaissance buildings to prove it, and that, with the canals, give it an almost Italian feeling.
|Town Hall One of the most impressive Renaissance buildings outside of Italy. The "Golden Hall" (so-called because of its gold-leaf ceilings and murals), was reopened in 1985, Augsburg's 2000-year jubilee, after a complete restoration.
|Perlach Tower The Perlach Tower is Augsburg's landmark, stretching up from St. Peter am Perlach, built in 1182. The tower is 70 meters tall (about 210 feet) and kids can climb the stairs in late spring to early fall (they fly a yellow flag from the tower on clear days to invite people to climb!)
Maximilian Museum In the Maximilian Museum you can learn
about Augsburg's history, and be dazzled
by the exhibition of Augsburg's master silversmiths and goldsmiths.
|Schaezler Palace The Schaezler Palace is the most impressive building in town, with a beautiful Rococo ballroom, as well as art by Dürer and Holbein.
|The Roman Museum In the Abbey of St. Magdalena you'll find The Roman Museum, with exhibits of prehistoric times to the early medieval era. There are Roman coins, ancient tableware and the Juthungenschlacht; a famous Roman bronze horse's head.
|The Cathedral of Our Lady is filled with beautiful frescoes and also contains Germany's oldest surviving stained glass window.
|The Synagogue is a wonderful Art Nouveau treasure, housing the Jewish Culture Museum.
Visit the Puppet Theatre for the wonderful puppet shows. Ask about backstage tours, where you'll climb arrow wooden stairs to the workshop where the puppets are made starting with just a plain piece of wood. There's a shop too, so kids can buy the beautiful puppets made here.
|Botanical Gardens Take a break in the 10 hectare Botanical Gardens, with both outdoor and indoor exhibits, including Japanese, rose and music gardens, over a million bulbs, a pharmaceutical herb garden. Little kids will like the great playground here, where they can climb and explore to exhaustion or just stretch out on the public lawn.
Parks About 20 percent of the city lands are green, with interconnecting parks where you'll find ponds and channels, dozens of playgrounds, soccer fields, and paths. The Wittelsbacher Park is the biggest chunk inside the town. Just outside town you'll find the Haunstetter Forest; a beautiful place to go for bike rides down to the little lake. Watch out for horses as there are also bridle paths winding through the trees.