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The Rathaus (City Hall) is considered the most important secular Renaissance structure north of the Alps. © Siegfried Kerpf

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Augsburg was founded in 15 B.C. under the rule of the Roman emperor Augustus. For 400 years the city was the seat of a provincial government of the Roman Empire.

/assetimage_2242_240w180.jpgIts ideal location made it a crossroad of all important routes to the south, from which powerful merchants and bankers like the Fugger family and the seafaring Welsers profited. They elevated Augsburg to rank among the world's most powerful cities. Kings and emperors were frequent guests here.

In the 13th century Augsburg became a Free Imperial City. It grew to be a creative center of famous painters, sculptors, musicians and architects. Here the ancestors of the composer Mozart and the painter Holbein t.E. lived for centuries.

Numerous churches and the Dom (Cathedral) mark Augsburg as the seat of a bishopric. It was here that, in 1518, Martin Luther and Cardinal Cajetan engaged in their famous debate. It is the fertile interplay of religious and secular power that gave Augsburg its inimitable flair.

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Augsburg: city tour on your own

2000 years of history

Discover Augsburg on your own and experience the city´s history and sights on foot by yourself. Select themes and routes according to the time on your hands and to your interests.

The Tourist Information provides you with detailed information on tours and sights, in addition a mobile audio guide is offered.

Further information

European History

Key event of Martin Luther’s Reformation – in 1530, the Augsburg Confession was read out in the diet of the city – the basis of the creed for 600 millions of Protestants in the whole world.