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Day 5
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Bavaria's third-largest city, Augsburg dates to 15 BC. It is home to the world's oldest social housing project, which still operates today. Augsburg also has a 9th-century cathedral.
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  • Food and Wine
  • Museums


  • Though it was built in the 9th century, the Dom St. Maria has square Gothic towers from its 14th-century remodeling. Inside are five important paintings by Hans Holbein the Elder.
  • Have a meal at Die Ecke, famed for its fish and wine list. The Riesling Gimmeldinger Meersspinne has been the house wine for 40 years.
  • Established by the Fugger family in 1516, the Fuggerei is the world's oldest social housing settlement. Today it's home to artists and working-class families, who pay 1 Euro in rent.


  • The world-famous Mozart Festival takes place in September.
  • The city's International Summer of Jazz starts in late July and continues into August.

Side Trips

  • Just outside the city is the Wieskirche, a rococo church in an alpine meadow.
  • Ulm's Münster is the largest church in southern Germany and has the world's tallest church tower, at 536 feet.

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