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Days 5-6
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Bavaria's third largest city, Augsburg dates to 15 BC. It has had a strange history, home to both the world's oldest social housing project (from 1516) that still operates today, to a 9th-century Cathedral.
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  • Though it was built in the 9th century, the Dom St. Maria has square Gothic towers from its 14th-century refresh. Inside, there are five important paintings by Hans Holbein the Elder.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 beautiful German rococo church in an alpine meadow.
  • Ulm's Münster is the largest church in Southern Germany and also has the world's tallest church tower at 536 feet.

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