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Augsburg's Perlach tower and city hall
The Perlach Tower, erected in the 10th century, and Augsburg city hall, an impressive Renaissance building from the 16th century - www.augsburg-tourismus.de

Augsburg, counting 270,000 residents, is Bavaria's third-biggest and second-oldest city, as well as the capital of Swabia. Augsburg's golden age was during the Renaissance, as it was one of Europe's most prominent centers of commerce. Bearing witness of this period are the Perlach-Tower and the City Hall building, acknowledged as being the biggest profane Renaissance-style building North of the Alps: Together, they are now Augsburg's symbols. (see picture of the Golden Hall at bottom)

In 1897, engineer Rudolf Diesel developed the first usable model of its famous Diesel engine in the city's machine-welding plant. Another renowned son of the city is Bertolt Brecht, author of The Threepenny Opera. Other famous inhabitants, the rich merchants family Fugger, gave their name to a neighbourhood of the city, "die Fuggerei", which is the oldest social housing ensemble still in use in the world.

On 8th of August each year, Augsburg celebrates the "Augsburger Hohes Friedensfest" (Peace Fest of Augsburg), the worldwide only occurrence of an official, law-protected municipal holiday. And so it comes that Augsburg is Germany's most employee-friendly city! In the beginnings, the fest was a Protestant commemoration of August 8, 1629, when Francis Ferdinand II forbade Augsburger Protestants to exercise their faith - another consequence of the Thirty Year War that was raging by the time. This put an end to more than 70 years of religious peace after the Augsburg Peace Treaty of 1555. Today, the "Augsburger Hohes Friedensfest" stands for the great intercultural celebration of pacific coexistence, and boasts a 3-week program of activities.

The Golden Hall in Augsburg's City Hall - a 5000 sq ft wide, 46 ft high Renaissance masterpiece
picture © Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH

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