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Founded under the Roman Emperor Augustus, the Bavarian city of Augsburg owes its early prominence to its location at the intersection of two rivers, with access to major Alpine passes. The Roman roads leading through it became important trade routes in the Middle Ages, so Augsburg gained its reputation first through banking and trade, and later in the Renaissance from its artisans — mainly in gold, silver and printing. Reminders of all its long history are still there to see, from prehistoric and Roman artifacts in the excellent Roman Museum, to streets lined with buildings from the rococo and Renaissance periods. Culture has always been ...

Founded under the Roman Emperor Augustus, the Bavarian city of Augsburg owes its early prominence to its location at the intersection of two rivers, with access to major Alpine passes. The Roman roads leading through it became important trade routes in the Middle Ages, so Augsburg gained its reputation first through banking and trade, and later in the Renaissance from its artisans — mainly in gold, silver and printing. Reminders of all its long history are still there to see, from prehistoric and Roman artifacts in the excellent Roman Museum, to streets lined with buildings from the rococo and Renaissance periods. Culture has always been integral to the city’s history. Mozart’s father, a composer himself, was born here, as was the Holbein family of painters, and today it’s known for its theater, opera and dance. Its place as a creative center, however, extends beyond the arts: Rudolf Diesel built the first internal combustion engine in Augsburg, and it was here that Messerschmitt developed the first mass-produced jet airplane. That heritage as a center for technology and culture lives on in its university and polytechnic college.

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    Summer and fall have the best weather, and a lot of lively street life. In December, Augsburg has one of Germany's best Christmas markets.