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Ingolstadt: atmospheric and full of life

Ingolstadt: atmospheric and full of life

Ingolstadt – a city of many facets, steeped in history and tradition yet with a modern, urban flair, vibrant and full of life. This university city and shopping destination on the Danube has a delightful blend of charm and atmosphere. And it also has the Audi Forum, a world of automotive discovery that is not just for petrol heads.

Lovingly restored gabled merchants' houses, splendid city gates, imposing towers and an impressive fortress dominate the appearance of the city. Restaurants, art and many events add extra colour and turn any shopping trip to Ingolstadt into an enjoyable outing. Festivals and markets are held throughout the year, with museums, concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances rounding off the attractions on offer. Audi Forum Ingolstadt with its 'museum mobile' and the exclusive outlet shopping centre Ingolstadt Village are other firm favourites. As is the picturesque old quarter, best accessed through the splendid Kreuztor gate. This is the most beautiful of the remaining town gates and used to be part of the extensive fortifications. Today it is Ingolstadt's most famous landmark and a delightful example of medieval architecture. Beyond the gate, some magnificent sights await the visitor, such as the New Palace, the Asam Church with its famous Lepanto monstrance, the Alte Anatomie and the Old Town Hall. Next to this stands the city's oldest parish church, St. Moritz. A Romanesque church tower rises on its northern side, while to the south stands the slender Gothic Pfeifturm, formerly a city watchtower. Two hundred steps lead up to the top of this tower, which offers outstanding panoramic views across Ingolstadt including the impressive late-Gothic minster. As the largest hall church in southern Germany, it's hard to miss. The university, which had close links with St. Moritz, was founded in 1472 as Bavaria's first state university. Thanks to this seat of learning, the city flourished and became the intellectual and cultural centre of Bavaria for more than three centuries. To this day, Ingolstadt retains the essence of that era of charming traditions and heady romanticism. It fits in with this picture that the Illuminati, the quintessential secret society, were founded in Ingolstadt in 1776. You can get a strong sense of this atmosphere on a mystery tour or on a türmerey, a one-hour guided walk through the city after dark led by a 'genuine' medieval nightwatchman telling tales and singing songs.

City Highlights

You don't have to fly halfway round the world to enjoy high-end shopping. Ingolstadt Village is closer than you think and has a number of exclusive boutiques side by side. Calvin Klein, Stefanel, Rosenthal, Fred Perry and Strenesse are just a few examples. What's more, everything is much more affordable than in Milan, Paris and London. Opened in 2005, the outlet centre offers an incredible 10,000 square metres of year-round reductions on everything from clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories to home and dining accessories by fashion and designer labels from Germany and around the world.

The breathtaking Audi Forum in Ingolstadt is an automotive world of discovery popular with millions of visitors – not all of whom are interested in cars.

Featuring an Audi museum, a service building, customer centre and stylish restaurants, the Audi Forum presents a varied programme of themed guided tours, concerts, exhibitions, films, lectures, driving events and children's activities that promise an exciting experience all year round.

Featuring a pedestrian area with more than 300 shops on around 8,000m² of shopping space, fashion, lifestyle, themed restaurants and numerous events, markets and festivals, Ingolstadt's old quarter is always a pleasure to visit. It's the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll, browse the shops and sample great food and drink. You can enjoy an excellent view of the entire old quarter from Scherbelberg, a historical rubble mountain from the days of the Napoleonic Wars, or from the Pfeifturm, a former watchtower dating from the 14th century.

The first thing that strikes you about the late-Gothic Minster of Our Lady are the two corner towers facing inwards towards each other. In 1572 the magnificent high altar was added to celebrate Ingolstadt university's centenary. The overall concept came from Hans Mielich who depicted many parts of the Gospel in more than 90 images. Other exquisite features include the stained-glass windows in the chancel ambulatory and the Annunciation scene, which extends across the whole window behind the high altar. The beautiful Nativity scene with its 250 figures was created from 1722. Following lengthy restoration work, it is now on public display all year round.

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