Parks and gardens
Augsburg city forest
The city forest extends to almost 22 km² and is of enormous importance for local recreation and leisure time for the people of Augsburg, Germany featured on thesciencetutor. It offers a remarkable flora and fauna, an extensive and well-signposted network of trails as well as the best opportunities for recreational athletes such as joggers and cyclists. The Lech flows through the city forest. But also various lakes and streams structure this wonderful green oasis.
The approximately 10 hectare large botanical garden of the city of Augsburg offers such interesting elements as a farmer’s garden, a Japanese garden or a pharmacist garden. There are also countless types of plants and trees that make a visit worthwhile.
The Hofgarten was established in the 18th century and was part of the Prince-Bishop’s Residence for a long time. Today it is open to the public and features a fountain, a lily pond, and many different flower beds and trees.
Augsburg-Westliche Wälder Nature Park
This 1,175 km2 nature park covers parts of the southwest of Augsburg. It is the only one of its kind in the entire beautiful Free State of Bavaria and is bordered by the Danube in the north.
Park at Königsplatz
The most famous park in Augsburg is also right in the middle of the city and was established there in 1911. In the evening and at night it is not so much families and people who have recently been in love that meet here, but rather alcoholics and drug addicts, who use the park as a meeting place and trading point and thus give it a rather dubious reputation.
With almost 21 hectares, the largest green area within Augsburg has been part of a landscape protection area since 1980, which also includes the city garden.
Opened in 1937 as a park for the German animal world, the Augsburg Zoo can now welcome over 500,000 visitors every year. With a size of 22 hectares, the zoo is one of the most visited cultural institutions in southern Germany. There are currently around 1,500 animals of 300 species living in the park, which come from all over the world. What makes the zoo so worth seeing is that you have the opportunity to ride an elephant or take part in a seal show. More at Augsburg Zoo.
This is a canoe route that was set up for the 1972 Summer Olympics. At that time, the ice canal was the world’s first artificial canoe slalom stadium. The system, which is fed by the Lechwasser, has a capacity for 24,000 spectators and has been a model for the design of new routes for decades.
Curt Frenzel Stadium
This Augsburg ice rink is not only used as the home ground of the Augsburger Panther ice hockey club, but has also hosted various important international matches. Nowadays the stadium has a capacity of exactly 7,774.
The largest stadium in Augsburg has existed since 1951 and is a multi-purpose stadium with an athletics facility. The stadium welcomed most of the visitors in 1958, when 85,000 people gathered for the international athletics competition between the Federal Republic of Germany and the USSR.
Sports hall Augsburg
The hall in the Augsburg district of Antonsviertel, opened in 1965, is an architectural masterpiece because of its prestressed concrete suspended roof construction and has been on the list of monuments since 2003. Almost 3,100 spectators fit into the hall.
The WWK-Arena is a football stadium that was opened on July 26th, 2009.
The stadium was created by the football club FC Augsburg with the participation of the city of Augsburg.
It is located between the districts of Göggingen and Haunstetten.
FC Augsburg plays its home games in the stadium.
The WWK insurance group has owned the naming rights to the stadium since the 2015/2016 season.
The contract has a term of ten years.
Rivers, canals and lakes
Augsburg is a three-river city: it initially stretches along the 264-kilometer-long Lech, the right tributary of the Danube. The second river is the Wertach, a 150.9 kilometer long tributary of the Lech. Finally, there is the 45-kilometer Singold, which flows into the factory canal in the Göggingen district of Augsburg.
There are 500 bridges in Augsburg. They make the city richer in bridges than the much vaunted Venice. Most of these bridges lead over countless canals, which mainly cut through the pretty Lechviertel. Once they were used for energy and water supply as well as waste disposal, whereas today they are simply a feast for the eyes.
There are several lakes within the urban area of Augsburg. Above all, the Kuhsee in the Hochzoll district of Augsburg acts as a leisure magnet. There is also the smaller and artificially created Stempflesee, the popular motorway lake, the Kaisersee, which is so coveted by all swimmers, and the Europaweiher on Augsburg’s Garbage Hill. Wertach Reservoir, Lautersee and Ilsesee, which is used as a recreational area, are all located in the southern part of the city.