My journey from Würzberg to Mittelstetten suffered a few hiccups. My train to Augsburg was delayed by 80 minutes, then I had to catch a different train because the train I was booked no was running so late that Augsburg was no longer a station the train was stopping at. Luckily I have a knack for tracking down English speaking train conductors who are incredibly helpful (and some very good looking!) The train delays wouldn’t have been such an issue but for the fact I had relatives waiting for me at the other end. It was difficult to ensure I kept them informed of when I would arrive, as it kept changing. I finally arrived in Augsburg at 4:30pm and it was so lovely to meet my relatives, with whom I have been in contact over the years but have never met before. I was then given my own personal of Augsburg which really is a beautiful town!
We first stopped at the Rathaus Augsburg (town hall) and whilst an impressive building from the outside I had no idea of how magnificent it would be until I climbed the six flights of stairs to the top. We entered the gold room, which is still in use for important meetings today. This entire building was very badly damaged and almost completely destroyed in World War II.
Afterwards I went with the family to the Fuggerai which is the world’s oldest social housing complex still in use.
Firstly, a brief note about the Fugger’s.
The Fugger family is a German family that was a historically prominent group of European bankers, members of the fifteenth and sixteenth-century mercantile patriciate of Augsburg, international mercantile bankers, and venture capitalists. Alongside the Welser family, the family controlled much of the European economy in the 16th century and accumulated enormous wealth. This banking family replaced the de’ Medici family, who influenced all of Europe during the Renaissance. The Fuggers took over many of the Medicis’ assets and their political power and influence. (Wikipedia)
The Fuggerei is a walled enclave within the city of Augsburg, Bavaria. It takes it name from the Fugger family and was founded in 1516 by Jakob Fugger the Younger (known as “Jakob Fugger the Rich”) as a place where the needy citizens of Augsburg could be housed. The gates were locked at night, so the Fuggerei was, in its own right, very similar to a small independent medieval town. It is still inhabited today, affording it the status of being the oldest social housing project in the world.
We then drove home where Mrs V prepared a lovely meal for us of dumplings with mushrooms in sauce, purple cabbage and salad.